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Old 02-25-2007, 10:41 PM   #21
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Wow, had no idea so many RVers were here. Looks like we need to have a FIRE Rally somwhere.
Add one more to the RV clan. We have a 29 ft Class A--our learner unit.
We have had our unit for two years and looking forward to the "season".
Anyone else going to the Good Sam Rally in Redmond, Ore in July? Perhaps we could do a Early Retire RVer session there.
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Old 02-26-2007, 02:29 AM   #22
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Add me to the list. I have a 40' Motorhome that we do weekend trips with for now. Using it as a learner for when we fully retire. DW is retiring at end of April of this year, and with my vacation, I'm looking forward to more trips of longer duration leading up to my date in 2009. If your RV RE rally is in TX, I may be able to make that.
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Old 02-26-2007, 07:58 AM   #23
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We have a 24 ft travel trailer--first time owners. We're hooked! We've been several places out of state, but lately we do little 3-4 day trips in TX.

We recently went to an RV show, and I cannot believe how fabulous the 5th wheels are! I think we may upgrade at some point in the future.
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Old 02-26-2007, 08:12 AM   #24
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We're not ER yet, but we have a 18 ft pop-up that we use for vacations sometimes.

I love the idea of a FIRE rally. I'd go just to enjoy the conversations over the fire pits.
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We are on the low end of RVing. We currently have an 8 foot popup slide in truck camper. Have been camping in one for or another for 35+ years. We have always went for the small light weight approach. We use our camper as an efficiency apartment to stay in when we go places, not as something we plan to sit around in.

Our current setup handles like it isn't even there, parks in a standard parking spot and gets 14-15 mpg. Oh and it only costs us $3500 used.

Since I have RE we do more trips, but still use it for easy cheap lodging, not a life style. I do sometimes thing about doing an extended multi month trip in it, but would probably be single (or my wife would be) before we got back.

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I blab about our 23.5' lazydaze here fairly frequently. We have spent up to a month traveling in it, last winter it was Big Bend park in west Texas. Last fall we went to Teddy Roosevelt State park and Yellowstone. After about a month we are generally ready to come home. We have enjoyed it a lot.
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For years we thought that one day we would buy a big diesel pusher and travel when we retired. So we bought a used 34ft Class A a few years ago to try it out. We used it a few times but with working all the time it was not very conducive to our life at that time. It seemed that there was always something to tinker on when we used it due to it setting the majority of the time. Sold it for minimal difference than what we paid for it.
Overall it was a good learning experience and probably saved us big bucks in the long run.

I often think of getting a slide in camper for when I retire in a few years to get out and play with the boys as I doubt wife will want to go on weekends. I think it would be god for skiing, fishing, race weekends, etc. But the weight of these things drives you to a fairly large vehicle and they want your first born for them. Any ideas?

I have also thought about building a slide in module that fits into the minivan as a camping option.

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We love our old coach! It is a bit of work to keep it going, but well worth the trouble. Ours is a 1976 Argosy Airstream 28'. She rocks!

We go to a great music festival every July in Floyd, Virginia www.floydfest.com and have a blast! It is a pretty long hike from Charleston, SC but well worth the trip. We also go around in SC on weekend trips, with bikes and kayaks.

I have a dream of heading out to Texas for a month and catch as much live music as I can stand--and some music festivals as well. Oh, and yeah, if I can talk DH into it, the Pan American Highway south from there through Mexico!

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We have a '05 Newmar Dutch Star 40', pulling a Chevy Blazer which are currently parked in the Keys. Just love it but looking to order an Allegro Bus (need that 32" flat panel tv). Having an RV has allowed us to explore our great land without staying in hotels, which we dislike and eating a little healthier along the way, but was never meant to save $$$. IMHO

While not fulltimers, both 52 and retired, we spend 185 nights away from our stick built house. (house in one state, residents of another)


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DW and I have been RVers for 20 yrs. Before that tent camping. Current rig, 26" Prowler TT with slideout pulled by a 2500 HD Chevy. Planning on a couple of short 2 week trips this summer after I FIRE. After that probably go south for the winter to AZ NM and TX. Come back to USK late March. Then leave May 15 or so for Alaska getting back Sept 15 or so. Thats the plan for now.
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Have never RV'd but plan to this summer. Have been doing research and ran into this "Coachshare Program." www.coachshare.com - Has anyone every heard of it?
What did you think of this idea? Would it suit you? I'll have to check into it and see if they offer anything reasonable... thanks for the link!

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We are planning our 2007 travels. looks like Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon. Vegas, Seattle, Yellowstone and Custer, SD are on the short list.
First time I saw most of these places was on the back of a motorcycle in 1972. What a trip! and how simple life was while on the road. When it was hot I was hot. When it was cold, I was cold. When it rained, I was wet! 'course I was so young then and pretty resilient...

Now I like the idea of an RV - more comfort!

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Old 02-27-2007, 12:34 AM   #32
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IBig Bend park in west Texas.
Ah, Big Bend... Be sure to check out www.bigbendchat.com and www.virtualbigbend.com for more fascinating information on the area.
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I often think of getting a slide in camper for when I retire in a few years to get out and play with the boys as I doubt wife will want to go on weekends. I think it would be god for skiing, fishing, race weekends, etc. But the weight of these things drives you to a fairly large vehicle and they want your first born for them. Any ideas?

I have also thought about building a slide in module that fits into the minivan as a camping option.

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You don't have to go big and heavy for a slide in campers. I have had 3 over the years and none of them were over 1200#, and rides well in a standard 1/2 ton pickup. The popup style like I have now, have less sway going down the road.

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We're fulltimer RVer's - getting close to 2 years now. Love the lifestyle! We are true gypsies at heart and have come to embrace and cherish the "less is more" point of view. Getting rid of most of our stuff and being free to wander unscripted has been perfect for us.

We've been ER'd for over 7 years, and it took a while to discover that fulltime RVing would suit us. After a couple of years of parttime traveling with a Casita and just loving it, we realized that we didn't need a house at all. We really disliked returning to the house and dealing with the demands of home ownership.

Of course owning a motorhome is also demanding, but at least you get to travel while you maintain it!

Here is our home on wheels:

It's a 2006 Alpine Coach diesel pusher (400ISL Cummins engine) 36ft with 2 slides. We pull a Jeep Liberty.

Not everyone is suited to this lifestyle - not by a long shot. Some have hobbies that are not portable. Some like having a lot of stuff. Some feel a strong need for a fixed community/family or a piece of land/house that they can take care of and call their own.

Many folks do both - they have their house/community/stuff but also enjoy the RVing lifestyle for several months a year. This is almost twice as expensive to do, but it does offer the benefit of the best of both worlds. If you can afford it, nothing wrong with this approach.

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DW and I have been doing some self-education and preliminary shopping for RV's now that we're RE'd. We think we can buy a well-equipped fifth wheel and appropriate tow vehicle (expanded cab one ton p/u) for $100K. Does this pass the common sense test?
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Shop carefully (including used), and you should be able to get something pretty excellent for that price.

Whatever fifth-wheel you buy, you must have an adequate towing vehicle. People often buy an inadequate towing vehicle - bad mistake.

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How much upkeep/maintenance is involved? I am not handy at all and have seen many RV's stopped along the road. Thanks. It's something I've always wanted to explore buy stayed away from because of my total mechanical ineptness.

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How much upkeep/maintenance is involved? I am not handy at all and have seen many RV's stopped along the road. Thanks. It's something I've always wanted to explore buy stayed away from because of my total mechanical ineptness.

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It really depends. A small well-built fiberglass trailer like a Casita is almost 0 maintenance (although I have heard lots of horror stories about less well designed trailers).

A fancy high-tech diesel pusher with all the latest bells and whistles like what we own now - too many things can go wrong. There seems to be always something. What we see appears to be about the same as people experience with other brands in our class. Also, the fact is that fulltimers will see higher maintenance due to the much heavier use.

Maybe the story is - the more expensive the RV, the higher maintenance it is?!?! Overall that seems to be true. Certainly the simpler something is, the less maintenance.

Some people describe RVs (especially motorhomes) as "earthquakes on wheels".

If you are not mechanically inclined, owning an RV - especially a motorhome - can be a frustrating experience.

I suspect RVs that are stopped on the side of the road are due to a) tire failure (a very scary experience if it's a blowout) or b) not doing adequate inspections and preventive maintenance. You really have to keep your drive train in top condition if you don't want to get caught overheating on a climb or experiencing a engine/transmission failure. Many RV owners appear to be very casual about this. We constantly inspect things - especially for leaks, our RV is heavily instrumented to warn of any drive train problems. We usually find issues well ahead of time.

In other words - we treat our RV more like a pilot would treat his airplane, with pre-trip checklists and inspections - rather than how we treat our automobile.

By the way - piece-of-mind insurance for help if stopped by the side of the road - Coach Net (like the AAA for motorhomes).

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We have several trips planned for this year and have reservations made.

The MH has an appointment for some additions and maintenance before we go out on our first trip this year (March 15-18).

We have trips lined up for April 23-30 in west-central California to visit family and then to Paso Robles for a rally.

May will take us to Lake Powell for a week of fun, sun, and lake cruises.

July we will be back in California.

August is still open but we may go up to Oregon-WA for a couple of weeks.

September--east to TN for a rally and to visit family.

October-December we are planning on scoping out AZ and NM to see where we may want to snowbird next year if we really get into the lifestyle.

Hope to see you on the road sometime.
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We've had our LazyDaze for 2.5 years. Greg does the regular maintenance. Two problems occured. Our bathroom faucet was defective and leaked. The factory sent us a new faucet and Greg put it in. The first winter we winterized using the recommended high pressure blow out of the system, we even took the pump apart. Well despite following instructions, ice damaged our water pump and we had to get a new one. Now Greg winterizes with RV antifreeze.


Otherwise, all has been great.
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We've had our LazyDaze for 2.5 years. Greg does the regular maintenance. Two problems occured. Our bathroom faucet was defective and leaked. The factory sent us a new faucet and Greg put it in. The first winter we winterized using the recommended high pressure blow out of the system, we even took the pump apart. Well despite following instructions, ice damaged our water pump and we had to get a new one. Now Greg winterizes with RV antifreeze.


Otherwise, all has been great.
What did Greg do for a living? - Plumber?
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