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Old 07-05-2015, 09:46 PM   #1
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FT'ing to Prepare for FT'ing

Divorced, house sold with little profit and I'm living the apartment life. Got 5-6 years to retirement and would love to FT, traveling to see the sights of our country. What do you guys think about me getting an RV and living in it in an RV park and paying the RV off instead of apartment rent? I'm considering a 5th wheel toy hauler (motorcycle) with a one ton diesel truck. I've been reading the forums and have learned many things such as - get a rig rated for extended stay because many units aren't built for full time use.

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Old 07-05-2015, 11:33 PM   #2
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Go for it!!! I stayed the first 6 months in a park after I bought my rig....good time to get used to it and all.

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Old 07-06-2015, 12:02 AM   #3
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Why not? I may join the FT set due to my DW's health problems (liver cancer)
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It would seem from a financial perspective to be investing in something vs paying rent ... Next would be finding a rig you would be happy living in for what ever time you choose ... We see lots of folks (including families) out there living in 5ers ... just a matter of finding the right one for you ........ #justmy2cents
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Old 07-06-2015, 08:58 AM   #5
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You could see if could rent one set up in a park for several months. That way you won't have the expense of a large truck if you are sitting still for a long time. You get to try on the FT lifestyle before taking any depreciation on a trailer. If you like it then you can buy a little newer rig when you get ready to retire and travel. Have fun!
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You don't say what area you are in, but before leaping have you checked to see if there are parks that take year round residents in the are where you live? I don't know if they make 4 season toy haulers, but that will be part of your research. Just remember, you will be starting your fulltiming lifestyle with a 5 yr old rig, so you might want to consider a used 5er to start, then look at upgrading as it get closer to the time to go FT.

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Old 07-06-2015, 12:50 PM   #7
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Some very good advice. I'll be in a suburb of Houston (The Woodlands) so we don't see much of the 4th season (winter) but get a couple of doses of Summer!
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Old 07-06-2015, 09:24 PM   #8
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Don't forget you still need to pay "rent" at a rv park. Make sure your payments will be close to or less than what you are currently paying in the apartment.

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