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Old 05-24-2016, 08:11 AM   #1
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What was your biggest challenge?

After you started fulltiming, what was your biggest challenge? By that I mean the one thing that you had the most trouble adjusting to, such as:

1. Living in a "tiny house"

2. Leaving family & friends

3. Giving up the sticks & bricks


Anyway, you get the idea!
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Old 05-24-2016, 09:20 AM   #2
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Honestly, we felt we had no challenges from beginning to end. We never had any regrets.
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1. Living in a "tiny house" - Not really a big deal but downsizing took a little bit of time. I think that choosing to move into the coach 7 months before retirement and hitting the road allowed us to make that process easier over time instead of making hard, fast decisions. We started with a small storage unit and eventually emptied it. This was the second hardest part.

2. Leaving family & friends - While this wasn't too difficult, it was probably the hardest part.

3. Giving up the sticks & bricks - NOT A PROBLEM AT ALL!

I know you wanted "ONE THING" but it isn't always that simple.
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I missed my shop and my tools. To fix those things on the road that are just now beyond capabilities.
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I missed my shop and my tools. To fix those things on the road that are just now beyond capabilities.

Tom, I too will miss my shop, but I have bought a portable vise that will clamp onto a picnic table, and I'm taking two Rubbermaid boxes of tools. The smaller box contains just hand tools, and the larger one Skil saw, jig saw, hacksaw, hand grinder, level, soldering iron, etc. I'm also taking a large socket set, both metric & SAE. Hopefully if get out there and need something else, I can borrow it from one of my neighbors!
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Tom, I too will miss my shop, but I have bought a portable vise that will clamp onto a picnic table, and I'm taking two Rubbermaid boxes of tools. The smaller box contains just hand tools, and the larger one Skil saw, jig saw, hacksaw, hand grinder, level, soldering iron, etc. I'm also taking a large socket set, both metric & SAE. Hopefully if get out there and need something else, I can borrow it from one of my neighbors!
Yes I still have a toolbox that contains nothing but screwdrivers and one that contains just sockets. The weight is killing me for as often as I use them. But they are there just in case. I am finding more and more often the tool that gets used the most is the plastic one in my wallet.
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After you started fulltiming, what was your biggest challenge? By that I mean the one thing that you had the most trouble adjusting to, such as:

1. Living in a "tiny house"

2. Leaving family & friends

3. Giving up the sticks & bricks


Anyway, you get the idea!
I'm not full timing, yet. But, I'm in the RV for months.

I've gotten rid of all my possessions 2x in my life and it was better for it.

I think the hardest part is the desire for the familiar.
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It was DW's idea! I've got it made. She initially had regrets leaving the grandchildren, but has come to terms with that now. We bounced from FW's to MH's and finally got back to a FW, which is where we are the most comfortable. At some point we will find somewhere that we want to stop and stay, but we haven't found it yet.

I too carry my tools and a portable vise that I hook up to the park's picnic tables. I golf, so I like to regrip my clubs rather than pay somebody else to do it for me. I do miss my home's workshop, but where there's a will there's a way.

Good luck and hope we see you out and about.

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What was your biggest challenge?

We get "home" to see family yearly for about 2 months, and video chat with them often as we wander. Kin and are all over the continent, so we see some here and there.
We were "ready" for about 40 years. The joy and freedom out Riding the Rainbow is truly us.
And many things that will never touch our hands again, like lawnmower, snow shovel, real estate tax bill, PAINT BRUSH....
It simply can't be described until you do it. It's only many times better than we envisioned, and better every day!
Each morning I pinch myself and proclaim "I get to live like this"!
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We've been full timing for almost a year with two kids and three cats. The one thing that has been the biggest challenge is not having any personal space. There is literally no time we are able to just relax on our own, without either a kid or cat (or multiple of both) being on top of us. I work from the road, so I don't even have the 'luxury' any more of driving into an office and hiding behind my desk. I wouldn't change it for the world, however. Being able to ramble and roam has been a wonderful experience for us and the kids. Even the cats enjoy having a different view out of the window every week.
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Personal space is very important and you need to be able to carve it out. Who says you can't go for a walk or hike alone or go shopping alone, etc.? You shouldn't feel guilty about doing so.
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We're not fulltiming yet but are getting closer to it every day. It's the "family" thing that's emerging as the biggest challenge for us. I've spent extended periods away from "home" numerous times over the course of my life (3 years in Germany, 1 year in NC during my military days, 4+ years away at college, multi-month travels with sports teams, a 3 year stretch in a "road warrior" job early in my career, etc.) I learned long ago that "home" is wherever my life happens to have me at the moment.

My DW ... not so much. Her longest stretch of being away from "home" is measured in single digit # worth of weeks. Our current approach of heading out for 2-3 months at a pop and then returning "home" for a month or so is helping my DW ease into the lifestyle at bit. She's coming to realize that just because we're not "home" doesn't mean she can't have contact with family ... the fact that all of her family and friends are constantly telling her how lucky she is to have the opportunity to travel ain't hurting either!

The toughest bonds to disrupt are with her sister ... and our children. Phone calls and texting with her sister helps her stay close to her sister - even when we're traveling. The fact that my oldest son just took a new position with his company in Scottsdale AZ is shaking her belief that we need to maintain a "home" for the kids to stop by and visit (Thanks for the help kid! )

I would never have been able to convince my wife to make the leap into extended traveling if it would have been a "cold turkey" sort of thing. The fact that we're on a course that has us transitioning into the lifestyle of what I suspect will be a 3 year period is what is making it work for us.
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Thanks everyone, for your comments!
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Hi Joe, I had to think really hard about your question - everyone will be different, of course.

Getting rid of things (particularly my shop) was a little hard but I kept reminding myself of why I was doing it and what I was gaining. I made an effort to focus on other hobbies (sewing, cycling, RC, photography, hiking, fishing) to lessen the impact. Beyond that, I really cannot think of anything (my life is pretty odd though).

OH!! I thought of it! It is coming up with a simple answer when people ask where I live!
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