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Old 03-26-2014, 12:08 PM   #1
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Another Newbie!

My husband & I are planning to retire later this year then travel the US for a year before settling into retirement with him mom living with us.

We have not traveled by RV before (except as kids) so this will be quite an adventure! The learning process has been going on for a while and these forums will be a great help - I'll be searching the archives for information and will probably soon post my own questions.

I'm purging and packing as we will be selling the house. We will probably store furniture and sentimental items in a PODS for storage & door to door delivery - so far it makes the most sense as we plan on retiring to a different area and don't want a DIY move.

Since we only have a year and want to see as much of the US as we can we are anticipating most of our stops will be from 1 to 3 nights. We love to hike so hope to stay at a lot of state & federal parks when possible. We will exclude the southeast as we have vacationed there a lot and will be able to take short trips after we are settled in our retirement location.

We have only looked at one vehicle - 40' Travel Supreme motorhome (2008 I think) that seems to fit our needs quite well but since it was the first thing we saw we passed for now (hope we don't regret that later). Not sure what we will use as a toad - have even thought about a Vespa type scooter rather than a small car.

We're starting to put pins in a map so we can figure out where we want to go and when we need to be in what part of the US to keep the weather reasonable. Then we'll try to plot a route to make it all happen.

He's a computer engineer & I'm an accountant - so we get a bit anal with the details - I'm sure the spreadsheets will get ridiculous before we are underway. We plan to retire in July and hope to get underway soon after that if all goes well.

Any & all advice is appreciated - thanks!

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Old 03-26-2014, 12:21 PM   #2
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Old 03-26-2014, 02:26 PM   #3
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Hi Cheryl! Welcome to IRV2 ! It's great to have you join the gang!

Congrats on the upcoming retirement! It's wonderful! Hope your plans work out good for you! Enjoy the forum!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Welcome from Michigan! Lots of knowledgeable people here, ask away. Good luck with the transition.
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Welcome, Cheryl. Sounds like you are well on your way to working things out. We joined irv2 in 2013 and have found the folks here to be very friendly and helpful...and a whole bunch of them are a lot smarter than me. That means I learn a lot here. Hope every thing works out like clock-work for you and hubby's retirement this summer.
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Howdy and welcome. Sounds like a great plan and congrats on the upcoming retierment. I'm sure you'll get plenty of info to arrange your destination. Have a great time and enjoy all your future adventures.
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Nice to have you, good luck with your plans!
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Welcome, and don't forget to plan on the possibility of you staying on the road for more than a year. Once you get out there you may not want to stop.
As far as the storage POD --- depending on what you plan on storing in it, you may want climate controlled storage for packed POD.
Have fun and try to share your adventure with us as it unfolds.
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