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Cloud 9

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Just wondering what you folks have found in your travels, that you did not expect, or plan for.

We are not yet full timing, but have taken several long cross country trips, For example, one of the things we were surprised by, was the "road". The harsh weather changes, traffic, 18 wheelers blowing by in blinding snow, etc. Your unpleasant surprises ? Could be anything.

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Construction on bridges in regards to traveling are a lot more nerve wracking!!! Pleasant surprise was many RV repair facilities will let you over night when needed while getting repaired. Con: overnighting in a repair facility. lol


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As a fulltimer there should be no reason to be traveling in snow. We start heading south before it even gets a chance and we sure ease on up north watching the weather so we don't run into snow. I didn't retire and fulltime to run around in snow. As far as traffic it comes and goes, doesn't really bother us. There are some locations we may leave earlier in the AM to avoid rush hour, and we DON"T do reservations so we don't have to be some place at a given time. Just use the KISS theory!

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Bad sections of road that sneak up on you. Before you can slow down, you just know stuff is flying around in the RV. I hit one stretch of road in southern IN that had my 5er bucking like a wild bronco. A few miles up the road I discovered I had a broken leaf spring.


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All the semi's - all the parks that are built right next to the expressway, or next to the railroad tracks. Parks that advertise as "big rig" friendly that are not big enough to drive thru let alone park anywhere.

Friendly people, both in and out of the campgrounds. In 2 years workamping we have met very few grumpy people.

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Surprises? Perhaps many years of extended business travel, dealing with ice/snow/heat/traffic/break-downs/poor roads, etc., etc., prepared me for (or drove me towards) the full time lifestyle. Those issues continue in large part, as does the maintenance on the RV or a sticks & bricks. Life is simply things that happen to you when in fact you are planning something else. The mobile lifestyle has allowed me to deal with those issues, minimize their impact, and see/experience so much of the country most people only get to read about. It's a unique freedom and I'm looking forward to more upon retirement.


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Inconsiderate and uncourteous people. I guess I should have been surprised but I figure if I am attempting to lead a stress free lifestyle others I meet would be likewise. Should have known jerks are everywhere.


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We haven't had any unpleasant surprises that I can think of, except, perhaps, the time in our 7th week on the road when we drove down a little road and got STUCK and couldn't turn around!.

The pleasant surprises have outweighed any negatives by a long shot. Our horizons have been broadened, we've grown as people, our relationship has deepened, many new opportunities have opened up for us...

Full-timing is the best thing we ever did!!!!

The main thing for newcomers, I think, is to remind yourself that it is not *forever* -- it's a lifestyle you can enjoy as long as it is fun. Then you can do something else.


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Our first year we had some surprises like those you listed. We learned from them and changed our plans accordingly. We do not drive in bad weather. We check the weather 10 days in advance and change our plans if needed. Only 2x in 5 years have we had to leave the RV for bad weather. Once in OH and once in FL. We have a weather radio for pop up storms and find the shelter when we arrive at our stop. We also learned to take the US highways rather than interstate highways and go slower. Bad road you can't do anything about except to go slower. We avoid major cities if possible. If we want to see a big city, we park outside and drive the toad in. Even with all the negatives, the positives greatly outweigh them. We consider it part of the adventure.


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Cloud 9 wrote:

Just wondering what you folks have found in your travels, that you did not expect, or plan for.

We are not yet full timing, but have taken several long cross country trips, For example, one of the things we were surprised by, was the "road". The harsh weather changes, traffic, 18 wheelers blowing by in blinding snow, etc. Your unpleasant surprises ? Could be anything.


No one can really predict if they will successfully to do it forever. Simply because you have 'never' done it!

An exit plan put in place, IMHO, JMHO should be the first item on everyone's list BEFORE going full time.

SNOW? Full Timer's don't do snow and it is no longer in their vocabulary!

And btw you need to carry quarters with you all the time. Lots and lots of quarters!


We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned,
so as to have the life that is waiting for us.



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