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  1. Interesting to read all of the responses with the whys and wherefores. Our situation: DH still works 9-5 from the trailer as an IT manager. That means the majority of our joint site-seeing can only be done on the weekends. In order to allow DH to explore the area, and because monthly rates are roughly half daily/weekly rates in most RV parks, we tend to stay a month at a time in each location. We are also attending some rallies for shorter periods. So for 2017 we'll likely end up at 16-18 RV parks this year. I track all parks & expenditures on an Excel spreadsheet, so it's easy to count them up. (I do NOT count single overnight parking stops, we do a lot of that on travel weekends but I don't track it.)
  2. We had a PetLoader for our older dogs; it is a terrific product.
  3. Hi LizD. I hope you don't get too discouraged from the tone of most of this advice. It sounds as though you have done a lot of research and prep and are more prepared than many who embrace the full-time RV lifestyle. I know a large number of folks who started full-timing with a lot less in the bank, and they are loving life. Prepare for what you can, and give it your best shot. RE: the "RV lifestyle" -- there isn't (just) one. It's what you make of it. With your interests, and the attitude you project, I think you will do great. I hope to meet you on the road! -- another 43-year-old unemployed full-time RVer (who is extremely lucky to have a spouse who works for $$ and insurance!)
  4. Picked up a nail? Man, your luck needs to change!
  5. I'm in Hot Springs now at a private resort. For those wondering, the area is beautiful in the spring!
  6. As another newbie FTer, I just want to express my appreciation to those of you who replied with suggestions. I'm taking notes!
  7. We squeaked in under the wire for the class of 2016! My intro: In July DH and I were planning to sell our tired S&B in Detroit and have a new one built on the other side of the country. I was oh-so-ready to quit my unsatisfying job, and he'd gotten approval to work remote at his current job. While trying to finalize floor plans, he had an epiphany: if I can work remote from X, I can work remote from A, B, or C, too! So we decided to accelerate our retirement "plan" and shift gears into moving into our camping trailer to travel instead of buying a new house. In 6 months we did a huge amount of work on the trailer as well as finishing (most) of those house projects that had piled up in 16 years. We sold or gave away almost everything, and on Christmas Eve we finally left the empty house and headed south away from the ice & snow. We made it to San Antonio on New Years Day and will be here at least through February. Because of all the projects we weren't able to put the house on the market until we left, but we had 2 offers within 48 hours, and hopefully the sale will close early next month. DH (Shawn) works fulltime as an IT manager. I'm going to be pursuing part-time work as a grantwriter and keeping house. We plan to travel leisurely around the country, moving about once a month or so since DH only has weekends to either explore, relax, or drive. We have a little 20-pound chi mix with an adorable underbite named Elvis. We're in our 40s with no human dependents. Right now we have a 2011 Cedar Creek Silverback 35TS which is comfortable enough but doesn't fully suit DH's desire to have a private office space and room for a toy like a Polaris Razor. Therefore we're looking to possibly get a DRV Fullhouse JX450 or possibly a Spacecraft this year as they have the only configuration that we like. We tow with a Volvo 730 big rig, and I drive my Nissan behind (for now). See you on the forums and hopefully on the road! -Andrea Blog: https://sturburbia.wordpress.com
  8. See article - http://www.southbendtribune.com/news/business/nearly-grand-design-rv-trailers-recalled/article_ace0b407-8b7f-528d-8a4b-8a0b3f881431.html
  9. Thanks; I appreciated many of these tips.