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Old 11-01-2020, 11:03 AM   #15
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Instead of quitting the RV life, how about down sizing to match your comfort level. Were you towing a car behind your Ford conversion van? Try a new conversion van and forget towing a vehicle. That alone will get rid of 80% of your risk factors.
Good advice. My mother and father separated when I was young. My mom eventually moved up to diesel pushers. The biggest thing my dad had was a Chevy van which he added a portable toilet to. I'm somewhere in the middle right now with a truck and 21' trailer, but I wouldn't hesitate to downsize. The point being, sometimes less is more because less allows you do more.
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Old 11-02-2020, 06:51 AM   #16
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I rode motorcycles for 45 years. Ten years ago my wife started riding.

Two years ago we sold the bikes and called it quits.

Everyone told me I was making a mistake and I would have another bike with-in a year.

Two years without a bike and I have no desire to own another one.

These kinds of decisions have to be made by yourself for yourself.

They cant be made by other people for you.

The OP has decided that it is time for him to quit RVing. Good for you. I hope you have safe travels and many more years of adventures ahead.
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Old 11-02-2020, 09:02 AM   #17
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My life as an RVer has come to a sudden end!
While driving on the freeway with about 65 mph, and a car in tow on a Roadmaster dolly, the left front tire of the rig blew, and the car and dolly got swinging so violent while I tried to keep the RV under control that I lost control and smashed into the barrier.
The tongue of the dolly broke off, in my car hit the barrier, too. Both vehicles ended to be totaled.
Luckily I got only some minor scratches, and the dog was not hurt at all!

I decided not to replace the motorhome anymore, considering that I am almost 77 years old and single! I started RVing in the very early 80's (with a travel trailer in those days), and enjoyed this life style a lot, but now it is done and over, and airbnb will be my future mode of staying in places I like!

I wish all of you happy and safe travels!

I am 77 and understand a little of what you were going through about a year ago. I'm new to this forum but not new to the lifestyle. The thrill of owning my first motorhome was dashed soon after leaving the dealership when I wrecked it on the way home! I had driven it about 20 miles when I crashed it. I think if that happened at my present age I would probably just downsize to a rig that I would be comfortable with.
I would never say that I know how you feel because there is no way that I could know exactly how you feel. I do know that people our age start feeling the pain in our bodies when doing the maintenance on our rigs that we used to do effortlessly. I'm now in a 31" class c and am really comfortable in it and the maintenance is not bad. I do however have a few things done by someone else that I always did for myself. Are you still feeling the same way as when you posted this in 2019? I hope you are enjoying whatever way you are traveling and enjoying this great nation of ours. Good luck and happy trails.
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I feel your pain, my wife of 50 years passed away October 20th.
We have a disabled son who traveled with us an a little dog who loves to
camp, but I still feel as lost as you do. I hope that I can still hit the road
and enjoy camping again
So sorry for your loss. The wife and I have been married over 52 years. Donít know what Iíd do without her.
Take some time to heal before making any decisions on RVing.
Our prayers are with you.
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I rode motorcycles for 45 years. Ten years ago my wife started riding.

Two years ago we sold the bikes and called it quits.

Everyone told me I was making a mistake and I would have another bike with-in a year.

Two years without a bike and I have no desire to own another one.

These kinds of decisions have to be made by yourself for yourself.

They cant be made by other people for you.

The OP has decided that it is time for him to quit RVing. Good for you. I hope you have safe travels and many more years of adventures ahead.

I have also been riding for 48 years now. I sold my heavy Goldwing 3 years ago and downsized to a Honda VTX1300 at about half the weight. It was a great move and I even more so enjoy riding now. Different strokes for different folks!
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