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#41 StarDreamers.us

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 01:29 PM

It is very interesting that we and for many of our parents did what they needed to do to make it in this great country that we have, for a little while. Most people a very creative and resourceful. A risk not taken may be a joy of a lifetime missed. Thanks for sharing.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 02:36 PM

I am a single full-timer and lived on as little as $7,700 one year to as high as 25,000; but on average about 16,000. This past year has been a disaster; from having a heart attack. I am not ready yet to even discuss it publicly. By the way; that 7700.oo dollar year was being very frugal; thrift stores to produce stands to used vehicle parts and my own repairs; And a lot of beans and rice. LOL! :lol::lol:


While not particularly something I wanted to hear it is nice to know that there are p[eople out there that live in the same area I do. about 15k a year.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 07:13 PM

Right now I am just happy to be able to still " smell the roses" if you know what i mean!! B) I lucked out and found a place to park my MH, sleep and have access to groceries and met some great people. My goal is to get back on the road after I recuperate. The roughest part is not having the energy and strength I once had and getting finances back in order. The biggest is remaining positive and keep the depressing thoughts from controlling ones life.

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 08:50 PM

Rover,
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Posted 19 February 2013 - 10:30 PM

Sorry to have been away but been busy with work and packing up household items to move to the RV. Do the walk through on 2/23. If that goes well we sign the paperwork then move to the space in a local park. We will be living in th RV until 9/1/16 when we will move from Wyoming to a warmer winter climate.We bought a new Fuzion 375 toyhauler, the toyhauler is not to haul toys but to hold the DW's two parrots. Found out just how much things like water hose, sewer line etc can add to the price. Also bought washer and dryer. Rather buy it while working rather than when on fixed retirement. Plan to start living in the RV the night of 2/23 then put land and house up for sale in April.Thought we had started downsizing but now found out we were not even started. Can't believe we had three potatoe peelers. I mean really?DW feel in love with RV the moment she walked in. We decided that the housing market is good here right now no telling what it will be like in three years. Plus the price of RV's will only be going up. This gives us a chance to see what works and does not work before we hit the road. Rover sorry to hear about your troubles hope things get better fast.

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 07:05 AM

Right now I am just happy to be able to still " smell the roses" if you know what i mean!! B) I lucked out and found a place to park my MH, sleep and have access to groceries and met some great people. My goal is to get back on the road after I recuperate. The roughest part is not having the energy and strength I once had and getting finances back in order. The biggest is remaining positive and keep the depressing thoughts from controlling ones life.


Ya. My sig line is meant as truth, not humor. I survived an MI 2 weeks after my 38th birthday. The cardiac rehab folks explained to us that as well as hormonal changes an MI always causes temporary starvation of oxygen to the brain. This leads to all kinds of changes from short term memory loss to moodiness and inexplicable anger. One fellow survivor told of the hunk of old steel plate he kept in his garage to beat on with a hammer when the anger hit. These things will pass. Every day is truly a gift. Take care of yourself.

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 07:16 AM

What part of Wyo. are you in? We raised our boys in Cheyenne. :)

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#48 Ranger and Jin

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 09:44 AM

This might put some perspective on the whole money situation for some people.

The Adventures of Ranger and Jin may contain some editorial comment.

I earned 6 figures a year as an engineer. Had a house, kids, pets, a shop and the usual toys. In the early 90s a really bizarre incident in the workplace (PM for details) put me out of work for almost a year. When I went to return to work I found I could no longer handle the stress of engineering. I was already experienced in the ways of the desert since it has been my lifetime home. Seeing my problem A friend of mine, retired by an incident fire fighter, said come work for us as an eco-tour guide. Not really sure of what I was getting into I agreed and that's how I got into tourism. Found out I was pretty good at it despite working for min wage + tips at the start. Years go by and I become a senior guide, top of the pack with wages to match. About $15.00 hr plus tips. Also you spend 3-4 months a year out of work during the off season. Never did make a lot of money as a guide, sometimes making more during the off season doing IT and computer repair.

I found I liked it. The people, the adventure a chance to educate people into the natural wonders of the desert. Most of all I did it because I really liked it. It wasn't the money it was the experience. Something new everyday you're out there. Same thing with RVing. Could have retired in an S&B sat around puttering but to what extent? There are still things to learn. For example prospectors. For years I've told the stories and history of prospectors like Johnny Lang or Matt Rielly in the desert. Hard rock mining or digging sand. How they had to transport everything to the mines and claims that dot the desert. Today parked across from me are a couple of modern day prospectors panning sand looking for pickers, nuggets and dust depending on where you are. Listen to them spin a yarn or two then trade one back. You can learn a helluva a lot standing there swapping tales and lies about about the one that got away.

It's not the money. Its the experience. For some of us it's the only time in a lifetime they will have a chance to do something like this. Even right now as I type this, sitting here in North Ranch, looking up there was a cat walking by the window then I realized, It's snowing. In the desert at 2700ft. Very rare. Very beautiful.

Edited by Ranger and Jin, 20 February 2013 - 09:48 AM.

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Posted 20 February 2013 - 01:00 PM

Thanks for sharing.

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 08:25 PM

Gillette Wyoming Kirk. Raised in Cody. Have been working in the oil and gas industry for over 25 years here. Looking forward to Saturday.DW has family in both Cheyenne and Chug Water

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 09:31 PM

Small world. I was born and raised in Cheyenne. Family has been there over a century. Sister lives in Cody and one lives west of Laramie near Woods Landing. We bought our truck in Powell a bit over a year ago.

I lived in Chugwater for a short while in 1979 while working on the power plant in Wheatland.

Good luck with your new rig. It will be interesting to hear how it goes during the winters up there. We will be at Grant Village in Yellowstone this summer. Come say hello if you get over that way.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 05:58 AM

Small world indeed Kevin. Hope to spend some time at the eescapee rally here in gillette this summer. When I retire want to get over to Yellowstone again. Kind of miss that area
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Posted 23 February 2013 - 10:03 AM

....Thought we had started downsizing but now found out we were not even started. Can't believe we had three potato peelers. I mean really?...

And do you really need a potato peeler in the first place? I use a knife to scrape potatoes and carrots. Other than that I either forgo peeling (healthier) or use a knife and just slow down a little.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 11:49 AM

Ya. My sig line is meant as truth, not humor. I survived an MI 2 weeks after my 38th birthday. The cardiac rehab folks explained to us that as well as hormonal changes an MI always causes temporary starvation of oxygen to the brain. This leads to all kinds of changes from short term memory loss to moodiness and inexplicable anger. One fellow survivor told of the hunk of old steel plate he kept in his garage to beat on with a hammer when the anger hit. These things will pass. Every day is truly a gift. Take care of yourself.

Lew


B) I had the short term Memory loss; read the symptoms of the stain and that was one; the second was severe muscle pain and leg/ foot cramps. Called my Cadilo Doc and told I could stop them and try CO Q 10, an enzyme booster for the liver which the statins deplete. After 2 months; much better,
I try to keep up my physical exercise by riding a bike and 10-15 minute walks 3X a day when the weather is nice. Keep my mind healthy by doing surveys and quizzes on the internet. Posting comments and reading keeps my cognition intact; I hope!! :lol::blink:

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 01:01 PM


Anyone full timing on 25000 a year?

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#56 Ranger and Jin

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 08:31 PM

I wish.

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Posted 23 February 2013 - 08:36 PM

I wish.

How do you do it on less Ranger? Did you purchase your truck and trailer out right?

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 08:22 AM

How do you do it on less Ranger? Did you purchase your truck and trailer out right?


Part of the difference in budgets is also the number of residents in that RV. Ranger travels alone and I travel in tandem so I would expect a significant difference in expenses. On a per person basis, his is probably higher than our budget, although some expenses, like fuel, do not change that much moving from one to two people. But there are things which will rise pretty dramatically so you need to compare apples to apples.

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#59 Ranger and Jin

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 09:20 AM

:D Nice one Kirk. Only you forgot one thing. Da' pooch. Jin's a service dog and his costs are more than you think so there really are 2 of us. Add to that his needs can be more costly than mine. I'll skip a doctors visit or wont' go to the dentist because of extra the expense. Can't do that with Jin because I rely on his too much for medical support. A vet visit shortly after we got to North Ranch In Jan was very expensive but necessary.

@Stewburner I bought the entire rig for cash. However there were other circumstances involved in buying this rig that enter into it. If you want some details pm me. Some people here yell at me when I say "disabled".:P I shall say I did not get what I wanted thanks to all of the outside interference of while making my purchase.

I also say this from personal experience. Motly because regardless of how much life experience we have this is a good place to get screwed. I don't do this often but I think this time calls for it. Don't buy from LaMesa RV, They left a very bad taste in my mouth and if they want kind words from me they are going to have to over the top to earn it. If you're going to buy a new rig be very wary and careful from the dealers. yThey are not to be trusted. If possible buy it private party or direct from the manufacture. Find someone who reallys lknos RVs to inspect it. I have a pick up list of over 25 warranty items and it's getting longer on a brand new rig. According to what I hear I'm looking at being without my rig for over a month as they do the warranty work on it. Where do I stay? Because I can't afford it.

Take your time buying your rig. In my situation had 30 days, that was it. I also had a lot working against me at the time so was really unable to do this properly. I would have preferred to taken several months to make this purchase. Again, Do not trust the hi volume dealers, especially La Mesa. The ones I ran into were all liars and goniffs only interested in their commissions. I even told them my situation and still nothing from them. If your going to buy from a dealer make sure it is a quality one. If you buy a new rig and have problems hold the manufacturer responsible, not the dealer. It is the manufacturer that made this piece of Heartland shit. I can't even complete my permanent installs because I'm may try to get Heartland to exchange it for one that is put together properly and not falling apart as I walk through it.

At the time I bought this rig had reached my limit looking for a good used one. Medical issues and the 30 day time limit added to that. Not even 6 months old and it's falling apart around my ears. After I wrote them a long letter I had more stuff break. Right now I have a lot of anger toward Heartland and their suppliers because they make such a cheap pieve of crap that if mission critical system fails, and they have, and something goes seriously wrong could cost a life.

'Nuff said.


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Edited by Ranger and Jin, 24 February 2013 - 09:21 AM.

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#60 Pieere

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 10:32 AM

Anyone full timing on 25000 a year?


If you read post #40 you will see where I posted I lived on as little as $7700.00 and as high as $25,000 which averaged about $16K. I am single and own my old rig. And as Paul Harvey would say; Now for the rest of the story.........I'm not telling !! :P

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