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Old 06-08-2014, 11:44 AM   #1
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We have a retirement date!!

We've finally set a date to retire: 6/1/15! We've decided to sell the house and all our furniture so we don't have to put things in storage. What we don't sell will be donated or given to our children. But there are so many things to do, including the purchase of a coach!!

Would you please tell us how you handled the transition to full timing? How far in advance did you begin liquidating your belongings? What steps did you take (and when) to establish new residency? Any suggestions or advice, especially regarding things we may overlook?

Although a year seems quite far away, I have a feeling it's going to fly by! Any suggestions and advice will be GREATLY appreciated!
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What you're saying reminds me of a question - how do you eat an elephant? one bite at a time. You said you've got to buy a coach, have you ever owned one? If not I'd start with that and see if you even like the lifestyle.
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Old 06-08-2014, 01:14 PM   #3
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I would second that question, have you rv'd before? Do you have one now? If not I would strongly suggest that in this year you rent one, even if it's not the one you think you want to buy. Go out for long weekends, see how you like the small space. My 2 cents is buy a used unit. There are many stories on rv forums about people that spent a whole bunch of $$ and then decided it wasn't for them. If you buy a used unit with a floor plan that looks liveable to you, then you will know what you like and don't like and what you want in a new one. That being said we decided to go fulltime in August 2005. We already had a 5th wheel and a truck that we THOUGHT we would live in while we built a new house. We used it for vacations and long weekends and discovered we didn't want to go home. We put the house up for sale and it did not sell until Feb 2006. Luckily, the buyer wanted some of the furniture, we gave some to the kids and the antiques we put in climate controlled storage for 6 years! Finally, the daughter asked if she could have them and no more storage. If there are highly sentimental things that you don't want to get rid of put them in storage. You will know at some later date if you want to get rid of them, hopefully, not as long as 6 years. We were not at retirement age so we discovered workamping or park hosting. We volunteered at a California state park for 5 - 6 months then travel for 6 months every year for 7 years. It works for us. Don't try to see the whole country the first year, it will burn you out. Travel no more than 250 miles a day and stay a few days, see what's in the area. Have funds set aside for maintenance and repairs, it happens. We registered our vehicles in South Dakota while we were in CA. We use My Home Address in Emery, SD, they are great. Any mail forwarding in SD will answer your questions and are helpful. We went there a year later and got our driver's licenses. Good luck
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Congratulations on the retirement date! I remember well when I finally decided to go out to pasture. On my computer at work I had a countdown clock that read in hundredths of a second. The countdown numbers were a blur.
Yes the time will go be fast. Make sure you get everything you need to do done...before you retire. There won't be time to do them after you retire.

You seem to be taking a big step from work to immediate full timing. I'm sure you have fully explored all options. As for the coach, how much driving do you plan to do? A lot of moving around, I prefer the diesel pushers, however sitting still for long periods of a time at a campground I would think a gas coach would suite you. New or used? Are you handy with tools or rich enough to pay someone to fix the things that will go wrong. (no other option here, its either one or the other)

Good luck in your next year of life. I can guarantee one thing, you will be excited and you will be busy.
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[QUOTE=missourijan;2086615]I would second that question, have you rv'd before?

Yes, we've RV'd and camped for years. This is not a rash decision, but one we've planned for many years. We've been doing our research on the type of coach we want for nearly two years now, so we are well informed. This was not a decision taken lightly, nor without much research and informed thought.
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Congratulations on the retirement date! I remember well when I finally decided to go out to pasture. On my computer at work I had a countdown clock that read in hundredths of a second. The countdown numbers were a blur.
Yes the time will go be fast. Make sure you get everything you need to do done...before you retire. There won't be time to do them after you retire.

You seem to be taking a big step from work to immediate full timing. I'm sure you have fully explored all options. As for the coach, how much driving do you plan to do? A lot of moving around, I prefer the diesel pushers, however sitting still for long periods of a time at a campground I would think a gas coach would suite you. New or used? Are you handy with tools or rich enough to pay someone to fix the things that will go wrong. (no other option here, its either one or the other)

Good luck in your next year of life. I can guarantee one thing, you will be excited and you will be busy.
We are looking for a Newmar or Country Coach tag axle, 400hp or more. We've narrowed the selection down to just a few models, but didn't want to pull the trigger until we had a retirement date set and were completely ready to buy. We are approaching that time, and it's really exciting! We've pounded the pavement looking at coaches, reading, emailing, reading more...blogs, manufacturer web sites, NADA, etc, etc. The finances are in order and the plan has been laid. Now just counting down the hours!!! :-)

No, we won't be sitting in one spot too long, at least during the first few years. Hubbie doesn't want a gasser, so we're only looking at DP's with a tag. He wants the tag for the stability and extra load carrying capacity (we have a 900lb Goldwing bike). We have the toad (2014 CRV), so we're set to haul four wheels on the ground. Just wish we were leaving TODAY!!!
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We have a retirement date!!

Well start by buying and installing the baseplate and tow bar for the honda CRV. Then install a braking system in the CRV as well. If you are certain to get a DP, advise to look at installing "Air force one" as toad braking system.

Two very large dealers in Texas (MHSRV and PPL) will give you lots to look at and test drive. Plan to fly or drive there, and spend some time looking - you might find your dream coach.

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I can tell you how we went though the process. We had our MH before the house sold and we equipped it for our needs. Most of the things from the house did not go into the MH because of space requirements. Example is cook ware, we purchased new nesting cookware, sometimes refereed to a galley ware. Same for dishes, Corel, glasses, good quality plastic, and thing like that.
Next we decided where we were going to claim residency so we could get a mail service. We chose FL but SD and TX are also good choices. Before the house sold we started the process of changing our mail addresses to the mail service. By the time we vacated the house we had all mail going to the mail service first. Even ordered new checks.
We used a consignment service to sell everything in the house that the kids did not want; every glass, dish, towel, and piece of furniture. Even sold the trash cans and rags from the garage. They do take 30% but they also sell more things and for more money then we could have possible done! plus it was so easy. We simply moved into the MH and turned the keys over to the service.
Once everything else was done we we off as full timers. First stop was to FL to establish our new domicile. The mail service we chose, St. Brendan's Isle, has all,of the information and forms needed to establish domicile. If you follow there guide lines and have ALL the documentation listed it is a breeze. Took us one afternoon to establish residency, new voter regestration, drivers license and register both MH and toad.
Don't forget that you will need to re do your Will, medical surrogate, living will, and any power of at tourney as these must be valid in your state of residence.
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We just purchased our new to us 07 Discovery "retirement Rig" from Motorhome specialists (MHSRV.COM) outside of Dallas Tx. We got an UNBELIEVEABLE price (on Consignment).
Will be another year B4 the house is sold. Will give us a year to get her outfitted and sell the older rig.

Oh - Rule #1 when goign full time......DEBT FREE! We did it!


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