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Old 10-29-2013, 10:49 AM   #15
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Retire at 62,buy a clean used DP, and start seeing the country.
What he said, 100%!!

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Old 10-29-2013, 11:29 AM   #16
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In 2009, I proposed that we buy a camper. I grew up camping, and tent camped when my kids were growing up, but I'm all about comfort now. Dear spouse had never camped, but thought it might be fun, so after touring a bunch of rigs and going to shows, we bought a travel trailer and truck in 2010. We merrily went on our first trip, and thankfully, it was a hit! (Pun intended!)

After three years with the truck and trailer we traded it in for a MH. This time it was my spouse lobbying for a new camper. We love it -our bed and our bathroom means a lot to both of us. Being able to stop for a potty break, meal, snack or nap makes it even more convenient. We can't wait to grab the keys and head on down the road.

If you have a friend with one, maybe they'd let you take a tour/borrow it. If not, the rental idea is a good one. I'm willing to bet that your wife will like it once she tries it.

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Old 10-29-2013, 11:39 AM   #17
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If you don't already have a dog, get one....
That'll cinch the the deal.
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Old 10-29-2013, 11:51 AM   #18
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Originally Posted by becks View Post
Retire at 62,buy a clean used DP, and start seeing the country.
Some of us did it differently:
Started RV'ing at 10
Retired at 51
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Old 10-29-2013, 12:04 PM   #19
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I was a reluctant RVer. Maybe your DW needs some time to adjust to the concept and needs to learn more about RVs. i know that I did...

I was a tent camper (rugged stuff far off the grid) or Hilton Camper (4 stars please) and frankly did not understand that there was a fun an interesting middle ground for travel. When my DH suggested an RV my thoughts ran to low-rent parks, diapers drying on propane tanks and bad banjo music. I was wrong but it took some time and education to learn this. We went to RV shows and I toured hundreds of RVs that left me unpersuaded. We rented a variety of rigs and tried some long weekends and still I was unconvinced. Then one day I went into an RV that seemed nice; cool, even and was for the first time willing to consider a change.

Over the years I have become a camping fool! For me the single best aspect of camping is social. There are interesting folks to meet in the world and many of them are in campgrounds, touring the country - they are adventurers. In a campground these folks will smile and say hello. You can meet them or not as you desire. In a hotel, everyone keeps to themselves.

Keep in mind that you can do both btw. Owning an RV doesn't preclude a weekend in a 4 star hotel. We still do this too - especially in large cities. But never again do I need to sleep in a sleepcheap with instant coffee packets and thin walls.

Another bonus is owners club events. RV rallies. You will make new friends and some of the folks I've met have become lifetime friends. We travel together occasionally. Keep working on her. Wander through RV lots on weekends and then go do something she enjoys. Consider attending a rally for a few hours. You may be able to arrange this in advance by contacting a rally organizer.

Buy her a copy of "Travels with Charley" and point out to your DH that many baseball parks have RV camping onsite. She'll get it.
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Old 10-29-2013, 12:09 PM   #20
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She can go to the bathroom anytime she wants......then make you a sandwich on the return trip

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Old 10-29-2013, 12:11 PM   #21
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Wife and I went full time 4 or is it now 4 1/2 years ago, She died last Easter but I'm still in the MH.

House over 3,000 a year (This is in Detroit) MH less than 400
Utilities over 250/month, MH, Well I buy about sixty dollars worth of propane 2 or 3 times a year. and I pay about 90 a month in the summer for parking (Dues at two different membership campgrounds) and about 210 in the winter (above dues plus 120/month for my "Week out"

Plus less than 100/month in gas save for 2x a year when I Winterize/De-winterize by driving 800 miles in one week.,

I do not rake leaves, mow grass, or shovel snow.

I do, however, occasionally replace a battery (This morning)
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Old 10-29-2013, 12:21 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by ChileRick View Post
If you don't already have a dog, get one....
That'll cinch the the deal.
Oh...how that hit home!! We've always had an RV, but we've always had dogs to. They go where we go and we don't want to invade friends, relatives, or anyone else with our dogs (hotels included). So, the RV is the babysitter (they love it) and the people we visit love it too! Back to the thread: I can't imagine visiting all the presidential museums and baseball parks and staying and eating in restaurants. And I can't even imagine doing that much traveling without having my own toilet with me. The grandkids have parents, who in time will get everything we have anyway. So think of yourself and enjoy your retirement before time runs out and it's too late. Good Luck....I'm sure you have your work cut out for you.
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Old 10-29-2013, 12:48 PM   #23
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The best deals in motorhome purchases are from folks who bought one traveled awhile and made the choice to sell or get a divorce.
If you like it, there is nothing better on the other hand, I am sure you get my point.
Do rent, make a few short trips and the choice will be easy to make.
As far as the G'Kids they will be fine.

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Old 10-29-2013, 12:52 PM   #24
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We thought we might like having a MH, but I had zero experience or knowledge. It was pretty intimidating and I am definitely not mechanically gifted. We considered renting and also trying something small - a TT or a small MH. What swayed us was that if we didn't enjoy it was it because we didn't really have a serious MH - more of an entry level and most of the rentals were not impressive.

We bought a gently used Discovery and jumped in. We loved it and now have our second Last Coach. I have learned a ton - mostly I learned that the folks you meet are some of the most helpful people I have ever know so when I have a (usually) self-inflicted issue there is always someone right there to help.

Part of the reason for trying it out was as noted above our furry friend. It was just too hard to see his face when we left him so now he goes where we go.

Our own bed
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Old 10-29-2013, 01:23 PM   #25
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My advice....if you are going to rent to "try it out". DONT just rent a class "C" or a bottom tier gas fueled class "A"...... go for the really nice diesel pusher class "A"......the only problem is these are VERY hard to find as rentals, AND if you do find one, expect to pay $3000-$4000 per week not including fuel ! Better to make friends with someone that has one and pray you can get invited along for a short trip!

Next best thing.... Go shopping and look at the interiors of several dozen ..... Then imagine yourselves living in one. You will understand when you see that most diesel pushers have interiors more luxurious than hotel rooms, and the bed, shower, and toilet are "yours and yours alone".
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Old 10-29-2013, 01:26 PM   #26
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As others have said, RENT a motorhome for a couple of weeks. It may turn out that YOU don't like RVing, either.
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Old 10-29-2013, 01:46 PM   #27
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Ever make a hotel your Home??????? Didn't think so. When you retire and want to travel full time you still need a home. A home is where your stuff is. Dogs, cats, ect. We don't full time and probably never will, but when we do travel for months at a time the MH becomes our home away from home. The DWs cat "Precious" goes with us wherever we go. Our black lab used to but she is not with us anymore.

We keep the MH stocked with just enough that we can throw some clothes in, a few groceries and we're off for long periods of time. We seldom plan ahead more than a day or so. When I get tired of driving, the DW gets out the guide and finds a CG not too far ahead, calls and makes a reservation, and we quit for the day.

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Met a woman in Oregon at the Seven Feathers Casino and RV Park. She was the Park Hostess and as DW and I struck up a conversation she informed us that she lived there full time as her DH had recently passed. Of course we offered our condolenses (spelling). She said oh do not worry yourselves we spent the last 4 years traveling the US and would not trade the experiences for anything. Although she missed him dearly that time together in latter years can be priceless. By the way they sold everything in order to do this.
I do know as stated above that you meet some of the nicest people while on the road or in a campground.
Life is short...live it on your terms.

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