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I'm Brian and my wife is Barbara. We start our new life style this Thursday the 19th. when we pick up our new Keystone Sprinter. I've been reading the forums for quite some time and I'd just like to say Thank you for all of the useful information you good people have given me already. I look forward to learning from everybody here in the future. We will be heading to Texas for our first workamping job soon after the first of the month. I hope this post is in the correct place. Again Thank-you for all your help.

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Welcome to the Escapee's RV Club and also to the forums! We are very happy that you have joined us here.

 

We are Texans and former fulltimers. If you share with us where you will be work-camping there may well be some Escapees who will be in that area and we do enjoy meeting our fellow SKP's! Comment or join in at any time and as often as you see fit.

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Greetings and welcome!

 

I'm seriously looking at a Sprinter to FT in too, but a TT, not a FW as I need to use my truck bed to haul a couple motorbikes. I really like your floorplan and that wide body. I'm looking at the 331RLS (for its CCC) but prefer the new 319MKS if it has sufficient CCC for my needs (we'll see when the specs are published.)

 

Be sure and weigh your Sprinter loaded soon. I'm thinking about replacing the 15" wheels and running gear with some 16" wheels and 1,000lb /axle added carrying capacity, as I plan on adding a heavy solar boondocking set-up down the road.

 

I'm assuming you are looking at Texas as your Domicile state. Right now SD and TX are running neck and neck, for my domicile of choice. I prefer to call myself a Texan, but it will be a little more expensive than SD for me to do so. Availability of affordable health insurance may be the deciding factor, but I still have 3 1/2 yrs to decide, and a lot can change by then.

 

Chip

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sushidog, we looked at so many different 5th.wheels it started to get confusing. We found the Sprinter 269 at the Atlanta RV show and finally decided this was the one for us. We are a little beyond motorbike age so no extra space issue there. Yes we are going to domicile in Texas. We've got the RV insurance, Escapees address, got health insurance on Saturday(nothing like waiting till the last minute). What's left? truck insurance, transfer titles, new DL's from Texas. Not sure if I'm missing anything, but will find out soon enough.

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Brian, you are a year younger than me, so who knows what your future will hold concerning motorbikes, etc.? The ones we got are similar to the motorbike I had when I was 12 yrs. old! If you haven't had your mid-life crisis yet, I'd say you're overdue. ;) You're only as old as you feel, and as young as you can convince your DW that you are. B)

 

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on the sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light. Dylan Thomas

 

Chip

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sushidog, I was hoping I was having my mid-life crisis with going fulltime but maybe there's still more to come. Hopefully I can still convince the DW there's still some good to come for us. I know I'm not ready for a rocking chair, but I also know I can't do a lot of what I use to do. Maybe I just need to change my hobbies.

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Hopefully I can still convince the DW there's still some good to come for us. I know I'm not ready for a rocking chair, but I also know I can't do a lot of what I use to do. Maybe I just need to change my hobbies.

You are the very age that I was when we struck out to become fulltimers! The only way you could do this at a better time would be if you were to leave yesterday! It was one of the smartest moves that we ever made, and had it not been for Pam's health getting in the way, we would still be fulltime and we have far from stopped even so, just got a home-base once more for the medical breaks.

 

I do think that it is important that both of you agree to do this before you make the jump as both parties need to enjoy the life for it to work out well. We have seen cases where one of a couple convinced the other to try it and many of those do not last.

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  • 2 weeks later...

Hi I'm Lisa and my husband is Doug and we just sold our house in California and looking forward to becoming fulltimers. We just sold our house In California, bought a Chevy 3500 and I guess we'll leave here on the 23rd in search of our new home "fifthwheel". Our house sold in a couple of days ....30 day escrow and not had time to find what were going to live in. We are just so excited to be part of this fantastic group of people. Thanks for all the info you have given to us and we hope to meet up with some of you someday.

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Welcome also from a "wanna be" full-timer from Texas and welcome to our great state!! After reading all these posts about folks hitting the trail I might have to push up my time frame a little!!!! Awful hard to contain the excitement when I think about exploring our great country!!!

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