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Old 04-08-2011, 07:56 PM   #1
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16 months till full time need advice

It may seem like a long time away but considering how fast the last year went... I just sold the vintage 23 foot class C and will be getting my new 18 foot travel trailer in June. It was hard to make that change but I have a perfectly good (and almost paid for) van and I think this will work best for my lifestyle. I plan to stay a few days or maybe a few months at each stop and explore the area without my "home" behind me. I just turned 50 so too young and too broke to actually retire. I rent so no home to sell. I'd like to do some workcamping, pick up seasonal work, and hopefully do some dog grooming at the campgrounds as I've been making my living at that for over 30 years. I've also sold a bit of my artwork, dog portraits and mosaics so might be able to make a few bucks that way. I know my home will be small but for me and the Poodles, we're outside any chance we get. Other than having a decent savings, paid off credit cards, and no bills other than insurance what am I not considering?
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Traveling with 3 pets, especially with one of them older, veterinary care will be another consideration. We traveled with an older dog until we had to put her down about a year ago (she was 15 1/2). We sometimes had problems finding a vet. Even though we traveled with all her records, every new vet always wanted to do a full evaluation. It got expensive. We finally found Banfield Veterinary. Banfield is a nationwide veterinary chain that offers services through many PetSmart stores. You may want to investigate them before you hit the road.

We're fully retired so I don't have direct experience, but a lot or RVers seem to have had good experience finding jobs through Workamper News.
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I've been getting the workamper newsletter for a year now, it has helped fuel my dream. I seriously doubt that the old guy will make it till August 2012, he'd be a month shy of 18 at that point. He hates everyone but me and at times I question that but I do Love him. I have a Care Credit card that will help with vet bills in an emergency but do have to pay it back. I'll check out the PetSmart vet you mentioned and see if they accept it. I also don't plan to burn any bridges here at my current job in the veterinary hospital, might need to make a quick trip back if one of my babies gets really sick. Too bad I don't have a human doctor in the family.
My biggest concern is keeping my trailer (and my own for that matter) weight below the 3500 pounds that I can pull and still have the neccessitys I need.
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