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Old 12-10-2017, 10:47 PM   #1
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Soon to be full-timer seeks advice...

Hi all,

My wife passed away early this summer, and itís now time for me to get on with my life. My home and all contents are up for sale. Iím ready for the next adventure in my life. After everything is sold, and I get my businesses back to where they're stable and don't require any babysitting, I will be purchasing a rig like what you see (or very similar) in the picture to live in full-time.



If anybody here has any secret tips/tricks or advice regarding the full-time lifestyle, Iím all ears. As a self employed internet guru, Iíll be mixing my business with pleasure, or my pleasure with business depending on how you want to look at it. If anybody here is running a businesses (especially if itís internet related) while full-timing, Iíd especially like to bend your ear.

From reading some of the threads, it looks like there are some very knowledgable folk here. Hope to learn a lot during my process of from moving from a home into an RV. Any special or out of the ordinary tips or tricks I should know would be very much appreciated.
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Hello, and Welcome to IRV2! I am sorry for your loss! Sounds like you have a plan now moving froward.........Take a look at this section of IRV2 http://www.irv2.com/forums/f92/ (Full Timers)
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Welcome friend, and so sorry for your loss. Its an exciting lifestyle and very full-filling. Lots of people run business's from the road and use that to support themselves, you already have that set up. Good luck on your travels.
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Old 12-11-2017, 04:17 AM   #4
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Welcome and sorry for your loss. It sounds like you have a pretty good plan in place. Lots of good info and good folks here that can help with your questions. Remember it is not always about the destination but more about the trip getting there
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

So sorry about your wife! We're not fulltimers yet so can't advise you. Hope you find the perfect rig for your needs.

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Glad to have you here in the forum with us. You're gonna like it here.

Sorry for your loss. Check out the Full Timers forum in the Forums tab at the top of the page.

Happy Trails!!!
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Old 12-11-2017, 09:06 AM   #7
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I lost my wife in Aug 2016 and am planning on selling the house and going full time. Still have an 18 yr old step grandson living with me, he graduates in next June. Working on getting the stick house cleaned up for sale. Might make it next year, might not. I'll be 71 in Jan so time is important too.
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Old 12-11-2017, 09:18 AM   #8
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Welcome Referralman,
Very sorry for your loss. I took a part time gig last year and work via phone and Internet, so that means some locations work better than others depending on comm services available. We use cellular Internet and that is almost always acceptable, but can be problematic in some locations of low signal and surprisingly in great signal areas with apparent very high volume demands on over loaded towers. Campground WiFi most always is close to us less, but there are happy exceptions. A good wifi antenna high on your rig helps a lot. The best situation is where we have rented long term 1-3 months and you can get the local telephone or cable company to install Internet service. This is by far the fastest connection and most reliable in our experience.
We did a post a while ago with a few of our thoughts from our experiences and you can find that here
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We did it from a perspective of a trailer, but many of the items apply to any RV.
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Old 12-11-2017, 11:56 AM   #9
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I lost my wife in Aug 2016 and am planning on selling the house and going full time. Still have an 18 yr old step grandson living with me, he graduates in next June. Working on getting the stick house cleaned up for sale. Might make it next year, might not. I'll be 71 in Jan so time is important too.
Mr. D... Sorry about your wife. Looks like we're in similar situations. Just to let you know... 71 these days is still quite young. I ride dirt bikes and off-road with guys in their 80’s and they never miss a beat.

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The best situation is where we have rented long term 1-3 months and you can get the local telephone or cable company to install Internet service. This is by far the fastest connection and most reliable in our experience.
We did a post a while ago with a few of our thoughts from our experiences and you can find that here.
I’ll probably be going with Hughes or ViaSat for my primary internet needs. If I have to become an installer/sales rep so I can be mobile, then I’ll do all the required training to become one. I think I've got it figured out.

As you said, the best is if you know you’ll be stationary for time and can get a dedicated line or cable run straight from the source.

I’ll still have my cell provider and data plan as a back up just in case, and for when I’m on the road and need quick access.

Your advice from your “Pullin Chocks” blog was spot on. I’ve already done plenty of research on what I want/need (solar panels, electrical, type of rig, etc.) that I will need to do my work and conduct my business.
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If anybody here has any secret tips/tricks or advice regarding the full-time lifestyle, Iím all ears. As a self employed internet guru, Iíll be mixing my business with pleasure, or my pleasure with business depending on how you want to look at it. If anybody here is running a businesses (especially if itís internet related) while full-timing, Iíd especially like to bend your ear.

From reading some of the threads, it looks like there are some very knowledgable folk here. Hope to learn a lot during my process of from moving from a home into an RV. Any special or out of the ordinary tips or tricks I should know would be very much appreciated.
Are you sure that is big enough?
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Old 12-11-2017, 12:32 PM   #11
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Are you sure that is big enough?
That rig is perfect for what my lifestyle will be, and for what I'll be doing business wise. I used to drive one of these when I was a kid working in the oil patch... so making the transition from big rig to big rig will be like putting on a new pair of shoes.

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