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Old 08-11-2013, 10:08 AM   #2423
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Yep that's where that little sewing machine of an engine sat. Since my van was not insulated at all, it was ice cold in the winter even with heater on full blast. I remember how easy it was to park in tight spaces ... short wheel base allowed for super tight turning.

Back then I was not deeply concerned about fuel mileage, but I think it was probably pretty darned good. I'm sitting here thinking that it would not take much convincing to get me to go on a hunt for a completely restored '62 Ford van. I'd love to rig it for a toad. Wife would hate forever though. She would sooner walk than ride in my old van.
Really? Be tough keeping up walking..

Mine was not insulated either, and where I grew up it was 'hotter' than H*ll, and A/C was not an option then. But some screws, insulation material and paneling took care of most of it. Mileage was great, I do remember that, I also remember the quarts of recycled oil I had to keep putting in it also...
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Old 08-11-2013, 10:09 AM   #2424
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Old 08-11-2013, 10:15 AM   #2425
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Good morning my fellow mutants! Been a while since I posted a ponder. So here goes:

“Too often. . .I would hear men boast of the miles covered that day, rarely of what they had seen.” – Louis L’Amour

Been years since I read my dads Louie L'Amour books so when I came across the above lots of things came to mind. But of course the RVM way was right there - slow down, see and enjoy. Let the journey be the destination.

Recently a thread on full time budgeting caught my attention. Full timers budgeting a monthly fuel expense based on an average 1,700+ miles a month. I was taken aback. That seemed like vacation miles to me. Now how far and fast one travels is a personal decision, but knocking off 20,000 miles a year, year after year would be a stretch and a half for me. Too many shoe houses, giant chickens and big balls of string, foil and rubber bands to see. Not to mention a fall High School football game in some small town located next to nowhere.

So mutants - I know many of us are not full time - but we can have thoughts on the matter - that's the beauty of the ponder? So what do ya think? I'm thinking that unless I have to be somewhere - and I plan not to - 1,000 miles a month is too much. Maybe 750 tops, just slow rolling and letting the journey be the destination.
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Well, we are not full-timers per se, but we budget for appx 6,000 miles a year, give or take a few. This year we have so far done 4400 miles.

1700 miles a month, at today's prices, sheesh for us that would mean a bacon cut back!!!
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Old 08-11-2013, 10:24 AM   #2426
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Good morning my fellow mutants! Been a while since I posted a ponder. So here goes:

“Too often. . .I would hear men boast of the miles covered that day, rarely of what they had seen.” – Louis L’Amour

Been years since I read my dads Louie L'Amour books so when I came across the above lots of things came to mind. But of course the RVM way was right there - slow down, see and enjoy. Let the journey be the destination.

Recently a thread on full time budgeting caught my attention. Full timers budgeting a monthly fuel expense based on an average 1,700+ miles a month. I was taken aback. That seemed like vacation miles to me. Now how far and fast one travels is a personal decision, but knocking off 20,000 miles a year, year after year would be a stretch and a half for me. Too many shoe houses, giant chickens and big balls of string, foil and rubber bands to see. Not to mention a fall High School football game in some small town located next to nowhere.

So mutants - I know many of us are not full time - but we can have thoughts on the matter - that's the beauty of the ponder? So what do ya think? I'm thinking that unless I have to be somewhere - and I plan not to - 1,000 miles a month is too much. Maybe 750 tops, just slow rolling and letting the journey be the destination.
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I'm with you Steve. I want to see more than what's in the windshield! Gotta be able to stop and smell the flowers, rattlesnakes, etc. We're not full timers.
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Hey Mutants,
We are going to be on-the-roll in a few days. The sticks-n-bricks will be in good hands with my son living here, along with our favorite traveler, the 80 pound Husky, it is in good hands.

With that said we are not taking the MH. Aw, shucks. Not really as we have been to the Left Coast last year and the year before. This is a "babysitting" job while my other son, the Col., and his bride take a vacation after 25 years of marriage.

So if any of you Mutants live in the Camp Pendleton area, we will be there for awhile and would be, sort of, happy to meet up with you for a coffee or iced tea sit down.

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Old 08-11-2013, 10:55 AM   #2429
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This was my Modus Operand! Along with a lotta balls!
Hey, pretty good. If you can't snag them then brush them aside!

I haven't seen rattlers in years in our area, to built up and civilized now. It's 'rats' that are becoming the problem with the urban sprawl..
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So mutants - I know many of us are not full time - but we can have thoughts on the matter - that's the beauty of the ponder? So what do ya think? I'm thinking that unless I have to be somewhere - and I plan not to - 1,000 miles a month is too much. Maybe 750 tops, just slow rolling and letting the journey be the destination.
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Budget? What budget? Ya mean ta tell me I oughta....??? Ain't no oughtas 'round here! Mama don' 'llow no oughtas 'round here. ;0

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So if any of you Mutants live in the Camp Pendleton area, we will be there for awhile and would be, sort of, happy to meet up with you for a coffee or iced tea sit down.
From my grand exalted position of IOCN (Instigator Of Curiosities, Nonelected), I sense and encourage such, sort of, meetings-up. This weekend is our 3rd and each has been fun. How could they not be, with all these crazy-fun-mutated folks to choose from? Carry on!!!

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Budget? What budget? Ya mean ta tell me I oughta....??? Ain't no oughtas 'round here! Mama don' 'llow no oughtas 'round here. ;0

From my grand exalted position of IOCN (Instigator Of Curiosities, Nonelected), I sense and encourage such, sort of, meetings-up. This weekend is our 3rd and each has been fun. How could they not be, with all these crazy-fun-mutated folks to choose from? Carry on!!!

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Sue - you have taken the mantle of IOCN and are doing it proud! You have also been disqualified from service on the RVM IMFAB (Independent Mutant Financial Advisory Board).

IOCN is being entered into our Lexicon. Where others may have a Wagon Master - we RVMs have an IOCN. Excellent!
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Recently a thread on full time budgeting caught my attention. Full timers budgeting a monthly fuel expense based on an average 1,700+ miles a month. I was taken aback. That seemed like vacation miles to me. Now how far and fast one travels is a personal decision, but knocking off 20,000 miles a year, year after year would be a stretch and a half for me. Too many shoe houses, giant chickens and big balls of string, foil and rubber bands to see. Not to mention a fall High School football game in some small town located next to nowhere.

So mutants - I know many of us are not full time - but we can have thoughts on the matter - that's the beauty of the ponder? So what do ya think? I'm thinking that unless I have to be somewhere - and I plan not to - 1,000 miles a month is too much. Maybe 750 tops, just slow rolling and letting the journey be the destination.
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THAT is a GREAT ponder!!! For the sake of creating a budget with some padding we are budgeting for 1000 miles a month. Partly because all of our current travels have been to get from point A to point B in relatively short times. We don't know better right now but we think we will know better when we get rid of our J-O-B and are not governed by that clock.

The good side of our current experience has been that we already kinda learned that packing up and setting up 3 days in a row kinda...SUCKS! So...in hopeful mutant fashion we hope that a year from now we can see we do only the miles we need to support the journey and don't miss the miles not needed.

Fair enough?
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Well said Don - Not missing the miles not needed to support the journey has been accepted by the IMFAB as official RVM fuel / mileage budget rationale.
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DW and I have too many toys (individually and separately) to ever consider going FT. We home base from the Island but that could change at a moments notice if the correct new abode were to materialize elsewhere.

That said we do plan to spend a couple two three months a year sitting in our RV getting to or coming from or sitting at some great place or the other. If you travel slowly enough you see things not normally seen in the trip brochures. The horses sculpture on the edge of the mesa somewhere along highway 90, the Jolly Green Giant in Minnesota, a herd of antelope drinking from a pond somewhere in Wyoming. You never see these type of things from an airplane and seldom catch sight of them at 75 MPH on a freeway.

To each their own but we like somewhere around 300mMiles a day a great sawoff. Enjoy the trip and drive safely.
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My wife tells me the same all the time. I can be a power driver as many of you know. My wife says when we travel long and set up little, we never get to use all the wonderful things we own. My wife usually brings enough candles to light up a small park and heat it too!
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Sounds like me, also. Too many toys and hobbies to ever FT. Besides that, I don't know anybody who would put up with me for very long.
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