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Old 01-08-2019, 10:39 PM   #1
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Researching for work hiatus

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Iím planning a 6-9 month hiatus from working while exploring North America in an RV. Hoping to educate myself before making the leap.
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Old 01-09-2019, 12:31 AM   #2
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Fantastic! What areas do you hope to hit?
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Welcome. I am new as well, and have to say I envy you. Enjoy!
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Have fun and keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Welcome to the forum and congrats on the plan.

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

Good luck and enjoy the adventure.
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Old 01-10-2019, 01:50 AM   #7
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Thank you all!
My current plan is to take an Amtrack train from California to wherever I decide to buy a tow vehicle, drive to Indiana to pick up a trailer, (assuming I go with an ATC Toy Hauler) then visit friends and family in various states to include a trip through Canada to Alaska ending in the Pacific Northwest to explore and decide where to settle. The Government will keep my household goods for up to a year so I donít have to sell everything I own or pay for storage.
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We keep track of costs on long trips of two to three months and our average cost is about $100 a day.

That includes gas, RV park, food, tours, clothes my wife buys, etc. Every penny we spend goes on a credit card which we pay off at the end of the trip. That makes it easy to determine how much we spent on a daily basis.

I think you will enjoy your time away and it will definitely clear your mind.
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We keep track of costs on long trips of two to three months and our average cost is about $100 a day.

That includes gas, RV park, food, tours, clothes my wife buys, etc. Every penny we spend goes on a credit card which we pay off at the end of the trip. That makes it easy to determine how much we spent on a daily basis.

I think you will enjoy your time away and it will definitely clear your mind.
Thanks! Thatís my goal, relax and enjoy the scenery so I can decide what I want to do next without any distractions. Your budget feedback is also helpful. I think $100/day is a good value compared to staying in hotels and eating out every meal.
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It sounds like you are thinking about jumping into RVing in a big way, probably with about a $100,000 initial investment for the ATC Toyhauler and a late model capable tow vehicle. Should we assume you have or plan to buy some type of toy to haul in this Toyhauler, and that you would likely prefer remote outdoor camping areas?


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Welcome to the forum!!

Good luck and be safe on your adventure.
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It sounds like you are thinking about jumping into RVing in a big way, probably with about a $100,000 initial investment for the ATC Toyhauler and a late model capable tow vehicle. Should we assume you have or plan to buy some type of toy to haul in this Toyhauler, and that you would likely prefer remote outdoor camping areas?


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p.s. If I were to blindly give one bit of advice, at this point it would be to consider a used toyhauler motorhome, as one of these would likely take much less of a depreciation hit over a year or so, and used toy hauler trailers seem to always be abused when I see them for sale. Perhaps something like this 2007 Damon Outlaw class A toy hauler https://www.rvtrader.com/listing/200...611-5005691981 (just a random example of what is out there)
I appreciate the sound financial advice. I prefer to buy new for a few reasons. Mostly because I enjoy having new things and I take very good care of them and know their history. I consider that a luxury that I lose money on. Also, ATC trailers havenít been around long so there isnít much of a used market but they donít seem to depreciate much, (same is true for super duty diesel trucks).
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