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  1. Yup, not that we are getting everything but wanted to keep some notes on stuff we might add over the next few years.
  2. 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...
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. So you already cut your domicile over to Texas? Did you have to take the driving and written test in Texas, which I believe is required for a license if you are over 26,000 gross weight capacity for truck and trailer? I would assume you just took your existing trailer down their and had it for inspection to get tags and such. For us, the plan is to retire first week of October and take off. Hopefully we will be living in the fifth wheel by then after house sale. I plan to setup mail service before then. Still working on the logistics. I'm trying to avoid make a straight trip to our domicile state but rather spending a month or two traveling as we work our way there.
  6. Getting the house on the market is huge! Congratulations on that. I like your user name. We bought a slightly used 2018 Ram 3500 as well. I figure the resale value of a 2018 will go up several thousand dollars after the 2019 prices show up. The longer we work on our house to sell the more I tend to feel some things are good enough (such as the yard, room painting). Sixteen years ago we built this one and the house we moved from sold in two days. I've always painted ours before the sale, outside and inside. Always wondered if the new owners came in and painted everything again. I'm hiring a handyman for a couple days. Together we should be able to get a long way to the final push with details such as trim I never put on the room addition. I put the word out two years ago or so that we would be selling. Karen is in charge of selling the house and got with a realtor a couple months ago. Yesterday at Walmart a guy stopped and asked if we were the ones that are selling the house on Seybold Street. Karen invited him and family out to play on our trails in woods. That's a good sign. Ordered the new fifth wheel last month and understand the build date may be as soon as mid-April. Karen and I sat down and took a look at our schedules through October when we plan to hit the road. Lots of traveling to do before then. Family stuff mostly before we head south for the winter. Are you buying much accessories before you pickup your new home? Or just going with the starter kit and adding on as you go? Did you pick a domicile?
  7. I have really appreciated the comments in this thread. Thank you to the original poster for starting the dialogue and all the experienced folks adding so much. As someone who is planning to fulltime, all this is very interesting and reaffirms my commitment to living the fulltime lifestyle. My wife and I are planning to take off in October of this year. We have been planning since September of 2014. I’ll not comment about her reasons for wanting to go fulltime but will say there has not been one moment since we made the decision that either has changed our opinion. And we both came to an agreement if one of us would later want to leave the fulltime RV lifestyle then we would give the other six months notice. For me, it’s time for a change in life and not a small one. I’m 56 years old and still have enough health to handle the rigors of the road. I’ve experienced everything I wanted to in our current home and town. Going fulltime, or even buying this costly rig, is the worst financial decision I’ve ever made. If I look at it only as a financial decision, I’d not do it. Not to be morbid, but I see death all the time in my job as a death investigator. This effects my views of life. I’ll not go into the details because I’d most likely have to defend my views which would be difficult to do. Life is short for sure... My wife and I are in a good place right now in terms of finances, with everything paid off and saving more than half of what we earn. Although we are persons of average means. It’s time for a change and we are able to do it in a big way. We are young enough that there is plenty of time to change course again later. In fact, we already have several ideas of what we would like to do should we decide to come off the road. We set a goal to stay on the road for six years. It does not matter to us if we achieve the goal or not. It was just a way of helping us to plan. For example selecting a fifth wheel we would want to live in for that long and guestimating what our financial situation might look like in six years if we were to want to make another big change. We all have our reasons for wanting to do this and I can safely bet those reasons are very similar. I’m glad it’s not for everyone and hope the industry grows to meet the ever increasing demand of those going fulltime or just RVing. I’d say if someone is on the fence about doing this then get an RV and travel as much as possible. But two-week vacations might not be enough to assure this is doable. So have a backup plan in case it does not work out. I never expected to stay in this house nor want to take care of the land in retirement. So, it’s a good time to sell out and move on. The possessions we don’t want to part with will be confined to a storage unit that is no larger than 5x10. The rest of the possessions don’t matter, we can buy them again at the same places where we sold them so cheaply.
  8. I can't tell you the difference in MPG other than I came to the conclusion, based on what other's told me, that between the 3.73 and 4.10 it will average out if used as a daily driver as well. One is better for running around town unloaded and one is better when towing. I just bought our 2018 Ram dually with 3.73, and the high output engine came with the Aisin transmission. Friends have the same truck with a 4.10 and 3.73. I would have been fine with either 3.73 or 4.10 but we are using it for a daily driver as well. We will be towing a trailer with a GVWR of 16,000. Or course you have to check the towing charts to make sure you are okay with whatever engine, transmission, gear setup you go with. I would have definitely gotten the 4.10 gears if I had not purchased the Aisin transmission for a 16,000 trailer based off the towing charts. Also leaves room for a heavier trailer upgrade and add a margin of safety.
  9. Hello again Kirk,

    My wife and I are nearing a decision for domicile with Texas and Florida being in the running. I know in my heart Texas is the place. The only reason Florida is in the running is as of today as far as I know that is the only state with available nationwide healthcare coverage. We are both healthy and I want to believe we can work around not having nationwide insurance. But this question is not about healthcare options.

    My question has to do with timing on the transition and I would suppose the same could be applied to either state.  Does the following sound reasonable:

    1. Tentively we will be ready to move from Missouri in October. I plan to get a mail service a couple months in advance to start making the transition.

    2. We want to visit family in perhaps October and November then head to our domicile in December to complete the process. I really want to be a non-Missourian to start 2020 for tax reasons at the least.

    I have plans to contact an expert insurance agent regarding healthcare logistics. 

    Or would you recommend an immediate trip to our domicile state?


    PS, we bought out truck and should be ordering our fifth wheel this month for delivery in 10 weeks so we can get it all setup ahead of time taking longer vacation trips before going fulltime.







  10. Found our barely used 2018 for $56K. Autotrader is your friend. Once you decide what options are a must have and if color maters or not, it gets easier to find a truck. I'm totally taking an educated guess that the 2019 Ram 3500 will be at least $3,000 more at MSRP than the 2018 because when you go to the Ram truck page they have that much of an increase for the all new 2019 1500. Lots of changes on the 2019 Ram heavy duty if that's important. Here in Missouri I kept an eye on Woodhouse Dodge up near Omaha Nebraska as they have a large heavy duty selection. Ended up getting lucky and finding a truck locally after months of searching the web.
  11. We are still doing some maintenance stuff with the house but our realtor says hold off on most upgrades until she has a chance to look at it. So guess I'll just do any obvious repair needs from now on until then. Other than painting the last side of the house I did not get to before the snow hit. Toy hauler vs Class A diesel pusher... Looks like you guys have a tough decision to make. We finally narrowed down the fifth wheel selection to three and told the wife I'd go with whichever of the three she wanted. Took her all of 5 seconds to decide. Go figure.
  12. Just took a major step - bought a Ram 3500 dually! It's a 2018 Ram 3500 Laramie Dually Long Bed with a Cummins 6.7L High-Output Diesel, Aisin Transmission 4x4 with 3.73 Gears. Bought it slightly used at 23.1% off the original MSRP if that's important to anyone. Hoping to order or shop for a Vanleigh Vilano 320GK fifth wheel (16,000 pound GVWR)to take delivery by May. Figure we will go out for bids from three dealerships within a reasonable driving distance from home. Right now my wife and I plan to put the house on the market early summer, then live in the fifth wheel if it sells quickly as I'm so far not leaving the job until October. We figure it would be a good idea to own the rig for a few months before we take off fulltime in order to get used to it and work out any bugs. Mark
  13. The fact you had enjoyment out of use of a piece of property is an excellent way to view it. One book I read regarding organizing and downsizing was written around that entire premise. When you pick something up ask yourself, does it give me joy or happiness? If not, throw it out. We are going to start off by renting a 5x10 storage unit which is about the size of our current hall bathroom. That's making the downsizing a little easier. We are going to take one box of more valuable keepsakes to our daughter's house. And there are a couple things we are not sure yet if we will want to take on the road. My wife and I decided the cost of this small unit is worth it to us, despite the value of the items being stored. We are getting a climate controlled unit because of artwork and such. After the first year we will re-evaluate the storage unit. Being a smaller unit it will not be hard to dispose of. I suppose we could view the cost of the unit as a form of insurance. I'm also keeping a couple boxes of stuff to place on Ebay later, when I have time. I personally think it will be fun to sell stuff on Ebay. So I'm not putting anything in the sale box that's worth less than $50 nor anything I can't put in one of those pre-paid smaller boxes from the Post Office. When I was pricing stuff to sell at our latest garage sale I often found myself thinking it was not even worth the price to clean it up and move it to the garage. But --- the real payoff was seeing spaces open up in the house. Should have downsized our crap a long time ago regardless. We have a growing account where we are stashing the money regardless. And are not spending it on anything until we hit the road When my father passed away he had probably the largest collection of telegraph keys in the country. He had at least one of every key ever built in the USA and was working on those from foreign counties. This included a couple off a famous German U-boat and a sunken British ship. He even had an entire setup of an old Western Union Telegraph shop. My mom donated it all to museums. I'd hate to write how much all that was worth (dad kept a cataloged of values). And my wife did the same when her dad passed away with his collection of old radio station and music recording stuff. If you have not tried it, you might bundle all your Red Wing stuff up into one sale item rather than trying to sell it off individually. I sold an old truck, old boat and a hot tub by pricing it at 1/2 of what they were worth on Craigslist. Ya, would have been nice to get more for each but the money was no more important than just getting rid of it. The truck went to a young boy for his farm and was his first vehicle. The boat went to an older man who had time to fix it up and take his grandson fishing. Priceless.. Having deciding in 2014 that our future would be in an RV, we stopped buying stuff. That has saved us a bundle for sure. Mark
  14. Welcome to the class of 2019 ALLENTC2. I'll bet I can speak for the entire group that with only about month to go till 2019, things are about to get really exciting. Our planned take off date is no later than October of 2019 before winter hits. We moved the date up twice now so who knows for sure - especially as the wife want to leave in June😀
  15. Sid, Was good to see Vanleigh introduce the Beacon, an upgrade from the Vilano. Good for Vanleigh to be offering major options in the Vilano, many of which are not advertised such as 8,000 axles, disc brakes and more. I'm sure all companies get the comments when someone looks at a specific trailer and says "I wish they would add XYX". If someone is going to option out a Vilano they best just go to the Beacon. I joined their Facebook group and repeatedly hear that when folks go back to the factory they can get special touches added such as shelving in cabinetry. Or if there were a few options that did not come with a trailer they bought off the lot, no big deal. The factory will install them. I'm in the middle of writing a series of blog posts on the Vilano so they are fresh on my mind. Congrads on the excellent trailer choice with the Beacon.
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