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7/24/14 5:08 P

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Hi! emoticon to the nicest group of people you'll ever meet online. My husband and I have a Trail Manor folding hard-sided trailer, which you can actually set up all by yourself, although we do it team style. Its advantage is that it tows low and you can see better on the road. And of course you can un-hitch your tow vehicle to see the sites. However, we'd really like a Class B or C some day. Last Summer we were camped next door to a couple with a Class A motorhome; they buzzed around off-site on a CanAm 3 wheeled motor cycle. I wanted their whole outfit (ha!, I imagine they had well over 100K invested!).

Be sure to keep us posted on your van project!

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7/23/14 11:43 A

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Welcome sandy ! As you can tell, we are all thrilled to meet you. I quit dieting 6 years ago and now concentrate on trying to make smart, healthy choices day by day and some days, minute by minute. LOL !!

I am amazed that you have the talent to outfit a van. That is awesome. I would go with a pop up or very small trailer if I were just starting out. The insurance and licensing is so much cheaper for towables and you can leave the camper and use the towing vehicle to sight see. It is a little tricky learning how to back and park it though. I am more comfortable with the class C and class A so I am looking for a used class A this year and camp with my brother in his trailer while I am looking.

I go by TC most of the time but my name is Theresa.

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7/22/14 9:27 P

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Welcome Sandy. If you are going with a van, try and find one that has the higher roof that way you may be able to stand a little better. We live in our 5th wheel full time, but haven't traveled in it in about 6 years. Our jobs keep us busy all summer and we don't have a truck big enough to pull our new one now.
This site and this team are all about helping you on your journey to better health. We look forward to getting to know you here.

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7/22/14 2:54 P

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Welcome Sandy , You will find a lot of great helpful people on this site WE just traded in our 1998 24 ft Jayco that we had for 11 years for a 26 foot Flag Staff with one slide and love it still trying to get use to all the little things you have to do with a slide .lol

Again Welcome , Brenda

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7/22/14 11:34 A

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Hi, Sandy! Welcome to Sparkpeople and the RV Enthusiasts! emoticon

My name is Tammy and I live in SW Missouri.

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7/22/14 9:30 A

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Welcome, can't help you on what to get-I'm in England and the choices would be different here. I joined this team just before we got our first motorhome almost 4 years ago, it's a great team and we love our motorhome (though I'm not sure I could do the fulltime thing).
I look forward to getting to know you

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7/22/14 9:10 A

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Welcome to the RV Enthusiasts! We enjoy getting acquainted with new members so post often. You have made a good decision to join Spark People. They have all the information and tools you need to lose weight and be in better health. And joining the RV Enthusiasts will be one more step as we will be here to support, encourage and motivate you along the way.

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7/22/14 5:35 A

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good morning and WELCOME

we have been full timing now for three years (july 18th marked the three years) - and we really like it. currently we are kicking about atlantic canada and soon to go south along the eastern seaboard. our site were are currently parked in faces the ocean. and yes, it is beautiful here in newfoundland

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7/21/14 11:30 P

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Hi, Sandy! Welcome to RV Enthusiasts! My husband and I bought our first RV in 2011, it was a used 2002 model, we thought we would buy it to see if we liked RVing. We took a trip with it to upstate New York and back and loved it, so last year bought a brand new Jayco Pinnacle 5th wheel. We love this one too. I know that used RV's are fairly inexpensive, I hear they depreciate quickly. Maybe that would be an option for you? I would try to find one being sold by a private individual, but study up before you buy, you need to know how the brands are made and how well they hold up.

We met a lady last fall who was traveling on her own with her dog, in her SUV and a tent! She loved it but it wouldn't be for me. I enjoy the comforts and conveniences too much! Before we bought the RV, we did the motel thing too, and hauled our stuff up and down stairs! This is ever so much better, pulling your home behind you! We have been living in our RV since January 10th when we closed on our house. I think all parks allow dogs but they have to be on a leash or in a pen. Some parks won't allow pens though, so be ready for that. I guess you could convert a van but it would be a lot of work! At any rate, glad you are here and hope you find something that will work for you!

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7/21/14 11:28 P

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emoticon and emoticon !!!! We are a very chatty group and you will get lots of answers and ideas from us as you begin to ask questions and shared thoughts!! Join in on our chat posts.
A hint on the foods, we call this a healthy eating site and don't worry about diet. That's a 4 letter word :-)D The site is big and is very helpful when working to lose weight. Best wishes.


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7/21/14 11:08 P

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emoticon Hi everyone! I am 62 and new to the Spark site, but have been 'on a diet' all my life. That didn't work real well, so hopefully this will work better. I have wanted to be a full time RVer for over 30 years, but haven't had the time or the money. I am retired now and plan to buy a van and outfit it myself (unless someone has a class B motor home they want to sell to me on time? Did I mention that I have a decent income now but no credit? lol!) Last summer I spent 2 months on the road out West (CA, NV, UT, Montana & Wyoming) in a Toyota, but motels are expensive and you have to take all your stuff in and out every night. I want to take my dogs from now on too. Sooooo - any suggestions or pointers anyone has on either subject will be welcome. I definitely want to be on the road in time to avoid the upcoming Michigan winter! Great to meet y'all! See ya somewhere sometime soon! :)

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