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full timer or not? 2 months 3 weeks ago #1

I am curious to know who in the forum or ROG is full time RV'ers, and how long? Who do not have a Stick and Brick. Just curious, as we will be in a year or so.

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full timer or not? 2 months 3 weeks ago #2

We just sold our RW in Jan after fulltiming for 10+ years & settled down in a modular home in a 55+ rv park which feels like we're still fulltiming .
Sold our S&B, got rid of all our "stuff", loaded up the 5er we had at the time & took off. The original 5er was older & was needing TLC at every stop so we traded for a new Big Country which wasn't designed as a fulltime rig so traded for the RW doing the last 6 years in it.
Your advantage is starting with a great fulltime coach thereby skipping a couple of our steps. My opinion is if you're able, DO IT & don't look back. We discussed when we 1st started out that we can always stop & get another S&B, but had to give a good try & VERY glad we did.
I know fulltime rving is not for everyone, but in our case I wouldn't trade the experience for anything. We've seen/done so much across this beautiful country, met countless great folks which we stay in touch with & still meet up with several of them occasionally.
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full timer or not? 2 months 3 weeks ago #3

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We full time. Our Redwood is set up permanently on a lot we own in a year around campground. We have a class C we use to go camping. We did stays of multiple months for a few years when we owned travel trailers for about 5 years. Moved into the C for a few months last year while getting the S&B ready for sale. While in the C, we bought the lot and then the Redwood. The C is great for camping, and that's the reason we bought it. Not so great to live in full time. Unfortunately, I still work full time also, and will continue to do so as long as work really doesn't get on my nerves.
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full timer or not? 2 months 3 weeks ago #4

Sold everything about 6 years ago and have been on the road since then. We have not regretted a moment of it. And, we are not even considering landing any where yet. I told DW to throw an anchor out the window when she is done and wants to stop. She hasn't even reached for one yet!

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full timer or not? 2 months 3 weeks ago #5

We plan to do the same. If you ever head in to the last frontier let me know.
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We've owned our 2013 36RL since new. Plan was to full time. Sold house and all the stuff two years ago and went on the road working in the summer and traveling in the winter. Kids and grandkids are in the Baltimore MD area. We're currently in Page Az at Lake Powell for the last 10 months and may stay awhile. Both of us fell in love with the Lake and the high desert country. More than 43k miles on the coach and were not anywhere near done yet. Best decisiion we made. As Danny said, too many adventures and friends to count.

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Sold our house and went Fulltime in 2011, hit a bump in the road, wife passed away after a few years of travel, she passed 3 months shy of our 40th anniversary.
Traveled fulltime for a little over a year, got married again, rented house with new wife for about a year and a half (Redwood parked in driveway resting), back fulltime as of December 2018.
Have a little less than 2 years to retirement, still travel with Redwood for work and pleasure quite a bit when not at our Home Base in North Florida.
Love the fulltime lifestyle freedom.
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full timer or not? 2 months 3 weeks ago #8

Thanks so much, It is amazing the different stories you hear. Sorry to hear about your wife's passing. Blessings to your and your new adventures.
Scott
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full timer or not? 2 months 3 weeks ago #9

Just don't think we could ever get rid of "home base" (in fact, just did some major upgrades). When towing our redwood once I asked the wife to look in the mirror down to the end of the Redwood and would she be OK with that being it - the full extent of "home", and she just couldn't deal with it. I guess for some it won't ever happen.

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full timer or not? 2 months 3 weeks ago #10

I understand it is not for everyone, but you can do the traveling either way.
Thanks for the reply.
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atom ant wrote: Just don't think we could ever get rid of "home base" (in fact, just did some major upgrades). When towing our redwood once I asked the wife to look in the mirror down to the end of the Redwood and would she be OK with that being it - the full extent of "home", and she just couldn't deal with it. I guess for some it won't ever happen.


Brad - we are similar, as we enjoy traveling by RV, ship or round the world flights for many months at a time, but still want a home close to the kids and grandkids for some rest and recuperation before setting of on another adventure.

We also have residency requirements to maintain our Provincial medical, so must be within BC for 5 months per year.

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We consider ourselves "half timers", some years "three quarter timers". While it's nice to be on the road it's also nice to be home, enjoying the neighbourhood and community. We also get the opportunity to do some fixes to the RW in the driveway.

Being a "cheap Irishman" we also consider the loss of money on a house sale and a purchase when it comes time to hang up the keys, I hate lawyers and real estate folks making money off us!

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We are full-timers since 2016. Sold our sticks and bricks in Arkansas, changed our residence to South Dakota for tax and vehicle insurance reasons, and love our Redwood home. We also enjoy not paying property tax, utilities, lawn upkeep, etc. and I would say that in 3 years our maintenance issues on the Redwood have been less than our S&B home.

No regrets and hope to get at least 17 more years of this lifestyle.
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full timer or not? 2 months 2 weeks ago #14

I sold my house in 2016 and have been full-timing since and so far no regrets. I haven't moved though because I've got elderly parents in the area so need to stay close by. I live in a beautiful RV resort in Colorado though and even the winters aren't too bad. Eventually I'd like to hit the road and travel though.

My dad asks me if I've "become lazy" because I have no home maintenance and yard work and I just tell him "been there, done that!". Lol.

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full timer or not? 2 months 2 weeks ago #15

That's awesome!

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full timer or not? 2 months 2 weeks ago #16

We are new full timers our first day was 02/22/2019 after selling everything we couldn't take with us. Sold our home, 2 cars, cam-am motorcycle shut down our second career business and traded our 2014 motor home for a Ram 3500 duel. So far we are enjoying every minute. Spent a month in Florida Changing our domicile to Florida. Looking forward to Shipshewana Rally in July.
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full timer or not? 2 months 2 weeks ago #17

Life changed after my cancer diagnosis & treatment in 2016; but it was a blessing as we sat down and talked through our life's priorities. Being a slave working for our empty nest wasn't high on the list! So we sold our beautiful Florida home and everything in it (except 6 bins of keepsakes) and bought a gently used Redwood and new Ram 3500 dually. We were 1 yr stationary in Central Florida as hubby had a goal date for retirement and that worked out well as we went through our learning curve as RV newbies in a familiar
area. Headed on the road this past March and it's just great! We are loving the time we have to enjoy the simple things in life, biking, hiking, museums, more visits to family, and meeting new people from all over. We keep in touch with several of them and have plans to get together this winter in Arizona. Looking forward to meeting new friends at the Redwood Rally in July:) Paul was correct as repairs and upgrades are about the same as we would have spent on our S&B home. For peace of mind, we purchased a 5 yr warrantee for the big mechanical stuff. Youtube as well as this forum and the Redwood FB group have been a great way to learn and get tips. We plan to do this until we decide it's not fun any longer. Best of luck to you and hope to meet on the road!!

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