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Old 01-09-2016, 09:55 PM   #1
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Question How to prep for full timing?

Hello all.

In the last 1.5 years we've gone from beginners with a used trailer, to owners of a brand new 2015 Jayco, to potential full timers. We currently have our house on the market and are in the process of decluttering and downsizing. In the event that our house sells, we will trade in our 23RB for a 33RSKS and go full time for a year or so. We plan to keep our jobs and live locally in RV parks along the coast (Galveston, TX.)

What, if any, advice would you give to a first time full timer? And more importantly, what are the benefits and drawbacks?

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Old 01-10-2016, 07:30 AM   #2
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The biggest benefit of being full time is the ability to hit the road at anytime going wherever you want. But in your case it seems all you'll be doing is trading a home for an RV since you're keeping your jobs, and as you say living locally. You'll probably find it'll be cheaper living in the trailer, but you'll be giving up space and any appreciation the home would give you.
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What, if any, advice would you give to a first time full timer? And more importantly, what are the benefits and drawbacks?
Howdy and welcome Chris! Everyone is different, for me, owning a S&B was an expensive nuisance - others love it and I get that. With that in mind, the benefits were no more house maintenance, no more yard work, no more mortgage or property taxes, not tied down, etc.

My only bit of advice is to find a hobby that works in your new environment (if you don't already have one). I see a number of people that claim to be bored out of their minds. That will ruin the experience.
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Moving to our 170 sq ft apartment.

We have sold our condo in Wisconsin, will close by the end of the month. Have 7 weeks reserved in Fla. Need to be back to Wisconsin by early May. Any suggestions for the last half of March and April? Everything from the house will go into storage, so we are footloose.
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What is reason for sale of S&B to go live locally in a RV park in a shoebox for a year?

Don't get me wrong.......
We Full Timed for 7 yrs. in a 34' 5th wheel but we are retired and we traveled weekly all over the USA. And loved it BUT we weren't just parked.

Living FT in an RV Park same place each and everyday would be OK IF we had to......but WHY?

If that is necessary....rent a big already set up park model

Tips........LESS is MORE
If you can't see everything in the storage compartments you have too much stuff
Hope/pray that your permanent close quarter neighbors are REALLY REALLY good people.
280 sq/ ft gets small FAST...you really really need to not just LOVE each other but LIKE each other

Good Luck!
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With that in mind, the benefits were no more house maintenance, no more yard work, no more mortgage or property taxes, not tied down, etc.

My only bit of advice is to find a hobby that works in your new environment (if you don't already have one). I see a number of people that claim to be bored out of their minds. That will ruin the experience.

The benefits you listed are one of the reasons we are doing this. We have never had the kind of downpayment that we needed to own a new home. We have always lived in older homes built in the 50's or 60's and they've all needed more work than we could afford, or the ongoing maintenance on an aging home was just expensive.

As for hobbies, we enjoy the water a lot and as of September 2015 we now own a 19' fishing boat as well. We'll spend the first 3 months at an RV park in a local marina with direct access to Galveston Bay, so I'm sure we'll do a lot of fishing this summer.


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For all of the reasons listed before. Our home was built in 1954 and it needs a lot of remodeling to make it what we really wanted. We rented it for a year or two before we bought it, and we only bought it because we got it for dirt cheap and weren't ready to move at the time. Selling it now gives us the opportunity to make a significant profit on it, that we can put back to use for a downpayment once we decide what we want to do and where we want to settle.

We want a newer home with nicer amenities, backyard access, and a GARAGE. We've never had a garage before, or a 2nd bathroom for that matter! Our plan is to sell the house, sock away the profit, move into an RV, and save all the extra money that we can over the next year. We'll either look for a new home after a year, or we'll look for land outside the city limits that we can pay cash for and use as equity to build a small home with everything we want.
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You are fortunate to be able to work from your RV. Your reason for selling your house and saving money sounds reasonable. Hope it works out for you.


Most full-timers are retired and travel and since you are still working I can't be much help in that respect.


It appears you're from Texas so I assume you'll be keeping Texas residency. If you need a good Texas mail forwarding definitely consider the Escapees RV Club based out of Livingston. We used them for 18 years and never had a problem. Livingston is a good place to do your registration/licensing/voter's card, too. It's a small town and everyone knows of them so the whole process is fast and simple. Since it's small there's also no emission testing.


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You are fortunate to be able to work from your RV. Your reason for selling your house and saving money sounds reasonable. Hope it works out for you.


Most full-timers are retired and travel and since you are still working I can't be much help in that respect.


It appears you're from Texas so I assume you'll be keeping Texas residency. If you need a good Texas mail forwarding definitely consider the Escapees RV Club based out of Livingston. We used them for 18 years and never had a problem. Livingston is a good place to do your registration/licensing/voter's card, too. It's a small town and everyone knows of them so the whole process is fast and simple. Since it's small there's also no emission testing.


Best of luck to you!

Wolf Creek Park on Lake Livingston is our favorite place to go! We go at least once a month.
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