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Old 12-16-2017, 08:10 PM   #43
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Seems they are not as happy with the experience as they used to be. Too hard to find nice places to stay, RV parks are too crowded. You have to make reservations 6 months in advance for the nice places in good locations. The ability to just pick up and go and/or stop anyplace and stay awhile is becoming increasingly difficult due to the demand for spaces.
Need to think outside the box to solve this one - and be prepared to venture a long way out of your comfort zone.. We have a fairly "different" solution although we are certainly not the first ones to do it.

If things get a bit stale in your home country and you are sick of 6 mile traffic jams to get into national parks so you can stay at a crowded campground with substandard facilities that you had to book no later than 9:01 am 364 days ago, then just store your motorhome and buy another motorhome in a different country. Say Germany. Then you can explore from Turkey to Morocco to Iceland to Russia to Ireland - which will take you at least 20 years if you figure on spending 4 months a year there. If so inclined you can learn a smattering of 20 languages and then have more fun trying to use the correct word in the correct country.

Then you will realise how easy and cheap it is and buy another motorhome in South America which will give you plenty to do for say 15 years at 4 months per year. And then with the new-found bravado derived from surviving all those terrible third world countries with their water that comes out of mountain springs rather than PET bottles, food that doesn't come triple packaged, Muslim ISIS and Kurdish PKK and Colombian FARK and Peru's shining Path around every mountain pass and jungle clearing and of course all the corrupt officials around every bend, you will realise that Canada isn't such a fearful place after all and that epiphany will be quickly followed by the realisation that Mexico is a wonderful place with wonderful people. So that adds another 20 years before you get bored and has a big advantage that it doesn't require buying yet another RV.

Then maybe Australia might beckon - buy a Toyota Troopy and rough it for a few months at the right time of the year and learn that drop bears really aren't repelled by smearing one's neck with Vegemite, that Vegemite isn't too bad dabbed sparingly on fresh bread thickly spread with butter, that our crocodiles are bigger than alligators as are our snakes, spiders, sharks, deadly jellyfish and fish and octopus. You can also see if you can find a place where you can drive for 4 days on your own and never have a cellphone service or GoodSam roadside service or a Walmart AND never see another human. Now that is scary. Do try to stay on the wrong side of the road though. It is safer. And watch out for animals on the road - kangaroos, Wombats, Donkeys, Goats, Buffalo, Horses and Camels. Hitting any is definitely a lose-lose outcome

AND since there is no real need to spend a lot of money keeping up appearances, all of your RVs will in total cost far less than one entry level diesel pusher.

And you will never get bored with the scenery, people or your lifestyle.

Or you can sit home on the back patio in your over 55's retirement resort waiting for the grim reaper to show up and put you out of your misery

No brainer, I reckon
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Old 12-16-2017, 08:23 PM   #44
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IMHO, Camping as they say is seeing an unprecedented growth. But that brings more opportunities for new campgrounds to fill the need. It will just take some time to catch up with the demand.
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Old 12-16-2017, 09:31 PM   #45
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I am definitely having more fun now then before. Changes in equipment have made the mobile lifestyle so much easier and comfortable.

I see more and more CGs that you must have reservations at in order to get in. That tells me there are more people out there RVing.
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Old 12-17-2017, 12:21 PM   #46
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Truthfully is RV'in becoming less enjoyable

In line with some other comments, have a plan to exit RVíng thatís as strong as the one to get into it.

Kids are gone, donít need a four bedroom house, easy. But when RVng is more work than enjoyment, have something took forward at say, age 75.

This then gives more flexibility to ďhowĒ to do things over a given period of time. Itís closed, not open ended.

Consider that most buy something, retire, visit the must-see National Parks and call on relatives otherwise unimportant the last thirty years, hit a few bucket list golf courses, and itís done.

Then the RV sits around another five years barely being used.

Exercise more imagination. There are far too many RV blogs today to keep up. Only use the the Internet where itís not a time-sink.

Other people have other ideas. Listen. All kinds of folks gather based on shared interest. EAA at Oshkosh. Cast Iron cookware competition. Anti ur farm tractor exhibition. Star-gazing. Dental work at Algodones, and a black market load back across the border to pay for it. Etc.

A couple of bicycles or canoe can change everything.

It just isnít about one popular campground or another. One huge attraction.

The more distractions dragged along (WiFi! Sat TV! ) the less youíll see or hear or feel. The less youíll get from it. The world we live in wants every minute and every dollar we have.

Change things.

Like driving too fast. Since everyone else is doing it. Do you even once daily use your brakes in any suburban or rural situations that didnít involve exiting the road or in a grade descent.? Then itís too fast. Lose the stupidity.

The idea is ďto let goĒ. To no longer be passive. Take stock of what is valuable and turn off Faceborg.

We none of us have another couple of hundred years. A letter back home or weekly phone call is enough. Did it that way for decades. Cut the anchor chain.
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