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From "Sticks & Bricks" to full time in 45 days 2 years 8 months ago #1

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Judy and I loved tent camping early in our life together - that was 45 years ago. Then Naval career, children, civilian careers and life in general happened. For many years we talked about RVing but didn't do anything about it. Then several years ago we rented a little travel trailer and took off from Central Florida and ended up on the Oregon coast. And, by the time we returned to FL we had rolled over 9000 miles -- in 29 days! We loved it. Three months later we purchased a 24' TT and took several 1 week trips. We loved it more. Last May we took off for Maine. Now we are hooked. While traveling to Maine we stopped in PA and looked at the Redwood and fell in love with the 38RL. As a note, we had looked at no fewer than 20 different brands and 100 floor plans. Nothing came close to the RW38RL. Shortly after returning from the Maine trip we made the decision to "go for it". We were living in a beautiful home in a golf course community for the last 20 years. We called a realtor, put the house on the market 7/28 and had a contract on 7/30. OMG!! What do we do now? We had lots of stuff in 2800 sq ft. We had stuff in corners where we didn't know we had corners. We cleaned out, threw out, had 6 days of estate sale and donated what didn't sell to charity. What we had remaining filled half of a 5' x 10' storage unit. Closed the sale of the house on 9/9 and took delivery of our new house (2017 RW38RL) on 9/15. We are now on our first excursion away from our home park in Sanford FL. Actually a forced trip to clear the area prior to Matthew's arrival. I'm sure you've heard of him. Safe in Crystal River. From here to North GA to see some colorful autumn leaves. So there you have it. Talk about it or dive in.... and not in the shallow end! Follow the dream today - there is no promise of a tomorrow.

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From "Sticks & Bricks" to full time in 45 days 2 years 8 months ago #2

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Bob & Judy,

Congratulations on purchasing a Redwood, and from a fellow mariner, welcome to the ROG.

You will find lots of great information in the Technical Library and on the forum, many members always willing to share their experiences, or offering suggestions.

Enjoy your new coach.
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From "Sticks & Bricks" to full time in 45 days 2 years 8 months ago #3

Congratulations, sounds almost identical to our situation, it happened very quickly & we haven't regretted 1 second of it for the last 8 1/2 years. We are currently experiencing our 1st workamping job in Arizona & so far so good.
Enjoy your RW, ours has 40-50k miles so & has been relatively trouble free & RW has been fantastic to deal with. Hope you have the same good fortune & safe travels.
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Congratulations on your new found freedom and welcome to the group
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Congratulations on your new purchase and new lifestyle. Welcome to our group.

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From "Sticks & Bricks" to full time in 45 days 2 years 8 months ago #6

Wow, I am so happy to welcome you to our community. Tomorrow is our 1 year anniversary setting out in our Redwood and I can't believe how incredible it has been. I can only wish the same for you.

I have been pretty quite the last year because there is so much to do, see and experience. We are loving that we can "(c) Go anywhere and still be at home ".

Be safe and again welcome, we are here to help.
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Congratulation's on your lifestyle change, I have been fulltime for 5 years (2 years in my Redwood) and still love the lifestyle.
Many great things to see in this country and I get meet awesome people at every stop.

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From "Sticks & Bricks" to full time in 45 days 2 years 8 months ago #8

Going for it now! See other post in "RV Living".

We're experiencing the Estate Sale now. have a tentative closing date on the House for Nov 1. (For those following, yes, we moved it us since not enough sold in the Estate Sale and now we are dealing with the remnants. We'll post updates soon).

Congratulations on your deep dive! We don't see how you will regret it.

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Thank you for you well wishes and right back to you.

Divesting of the "stuff" was the biggest challenge. When you are a person that still has the Teddy Bear he received for his first Christmas.....well, that should say it all:-) But once you come to grips with the fact that the rest of the population has no real idea of the value of your "stuff" and the emotion fades the goal is crystal clear and it becomes very easy. We had 3 estate sales and still had a truckload of stuff remaining. Simple; call a local charity and tell them to come and get it. The one we called took everything, including the trash, literally. We swept the floor, locked the door and didn't look back.

You will make it - May the Force be with you.

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From "Sticks & Bricks" to full time in 45 days 2 years 8 months ago #10

Good Luck to you guys. We are about to do the same thing as you. As I speak they are putting a new roof on my home in Palm Coast Fl. Next the grounds get spruced up for good curb appeal. Then the house goes on the market. We are going to order a 2017 3901 Redwood. So maybe we will see you guys on the road. I know I cannot wait.
Best of Luck to You Guys Again.
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Hey Steve. Sounds like you're making good progress. It will go quick. I hope your place goes like our did. A contract in two days. Hope to see you on the road soon. Good luck.

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From "Sticks & Bricks" to full time in 45 days 2 years 8 months ago #12

Thanks, Just got back online.They are still putting the roof on my house. So hopefully it will be soon. You know I'm going to say that it scares me. I mean to sell all you stuff and home and take to the unknown. Plus the hooking up and off every few days or weeks. It's going to take some getting used to. I just hate to sell my stuff because people want to steal it. I'm the type of guy who would kick them in the pants and say get off my property. People around hear are horrible. They want things for nothing.

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From "Sticks & Bricks" to full time in 45 days 2 years 8 months ago #13

We just went through this last weekend...We held the estate sale and had only a limited number of people show up. Tomorrow, we are trying to get an auctioneer to come by and tell us what he can do. We'll see how expensive that is...

I will say this is a very trying and aggravating process. I wish we had never bought all of this junk to begin with.

You cannot win unless you plan a full year in advance and take advantage of Craigslist, 5-Mile, Facebook Marketplace, etc.

Next, use the Estate Sale Company. Hopefully your communist city won't have all of the rules to stop you from doing this. Our does. That makes it impossible for drive-by traffic to stop in...And they charge fees to you for even thinking about holding a sale. each sign they catch is a $250 fine. You are allowed only 1 24" x 24" in your own yard. And don't forget that your Uncle Sam wants his cut as well...YOU"LL be paying sales tax to get rid of your stuff. HOW IS THAT EVEN LEGAL? You paid the D____ tax when you bought it?

Then, you might try the auction service for the next remaining items. They will go at lower prices but they tend to get rid of most everything.

And at last, I've also called the Salvation Army. They are willing to send out a special truck and pick up everything (including labor). You get a sizable tax receipt. But anything over $5k total value requires a professional appraiser to determine value per IRS statutory requirements. Guess what? That costs money too...

Lastly, lastly, it's not worth the fight...Set the stuff out by the curb and let it go. For what you get in return, is it really worth it? I (we) am (are) beginning to think not.

We have 2 weeks until closing. It's time to get serious and get rid of it. Forget about "memories". Take pictures and be done. It's liberating. When we first started this, it was not easy. You think it should be worth something. No more...

You can "work" a couple of extra weeks and not worry or stress over it. You're going to get pennies on the dollar in most cases. Just accept it and move on. Think about the freedom you'll have not owing anyone anything! Think about getting away from the heat in then summer and cold in the winter. Think about all of the new memories you'll have and all of the new friends that you'll meet. Junk is junk. We've come to that conclusion.

Best of luck in your decisions!
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From "Sticks & Bricks" to full time in 45 days 2 years 8 months ago #14

It is sad when you hold a garage sale, estate sale etc and have to deal with people that want the items for free. They know what it costs new. They also know that we are trying to get rid of it and if we can't it will go to salvation army or somewhere else. It is very hard when you have things near and dear to you and someone else wants it for nothing.ideally if you have the time would be to try and sell on Craigslist or some of the others but it takes time and effort. This is the times we live in where we all want a deal. I would rather give it to family than get pennies on the dollar from some stranger

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What is sadder is that our parents didn't teach us a thing about how to live the frugal lifestyle. Instead, it was always about bigger, better than our parents and the Jones's. We're now bucking tradition and we are trying to teach our kids to fight back. They are so blind-sided by commercialism and with the social influx from their friends. Not sure how this social experiment is going to end up but in the end, we can at least say we told them so...They can work for the next 60 years or stay semi-retired and enjoy life.

We all need to stop buying junk. I've never seen a Ryder or U-haul truck at a funeral. You can't take this junk with you!

The statistics are showing 10,000 per day retiring for the next 19 years. At that rate, your assets will be falling through the floor as more and more do the same thing. If you sell out now, at least you can get "something" for it...

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Since I lost my wife of almost 40 years this past year, we had a 10 x 10 warehouse of stuff after our home sale, she always was of the opinion we would purchase another S&B at sometime in the future, so we had furniture and lots of stuff in there.
When you rolled up the door of the storage unit is was a "Wall" of stuff.
I am currently down to 4 or 5 boxes of family pictures and stuff, hope to be out of the storage warehouse by the end of the year, I am plenty comfortable traveling and living in my Redwood for the foreseeable future, I just do not need a lot of stuff to make me happy anymore, the simpler the better.
Things change and currently all I want is the simple life and the ability to enjoy every day like there is no tomorrow.

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From "Sticks & Bricks" to full time in 45 days 2 years 8 months ago #17

What I find really sad and concerning about the 10k/day retiring and taking up the RV lifestyle is they are competition for the really nice campsites. ;)

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From "Sticks & Bricks" to full time in 45 days 2 years 8 months ago #18

Great story and welcome to our Redwood family.

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It's supply and demand....When there are no buyers, prices drop. The Baby Boomers were/are the largest group of persons on the planet. The Gen-Xr's and Millennials don't make up for this group. AND, they have a different set of priorities. They prefer to live in urban cities and enjoy social clubs. Talk about camping and they freak out!

But as our group progresses, they will come to realize that they don't need all of the overhead expenses. There will be many downsizing. And to your point Ken, maybe we should open up a chain of campgrounds or RV Parks catering to these folks? The Boom/Bust is just getting started!

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