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.
Oh, and regarding this forum, nearly all of the forum members, the mods and admin --