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6/29/17 10:32 P

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Welcome Janet !
We live in Iowa and I currently travel with my brother in his TT. That really is the best option IMHO if you can drive and park them because you always have a way to get around once parked and it is so much cheaper for license and insurance. If I thought I could, I would go that route. I am used to a class A and am still looking for one I can afford. 5 years and counting since I gave my old camper to my youngest brother.TC

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6/28/17 4:08 P

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My name is Heather and I live in New Brunswick Canada ( neighbor to Maine )
My husband and Ihave been camping with a travel trailer since 2009
In 2010 we travelled right across Canada and back again ( took us 4 months ) We had an 18 foot travel trailer then
In 2015 we bought a bigger one ( 25 foot ) travel trailer....and have been enjoying our summer camping episodes.
We travel to the USA often...have a lot of friends there such as SharonSparkle our captain who we have met several times in person....and my friend Mary....also from Michigan....
My oldest son lived in SC and now moved to to Knoxville TN....so we have been there to both places several times as well....

Along our travels we have met quite a number of single women travelling on their own....most have a small motor home and ALL said they loved it!
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6/26/17 5:57 P

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Welcome Janet. I've been a full timer since 2005 and love the life. I don't travel much anymore, finances emoticon , but still live full time in a 32 ft 5th wheel. There is a definite learning curve to being a full timer but it is quickly figured out. You live in a beautiful area and will have many wonderful journeys ahead. I am looking at maybe trying to find a small class C to take on my travels at sometime in the future. All of us will be glad to share experiences and ideas with you.

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6/26/17 5:09 P

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We started with a used because you need to know what you like and don't like before spending the big bucks. My DH insisted on a new RV when we retired much to my argument that it was a waste of money. He figures he's not selling it in his lifetime so he doesn't care. You will definitely want slide outs. The auto leveling sure makes life easier. There are so many used (like new) for sale where the spouse dies and the widow doesn't drive the RV so they just want to get out from under the payment. I don't drive ours and if anything happened to my hubby, I will definitely be selling ours. I just pray we have many more years of enjoyment before we have to worry.



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6/26/17 4:26 P

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Thanks for the welcomes, everyone!

At first I was planning to start with a new Class A with as many bells and whistles as I could afford (especially because I will probably be traveling alone, so things like rear cameras and auto-leveling seem smart), but I've decided that it's probably better to start smaller, with a gently used coach, and not jump directly into full-timing.





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6/25/17 9:48 P

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Hi Janet. So glad you are with us. It's true you will learn a lot from all of our experiences with RVing. My hubby and I traveled the Gulf and East Coast this spring as we left our winter home in TX. We to, had planned on being full timers but ran across a mobile home deal in TX that we couldn't walk away from so we are winter Texans and summer travelers that stop in at our MN home at times in the summer & fall. Currently we are living in our 32' travel trailer that we love and are camped by our MN. garage on it's camper pad while our son and family are living in our house waiting for their new one that's being built. So, in essence, we have been full timing this yr and will be hitting the road again when the will hits us. Many, many fun and beautiful places to see and visit.

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6/25/17 6:58 P

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Hi Janet! I am Chris and my husband Matt and I live in Texas. We started RV'ing a little in 2011, bought a 2002 29 foot fifth wheel and loved traveling with it. We decided we needed something a little bigger though with more storage space and a larger bathroom. Anyway, long story short we now own a Jayco Eagle Premier 5th wheel that is 42 feet long! We had considered full timing which was another reason we went bigger, but when we sold our house near the metroplex we moved WAY OUT in the country and built a small house, so our RV is our second home. We like to take off in the summer and go north to get out of the heat.

I would recommend buying something used but in goid condition as new ones are way overpriced with markups as high as 35 to 40%! Then a year later they are it worth about 2/3 of the original cost if you're lucky. Many people who jump in and buy a new one soon find they are not made like you think they should be when you buy one, and end up with another new one two or three times and lose thousands of dollars every time!

Anyway don't mean to discourage you at at all because it is definitely the way to travel, just be sure you do your research before buying.

Anyway, welcome to the group, these people are wonderful and know a lot about RV's so ask away! So glad you are here!

Edited by: TXGRANDMA at: 6/25/2017 (18:59)
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6/25/17 11:28 A

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Hi Janet

It is so nice to understand a little about you and I'm glad you are thinking of traveling and possibly one day doing it full time. You have come to the right team. We have all types of RV's and when and how we go to use them. If you have any questions in your search, someone in the team has been there, done that and can help you!

My DH and I are retired. We intended to be full timers but a serious health issue had me rethinking that decision. Now we use our Class A 38 ft Forest River MH for short trips in the summer and become snowbirds in the winter. We probably spend 7-8 months a year in our RV but we have a nice manufactured home in a manufactured home park to return to whenever we feel the need!



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Hello everyone!

I'm not an RV'er *yet* -- but I have a dream of one day becoming a full-timer. I'm a single empty-nester in Seattle. I was blessed to grow up with a dad in public school administration and a love for the outdoors, so family spent a lot of time trailer camping in the 1970's. I've also loved the open road, and the thought of being able to both travel and be at home. (I'm a turtle at heart, I guess!)

Right now I'm working my day job, paying down my debt (students loans and credit cards), researching coaches, and starting to develop employer-free income streams (freelance writing, spiritual direction, etc.).

I'm looking forward to being part of this community and learning more about the RV life!

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