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Old 07-27-2007, 06:47 PM   #1
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My husband and I have decided to sell our house and buy an RV to live in full time. Of course, we'll use it for traveling some now and more when we retire. Can anyone offer us advise on the subject of living in an RV fulltime? Pros and cons of living in an RV permanantly, things to do and not to do, what to look for in an RV if you're going to live in it permanantly and so on. We are looking forward to the experience and want it to be a good one. I have no doubt that the RV-ing part will be fun, but what about living in it full time?
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Old 07-27-2007, 06:47 PM   #2
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My husband and I have decided to sell our house and buy an RV to live in full time. Of course, we'll use it for traveling some now and more when we retire. Can anyone offer us advise on the subject of living in an RV fulltime? Pros and cons of living in an RV permanantly, things to do and not to do, what to look for in an RV if you're going to live in it permanantly and so on. We are looking forward to the experience and want it to be a good one. I have no doubt that the RV-ing part will be fun, but what about living in it full time?
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Old 07-27-2007, 07:01 PM   #3
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You may want to check out some other forums as well as here. There are a lot of full timers that hang out over here.


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Old 07-28-2007, 12:48 AM   #4
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mrsmike, welcome to iRV2.com. We are glad to have you join us here. I have one question, have you owned or at least rented an RV before?
That would be the first trial if you haven't. There are many things involved and we do have a full timer's section here on this forum farther down the page. You will need to be sure to do pleant of homework before making the final decision that full time living in a RV is right for you. You can also do a search of the forum by cliking on the "Find" button and unchecking the small box to broaden the search area to include the complete forum not just the section you may be in. Good luck and let us know of the few basis answers to get started. I did about five years of homework to go full time and have not regretted it.
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Welcome to iRV2. Living in an RV is a lot different than short trips. We have lived in our 5et for extended periods twice.

Some suggestions for you to consider if you have never been out in an RV.
1. Rent for for a week and see what you like and do not like.
2. For you first RV, I'd suggest a gently used unit and not new. Everyone wants the new one, but the depreciation on an RV is pretty bad. So get a nice used one to use until you get ready to retire and full time. It will also let you get the feel of what you like and do not like.
3. For full timing, you need to decide on a motorhome or a 5th wheel and truck. We have had pop ups, travel trailers, class A's , class C's and 5th wheel trailers. Personally for full timing, I like the 5er over a motorhome.

As Mike said....do your homework.

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Welcome to IRV2!
This is just some "food for thought"...not trying to talk you out of it ...but as the guys above have said... living in an RV is NOT for everyone. You must make sure that you can leave many things behind that you have had for years and years. (I am looking around the house now...and realize that I have YEARS of stuff that will take forever to get rid of...and I am still not sure what to do with my shot glass collection!) I am starting to offer up stuff to family before I put it on CraigsList.(Read my latest blog!)
RVs do have their weight limit..and just because there is an empty cabinet...doesn't mean that the RV can hold any more weight!

Definitely rent an RV ...but I would go at least 2 weeks in it...you may find that you will never want to spend that much time in a much smaller space than what you are used to.

GOod luck...and again...Welcome to IRV2. Make sure you come back and post after you have spent your first couple of days in an RV!
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Hi Mrsmike, and welcome to irV2.
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