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covetsthesun

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Posted: 07/18/20 03:29pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hey Folks, I've been away from the forum for a long time...a few years now. Life got in the way big time. It still is...but I've pretty well decided it's time to take a new direction. DH thinks the ship has sailed on RVing...towing a trailer etc. Just get a good traveling vehicle and stay in cabins or hotels. I want a truck...but we're looking at Traverse and Tahoe too.

My question is... how old is too old to RV? What special steps do you have to take? Do you stay in dedicated senior parks??

What say you?
cts

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My take: I am 84 and my wife of 62 years is 83 and no way do I want to pull a big travel trailer any more.
With that said, we bought an RV lot in Key Largo and put in a brand new forty foot long TT where we now snow bird, and the trailer is there permanently.
However we commute to and from it with a small pop-up and then use the pop up as a base camp for journeys into the Everglades NP where we take off kayak camping for a week at a time.
As long as we have our health, and they lick this Corona virus we'll continue doing what we do know.

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I will be 77 next month and still traveling by myself with my cocker spaniel. I am currently pulling a 23' travel trailer and find it is a little harder to set up and break down then it used to be a few years back. A small Class B would suit me better at this point. But, I am hoping I still have 3 or 4 more years at least.

I stay in regular campgrounds, a lot Passport America or Corps of Engineer and also have Thousand Trails Zone Pass.

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I am 65, the wife and DH is 76 and there has certainly been a slow down. However, the last few campers that we have purchased I made sure that I would be comfortable driving our truck, towing, setting up and tearing down. Presently we own a truck camper, which I LOVE, him not so much and a 21 foot travel trailer. A few years ago we had a 32 foot 5th wheel and sure am glad that thing is gone! Get something you are comfortable with or can get comfortable with. Life is short enough.


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Posted: 07/19/20 05:41am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

How old is too old? .....How's your overall health? Your eyesight? Your reaction time? Your physical ability to do things necessary to carry out the lifestyle? Your true love and comfort level of driving something really big rather than the ease and maneuverability of a regular vehicle?

I know people that are 65 and, frankly, too 'old' to even drive due to limitations. I also know people in their mid-80's that could run circles around me. Not all seniors are created equal!!


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Posted: 07/19/20 08:20am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'll be honest - after we bought a condo in FL to enjoy for Snowbirding, we sold our 5th wheel; and bought a Transit T-250 mid-roof cargo van that I converted into a "steel tent" with a nice bed, a portapotty, fantastic fan, and small sink. We took some fun sightseeing trips, and if we encountered weather that was too hot/cold/rainy, we simply stayed in hotels. Worked great.
Enter Covid - now I'm not so keen on sharing a hotel room; or using the campground facilities that had been our "missing bathroom" for the Transit. Well, the Transit is going to get sold because this week I bought a small TT - I suspect our camping experiences will be weekends spent site-camping with our adult kids who also own RVs. I really want to be self-contained while the virus is raging....

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Covid has changed everything. DH and I tried to take a fantastic trip in 2015. Our first stop was a NICE hotel in Colorado Springs. DH managed to walk through a fresh cloud of germs that someone had coughed up in a hallway. I heard and saw the man coughing without covering, but couldn't get DH's attention fast enough. In less than 48 hours he had come down with the beginnings of pink eye AND a sinus infection! We limped into our second destination to find a clinic. Had to put goo in his eyes for 3 days before we could start home. So...we were in a hotel while I tended him. In the mountains we couldn't enjoy. In spite of all precautions... I got it from him.

At least now... it seems that the hotels and more people are taking infection more seriously. But... like a lot of seniors...I'm pretty leery of hotels these days.

DH is going to have double hernia surgery soon, and needs a cpap, so we aren't going anywhere till at least October. What ever we do... it has to be easy to do.

Thank you everyone for the advice and stories. It's good to know steps to take to get back on the road! CTS

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Yeah - I'm torn. I REALLY don't want to get Covid (there's too much we don't know about it and any long-time consequences) - yet I'm getting mighty sick of hanging around the house. But I also can't imagine not camping for a year or so - Michigan is such a beautiful state in the fall. With the TT, I figure I can be relatively safe, and yet "go somewhere" even if it just involves sitting under my awning admiring some different scenery.

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Posted: 07/19/20 10:56am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It all depends on your abilities. Like another poster said some people are very capable at a older age and some are very frail at a much younger age. It's up to you to judge your abilities.

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Posted: 07/19/20 10:57am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We are both 0ver 78 years old now and have had about everything in RV's, Boats, Travel, and properties you can imagine. Life's been fabulous to us. One major thing we have learned is not fun at all to have had the largest RV's (2-4 at any time), Boats (big power and sailboats), Travel much of the world (got very boring) and also 16 cruises done, owned many properties (both developed and undeveloped) and having 6 vehicles. It's simply foolish, so expensive, and makes you a work-a-holic keeping track of everything and keeping everything up to the standards we require. Not a question of being able to financially affording it at al as we sure could and then some. We still question why we did some of the things we did or owned.

Much smarter starting about 10 years ago as we downsized so much and it's like a huge weight off our shoulders now. Just a 29' Carriage 5th wheel we love and a very nice large Lance truck camper that's excellent, 2-3 vehicles, 2 boats under 20' long, and only travel in the USA and Canada. The 5th wheel and the Lance have plenty of room for just the 2 of us and are so easy to RV with, camp, and maintain.

About the only thing we can say is we have been there (repeatedly) and done that (repeatedly) and are still doing much of the same type things but only in North America for the last about 10 years and it's the best by far! We both have the same thoughts as to: why did we torture ourselves for so many years??? Memories are golden and forever but in reality they happen at great expense and take a toll on your health and so glad we saw the light!!!

We are not done yet but sure are taking different approaches to doing much more relaxing trips instead of got to be there on any type of schedule. Never any reservations done as we are foot loose and fancy free when traveling anywhere anytime covid virus or not being in vogue and taking proper preventions. Camping and being totally truly self-contained means you are not under any mandates or must find an RV CG with hookups. Both RV's have lots of batteries and 1500 - 2500 watts of inverters and also have a generator too. Easy to live just like at home for a week or more whenever and where ever happens.

We would NEVER return to the live of needing a huge RV or boat to use as we have learned the real facts of sensibility!


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