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Old 08-08-2020, 06:37 AM   #21
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We plan on touring the US in an RV in the next few years....
Looking at camp hosting, stay free for a few months, work like 20 hr a week... have a home base and explore the area... then move on...
To practice ... we have been living in a 5th wheel camper almost 3 years already...
Well really its because we are restoring a house into our retirement home.
We currently camp and travel.... 3 1/2 week, 3000 mile trip to Maine last year...
Was planning a Tx run this year but COVID halted that....
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Old 08-08-2020, 07:27 AM   #22
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I've got two friends that are kind of doing the gypsynesting right now. They had moved to Chile about two years ago for retirement. They traveled back to the US to take care of one of their moms in fall. She got better, but now they can't return to Chile because of Covid-19. They will be moving in with me for about two months. I'm undergoing a hip replacement, so they will be around to help me with that. Afterwards they're moving to another friend for another two months and hopefully will be able to return to Chile early next year.
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Old 08-08-2020, 07:52 AM   #23
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Originally Posted by werdone View Post
I thought RV parks were the only option, and so I never considered RV life. The idea of parking 15 feet away from other random people doesn't appeal to me. I've heard of "boondocking", but didn't get the idea that it could be a very long term thing. At minimum, you'd need to add/remove to/from tanks of various types, so driving somewhere to do that on a certain schedule. And finding places where you could be there not only legally, but also not unwelcome seemed like a challenge. If you find a list of spots, you'd probably arrive to a crowd as bad as an RV park, hehehe!
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Old 08-08-2020, 08:29 AM   #24
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The thing that appealed to us about this lifestyle was the flexibility. You can change things up on a whim. We knew in the planning stage that we were going to "boondock" as much as possible and made changes to our rig to make it easier. (solar, custom electrical, lithium batteries etc). You do have to think about managing your resources (water, waste dumping, maint, etc) but that becomes just another routine like we had in the house just different. Finding places to camp does take a little research but there are lots of tools and plenty of advice for the community. It sort becomes a game to me and a little fun. We do have friends that are more the RV resort type and they will mix a little "boondocking" in to change things up. Your version of this lifestyle is entirely up to you...and if your not happy with it you can change it.
We'll figure something out
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Old 08-08-2020, 10:10 AM   #25
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What do you pack?

Would be very interested in seeing a packing list.

Originally Posted by candrew View Post
Country hopping and living in various locales for extended periods has been our choice since we ER'd in 2016.

We typically return to the U.S. for brief visits with family & friends for of a couple of months each year.

During 2017, we split time between living in New Zealand, Italy & Mexico.

In 2018, we lived the entirety of that year in Costa Rica.

In 2019 and into January of this year, we hopped between New Zealand, Morocco, Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, France & Mexico. A return home from Mexico in late January with the intention of spending a couple of months seeing family has now effectively trapped us with the spread of COVID - killing our original plan of living in Oaxaca City, MX for this year.

We are very anxious to get back out there.
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