After having lost the love of my life after 27 years of marriage, started into the wonderful world of RV'ing about two years ago with my sig rig. Have taken several trips with adult children and grandson, and one week long solo trip last Spring. Changed jobs to my "dream job" just under a year ago. Actually somewhat of a nightmare job I discovered.
Heading to Orlando, Savannah, Charleston and Gatlinburg next week. have threatened more than once that I'm leaving on vacation, but may never return. I will have grandson on this trip, so have to return (sigh), but seriously thinking about hanging it up and traveling full time. Not loaded, but could pull it off financially. Would need something bigger than my 19 footer, but not huge. Suggestions/input on both equipment and lifestyle gladly welcomed.
2007 Titan LE with the Big Tow Package - frequently a really cute 8 year old in the back seat
1994 Terry 19N
2008 Suzuki GZ 250-Response to 3/4 Life Crisis
I'm sorry for your loss, and I don't blame you for being tempted by the full-time lifestyle. It enabled me to take a new job and move during a weekend 1,700 miles. It's amazing how easy it is.
I would hate to be cooped up in a 19' trailer, but if you're like me you don't need too much space. I don't know that I'll ever buy another house. At this point in my life I certainly have no desire to have one.
Good luck to you in your decision. Feel free to ask questions.
Living full-time in the Washington DC Area (NOVA)
Camper: 2004 Damon Daybreak 3285 WorkHorse 8.1 Toad: 2010 Mini Cooper Clubman S - BlueOx Toy: 2012 Ninja 650 - Versa Haul VH-SPORT-RO
So sorry for your loss. Perhaps one with a slide out or two to give more room and feel more like home. I see a lot of singles travel in Class B's or camper vans. 2 of us full time in a 33' Class A with 2 slides, with no problem. There are singles groups who travel in RV's and seem to have lots of fun when we see them at rallies. There are also many groups who do service work (Habitat for Humanity for example) or work camp for free camp sites. Great way to meet people. Perhaps you could do a trial run for 6 months and see how you like it? I say follow your dream. Life's too short.
Lonny & Diane
2004 Country Coach Allure 33' "Big Blue"
Towing 2008 Chev Colorado 4x4
The choice of a full time rig is a personal one. Much depends on one's needs and where one plans to spend their time. I've done extended travel for 6 years and full timed for 2 1/2, all in a big truck camper while still working. It's a four season, go just about anywhere at any time, RV. It has worked best for me due to it's mobility and versatility. I've traveled in the summer heat of Florida and dry camped in temps down to -8°F.
Upon retirement next year, I'm thinking of following the sun in a 30-32' 5th wheel. Should give me enough room to change my mind without having to go outside. Plus, still fit into most of the Federal/State/City and County parks I've come to enjoy so much. But, like I said... to each their own. Good luck in your travels.
We lost our 36 year-old nefew last St. Patrick's day while we were down in Florida and a friend at our campground last weekend,at 51 i'm starting to realize how fleeting our time here is! I decided to live large,we full-time,i would reccomend this lifestyle to anyone who can do it,go have some fun and adventure and if you can get a bigger rig to be more comfortable then go for it,i joked to the boy's that we were spending their inheritence and our oldest laughed "Just leave me the truck and trailer,you and Mom go have some fun"! As Benny Hill once sang,"you give awful short rides on this merry-go-round Lord",good luck and we will see you down the road!!
07' Dodge 3500 6 speed Cummins Diesel Dually/6.7L Bully-Chipped /
Exhst Brake/07' Cedar Creek 37CDTSD Daydreamer fiver
Mallard @ Frau Blücher
Now lets Bow your heads for the men's prayer.
I am a man, but I can change.
If I have to, I guess...
Those are big decisions. If you can walk away from a nightmare job then do it. Nothing is worth that much aggravation and money's not everything. get something big enough to be comfortable in, it makes a difference. My condolences for your loss, continuing on after losing your life partner takes a lot of effort. I applaud you.
I see people fulltiming in PUPs to Class A buses. I don't need huge that's why I have what I do. With a TT you get full use of the truck bed for floor jack, generator, waste tote,other large items, and a all-around lighter rig than a fifth wheel.Better gas mileage and fitting in smaller sites is also a bonus. Laundromats are in just about every city for that once a month laundry day.Since you have some experience it shouldn't be too difficult for you. Finding long term sites can be tricky sometimes but I've stayed in the same site for a year before.
Take some longer trips ,a month or two , before you make any decision about a new RV. You'll get a better idea about how you like to camp and travel which will effect the type and size of RV that you eventually buy. You might even find that the 19' is okay for now!
Sorry for your loss. We full time in a 36' coach and would like to have a 40' for more room. But that's two of us. I could easily live in our current rig as a single. I am currently in a CG and there's a singles group here. The smallest rig is a 28' TT and the most common size is a 40' coach. All of them are full time. I would suggest you travel for at least 2-3 months before making any decision on your new rig. While on the road ask other full timers why they picked their rig, what they like and don't like about it and what they would change. This is just to get a little outside the box thinking for you to be better informed so you can decide what you want later on. For us, one of the lessons learned was that we should have bought a bigger rig in the first place. So what I would say now is that when you are ready, buy your last coach first.