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Old 06-28-2020, 05:11 PM   #1
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Does anyone regret selling their home to purchase an RV to go full time campgrounds, travelling?
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Old 06-28-2020, 05:19 PM   #2
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No regrets. here. But we are coming close to coming off the road full time. The RVing is not as much fun as it was in the past. Campgrounds have gotten much more crowded and state and Federal parks are really hard to get weekend reservations unless you book 6 months out. You can get in Sunday afternoon through Friday morning.
We like to visit an area fro a week or two to really see an area. Most state and Federal parks have gone to site specific reservations and it is nearly impossible to get a week or two in one site unless you book 6 months out.

We had always like to travel at will and with short term plans...day to day plans. The commercial parks have many sites filled with permanent residents.

So to travel now we need to plan much farther ahead.

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Did it for 16 years and absolutely no regrets. It's an awesome lifestyle.
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We've been doing it for 9 years and have no regrets and no plans to stop anytime soon.
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No regrets. here. But we are coming close to coming off the road full time. The RVing is not as much fun as it was in the past. Campgrounds have gotten much more crowded and state and Federal parks are really hard to get weekend reservations unless you book 6 months out. You can get in Sunday afternoon through Friday morning.
We like to visit an area fro a week or two to really see an area. Most state and Federal parks have gone to site specific reservations and it is nearly impossible to get a week or two in one site unless you book 6 months out.

We had always like to travel at will and with short term plans...day to day plans. The commercial parks have many sites filled with permanent residents.

So to travel now we need to plan much farther ahead.

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Have you spent much time boondocking? We used to go from park to park, but it's turning out to be less and less as we get our rig more tuned in. Most boondocking sites we've found allow for a full two weeks stay, and we've visited four of them in the last two months.

Boondocking has been really liberating for us - getting away from the rigidity of parks and their reservation systems has been great.

To the OP, I only regret waiting so long and putting so much in storage (instead of getting rid of it!).
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n0arp, we do not boondock as the 5er is not set up for boondocking and will not be set up as such. Just not our lifestyle. We are more attuned to Glamping.

But we have had a lot of interesting and fun adventures over the past 7 years. First started RVing in 1984 and love the outdoors.

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No regrets at all. We were planning on selling the house to downsize anyway with the kids grown and gone. We planned on giving it a year but we’ve already got next year booked. After that we might buy a smaller house for the winter and spend the other 8 or 9 months in the coach but maybe not. We worked long and hard so it was time to enjoy the next chapter in our lives.
The kids leaving and being in different parts of the country made it easier seeing how we had to travel to see them anyway. If we were all gonna be in the same area I think we would adjust or plans a bit but not too much. Absolutely love the life style.
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Does anyone regret selling their home to purchase an RV to go full time campgrounds, travelling?
It's hard to make the leap. We know we should. We know it makes financial sense. We have a semi permanent spot to park long term if needed at little to know cost when we do. Still its hard to do it when we know that at this point in our lives once it's done we will never have a house as nice again. Having said that we know we don't need a house like we have now anymore and keeping it is not financially feasible if we are going to travel in the rv. Hopefully by year end we will be committed and have the house sold or at least listed but until the papers are signed my stomach will be churning with indecision(fear). I know it will be fine because we stay now 2-4 weeks at a time and never wish we were at home. When we are at home for a few weeks we really really miss the rv. Keep the faith and be brave.
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We sold the house and spent 8 months in the rig after about 14 years of RVing. Then bought a replacement house.

The spontaneity of travel decisions that drew us to RVing in 2002 had pretty much disappeared by then. No new RV parks or campgrounds to counter the rising RV interest and needs of many new RV owners.

We did buy a replacement house in a different city and are happy not to be in crowded and sometimes unruly campgrounds as a requirement of living.

As a result, I no longer complain about lawn tending, leaf raking, and property taxes.

Glad we tested the idea, but it was not for us.

Also, we have lived and worked in the East, Midwest, and West so have seen most of this great country before beginning RVing.

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Two posts in this thread so far have cited parks as the reason they're no longer fulltiming. Boondocking doesn't have to be uncomfortable - for the down payment on a house at current prices in most places, you can outfit a rig for some very comfortable time off grid.

To me, the answer is to make sure you are outfitted for camping outside of parks and break your dependance on them, rather than return to a house. I don't have any interest in a house and don't foresee us having another one for a very long time. When and if we do, our requirement list when searching will be heavily impacted by our experiences on the road.
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We full time and have not missed owning a slave post like a house any more. We usually get free camping at state parks by camp hosting which allows us to stay for a month and get to know the surrounding area. Full timing just like any life style is about what you make of it.
We saved our house sale funds and have since added to them, so we always the option to buy another house/condo if we want to.
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grindstone01, we hosted at state parks and NWRs and enjoyed meeting the people. For the most part it is good, but we came across two parks that were not that pleasant for the host. Expected too much of the host and lack of rule enforcement from the staff. If the camper leaves a mess, just let them go and a host can clean it up. Some people think the fire rings are their garbage pit. They leave uneaten food and even dirty kids diapers in the fire ring.

We decided that the parks requiring bathroom cleaning were off our list. The poor toilet habits of some really mess up the bathrooms fro the host to clean up. Actually NWRs (National Wildlife Refuges) are good gigs as you don't have to clean up after messy campers.

But there are good parks out there that really appreciate the host. Just post online asking for experiences at a park. There is a Facebook group ...RV Volunteers. If it is park that we have negative knowledge about, I will respond to them as a Direct Message and not post on the page.

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We did it, for 7 years just gave it up last fall. We really enjoyed our time on the road, and now we are enjoying our home in a small friendly town. Have more space and room here in town than a lot of the campgrounds. We have no regrets with fulltiming, but are happy to have a home again.
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We have no regrets at all, and pretty much agree in general with TXiceman’s analysis above. Fulltiming since ‘12, mostly meandering and/or volunteering NWR or CoE. Also worked a few seasons at Amazon. Interesting and fun, until they changed program management. No longer fun, so no longer for me. We tried our first CG workamping gig in summer ‘15, involved restroom cleaning. Lost all respect for that subgroup of Homo Sapiens called “Vacation Campers”.
Since, and henceforth, we are strictly maintenance / office / visitor center type volunteers, except for our annual trek to the beet harvest in way up ND. Now THAT’S fun, plus it pays for our annual maintenance and fuel. But NO hosting and NO housekeeping.
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