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    Computers, RVing, Geocaching, Finding the perfect bottle of wine we can afford.

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  1. We adopted the 2x2 x2 rule because we had a motion sickness cat who couldn’t be fed in the morning of travel but could survive without whining until about 2 pm. Plus that means we get a better spot and aren’t the afternoon entertainment trying to get into the remaining sites. Since Dave doesn’t do mornings well, 10 am is our normal leaving time. When we are moving towards a specific point we may do 3-4 days in a row (like driving through West Texas) but then do some down days. When we started in ‘06 we did 11K in six months and were exhausted. Never again. It takes us 2 months to go from Phoenix to Seattle. Since we spend the summer in the Seattle area, it is ESSENTIAL to have reservations, especially since we use membership parks as often as possible. We didn’t do that when we started, but now find it necessary for a lot of areas. More and more RVers out there and no increase in the number of parks.
  2. Different if you want a DP, then buying used makes sense.
  3. Yes, it is next to impossible to find places from Olympia north to Mt Vernon. Most arks near any of the cities are now ANNUAL only!
  4. I may have missed it, but you have somewhere to stay already in the Tacoma area? Because it really isn't an RV friendly area. I agree that you're short on time going any route. If you decide to go the I-10 route, let us know, as several of us have suggestions for getting around (1) Phoenix and (2) LA.
  5. Florida is different from most of the East Coast in regards to RVs. 😉 Notice I didn’t say there were no, just almost no ones, especially is you are looking at state parks.
  6. Except that there are almost no parks capable of handling modern RVs. Plus, Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce (my favorite), Capitol Reef, Arches, North Rim and on in just one area. Add to that all of the Best Coast - where all people have access to the beach, even though you may need to walk a little. Want a neat California state park - try the one in Half Moon Bay! Oregon has Carter Lake, plus COE parks on the Columbia River. And if one wants to talk wine - well really, you have to come west.
  7. Roadtrek, We stay in parks in California all of the time - we are big wine enthusiasts and thus spend a lot of time. TT parks are all over CA. So, look at the Zone Pass and try it for a year. BTW - everyone who uses membership parks know that you need a Homepark/System and then also Affiliate memberships like Coast-2-Coast. We have a homework in Colorado, and then memberships in Coast-2-Coast, ROD, AOR and our 2-zone TT pass with the Trails collection. We save $2500+ each year because we USE them extensively. No one cares what you will make from your house, or how great a deal you got buying it early in California. Lots of people live(d) in areas where the housing market is 'hot'. Millions of people lost a lot of money during the housing bust, and those that didn't loose money saw the value of their property decline. In some places (think midwest, rustbelts) the values haven't come back. We were exceedingly lucky to have sold our last home in '05. But we have also been in a situation where we couldn't sell when we lived south of Akron in 1983 because of the recession. It looks us over 18 months to finally sell, in the mean time we had to carry two mortgages, had a tenant who also lost their job so had to evict, etc. It took us years to finally get back to the point where we were 'even'. You assume that fulltiming equals a 'lost opportunity' and that is so sad. I really pity you if you can't understand the joy that a lot of us have to be able to see the country, not to be tied down, to be able to flip a coin to decide which of two roads we will take, to make note of places still to visit, to be able to return to see the development of an area. We chase that 75° mark and don't mind the few days of rain over the year (this year being a real outlier for Phoenix area). We have played in the snow in July up on Mt. Baker, looked into the crater at Mt. St Helens over the years and marvel at it's regrowth. Walked on the beach on EACH of the four coasts of the USA (Pacific, Great Lakes, Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico) and stuck my toes in the water. Took a boat ride on the old Erie Canal outside of Niagara Falls - and seen both sides of the falls. And enjoy being with each other - we each had life-threatening episodes and appreciate that we can still do things at our age.
  8. You are assuming that the investments are not capable of generating greater than 3-5% return? I have to tell you that in todays world, if you aren't diversified with at least a small portion in something like small cap growth funds you will miss out on good returns. As for pulling SS early - best decision we ever made. That meant we didn't have to touch our IRAs until we reached 70 1/2, and those funds grew and grew. Our yearly RMD now exceeds the 'loss' by taking early retirement, and the funds just keep on growing.
  9. That includes the dues when I figure out the costs. Purchase prices was paid off almost immediately. Lots of people purchase used memberships and very few people know that you can negotiate the price of a new membership way down by being willing to walk away. All of which doesn't seem to matter to you because you "know" about TT. NO, you don't know, you've just heard some things. Way back when we originally started fulltiming we had thought we would stay in a lot of state and national parks. Since most states have withdrawn support, those campgrounds now must charge higher fees to make up the difference, and are as expensive, if not more, than most private parks. Especially in those states where a toad is charge as a second vehicle on a per day basis unless one purchases an annual state pass. We like county/city parks when we can find them and COE parks - where you truly get a bargain, and even there, some of tried public-private partnerships and lost a lot of people because of the price increases.
  10. Not everyone makes money selling houses. In fact, most don’t even know what the true costs of home ownership are. FWIW, we purchased our rig used in 2005. We still have it. We will keep her until we hang up the keys.
  11. But you can use 4% or 5% or some other rate that you feel better reflects what the market is doing. Using 5%, which is certainly reasonable for the past few years, would give $65K.
  12. Roadtrek All of your experience is as a vacationer in a RV. Most fulltimers don't go out to eat every day - - they have their home with them and do what you do at home, like cook meals. $50/night - not likely. We do that for very special occasions for a short period of time. Most of the summer our nightly costs are in the 7-10 range (including prorated dues) because we make good use of our memberships. Our toad gets 40+ mph (it's a hybrid) so sight seeing doesn't cost much. Geocaching is a great way to get out and see and area and the costs are a little gas and some good physical exercise. You can't take your experience as a vacationeer and think that you can use that as the basis for calculating a fulltimers expenses. You don't want to full time - - we all get that. No one said you have to. What we all can't figure out is why this ongoing need to try and shame fulltimers over money?
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