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Old 10-17-2017, 07:44 PM   #1
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Hi everyone! Iíve been widowed now for 3 yrs. Lost everything I owned including house due to bankruptcy....not all sad. moved on and started a new life. Living on SS and p/t work but would love to be a full timer. Kids all live at least 12 hrs away and my husband and I did a lot of camping through the 44 yrs being married. Only afraid I canít afford it on 1600 mo. Want a van type camper because it will be my only transportation. Sorry for this being so long. Hoping in a year or so to live my dream.....love this forum, its so helpful
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Keep searching, dreaming, and praying. Lots of work-camper jobs out there too. Youíll find the right rig eventually.
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Old 10-17-2017, 07:49 PM   #3
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Keep searching, dreaming, and praying. Lots of work-camper jobs out there too. Youíll find the right rig eventually.


Thanks so much for the encouragement! I will
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Old 10-17-2017, 07:52 PM   #4
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Lots of good reasonably priced rigs out there that will serve you well.

My wife died in Aug 2016 and I'm getting the house ready to sell and go full time.
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Old 10-17-2017, 09:21 PM   #5
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Glad to have you here in the forum with us.

Take your time. You'll soon realize your options with a little homework and some help. You'll find plenty of it in here. Just ask.

Happy Trails!!!
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this place is great

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Old 10-18-2017, 06:30 AM   #7
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Welcome.

Many happily fulltime on much, much less. Look at your bankruptcy as an opportunity. Your bills are largely discharged- just try not to rack up more. The biggest problem in full timing on little money are the bills carried over from your sticks and bricks life.

A motorhome is the norm for solos. If by "van" type you mean a Class B or a home made van conversion, make sure the facilities will be acceptable long term. I like to cook and bathe so B's are out for me.

My 28' C is my daily driver and I seldom feel limited. C's are usually cheaper and get about the same mileage as a B. The extra space makes the experience much nicer. If you like there are some inexpensive monthly campgrounds near the gulf coast if you want to veg out for a while. Some have full hookups but not campground showers. B's are easier to park but sitting around for any length of time in a B is uncomfortable at best.

I use a friendly mail service in Pensacola to fulfill legal domicile requirements. Florida is a little pricy for initial registration but is average or cheaper after that.

Good luck- you can do this if you want to.

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Hi ! 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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Doing lots of research. I think you’re right about the class c vs b....so much to think about but I have 1 yr lease on apt right now so I will plan and prepare until then. You guys are so encouraging....Alone is a bit scary but I can handle it! Thanks all!
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There are a number of places that offer free RV spots in exchange for work. Google 'RV workers' and check them out. Just make sure you know what you're getting. I've seen some that expect someone to work 8 hours a day/five or more days a week in exchange for their 'free' site. I've used the sites since we've chosen to keep our 'sticks and bricks'. Our caretakers get an RV site in the country with full hook ups, etc in exchange for feeding our cats, mowing the lawn in the summer and forwarding mail to us about once a month.

Get all the discounts you're entitled to (Good Sam, military, AAA). RV parks usually offer better rates for those staying by the week and even better by the month (but most monthly rates require that you pay for electricity.

One of our caretakers bought his motorhome by starting a GoFundMe account. The brother and sister-in-law he hated pretty much funded the whole thing so you never know who is willing to help you live your dream.

Don't give up!
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There are a number of places that offer free RV spots in exchange for work. Google 'RV workers' and check them out. Just make sure you know what you're getting. I've seen some that expect someone to work 8 hours a day/five or more days a week in exchange for their 'free' site. I've used the sites since we've chosen to keep our 'sticks and bricks'. Our caretakers get an RV site in the country with full hook ups, etc in exchange for feeding our cats, mowing the lawn in the summer and forwarding mail to us about once a month.



Get all the discounts you're entitled to (Good Sam, military, AAA). RV parks usually offer better rates for those staying by the week and even better by the month (but most monthly rates require that you pay for electricity.



One of our caretakers bought his motorhome by starting a GoFundMe account. The brother and sister-in-law he hated pretty much funded the whole thing so you never know who is willing to help you live your dream.



Don't give up!


So incouraging. Great group of people on here. When my husband was alive and the kids were small we owned a fifth wheel so Iím not a stranger to camping but alone and full time is frightening. I have a year before I could do it. Thanks so much
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