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Old 03-11-2012, 11:38 AM   #29
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WOW what a dilemma. If you have never camped or used and RV I think the idea of fulltiming makes you out of your mind. Take a summer and go camping or rent an RV and go on a 3 week trip. That way you will see if you like being away from your family and home. My first in-laws were very attached to the family and the stick and brick. They traveled extensively and when they finally retired (very young, mid 50's) they would take the winters in Arizona. It started with just a month or 2 and then went up to 6 months. The reason was they (MIL) didn't want to be away from the grandkids for long periods of time. We changed Christmas and Thanksgiving times to different dates and really enjoyed that time. They are long gone now, but wonder if I could be away from my grandkids (just had the 5th with another due in July) for months on end.

You have to look at a complete lifestyle change and way of handling holidays. You also have to get over the "STUFF" issue with having a home.

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Just because you buy an RV does not mean you HAVE to use it for fulltime.
Keep that in mind when you look....Then buy one that feels right to you and yours and spend a season or 2 to decide if you'd enjoy living in such a confined environment long term.
We are on our 2nd RV in 10 years; but we've camped for almost 30 years and still have no desire to live fulltime in an RV. We love our sticks and bricks home. But we also love the getaway the RV allows us when ever we want to.
You won't know until you give it a try and no amount of what you read here will ever give you the experience you will have actually using your own RV.
So, my advice is;Baby steps....Buy one, use one THEN if you really want to; sell all your collectables and go for it.


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Originally Posted by awarnes View Post
WOW what a dilemma. If you have never camped or used and RV I think the idea of fulltiming makes you out of your mind.

You have to look at a complete lifestyle change and way of handling holidays. You also have to get over the "STUFF" issue with having a home.
No, not out of your mind, just not the same as most other people. There's nothing wrong with being different then the main stream. That's what makes life interesting. The FT lifestyle will only appeal to people that are looking for something different.

We had plenty of camping experience, but not with a motorhome. Of course there is a learning curve/adjustment period, that's the fun of it!
It's not like you're always on vacation, cramming every fun thing you can do into a tiny time slot. When you're in a work or vacation mode it changes everything.

Holidays are great now. We go to our kids house and help them prepare for the get togethers. Much less stress for DW and I.

We had many years of enjoying our stuff, now someone else is enjoying it.

Observing your comments it seems the main reason for having a house is for keeping stuff and having a place to have holidays at. Pretty easy to solve that problem.

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