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Old 07-27-2006, 09:59 AM   #21
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Andy blogs occasionally in a professional style (former tech writer) with exquisite pictures and personal* thoughts.
http://www.andybaird.com/travels/

I especially enjoyed reading about Andy's decision to retire.
http://www.andybaird.com/travels/ful...fulltime01.htm

But one friend—Gertie's former owner, Judie—suggested that I look closely at what I really needed in order to live, and think creatively about ways to reduce my living expenses. When I did, it began to dawn on me that if I took a few simple steps (mainly getting out of expensive central New Jersey), I didn't need anywhere near 80% of my salary; in fact, I figured I could get by on about 30%. The key assumptions were that I'd sell my condo, get out from under the mortgage, taxes and condo fees, and live fulltime in my motorhome.
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Re: Fired! Now here's the plan...
Old 07-27-2006, 10:12 AM   #22
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I also have a truck camper and have been/plan to do some major traveling in it with DW and kids. We are going to the Adirondack mountains in Sept for a family reunion(from N.CA) - then Maine to eat lobster til we are sick of it! TC are a great way to go - you can easily cruise through downtowns and park at the little hole in the wall resturants that are off limits for the larger RVs. Have a great time!
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Old 07-27-2006, 10:29 AM   #23
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I especially enjoyed reading about Andy's decision to retire.
Yes, all of the chapters on his momentous decision as well as actually leaving his workplace, home, and friends are awesome--I reread the early stuff occasionally (coz I have time!).

Ah, whaddya do all day...have plenty of time to reread favorite passages! If I were a better googler, I'd probably do that here, too (where's the thread with pictures of audreyh1's fifth wheeler?).
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http://www.andybaird.com/travels/

Mr. Baird had always updated his blog/website every few days; and now has not updated it in over 6 weeks. I'm concerned that perhaps his health may have failed him. Don't know how else to explain it. He did always seem to be beset with health problems. Living constantly on the road and in such a small space probably didn't help either.
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Andy just upgraded from an old, small Lazy Daze RV to a much newer (used) mid-sized one. He's also doing some customizing on the new rig, which I'm sure takes up lots of his time. I think he said something about redesigning his web site, too, plus he moderates more than one board. Andy isn't one of those bloggers with an urge to tell everything he thinks and feels (he's an introvert). He seems to add an entry only when he has something compelling to show or tell (he's a wonderful photographer). He also works part time on the road--computer-based graphics, I think. I check his web site daily and try not to get my hopes up! He posts frequently on the Yahoo "Life with a Lazy Daze RV" forum, where he is one of the moderators.
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Ah, whaddya do all day...have plenty of time to reread favorite passages! If I were a better googler, I'd probably do that here, too (where's the thread with pictures of audreyh1's fifth wheeler?).
This one?
http://early-retirement.org/forums/i...p?topic=5603.0
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mmm...purty! (Thanks for the link--I did eventually figure out how to use the Search function hereabouts.)

Since we have no plans to live on the road, a van conversion or class C are more our speed for week-long to ~3-month trips. I've seen mclester's rig and am looking forward to seeing Rich_in_Tampa's next week. Trying to clarify my thinking on new vs used, gas mileage vs comfort, need for a towed (toad), need for sufficient storage for some sort of boat and/or bikes, and so on. A few things are certain: reliability and safety features are critical as are 2 extremely comfy seats, plus ability to take at least 2 more passengers, high-speed internet, relatively easy to clean and maintain, ability to get maintenance and repairs on the road, and a bathroom I can enjoy using. With my camping and backpacking experience, just about any RV will seem luxurious
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