When we fulltimed, our goal was to stay in fair-weather year-round.. Up in the Northwest during the summers, down in the Southwest during the Winter... Took us a couple months traveling at a very slow pace to reach our goals..
We had a Campground Membership to help with park fees, rarely spending more than $10/day.. We also took advantage of monthly stays, boondocking/overnight stays when traveling..
Had a Motorhome pulling a small pickup.. After nine years, wife wanted another house, so we quit fulltiming.. I do not like this stick house life and wish we were still on the road..
As a fulltimer, there are many ways to save on your costs of parking your RV...
When we fulltimed, we averaged $350/$400 month..
Some do it by workcamping/volunteering for their site..
We bought a Campground Membership and used those for $10 day, and stayed monthly a some parks.. We also drycamped/overnighted which was free..
On the road, we talked to other fulltimers that knew the area we were going and informed of us places to stay..
As a fulltimer, We were NOT on vacation, and our goal was to stay in
fair-weather year-round, and take in the sites before moving on..
We had our mail go to my daughter's home.. she would send it to us if we wanted it.. She also had our permission to open it.. If something needed our attention, she would call us or email us... Jury duty was one, that we took
care of with a phone call..
The junk mail that we received was placed in the recycle bin at her home..
Another thing we did, was to Downsize our snail mail, by getting most of it online.. Most business places will now prefer that you use the internet over
sending snail mail.. We ended up with less mail and they saved a few bucks on
When in Scouts, we used a tent..
In the Army, used a tent or foxhole, and sometimes caught a nap in an ole M-48 Tank... Scenery was mostly in the woods
or out in the Desert..
In the Navy, got to stay in a bed/cot that were suspended by chains, several
stacked in a tier about 4 high and we changed scenery often..
learned a better way, RV's.. Now I consider it roughing it, if I go to sleep
in my outdoor lounge chair close to the firepit with a cool drink..
Never bothered me about what anyone else thought about the way I camped or RV'd and could care less about what anyone wants to call it.. Camping or RVing, it's all great as long as I sleeping off the dirt and not under it..
Campgrounds, RV Parks, Resorts, or Dry Camping/overnighting, all work for me
at various times, when I get the itch to stay there... Got the tent and backpacking outa my system in the time spent in the Army and Scouts..
Selling the house was easy for us... We were going to downsize anyway, so decided to Sell and go fulltime... We put that money from the house into an Investment Account..
Went fulltime at 55, and did so for almost 10 years.. Wife then decided she wanted another house, which we bought with money from our last house..
I wanted to keep fulltiming.. Loved staying in fair-weather-year-round...
The costs of fulltiming was less than living in this house, both the RV and house paid for... AND I hate living in one spot day after day... Sure we still
take vacations, but not the same as the freedom felt while fulltiming and taking
our little house too.. We were home every day we fulltimed...
If the wife gave the word, this house would be in the hands of a Real Estate salesperson before the sun had a chance to set..
BE very careful on deciding to go fulltime, the BUG you get may never go away...
We had to wait over the weekend for parts to arrive once... The MFG wanted to send it regular mail and we talked them into overnight express but had to pay them and extra $10 for that to happen..
Over the weekend, the repair shop let us stay at their place with water/elec hookup.. In over 9+ years of fulltiming, that was the longest we waited for repairs..
Since we were fulltiming, really didn't bother me and enjoyed the stay using our tow vehicle to get around town during that time..
But, we did have a very large fir tree fall thur our house one time, had to move outa it for a month or so while they fixed the roof and other damage it done..
I would consider it about the same if something happened to the RV, just get a
motel room and wait for repairs to get done..
Repairs can take a long time with a stick house too... Just ask someone who went thru a hurricane or tornado or floods...
I fulltimed in a National Tropical for 9+ years.. It was a 1998 on a ford chassis.. It was a 35ft model..
I thought it was a well built coach and served our purpose.. Company did go out of business.. I think they had some problems with sides of some model years, but ours wasn't one that had that problem..
Just be sure and check the side walls out for delamination..
They changed the Tropical model over to diesel chassis but not sure what year
Good luck on your friends search..
I would call the tire manufacture and see what they say.. Most RV trailer tires will last 5 to 7 years before you have problems, depending on the manufacture of the tire..
Just because they look good or have plenty of tread, they can still have a blowout and cause lots of damage to the RV..
When we fulltimed, we had a Campground Membership with gated entrance.. We stayed several months each year there.. Few others stayed year-round but was required to move to a different site in the park every so often.. No RV could be set up permanently on a site..
We paid $800 for the membership and $240 was the annual dues.. The annual fee included 35/days use.. After that period of time, if we wanted to stay longer, it would cost approx. $10.50/day or just over 300/month and included full hookups, elec was included in that price..
When we decided we no longer wanted the membership, sold it on craigslist after using it approx. dozen years... We had the option to sell it, give it away, or just give it back to the park.. The Home park is owned by the Members.. It has been in business over 30 years and carries no debt..
Paid for itself several time over when other parks we charging approx $20/day..
The membership also affiliated with C2C, RPI, and ROD.. We joined C2C which cost $79/annual, and that gave us approx. 300 affiliated parks to use for $10/day up to a week at a time..
There are Memberships out there, just takes a little time to find one that may fit your requirements..
There are also places where you can buy a lot in Parks..
Good luck on your adventures...
Preferred RV Resort is another park that belongs to ROD as well as C2C and RPI..
They have a website showing their price to join..
You can belong to this park for approx. $1195 and that is the cost of a NEW membership.. You can find a Resale for less..
We use to belong to this park when we fulltimed, bought a resale and sold it on craigslist when we were thru using it.. We owned it for over a dozen years.. It is a member owned park..
Check the ROD website and see what parks belong, then do a search on the ones
may be interested in..
If or When you decide to buy a Campground Membership, Buy a "Resale" and Read/Understand the contract before signing it...
The Home Parks will have different contracts, but the Affiliates will be the same for everyone using their system, depending on the level of the membership..
The Affiliate memberships I refer to are, Coast to Coast, RPI, ROD, and AOR..
Not all home parks belong to all of them, but most will belong to two or more..
Thousand Trails has a Zone Membership which is quite reasonable without a long term contract... You can drop it or Renew it annually..
We used to belong to a Campground Membership for over a dozen years and as a fulltimer, kept our campground fees quite reasonable, about $10/day, using it around 150 day each year.. We bought a Resale, and when we were no longer using it, we sold it on Craigslist..
The annual fees we paid each year, was recouped within 35/40 days, which was easy for us to do...
Another thing, if you haven't already done so, start getting rid of as much snail mail as possible.. Use online statements as much as possible..
Online banking and bill pay too...
Before Picking a new home base, make sure you health insurance will work there too.. That was a problem for us, as we were not on Medicare at the time we started fulltiming...
Good luck on your new adventure...
When we decided to fulltime, we sold the house.. Wanted to downsize, and not go back to the same area..
Got rid of household stuff, daughter took some, and we did store a couple boxes in her garage..
We waited to buy another S@B because we didn't want to be burdened with a fixed abode and no telling where daughters family would end up.. They moved twice because of jobs.. We were not interested in another house ownership at the time..
9 years later, wife decided she wanted another house, and our fulltime days were over...
Everyone will have their own idea of what will work for them, that is what we did..
C2C is not a stand alone membership either.. You must belong to a Member park first, just like RPI or ROD..
The thing I liked about C2C, you could make reservations online 24/7... Last time I used RPI you could only make reservations by phone and not during the weekend... That may have changed since I last used it.. They also used to charge for making reservations too, believe it was a couple dollars...
ROD is pretty good, but far fewer affiliate parks to choose from.. You must keep a balance in your account to get the free sites, and they used that money for making reservations, but that too, may have changed over time...
I believe any of them will work if one uses the membership system enough to justify it.. We did and worked well for us..
After January 31st, I don't think there will too much upgrading going on..
The price will jump to $199 and that does not include the price for media center pack.. That was posted on the Windows eight forum, but things can always change..
So far, glad I upgraded for $15 and the media center pack was free..
I haven't missed the start button, but if I do at a later date, can always download one off a third party app or go with Classic Shell..
I upgraded to W8.. I still like learning new things and it is not that difficult for me to use.. I don't have a touch screen computer.. The $15 upgrade was reasonable to me..
I did go to several forums on W8, to understand what I was getting into before the upgrade thou..
Windows 8 is not User friendly. Even the classic screen they give you doesn't work like a Windows 7 machine. As others have said MS makes mistakes as other businesses bo-and this is one of them IMHO!
If you trying to use W8 like you read what I wrote, no wonder you are having problems with it..
I said it is not that difficult for ME to use... and it is working very well for me...
I did not load the Classis Shell yet, can use my computer just fine without it...
My desktop side is just as friendly as it was on W7, FOR ME...
I did take the time to visit other forums on W8 before upgrading so I could understand the OS better..
I used Windows eight forum, Windows Secrets Lounge, How to Geek on W8, and even used YouTube to educate myself first thou....
Learned a lot there, so my computer and I get along just great...
Sorry you are having problems with W8....
The things we missed from our ole S@B was.... NOTHING.... I do have a long list of things that we don't miss at the ole S@B..
We did buy another house after 9+ years of the fulltime lifestyle.. However, if wife ever said lets go fulltime again, this house would be on the market before
the sun had time to set...