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Old 07-06-2015, 06:18 AM   #1
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I'm steamyb and I retired on disability in '11. I have a bad back and have some experience dealing with this, my wife has had 4 surgeries on her back. I'm not doing that, so the idea is to travel a little. We have to stay in the south-east USA to be close to the doctors, but with careful scheduling, we should be able to travel some. We also have a little dog, Ping.
So 3 weeks ago I bought a 1998 Fleetwood Flair and am in the process of installing an EMS, an On-Demand Hot Water Heater, and a Wi-Fi Antenna, Boaster and Router. It will probably take us 6 months to transition from the house to full-time RV living, but we are no longer able to maintain the house. The kids are grown and gone and the house is too big for us.
My hobbies are home-brewing beer (since I retired), acrylic painting, bonsai (I'm not sure how that will work in an RV!), and No-Limit Holdem Poker. A fairly eclectic mix of interests, but when your back is shot- you do what you can. I'm thinking that's enough about me and I look forward to meeting you folks.
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Congrats on the new rig! Keep her between the ditches!

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Welcome to the forum.....Good luck with your new rig and your full time plans.

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Welcome, glad to meet you!

I find I have to stop every hour or so to walk around a little with my back. Plus anything over about 250 or 300 miles starts giving me hours of pain. Good luck with your travels.
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'I find I have to stop every hour or so to walk around a little with my back. Plus anything over about 250 or 300 miles starts giving me hours of pain. Good luck with your travels.'

I am still learning what I can and can not do. If I over do it, I pay the next day or so. Now the golden years we worked so hard for have me shackled to an indifferent health care system and because we are old and not in the marketing demographic- we are ignored. Except by the crows and vultures, who are trying to empty our accounts (pick our bones). Do I sound bitter?
When I retired on disability 7 years early and Teamsters cut my pension $700/mo, I was pissed and my back doctor sent me 'to talk with someone who understands'. My therapist said I should get a hobby. What hobby replaces your life? Or does life consist of what we do while waiting to die. My therapist could not answer these questions, but he had plenty of pills to hand out. I prefer Vicadin and Jameson, the great 'breakfast of champions'. So, this is supposed to be short and encouraging- here's the encouraging part- there is always someone in worst shape than you. What kinda gets me is the folks who say- 'You got it made, etc.' If they got up hurting at 3 or 4 or 5 or on a good day 6, they would not say how I 'have it made'.
Thanks for the reply- I will be a short tripper also.
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