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Old 03-24-2015, 09:43 PM   #43
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IMO as you age you will likely be downsizing, either through necessity or desire.

Selling the house when you want to rather than when you have to is one of my goals. We will sell and move to either full time or a retirement size home when the time is right.

If we move to full time we will still have the option to purchase a smaller home once the desire or ability to be on the road is finished.

IMO it makes little sense to keep our home on a large piece of land should we go full time. Currently we RV for 6 months and work on the property for 6 months. While we still enjoy the gardening, pruning, grass cutting, painting, and other maintenance required it will not be long before we will tire of it. We do not need an anchor to return to the area we desire to finish our lives in.

The money we retain from our house sale will be able to purchase a smaller house or pay rent in a retirement facility, which ever fits the bill. Should we decide to buy or rent we will have choices.
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Old 03-24-2015, 11:36 PM   #44
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Sarah, that was the cost of replacing the outside unit and the air handler inside. The duct work was good. That's the going price around here!
Wow, we need to move to MS. Our replacement was similar; the 5-ton outside unit and air handler/furnace in the attic. We had three bids and chose the middle one, based on reviews of the HVAC company. I just hope we get 20 years out of this system like we did the first one!

I hope you and Annette love full-timing, Joe. Have fun!
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Old 03-25-2015, 06:03 AM   #45
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Just paid almost $6000 to replace the heating & cooling system in our home!

Yeah, I know things can go wrong with the MH too, but unless the engine or tranny blows is should not be nearly this expensive!
And if the Engine blows...Well a new in the crate 8.1L Vortec is only about7,000 (Plus 3 grand to install)
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Old 03-25-2015, 06:54 AM   #46
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Hey folks, I didn't mean to stir up a hornet's nest here! This is getting out of hand! We all have a right to feel differently about things and to express those differences, but let's don't attack each other!

We're all part of this wonderful world of RV'ing! Let's just shake hands and let it go before more feelings are hurt!

An old saying I have when someone says or does something that I disagree with is: I just "FIDO" it...."forget it and drive on".

Goodnight folks!
Wow...... I agree. I can't believe where this went. I completely get the perspective of your original post, and Gordon's post (#43).

We started adding up all the expenses that we're going to hit our 16 year old McMansion last year, added up all the other "regular" expenses, not to mention what we had already put into it, and decided enough is enough. Time to plan for where we want to go in the next chapter of our lives.

Sold the house (in 4 days), have a contract on a smaller "condo" that won't be ready until the end of this year , and bought our MH. Yes, a year of apartment living......

And with all that, I am able to retire, and next Tuesday is my last day of work. We have some great trips planned and ready to enjoy our new coach!
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Wow...... I agree. I can't believe where this went. I completely get the perspective of your original post, and Gordon's post (#43).

We started adding up all the expenses that we're going to hit our 16 year old McMansion last year, added up all the other "regular" expenses, not to mention what we had already put into it, and decided enough is enough. Time to plan for where we want to go in the next chapter of our lives.

Sold the house (in 4 days), have a contract on a smaller "condo" that won't be ready until the end of this year , and bought our MH. Yes, a year of apartment living......

And with all that, I am able to retire, and next Tuesday is my last day of work. We have some great trips planned and ready to enjoy our new coach!

Congrats! Enjoy the retirement!
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