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  1. I just wanted to say that I'm still here. I didn't retire in December, but have committed to retiring effective 08/01. Not sure of my exact plans after that. However, I am looking forward to the self I discover when I am free to be whoever I want to be. I have purchased the TT I wanted, a T@B CS-S. This is my third RV purchase and I think I got it right this time. I look forward to reading about your adventures and sharing mine!
  2. I suggest you search YouTube. I put "Full time RV families "in the search bar and found tons of vlogs about living in an RV with kids.
  3. Independent Lady, There is a YouTuber from Canada who has installed a wood stove - I believe in 2 RVs. I found a video here There may be more than one video on the topic on his channel.
  4. OK, I've dropped out of a couple of previous graduating classes, but this time I am committing! My last day of work will be 12/31/18. I haven't told them yet, but will closer to time. I'm not sure what I'm going to do about the house - may need it to come back to if the health or vision goes bad. Although, I'd probably prefer a studio apartment in a warmer climate than returning here. My current plan is a T@b 320 CS-S which has all the space I think I need pulled by my aging Tahoe. My failures to launch in the past were due to financial concerns and grandchildren who needed to come live with me. I am more confident financially now and will not let anymore grandkids move in with me - no matter how cute they are! I am excited about the future!
  5. A T@b is a 15' teardrop style travel trailer made by NuCamp. Likely not for you two, but perfect for one fulltime or two on a vacation. Another similar brand is Little Guy. I just need a place to sit at a table, a place to lie down to sleep, a place to cook, room to stand up, and a bathroom. I don't want a trailer that is much taller than my Tahoe to cut down on surface drag. I may want to move to a 6 cylinder tow vehicle at some point when a new vehicle is needed. I live in a small (800 sq ft) house which is too large for me. I believe thinking about it and dreaming about it for the past 8 years and touring many, many RVs of all classes has helped me narrow it down. I still like to look and stop at an RV place when I travel just to see if I find something I think I would like better.
  6. In 2010 I started dreaming of early retirement and fulltime RV living. Here it is 2018 and I'm still working - Plan to retire at the end of the year. I have purchased two different RVs so far and plan to buy a totally different one for full-timing. I thought I wanted a class C after just looking online, but I first bought an older 26' class A -perfect for one or two, but I HATED driving it and grandchildren wanted to go along camping with me so it was too small. Next I got a small travel trailer with room enough for all to sleep, but too long for my Tahoe. Not to heavy, but too long. I now think a T@b will be perfect for me. If you want to see an excellent sampling of what types of trailers there are I suggest you check out RVs on Ebay. I probably wouldn't buy sight unseen, but you can view rigs of all sizes and types.
  7. There are RV dealers in central Illinois. I can't comment on their honesty or service as I have only looked, not bought from any. Pontiac RV located in Pontiac has a good selection of different sizes of travel trailers. Jerry Pressley RV in Decatur has a good selection of both new and used TT. Four Winds has locations in Maroa and East Peoria. I have not visited the following dealers -EZ Living in Braidwood, Terry's RV and Timber View RV both in Frankfort, a Google search will find many more. General RV and Camping World have locations in the Chicago area, I think. You will want to look at a lot of TT to see what features you want and what you can live without. You will want to sit at the table, stand at the stove and kitchen sink, see how much knee room you have when on the commode. A bed against one wall is tough to make, I currently have a TT with a bed against the wall on 3 sides - a wrestling match to make!
  8. I don't have experience in wintering in an RV, but experience wintering in central Illinois in drafty, under-insulated houses does provide some insight. Don't plan to use an RV sewer hose. PVC sewer pipe with heat tape will serve you well. If you could bury the pipe below the frost line then you only need heat tape above ground. Ditto with your water-pvc water pipe wrapped in heat tape should keep the water running. If you have a pump house atop your well you will likely want bales of straw all around and a heat lamp of some kind inside. Finally, I think they make heat blankets that you fasten somehow to your tanks that reportedly keep the tanks from freezing. Hats or hoodies assist inside as well as warm socks & shoes or house slippers. Best wishes for great success!
  9. I think the following websites will be a good place to research: riversidervs.net, tab-rv.com, forestriverinc.com/rpod, casita traveltrailers.com, scamptrailers.com, aliner.com, chaletinc.com. I am looking for small, lightweight, comfortable too!
  10. Back from the two week trip with the 20 foot camper containing 4 people. I found it to be plenty of room for the people, probably not big enough for all 4 to full-time in. I am now thinking even smaller for my full time life.
  11. Over the years we've vacationed through SD during Bike Week two or three times. The first time was in the 70's. I knew nothing of Bike Week, but noticed lots of young women in interesting clothing in the ladies' room/showerhouse. All the girls were friendly toward me and toward my little one. We had no problems then nor two years ago when we took the children of the child who went with us the first time. Fond memories of both trips.
  12. Keep looking, you'll find something that fits your wish list. I started out preparing for my solo full-time lifestyle by buying an old 26-foot motorhome that had a perfect floor plan for me. Before I could retire and get my house sold the grandkids got big enough to want to "camp". Well, that motorhome, perfect for one, was not big enough for gma, ex-husband gpa, 2 girls and a boy. The girls and I ended up tent camping beside the ex and the gson. I enjoy tent camping, but not setting up and taking down every day on a family vacay. I sold the motorhome and got a 20' or so old travel trailer. A full bed + twin bunk above (that has 150# capacity), a couch that makes into a bed and a dinette that makes into a bed,if needed, sleeps all the fam that wantto go and, I hope will suit me for solo travel also. I may remove the couch and put a more comfortable chair + additional storage. I can use the bunk for storage also. Right now, seems like it's a good solution. We'll see how I feel about the small square footage after a two-week trip! Keep looking. . .
  13. As to sponsorship, a visit to http://www.greencarreports.com/ and/or http://www.certifiedgreenrvs.com/ may give you some leads on manufacturers who might have an interest in some level of sponsorship. KOA or Thousand Trails may sponsor some nights in their parks, but will likely expect photos and descriptions to post in your social media. You might get some level of sponsorship from green manufacturers of almost anything if you can make a connection to what you are doing. Getting sponsorships will take an investment of time with a thick skin for the "no" answers you will receive from some of the contacts. For achieving the transportation on the cheap a used conversion van which has 4 seats plus a couch that converts to a bed- pulling a pop-up camper which will sleep at least 4 might be an option. www.freecampsites.net will give you many options for parking the setup for free or for low cost. If you can go 1-3 days without full hookups you can save a lot of money. Looking forward to hearing more about the project.
  14. I am looking forward to seeing your before and after pics also. I've seen the Pinterest posts and have watched several YouTube videos on the topic, but would like an honest appraisal from someone who has done it. Thanks,
  15. A young family of 5 has full-timed in an Airstream. The beginning of their shopping for one starts here: http://malimish.com/blog/page/60/ However, this year they down-sized to a Pick-up camper for their trip to Baja Mexico.
  16. There are lots of "mini-van conversion" videos on You Tube. One couple who also has a blog can be found here: http://www.nomadswithavan.com/tour-red-delicious/ Another couple can be found here: http://www.exploringalternatives.ca/our-next-adventure-starts-today/ I have learned that folks "RV" in many types of vehicles - even Prius. For my anticipated trip to Alaska (someday) I am planning to convert my Tahoe to temporary living quarters! Have fun!
  17. Older folks are all about reducing risks and having all the contingencies accounted for. I'm finding that the younger you are the more risk you can assume. I agree with Kirk that http://www.familiesontheroad.com/ would be a good resource for you, You can see how many other families manage living on the road. I can suggest a You Tube channel or two: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCU1rsUWQsHTj7ggTQUTq5Vg Modigazzi Travels are in a class C full time with two children. https://www.youtube.com/user/kelloggshow The Kelloggs have 12 or so children in their rv. https://www.youtube.com/user/NoMuckMedia have four children in their trailer. Once you start reading blogs at Families on the Road or watching videos on YT. . . one will lead to another and you will get an idea of what the life is like. Good luck to you!
  18. Good luck in your search. I would suggest visiting every RV dealer within a reasonable drive from you to get a look at different floor plans. There may be a smaller amount of TT that meet your size preference, but looking can help you determine your "must haves" and "don't wants". Also, you can find tons of people on You Tube who live full time in vans and small rvs. It is interesting to see how they choose what to bring and what to leave behind and how to store what they bring.
  19. Thanks for sharing this information. It's one of the most anxiety-provoking areas of full-timing and your willingness to share is very helpful.
  20. My ex-husband and I take our 3 youngest grandchildren on many outings. Most recently, we camped for 10 days or so in a state campground near St Louis. Of the four campers with children on our loop, three were grandparents/grandchildren and only one was parents/child. I found that interesting. The kids love to camp, but love their electronics too. There were some full-timers or most-timers on our loop also. I hope the kids weren't too loud, but they were using their "outside voices"! ;->
  21. I say "go for it" At 18 I had a similar idea, but I had already married and my husband liked home too much. I'm planning to do it now that I'm an old, but the money fears are greater today, likely because I would have less time to recover financially if things go wrong. One young woman I follow is at http://www.interstellarorchard.com/ She has a lot of info on her site about costs of getting started and maintaining a life on the road. http://www.nomadswithavan.com/ this is a younger couple traveling and living in their mini-van. http://www.exploringalternatives.ca/ is a young Canadian couple living similar to the nomads. YouTube also has a wealth of younger people posting about the full time life. You can check out videos from Pippi Peterson, Chris Travels or Chris & G Travels, Nomadic Fanatic and more. One blog or YT channel will likely lead you to more. Just don't spend all your time that way. . . I got caught up in that for awhile and got nothing else done for watching other people live the life I wanted. In addition, YT has several videos on what to look for when buying a used RV or travel trailer - worthwhile to watch. A travel trailer would likely be your least expensive way to get into the life if your truck will tow it. There are smaller toyhaulers that would carry your motorcycle. .
  22. There are other resources for you than this forum. There is good information about composting toilets at http://www.thegoodluckduck.com/2012/10/composting-toilets-for-rvs-and-simple.html On YouTube search for Gone With the Wynns and Follow the Hearts who have both done at least one video on composting toilets. You also may want to consider a dehumidifier. There are larger units, similar in size to a humidifier, and smaller units that are also available. Best wishes.
  23. If you haven't already, you might want to check out www.longlonghoneymoon.com and/or www.aluminarium.com The aluminarium site has links to other airstream blogs that will lead you to still others. A way to live in them vicariously and to find the pluses and minuses of that type of RV. Happy researching!
  24. There's a very active truck camper forum on www.rv.net that you might find informative.
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