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Old 04-18-2014, 01:50 PM   #1
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Hi folks,
I found this site while looking around for ideas on RV options...

I'm new to all of this, I don't have an RV or anything, but seriously considering getting one very soon and living in it full time for a while (years?), and touring the country (continent?) to see all the places I've never been, see old friends, and make new ones.

Here's the short story - I'm retiring from the Navy next month, recently single again, no kids - so now's the perfect time to take off in a new direction. One plan is to put things I want to keep in storage, rent or sell my house (& car?), and get an RV/toad or truck/trailer setup.

I've started doing some research, and think I'd like to go the RV/toad route, don't need much, would try to keep it on the cheap. I would like some extra space to take along some tools, as part of the plan would be to try to use my construction skills wherever I could on my travels.

So, I'll take any words of wisdom you have to offer, and as I come up with specific questions, I'll throw those out too, thanks!

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Old 04-18-2014, 02:04 PM   #2
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A real adventure is ahead. And, thank you for your service!

The Truck/Trailer option will generally be cheaper than a motorhome - but not always. A motorhome is better than a Trailer for many reasons to some - but not always. It's really a personal choice.

If carpentry, electrical and plumbing are part of your construction skills, a "fixer-upper" RV of any type might be an option for you too(?)

Many military retirees have "hit the road" after retirement. Ensure you sign-up for the right level of Tri-Care so you can use off system hospitals with the least co-pay and get your annuity check direct deposited to a bank you can access with little issue.

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Welcome aboard! This is a great place to pick up on all kinds of informtion on RVing and a lot of related topics. With your skills you should be able to put together a great travel combination. Enjoy your retirement...and thanks for you service to our country.
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Welcome aboard (pun intended). Lots of folks here, who all started just where you are now, wanting to share. I encourage you to use the iRV2 search window at the top of the page. Just enter any specific concern, and it probably has been discussed and archived. IMO fulltiming would be an wonderful next chapter for you.
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It all comes down to what you really want. You will save a lot of money if you stretch now and get what will suit your needs for several years. My recommendation: 40 -43 diesel pusher and wrangler toad. I've had a lot of 5ths and 3 class A's. Just my opinion.
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Old 04-19-2014, 06:57 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by Scarab0088 View Post
:... If carpentry, electrical and plumbing are part of your construction skills, a "fixer-upper" RV of any type might be an option for you too(?)

Many military retirees have "hit the road" after retirement. ...
I have thought about a fixer rig... yes to carpentry, electrical, plumbing, but I quit working on my own cars years ago, so a little worried about potential mechanical problems with an older RV. And I would be working on it while fulltiming so probably would want to limit work to non-critical upgrades.

And again, space for tools/materials is a concern, I can't take everything with me that is now filling my two-car garage...

I've really enjoyed my years in the Navy. I'm retiring as a reservist, so have to wait a few years before I start to get that retirement check (one reason of trying to keep this less expensive now. I might try to pick up some spending money along the way from odd jobs.)

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:... get what will suit your needs for several years. My recommendation: 40 -43 diesel pusher and wrangler toad. ...
I have been thinking that a class A (maybe not as big as 40 though) with something like a Wrangler is what I'd like/need.
I need to get out and start shopping around, looking at them in person.

Thanks for the feedback/advice! Bryan

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