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    • Congrats on your new home!  Wanted to know more about your 19' goose neck and TV that might be for sale. Thank you !
    • Every single of the 'what ifs' has a very doable answer.  It's all been worked out over the many years that people have full-timed. They do it for various reasons but our was that we retired (or got downsized) from our jobs in our 50's. We knew we didn't want to sit around in a 2500 sq ft house and especially, not in the cold winter months.  We always like traveling.  Like many others, we started out in tents then a pop up, tiny Scotty travel trailer, 27' travel trailer, 33' 5th wheel and finally a 40' motorhome.  We enjoyed all of them but especially the motorhome because we could tow the Jeep.  We enjoy adventure - traveling the backroads, volunteering for national and state parks and other public places.  We wanted to see every inch of this beautiful country and we succeeded, we think. Some seasons we would stay in only one state but we'd explore that state in detail. There are many ways of fulltiming and it can be as economical as you want. Some can get by very cheaply and others need the more expensive places to stay.  We loved public parks and boondocking on public lands so our way of travel was very reasonable.  We also volunteered which gave us a free site but we really didn't do it for a free site. We did it to help out our parks which is much needed. We've had surgeries along our travels and had the best care.  You can have it done at the very best places.  No problem finding doctors.  We never had problems with our RVs - really.  We'd make appts. for routine maintenance for a place in the direction we were traveling. We got there the afternoon before and spent the night on their lot in our 'home'. They'd do what they had to the next day and if it was early enough we'd take off. If not, they always welcomed us to spend another night. Selling everything including the house was a big weight lifted from our shoulders.  Full-timing is calm and relaxing... for us, anyway.
    • Howdy Floyd, The hot lead going from the alternator was loose, put a wrench on it and all is well showing 13.5 now normally. Dave
    • At this moment, I say we will only be part timers (wife retires this year).  Snobird'rs during the cold months, but at our S-n-B during the warm months.  Different strokes for different folks.  Home ownership = lots of upkeep/work which I enjoy.  Home/property paid for so it does not cost much to own, my property taxes this year is going up to $500, so much cheaper than most places.  Disadvantage, I have to mow the grass (well, I pay a young man to do it).  Advantage, I have a large garden and lots of fruit trees.  I have tons of toys, er, tools.  Cost wise in an RV depends on the individual.  New/used, you can buy a cheap RV and constantly put $$ into it for repairs.  Buy expensive, some cost more than a small house.  Either way, you WILL be putting $$ into it eventually, upgrades, repairs, etc.  Then, depending on where you wish to stay.  Want full hook-ups?  That's not free, daily/weekly/monthly or yearly, your going to pay $$.  You can live on the cheap boon-docking if that's your thing but then you have to hook up - pay to dump, fill with water, etc.  In the long run, it's not totally free, just cheap(er).  Then how will you get around?  Vehicles cost $$ to run/pull RVs, etc.  Drive around alot, you will go through vehicles. Personally, I see lots of advantages/disadvantages to either life-style.  In the end, you just have to do what makes you happy, it's your life.  You can make it complicated, or as simple as *you* choose.  Whatever you do, one thing to remember, breakdowns happen.  Same as my house.  Ya got to plan ahead of time and have a back-up account for when *it happens, ie $$ stashed away.  When I was a young man, I for a while, lived the lifestyle of a gypsy and enjoyed the heck out of it.  I don't currently full time, don't know if I ever will but the thought is there sometimes, like when it's -40 outside. Healthcare, have not had to cross that bridge yet but I don't foresee a problem between VA, Tri-care and medicare, I think I can be seen almost anywhere in the US. Full timing, it's just a lifestyle like anything else.  IMHO
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