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Old 08-03-2022, 02:55 PM   #29
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One final thought on owning the stick built. Last July, we had $6,000 in plumbing issues when a tree root took out our sewer line which is beneath the blvd. If it was in the street the job would have required a sewer contractor and cost from $25 - 35,000. So even a stick built is not without some serious financial downsides.
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Looking so forward to full time (most time) rv living. The lifestyle choices are as different as the people. We will all have a slightly different plan, ability or comfort level. We didnt want to go in debt to buy our first rv so, we bought a 1998 national sea breeze as our "starter coach" in 2015. Had an independent inspector go to the rv lot and give us all the good, bad and ugly so we felt pretty confident in our choice and purchase price of around $13k. DH is very mechanically inclined and was very comfy with the gaser. MH had 56k miles when we bought it and we have doubled that (still both work FT so, vacations only for now) We are in our late 50s and chomping at the bit for retirement. We did buy a cabin on a small lake in northern Michigan to have a S&B once the dream begins and I'm glad we did. It does give comfort to have the S&B option if/when we sell our primary home. (maybe not in winter.. bbuurr!). Very long story short, we have probably spent another $10k on the old gal. $7k on new roof & 2 a/C units last year but we knew that going in as our inspector told us he would guess 5 yrs max on the roof if we coated it in the first year or 2 which we did. Don't regret it at all and, oddly, we don't want to "upgrade"... so happy with it we plan to begin our full/most time in the same "starter". I realize most folks may not have wanted to buy such an old RV to begin with and i guess even fewer would not want to upgrade. Make the right choice for you! Fortunately, we will have good emergency reserves too but, I do think we would hit the road regardless of all of these factors. We just want to get the most out of our time and we both LOVE the road/rv life!. Have had several family members die very young and perspective changed quite a bit. Stay safe, be happy and enjoy your time, everyone!
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Make the right choice for you! Fortunately, we will have good emergency reserves too but, I do think we would hit the road regardless of all of these factors. We just want to get the most out of our time and we both LOVE the road/rv life!. Have had several family members die very young and perspective changed quite a bit. Stay safe, be happy and enjoy your time, everyone!
EXCELLENT POST! With your attitude you'll do just fine when you take off for good!
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My wife is a "throw the towel" type of person. I'm at the other end of the spectrum...nothing seems to detour me. The bottom line is if you want to completely avoid things happening, then don't leave the house. If you want to experience life, then take the "stuff happens" in stride!
Must of had been quite a adventure..........over the year's
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