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Old 01-04-2019, 12:07 PM   #1
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Happy New Year Everyone!

In April 2018 my wife and I decided I would quite my job, sell the house and everything, buy an RV, go full time, and travel the country while I write the great American novel. She'll continue to health coach as she has a lot of flexibility (she does consultations over the phone).

It's been quite an adventure already because we had never owned an RV or even been camping. After a ton of research (iRV2 helped a lot), we picked up our 2019 Newmar Ventana 4369 at the factory in Nappanee, IN October 22-26, drove to Wentzville, MO to have a towing system installed, back to Nappanee for warranty work, over to Lancaster, PA to have a water softener and reverse osmosis unit installed then to Fredericksburg, VA to finish downsizing and selling the house while I worked till the end of the year. Oh and we took a driving lesson in Richmond. This was after 2300 miles and not a little white knuckling during high winds, in rain, going through toll booths, backing into campsites at night, driving in snow, etc.

We've been in the Fredericksburg, Ashland, VA area with occasional trips to MD while downsizing and having additional warranty work done. Soon we'll head to FL then to AZ for the rest of the winter.

Still climbing the steep learning curve and have had a couple of head smackers (both physically under the slideouts and metaphorically through "discovery" ).

Today's my 3rd day of "retirement". Feels like a long needed vacation that hasn't really started yet.
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Congrats on the new rig! Hope you get past all those head-bangers quickly and get on with life! Have fun and keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 01-04-2019, 12:28 PM   #3
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Congratulations on making your dream a success. Sounds wonderful. We are newbies as well. Clearly understand those “learning moments”.
I retired April of 2018, it takes a while to relax, rest and find your retirement life rhythm. It is so worth it!
Wishing you success in your travels and writing a novel.
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Old 01-04-2019, 06:57 PM   #4
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Welcome to the forum and congrats on both the new coach and the new lifestyle. The learning curve is long but only steep in the beginning. Go slow grasshopper and you will do fine.

You are joining a good group of folks here with good info to share.

Continue to enjoy the adventure.
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Old 01-04-2019, 10:19 PM   #5
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That is frigging awesome!!!!!! I'm not new to the "camping" or "rv'ing" by any stretch, but I always learn every day.
Don't think that you will know all there is............Ever. LOLOL

How awesome of a life event man! A huge congrats to you and your wife!
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Old 01-06-2019, 09:02 PM   #6
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Thanks everyone! And a big shout out to all who take time to help us new folks, both on line and when you see us fumbling around in campsites.
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