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Old 05-14-2012, 09:21 PM   #1
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Hi, from Montana

I'm Brian, my wife is Bridget. We're trying to live on my early retirement. The original plan was to take a year off and then go back to work but a hurt back has really gotten in the way of our plans. I'm still seeing doctors and judging from what every doctor has said, there is no reason to believe it will get better.

It's bad enough I can't do any yard work, so our 40' x 80' garden is now the most prolific weed bed you've ever seen. My wife went back to work to help pay some bills we never meant to accrue and then it hit me -- why even have a house?

So we've started selling some stuff and will be listing the house very soon. I've been watching RV forums, reading threads going back four years; reading blogs back to their origins and looking at RVs trying to get a feel for what's out there, what prices they're going for, and what will work for us.

A class A diesel pusher seems the most likely option at this point but I don't want to spend more than $20k so our choices are limited. The coaches that have caught my eye the most have been late 80's to early 90's Foretravels, Beavers and Monacos (no slides). They're (usually) in the right price range and the quality is there so the idea of getting an older coach doesn't scare me half to death. We were going to sell the house first and then buy the motorhome, but we've since learned financing for an RV without owning a home can be a problem.

I do have some RV experience. When I was single I full-timed in a 25' Barth Class A for about a year. I absolutely loved it. Later, circumstances dictated I live in a 23' Prowler 5th Wheel with my wife, 130lb dog, 85lb dog, 2 cats and intermittently, my 18yo son. This was not planned and it lasted for about six months or so. I absolutely hated it. In all fairness though, that 5er was meant to be a camp trailer and full-timing aside, that was a low point in our lives for other reasons. For camping I've also had a tent trailer, a pop-up truck camper, a travel trailer and currently have a hard sided truck camper (for sale now).

That's me in a nutshell. Here's hoping you all are looking forward to my future annoying questions.

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Old 05-14-2012, 11:59 PM   #2
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Howdy and welcome. Good luck with your RV search.

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Old 05-15-2012, 04:58 AM   #3
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Welcome aboard and sure glad you joined us. Hope you enjoy the site. Sorry to hear about your back and hope you can get some relief. Believe me I know what their about. (Backs that is) Hope you find the rv that best fits your needs and if you have questions don't be afraid to ask. Good luck shopping.
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Old 05-15-2012, 07:16 AM   #4
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Brian & Bridget:

G'morning from South Dakota and WELCOME to the iRV2 gang!! We're full timers and have been in and around the Missoula area a few times. Sure do enjoy it...especially the fishing!!

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Old 05-15-2012, 07:35 AM   #5
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Welcome to the forum. Here's hoping that your plans work as well as you hope they will. Good luck and safe travels.
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Old 05-15-2012, 08:51 AM   #6
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Hi Brian and Bridget, welcome to IRV2. Good luck with your plans.
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Hi and Good luck with your plans
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Old 05-15-2012, 09:56 AM   #8
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Heres hoping you find some relief for your ailing back. RVing will put a smile on your face. Good luck lookin for a rig. Ask a ton of questions before you make your decision on what rig to buy.
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Old 05-15-2012, 10:12 AM   #9
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Brian & Bridget:
From a fellow Montanan, welcome to the forum. I hope you find your dream coach without too much trouble. Regarding questions, please feel free to ask as there is no such thing as a silly or dumb question. We all learned on the same curve so we have all been there at one time.
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Old 05-15-2012, 03:22 PM   #10
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Thanks all, for the warm welcome!

Yes, there is some fantastic fishing up here. It wasn't until we moved up here from Southern Nevada three years ago that I learned to fly fish. I don't believe I'm all that good at it but in this part of the country when I'm out there on the water, I don't care if I don't catch a lot.
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