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Old 06-23-2016, 10:37 PM   #1
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Lifetime Boaters coming ashore

Hi, folks. New member based in Alaska. Many life changes for my bride and I in the past year. Laid off from job, decided to stay retired, sold home, and officially joined the snowbird flock by renting a place down south for the winter. Boats and travel in general have always been our means of escape. We've talked about an RV for years and are finally a situation to give it a try. We figure the practical aspects are very similar to boating. What we're not as sure about is sharing space in public campgrounds etc. That will be different for us. For boating needs we already have a decent (F-250)tow rig. So we're thinking 5th wheel. We've just started looking over the past few weeks. Being less than wealthy and fairly handy, we tend to buy used stuff. Anyway, here we are.
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Welcome, just do your research and you will find the right rig that meets your needs. Just take your time and look at everything you can before you make a decision. Then there are so many on IRV2 that will be able to help you with any questions or issues that come up. Good luck and looking for one is half the fun.
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Old 06-24-2016, 07:58 AM   #3
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Welcome Dan, being handy is a real plus. Good luck shopping.
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Hi Dan! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Hope you find the perfect rig for your needs!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 06-24-2016, 12:21 PM   #5
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Thanks for the welcome, folks. Looking forward to picking up a few pointers around here.
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Hi Dan



Glad to have you here in the forum with us.

Good luck with your search.

Happy Trails!!!
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Old 06-25-2016, 06:27 AM   #7
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Welcome! You are right about transitioning from boats to RVs. If you can maintain a boat, an RV will be no sweat.

I tried to cross over from boats to RVs, but the DW stopped me half way. We now do both, which gives us less time and money for each of them.

Campgrounds vs Marinas...so far I've encountered more unpleasant people in marinas than I have in campgrounds. Unless you purchase a rig that is seriously boon docking capable, boats hold the advantage in being able to get away from the crowds.

Best of luck with your purchase!
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Thanks, guys. From what we've seen so far the RV search is going to be an adventure of its own.
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.... We now do both, which gives us less time and money for each of them.

Campgrounds vs Marinas...so far I've encountered more unpleasant people in marinas than I have in campgrounds...
For the next few years at least we plan on continuing to boat summers in Alaska and RVing winters "outside" (aka in the lower 48). We currently boat on Prince William Sound and don't use marinas. Which is why campgrounds will be a new experience. Our typical overnight spots in the boat look something like this:

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I really enjoyed boating, but eventually tired of getting the crap scared out of me. Feel much better about RV traveling style.

Suggest you consider a road trip to Texas and/or Florida to expand your choice of available used RV's.
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Old 06-25-2016, 09:31 AM   #10
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As a former full time liveaboard boater, who now splits between MH and a boat, I would suggest that you shop for boats and RVs in the northern parts of the country.

Anywhere there is a winter limits the use of RVs so they should be in better condition.

As far as RVing, we are buying a house on the Erie Canal, with a dock.
The next item is a boat for up north and only use the RV for site seeing trips and travel to the boat in Fl for the winter.
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Welcome Dan and thanks for sharing that beautiful photo!
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Based on your boating photo, you'll perhaps feel cramped in a CG and might be better off boon-docking with a TC. When we had a big boat sitting at the docks and enjoying a brew with the neighbors was fun. We don't do that in a CG for some reason. With a 250 you should be able to pull a TT or smaller 30-35' FW. If you can maintain a boat the RV will be easy for you.
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...Anywhere there is a winter limits the use of RVs so they should be in better condition...
Not quite as sun baked either. Boats up here stay in amazingly good condition. We lived aboard for seven years back in our relative youth. Some of the best times of our lives.

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Based on your boating photo, you'll perhaps feel cramped in a CG and might be better off boon-docking with a TC. When we had a big boat sitting at the docks and enjoying a brew with the neighbors was fun. We don't do that in a CG for some reason. With a 250 you should be able to pull a TT or smaller 30-35' FW. If you can maintain a boat the RV will be easy for you.
What's a TC?

We're thinking nothing larger than a 30 footer for now. We could even go smaller but my bride only has one firm stipulation... gotta have a washer/dryer. Too many years during the aforementioned living aboard and apartments before that when we had to use laundamats. She swore never to do so again and has stuck to it. So if we don't have W/D then laundry becomes my job
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BearBait, as with finding a good boat, take your time. If you get rushed by a salesman or even private owner, walk. I lost track of how many we looked at. Our biggest challenge was deciding on the configuration. Trailer, 5th wheel, motorhome.
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