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  1. I take a photo of most numbers I need to remember and just save them on my phone or the cloud. For example our account number, locker number and security code to get into our 10x5 storage unit. I don't miss my sticks and bricks home even in the least. Too excited about seeing what is ahead. Most of the emotional stuff for me is just the rush to get things finished up. We still have our Missouri driver's licenses for a month or so. Feeling rootless is part of the thrill of it all. The guy parked next to us and his wife have been on the road 7 years and hoping for 10 more. He correctly commented most people do major changes in their live every six years or so anyway. So someday moving back to a common sticks and bricks home may just be another one of those changes in
  2. Well I knew there was no state income tax but now I know I don't even have to file a return with them. Bonus!
  3. Thank you Kirk for the continued input into our class of 2019 thread. I just learned something from your post - about it being a good idea to do a partial tax return to your old state. We are arriving in Livingston the first of December to finalize our domicile. I'll make sure to do an 11 month tax return for Missouri from where we are moving. And then a state return for Texas on that last month. Mark
  4. I'll cross mine also. Good luck. That final month or two of getting ready was crazy. We are taking the next couple days to heal!
  5. It's official. We moved into our fifth wheel full time last night. House is sold but closing was delayed. We decided to go ahead and move out. Parked in a wonderful county park for now. Started planning September 2014. Thank goodness for having the time to take this in small steps.
  6. Congratulations Cheryl, We have similar good news to report as well. After much effort and considerable emotions we got our house ready for sell. Sold in three days for slightly more than asking price. New would be owners wanted to move in August 8th but we asked to push closing off until August 26th. We are on the road traveling and will be home just long enough for the final sale of possessions and moving stuff to a small (10x5) storage unit. We are going to domicile in Texas. Although I'll be at my current job until maybe the first of October, I figure we will join Escapees as soon as possible and get our mail service setup. Hoping we can travel around for a couple months then head to Livingston to finish off the residency stuff such as driver license and insurance. Got to find a local doctor as well.
  7. Thanks. I wish the house was at 100% of what I wanted it to be when it goes on the market but it will be close enough. If our schedule works out we will be away on a camping trip the first two weeks it's on the market thereby giving the relators free run of the place to include us not having to move the dogs out. Around here they are also selling quickly. Congrads on your sale! I figure once it sells there will be a 30 to 45 day closing period, although our last house way back in 2003 sold in two days and we had to be out in two weeks. Got the fifth wheel and a place to park it so we are hoping we have to move into it early Good luck getting that class B purchases ASAP. Mark from Missouri
  8. Welcome to the group ROUS! Many of us here are not yet fulltimers. Keep us posted on your progress so we can learn from it and also share the successes. Karen and I are working hard to get our home on the market which is a big hurdle we can't wait to climb over. The rest seems so easy from then on.
  9. Congrads on the house! We are struggling to get everything ready to put in on the market. So much to do with so little time. We just want it looking its best rather than fixing stuff while waiting for closing. For full time vs long stays. I'd think the personal property you would have in the trailer would be the same for the most part but there is going to be items you leave at home normally that you will take if it's permanent. Even the small stuff adds up. Cargo capacity is important.
  10. We picked up our 35' fifth wheel from the dealership two weeks ago. Getting ready to put the house on the market. Realtor wants to get it listed by June but I'm not sure if we can get it ready by then. Downsizing is going well. We are content just to get on the road full time by the end of September and hoping everything falls in place. Wife is retired and I'm looking to by October 4th. Just taking small bites out of everything that needs to be done but boy it is challenging. Good luck in the house sale
  11. Here's hoping for a quick sale for you guys!!!! We are preparing our house to go on the market the first of June. They are selling fast in our city, sometimes the same day. I suppose keeping it show ready is relative to a lot of factors such as the number of people living there (like kids) and pets. I've sold a few with us living in it which is a hassle if it stays on the market long because you have to be gone when they show it. If I'm understanding our realtor correctly, she is planning an open house right at the beginning. That's when the house should look it's best. So Plan A is sell to someone that already wants it and is waiting for it to go on the market or at the initial open house. And plan B would be to keep living in it until it sells. BUT Plan C is possible for us in that we are picking up our fifth wheel Monday and can live in it while the house is on the market. We just don't want the added cost of campgrounds so we are planning just to roll with whatever works and see how it goes. By the sale, our realtor expects to stage the house with some furniture. We will be down to living in the living room, kitchen, one bedroom and a bath. That's not that much to cleanup each day, especially as the bathroom is attached to the bedroom. Our last house that sold we rented a storage unit and put as much in it as possible during the sale.
  12. Yup, not that we are getting everything but wanted to keep some notes on stuff we might add over the next few years.
  13. Excellent points! The spreadsheet I forwarded was compiled over about four years. I added to it when folks recommended items. I suspect I'll eventually wait on many of the purchases. Reading ideas you and other's have can change one's mind. I'm hoping prioritizing items will make a difference. Good point about the heated hose. I suspect we will run off our large fresh water if we find ourselves accidently in below freezing temps. We are getting a 4 season trailer with heated tanks and such. For the most part we are starting out with the basics and see how it goes. An exception is a portable generator vs. a built in for example. We already knew from prior RV experience how we use a generator so decided to free up some front basement space and go with the portable. Even skipped the generator prep when we ordered the trailer. Saved some $$. Appreciate everyone's comments...
  14. Don't forget about etrailer.com Sometimes you can go there and compare. Their website appears to have reduced a lot of the decisions down to a couple selections in any category.
  15. I have a spreadsheet for all our stuff we looked to buy. I attached it. The items in green we already have. It's prioritized. Awesome Class A by the way. Beautiful color. Items to Purchase for Publication.xlsx
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