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Old 01-21-2011, 06:18 AM   #43
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We all have to be about 1 bubble off of level to RV and I can't wait until we can go full time...


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Old 01-21-2011, 07:32 AM   #44
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I have lived the airplane and boat routine before I purchased a MH. They are all money pits.

The airplane was expensive. My motto was Hurry up and Wait. All to often I was stuck at some airport due to weather conditions.

My next move was to a boat. My 52' boat had a bar and I soon had more friends & relatives than I actually knew. My monthly liquor bill was bigger that my boat payment. MY DW sold that boat one week when I was out of town. She said she was saving me from myself.

My least expensive insanity has been my RV lifestyle. I don't golf, fish, or hunt. My recreation is traveling. It is a recreation that Bev and I both enjoy and we plan to continue as long as our health permits. I believe when a couple can plan recreation activities together that both enjoy it does not get any better than that.


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Old 01-21-2011, 08:01 AM   #45
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I guess my wife and I are just as insane as everyone else here. We are still fairly young (I just turned 42 a few weeks ago) and worked our butts off to pay our home off early. We have had older RVs (fixxer uppers) our entire married life (22 years now) and have been able to travel and enjoy the outdoors with our son. He has seen places and had experiences that others his age have not. That part is priceless.

Five years ago we payed off our home and all of our friends/co-workers automatically assumed we would be selling/upgrading to a big fancy house. We decided we liked our home (could do without a couple of the neighbors though) and rather than upgrade our home we decided to upgrade our coach to a newer model. We are driving our 'dream coach' while still working and helping our son through college.

I feel we are probably the only 'sane' people in our neighborhood because everyone else is so obsessed with scrambling to get ahead and climb the corporate ladder that they are forgetting to stop and smell the roses.

My wife and I work hard but we also play just as hard when it is time to play. I think if I didn't have the RV to releive my stress from everyday life/work then I definately would go insane.

We are fortunate to have as much vacation time as we do and we usually spend between 65-70 nights a year in our coach. Many times it is only a short weekend, leave Friday after work and be home Sunday afternoon so we can be to work on Monday morning. We are also able to take several week long trips each year.

Personally I am grateful to be so insane. Mike.
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Old 01-21-2011, 09:44 AM   #46
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I guess we've been lucky. So far our 08 gasser with 14000 miles has only cost us 54.00 oil changes, 2X yr. and one brake fluid change. Now if we could just get better than 7.5 mpg it would be even better.

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Old 01-21-2011, 01:42 PM   #47
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We did the lake house thing
The airplane was expensive.....
My 52' boat had a bar and I soon had more friends & relatives than I actually knew

Anyone else seeing the pattern here from those relatively indifferent to the impact of rising costs and RV lifestyle?

NOW, if we, and the majority of others replying to this thread also could afford "lake houses", Airplanes", and "52 foot yachts/boats", we too could possibly take a far more cavalier attitude to the rapidly escalating cost of living as well...

BUT, unfortunately, those who DO enjoy the lake house/airplane/52 foot boat lifestyle are NOT really representative of the vast majority of us, I fear...
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Darn those people who worked hard anyway.
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Old 01-21-2011, 07:03 PM   #49
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Face it folks, every thing in life that is fun is either immoral, Illegal, or expensive. Just filler up with fuel and go camping when the dust settles you ain't going to take it with you when your gone.

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I compare it to the person who buys a boat cause he likes fresh fish and wants to save money by catching his own.I have the motorhome to save money on motels.Ya right.
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We are retired and spend three to five months a year in our DP. We winter in AZ and spend much of the spring and fall in the Smokies. Expensive is an understatement, but we know who slept in our bed the night before and that there are no bedbugs.
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Our RV costs us far less to maintain than the house did and is far cheaper in "upkeep". And I don't have to mow the 2 acres of grass with my lawn tractor!

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