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Old 09-26-2012, 06:27 AM   #1
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So glad I found iRV2!

My DH and I may be about to embark on a new adventure, and the information I am finding here is invaluable. His job (of 26 years) is about to end, and we are looking at the possibilities. One option is to start working for a contractor that send teams nationwide for anywhere from a few days to several months. Another option is to look for a job here in our own home town (we both grew up here), and still another is to take the opportunity to find a job in another city/state. If we take the job with the contractor, we are looking at buying a 5th wheel and making it our home. After embracing the idea of simplifying (read: getting rid of everything), we have begun to consider living in a 5th wheel even if we choose one of the other options (we are currently leasing a house, lease is up in Feb.) We have property just outside of our hometown that we could set up on (already has power, water, and septic), or we could find a place to park in a new permanent location if we take the third job option.

I have been lurking here and on a few other forums, and I really appreciate the respect, helpfulness and friendliness I have found here. I have several questions I'll be posting in other areas of the forums, but I want to thank everyone in advance for the advice, helpful information and encouragement I know is to be found here.

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Old 09-26-2012, 06:35 AM   #2
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Hi and welcome to the forum.

We had done a great deal of travel and I can tell you that many, many people live in RVs while they travel to where the work is. Some are single. Some are couples. And some are even families.

I wish you well in whichever path you choose.


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Old 09-26-2012, 08:35 AM   #3
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Hi tickled,

We recently went thru the downsize process and moved into our (new to us) motorhome. We collected antiques and moved first to a one bdrm apt, then to the MH a few months later. We ended up with some stuff in storage that we are still selling off or giving away. We plan to be able to hit the road in spring and head north to Oregon for the summer. We will be going south for winters and north for cooler summers.

Glad you found the site and hope you are able to make the transition as painlessly as possible. You will find as we did that it ain't as easy as it sounds to give up many of the "treasures" you have gathered over time.

Best of luck.
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Old 09-26-2012, 09:49 AM   #4
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Whichever you decide you have found here and the group always will help someone if the need be full time or just answers to a question you may have. In any case welcome to the forum and good luck in your decision.
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Old 09-26-2012, 09:51 AM   #5
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Hello and welcome. Good luck with whichever choice you make.
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Old 09-26-2012, 10:05 AM   #6
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We welcome you folks and wish you the best of luck. This is really a great site with so many helpful people.
We are in process of going full time and have to get rid of all the stuff we've accumulated...really a feeing experience though painful at times. With just my lovely wife and I {+ two great dogs} we know we don't need the big two story house and all the expense associated with it. Of course, it takes the right attitude to make anything work and you folks seem to have what it takes!
Again, all the best and safe travels!
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Old 09-26-2012, 10:05 AM   #7
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Welcome. Glad you found it too!!

Just about anything you want to know about your camper is here. My favorite passtime is reading threads about my MH. There always seems to be a solution to my problems.
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Old 09-26-2012, 10:43 AM   #8
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Welcome aboard and glad you found us. Hope whatever decision you make works out best for you.
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Old 09-26-2012, 02:37 PM   #9
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Hi folks! We're tickled pink that you found us! It's great to have you as part of the group here! Good luck on making the right choice on the employment. I know that's a touch decision to make. I fully agree on your comments about IRV2! It's a great place to hang out and get information you need occasionally. Good luck and God bless!
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Old 10-02-2012, 11:01 PM   #10
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Hi, welcome to the forum. Best of luck with your decision.
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Old 10-04-2012, 01:18 PM   #11
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We put down a deposit on a 5th Wheel...

First off, thank you for all the responses and the welcomes!! After much research online and looking around, we put a deposit on a 2004 Holiday Rambler Presidential 5th wheel. It had all the features we had been told to look for in a full-time, 4-season unit. It also had the floor plan that I think is the most workable for us. I know it is an older unit, but it is in our price range for cash sale, and we just are not in a position to finance anything newer (I know that was a suggestion that would get us in a newer unit w/warranty and more features.)

I'll be back in the next several weeks with a squillion questions. But for now, thanks for all the support.
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Old 10-04-2012, 06:59 PM   #12
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Hello from GreenValley AZand welcome to the forum. We wish you the best in all decisions you make go with what your heart desires you will do fine. Remember the people on this forum are very helpful with any questions you may have.
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Old 10-04-2012, 07:06 PM   #13
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If I were you I would seriously consider a Class A motorhome, (lots of good used ones out there reasonably priced) and get an economy toad like our Saturn ION. If you plan to move much the motorhome is like an IMAX theater and you have the extra vehicle for economy travel and sightseeing.

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