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Old 08-05-2019, 03:13 AM   #43
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getting up early

I also grew up on a farm and am now almost 70- wake up around 4 am and wife sleeps past 9. We have a Tioga Ranger 31M Class C with a queen in the back and an overhead bunk in the front which works perfect. Bathroom is in the middle and TV's in both bed areas. I still have to be quiet and purchased an Amazon Kindle and read books at night and early am. They have Kindle unlimited where you can sign books out for free like in a library or you can purchase books. I've read over 300 books and it's a big part of my day.
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Old 08-05-2019, 04:43 AM   #44
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Im usually up at 4 am.
Love a quiet cup of coffee watching the sun rise. Listening to the birds.
Its 6:30 now as I post this and my wife is now up.

Its cracker barrel time
Just up the road.
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Old 08-05-2019, 05:28 AM   #45
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I would go back to the style of RV that makes you happy and move on from the one that isn't working for you. RV living is all about compromise. I have often thought I wanted to do something only to find it didn't really work out the way I wanted it to. The trick us to know when to write it off and move on.
X2^^^ Go back to what worked for you earlier.
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Old 08-05-2019, 08:20 AM   #46
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Our problem is the opposite. Over the past year my disability has come to mean more sleep. My wife has taken up on line games on her Kindle to keep quiet for a couple hours after she and the dogs get up. Gin Rummy and word games of all types in her case. Poker etc would be my choice if it was me.


Pain is tough to manage which I think is why my body says it needs more sleep. Good luck with all. Pain and all included we have had a great 50+ years together and she at least is still healthy.
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Old 08-05-2019, 08:23 AM   #47
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Sounds like a good solution!

Wish I had that problem, my wife of 29 yrs died almost 3 yrs ago.

Me, too, Mr D. My husband passed 6 years ago after 33 years together. My small motorhome hasnít seen a campground in 1 1/2 years. Use it to take Golden Retriever to vet.
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Old 08-05-2019, 09:19 AM   #48
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My wife likes to sleep late also.....but Iím talking about 8:30 or 9:00 !!!! So the night before we leave, I unhook everything but electric. The next morning, I pull in the slides, disconnect and head out.

Remember when your kids were babies and you could not get them to sleep.....you would drive around in your car until they went to sleep ? The same principle works on your wife !!! We left Moab heading to Santa Fe....slept through Utah and Colorado and woke up in New Mexico !!!

Good luck !!!!
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Old 08-05-2019, 11:43 AM   #49
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Pain is tough to manage which I think is why my body says it needs more sleep. Good luck with all. Pain and all included we have had a great 50+ years together and she at least is still healthy.

Occasional naps is what I need during the day as yes pain is tiring, makes you feel hot and can make you a bit grumpy.


Problem is now that if I cut myself or get something like an abscess tooth it has to be rip roaring bad before I notice it.


I am becoming more like my Dad who used to refuse Nova-cane and Anesthesia because he didn't like the after effects and just tough it out telling Doctors when they tried to force it on him that if it bothers you that much then work faster and get it over and done with. I didn't understand him when he did that before but now that I am reaching that age I find myself doing the same. If he were still with us today we might have a good chuckle over it.
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RikR, I'm in a similar situation. This post is 49 pages long and I didn't read it all, so I apologize in advance if someone else already suggested this.
I transferred all our favorite movies onto a hard drive, although a DVD player will work just as well. I use our laptop to process the hard drive and have the laptop connected to our TV and I use a cordless mouse as a remote control where I'm sitting. So the short answer is movies and headphones.
By the time I get situated, make coffee, and watch a movie, it's about 3 hrs and the wife gets up.

Thank you for your service. It's really appreciated.
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Old 08-05-2019, 05:08 PM   #51
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Me, too, Mr D. My husband passed 6 years ago after 33 years together. My small motorhome hasnít seen a campground in 1 1/2 years. Use it to take Golden Retriever to vet.
Sorry to hear that but why don't you take your pup camping? It would be good for both of you.
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We have been RV'ing for over 35 years and always had large motorhomes with a separate bedroom.

We are now in our late 70's and want to travel in a much more manageable size coach and boondock in tighter forest campgrounds.

So we bought a 26' Thor Axis. Trouble is I am a disabled veteran and wake up around 4:00 am in pain and have to get up. My wife sleeps to 7:00.

In those three hours there is nothing to do. Cant make noise, no TV satellite under the trees. Get sick of reading that many hours

Anyone else worked out this problem - we may have to give up the RV

Thanks

DH is a light sleeper, and I am very poor sleeper. Often I wake at 3am and can Not get back to sleep. Recently have started staying in bed and check email on my tablet. I can easily spend. Few hours quietly (tablet sound turned off) checking email, responding, and generally cruising the internet...and DH sleeps right beside me.
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Me, too, Mr D. My husband passed 6 years ago after 33 years together. My small motorhome hasn’t seen a campground in 1 1/2 years. Use it to take Golden Retriever to vet.
MsLiz, my condolences on the passing of your beloved husband.

When you're ready to continue your RV travels give you husband a big wave and thumbs up; may his memory be a constant blessing to you.

May safe travels and fun times be your companions on the road ahead.
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We have been RV'ing for over 35 years and always had large motorhomes with a separate bedroom.

We are now in our late 70's and want to travel in a much more manageable size coach and boondock in tighter forest campgrounds.

So we bought a 26' Thor Axis. Trouble is I am a disabled veteran and wake up around 4:00 am in pain and have to get up. My wife sleeps to 7:00.

In those three hours there is nothing to do. Cant make noise, no TV satellite under the trees. Get sick of reading that many hours

Anyone else worked out this problem - we may have to give up the RV

Thanks
I have this suggestion as my wife and I have similar schedules. 1) I have invested in the Dish service, a Wally receiver ($80 month), a Winegard X2 receiving dish antenna ( not on the roof) ($400), a bluetooth adapter ($15), bluetooth headphones ($150) and a 2 TB usb drive ($80): about $700 total invested. I have recorded a ton of programs that are on at all hours. Movies, series, documentaries, etc and I can watch those when ever I want and the blue tooth headphones means no bothering anyone else. Also, when parked under trees I still have a ton of programs to watch that I've pre-recorded. Know that when I am able to receive satellite signals I am diligent about scheduling recording during the day or middle of the night when I'm not actively watching. This isn't an internet solution which we solved using the Hotspot feature on our Samsung Smart Phone 7 & 9. This seems to be a less expensive but just as efficient solution as the Verizon Jet Packs, but maybe this is a different discussion thread.
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We have been RV'ing for over 35 years and always had large motorhomes with a separate bedroom.

We are now in our late 70's and want to travel in a much more manageable size coach and boondock in tighter forest campgrounds.

So we bought a 26' Thor Axis. Trouble is I am a disabled veteran and wake up around 4:00 am in pain and have to get up. My wife sleeps to 7:00.

In those three hours there is nothing to do. Cant make noise, no TV satellite under the trees. Get sick of reading that many hours

Anyone else worked out this problem - we may have to give up the RV

Thanks
I'm in a similar situation. I need 6 to 7 hrs, while she needs 8 to 9. the longer I stay in bed the stiffer I get, so longer in bed is out of the question.

We are currently at home, as she is still working. When she retires we will full time and this has been something i've been thinking about, especially when we are off the grid.

currently I make the coffee, turn on the news, then sports radio while on the computer and checking my daily and weekly lists. Plenty to do for those 3 hrs.

I'll have to adapt and I will.

Take all the ideas here in this thread and try them, you'll figure it out.

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Does your satellite provider give you free streaming on an app? That would at least give you an option to watch tv. Might need unlimited data on your phone to do this. Thatís all I can think of. Iím in a similar position myself.
My wife wears eye mask from Walmart and I used airbuds. Works perfect.
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