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Old 11-10-2013, 09:55 PM   #29
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Your dream isn't far fetched. Take it from someone who is not old enough to be your dad. The problem is for the last decade at many places it seems you need two things, knowing someone and a masters. Where I am even for an admin. Assistant (secretary) job they will not interview those with anything under a bad. For me this doesn't make sense since I think someone with a 2 or 3 yr community college diploma is more qualified then someone with a theater degree. However I don't have input on who is assigned and hired. I know of ppl who can't even have an acting title in a job they've done for decades. I don't think there is a single person who has been hired who isn't capable of working several pay grades above current careers. It also seems you need to switch companies to go up the chain. There have been recessions and depressions in the past. I think we are due for an upswing in a few years most.

In terms of my it's my understanding a smaller rig may not be more efficient then a large one, just find a goo non rotten one, it will present itself. Be prepared to move when its there.

Planning is good, have several contingencies, also get that spreadsheet out and do costings right now. This will tell you when to jump. Keep an emergency fund do not dig into it ever. If it means Mac and cheese for dinner until payday so be it. You'll be glad when you truly need it.

See how well you can swing lean periods now, with workkamping those periods may appear every so often on the road. When you think your ready you will know. If you set a date don't keep it in stone its just a guideline. It can flex both ways.

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Old 11-10-2013, 11:23 PM   #30
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Ok I am going to overwhelm you with websites so just go thru them when you have time:
RV Camp Discount Sites
RV Work Sites
Amazon Fulfillment - CamperForce
RV Internet choices
http://www.datastormusers.com/rvsatinternet.cfm – MotoSat is now closed, but there is still information available
http://www.exede.com/ - Thom called and several people on the phone said yes they are now doing RV and mobile satellite internet. Other's have emailed them and they emailed back with no so double check …....
http://millenicom.com/ and/or http://www.dslreports.com/forum/millenicom
http://www.groundcontrol.com/ - expensive but supposed to be the best
RV Mail Forwarding Services
http://www.mydakotaaddress.com/ SD
http://www.americas-mailbox.com/ SD
http://www.alternativeresources.net/ SD
http://myhomeaddressinc.com/ SD
http://www.yourbestaddress.com/ SD
http://www.vmfs.com/index.html FL
https://www.myrvmail.com/ FL
http://www.sbimailservice.com/ FL
http://natomail.com/index.htm FL
http://usmailhq.com/homepage/en/about-us/ FL
http://www.amhomebase.com/ FL (Good Sam Mail service is now here too)
http://www.fastforwardremail.com/ FL
http://mailtravelservice.com/ FL
http://www.texashomebase.com/ TX
http://www.escapees.com/Default.aspx TX

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Old 11-11-2013, 01:41 PM   #31
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Old 11-11-2013, 02:13 PM   #32
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You have been getting tons of awesome advise for sure. However Bo Walker and MattC seem to have said it best to me. I too have always wanted to do what you are considering, had many of the same concerns for the same reasons. I have done a ton of things and have had a great life, have been all over the world (28 years Military) and seriously have been through an awful lot. I do say a lot of things based off of these experiences but I do not recall having ever said "I wish I wouldn't have had so much fun all my life". I too live in the OKC, Ok. area, certainly the economics are great, if you and your partner are ambitious and not afraid to work you should be able to hit the road and have the time of your life. Of course there will be tough times too, but that is part of life. I have 3 sons one with a BA attending grad school, one HVAC tech, and one graduating this year planning on going off to the oil fields, I would absolutely love it if any one of them told me they were going to spend a few years learning life lessons on the road. I would even donate my RV to them.
I admire your dream, seriously, just know if you wait for the perfect time it may never reveal itself. Take your 2 cars to McClains trade them off for a ninety something motorhome, the car payments and rent even at 400.00 a month are likely way more than the payment for the motorhome would be even considering negitive equity on an automobile. Someone earlier said something to the effect of it would have been considered "hippy" years ago. I think it still is, and that you are! Best of luck, enjoy. Consider a small (5x8, or so) enclosed trailer to tow, small motorcycle, bicycles (road and or mountain), climbing gear, whatever makes you happy pack it in there, you hardly know they are back there, fuel milage doesn't suffer. Get an old acostic guitar and go have the time of your life!
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Old 11-11-2013, 06:31 PM   #33
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hi Beatrice! I see you're getting tons and tons of advice, and I think pretty much everybody supports your ideas. I have 6 DD's, age 39 down to 23. when my oldest went to college, back in '92, I thought "eh, college isn't for everybody". then I became a single parent in 95. babysat during the day, worked at Mcd's at night. said to my girls, "go to college, get a degree, do better for yourselves, I change diapers during the day and sell burgers at night". hah. between the ex, the girls getting scholarships, and myself, I got 6 daughters thru the degrees they wanted. 4 of them RN's, all working. youngest has PR, she has a very low paying job. the one with the history BA? works at home depot. I'm with the other poster who said, It isn't as it was. you, beatrice, are absolutely right, you may come out of college, thousands and thousands of dollars in debt, for naught.
want some training? do EMT. or try CNA. both of those jobs require just a quick couple months, and will travel with you.

good luck on your search! oh,and the whole kid thing? lol. I get comments ALL the time because I have SIX. people have asked me if I have a tv, was I 'trying for a boy?", all sorts of questions. truth be told? had a very very bad upbringing, abuse beyond the "everyone has a dysfunctional family"; when my father was arrested on my 11 bday, (spent 4 yrs in prison when I was 3 for trying to kill his gf's new bf) I said on that day, I am making a brand new family when I get old enough.
we all have our reasons, usually personal, but I've found that people will ask, usually just out of interest, and I don't worry about it.

go for the dream! ~~tia
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Old 11-11-2013, 07:47 PM   #34
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I really love this community. Thank you all so much for all the inspiration, motivation and positive thoughts!!
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Old 11-12-2013, 05:24 AM   #35
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I have a dream of a pre retirement in the next couple of years and it preoccupies my mind often so I understand that a dream can be therapeutic. ( btw you weren't snarky I was )

Keep us posted on the progress of your plan...

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