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Old 04-26-2011, 11:09 PM   #29
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You might find this website interesting reading: http://home.earthlink.net/~derekgore/rvroadiervfulltimingwhatisitreallylike/index.html
He retired from the USAF and went directly to full-time RV living. His website chronicles their experiences.
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Old 04-27-2011, 01:15 AM   #30
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Just wanted to say thanks for your service, and welcome to iRV2, Gunny!
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Old 09-05-2011, 09:28 PM   #31
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Bowen71, welcome to iRV2. You came to the right place for input.

It sounds like you have the income to travel quite a bit. If that is the case, you will want to buy all that you can comfortably afford and leave enough to enjoy it. In my opinion, nothing is too long. It's like asking a question about how comfortable do you want to be?? If you find you will be putting a lot of miles on your RV MH, get a DP. They are more costly in terms of initial cost & maintenance. But you get your money back in other savings. There has been a lot of discusson on this and other forums about that alone. And whatever you do, I would not recommend buying something new. There are a lot of good deals on used out there now.

I'll leave it for others to offer some good advice to your questions.

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Welcome Gunny, best of luck and hope you get that next stripe. IMHO the first advice given was a good summation. My full time has been in gas units only in 22 to 37 foot units for a total of 5 years. Now back in stick house for a couple of years. If your going to full time and you'er going to do a lot of traveling and keep the unit for an extended period of time I would suggest a 2-4 year old DP in the 37 to 40 foot range with a minimum of 2 slides and I note that tree would be better. Over forty foot with tag axel is nice, but, normally the prices are higher and require more maintenance in general. Look around at various RV parks and your local famcamp and you will see that the tag axle units are normally the exception to the rule. For myself, I see 10-20 non-tag axle units for every tag I see. Just don't short yourself comfort and regret it later. As others have already stated, Thank you for your service.
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Old 09-05-2011, 09:49 PM   #32
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Well thank you all for the warm welcome.

I am at 20 years but I am looking at another 4 before I retire so with that said I am looking to buy now and live in it later. I will hopefully get promoted one more time in the next 4 years that will make me a MGySgt and I don't own a house I rent as of now. I plan on living in the RV full time with my wife until I finish my degree using an online school. So I will be receiving retirement and BAH (Basic Allowance for Housing) as a Sgt until my GI Bill is used up which is 3 years from the time I start. When I get my degree I will settle down and get a job. I am going to put everything we own in storage and sell the SUV and use my 71 beetle as a toad. I plan on going into this dept free except the MH payment.



I went to the Camp Grounds on Camp Pendleton today down at the beach and they are a little over $35 a day for electric water and sewer. Is that normal? I am going in the next week or so and look at lots in the San Diego area to see how much things cost. As for MH's I would like a DP but I don't know much I am going to use the MH after I get done with college. So I may be selling it or storing it. I have looked at a lot of MH's but each are so different in little ways you can't find 2 alike so far.



Next is loans and insurance I know you can get 10, 15, 20 year loans and I can't even find a place to give me an MH quote. As for registration what states are the cheapest me being military I can chose where I want right now I am looking at NC as they are the cheapest on taxes so far.



Thank you all for the help. I can't wait to be a full timer but I have to be smart about it.
We like a campground on a lake her in WA, cost is about $96 for three days using our Good Sam discount. If we took a watrerfront site for a month it would be $450 a month (plus tax). That includes 50 amp power, water, sewer, basic cable TV and WiFi. Some of the spots are super wide and long. Our MH is 41' long and triple slides, we tow a '05 Honda Ody. We bought a DP because we planned to travel, but my step daughters untimely death changed that as we now have 11 and 19 year old grandkids living with us. Our income will be about half of our working income but still way above the national average so we can afford to travel. Might try "travel schooling" the youngest when we can. I retired in 1998 after 30 years with the WA DOT and am working till my wife can retire in Dec, 2012, although she's getting a retirement now.
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Kevin J here, Cheri's old boss, lol... .small world eh...

We are trying to get out more and more, on a three week trip now, working from the RV.

Drop us a line... we will be back in Arizona 3rd week of Sept, we live up in the Prescott area now.
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