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bob213

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Was this plan in the works before your heart attack? You have just experienced a major life changing physical and mental challenging episode. Take some time to process all this before you make any big decisions. JMO from someone who has been there.


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bob213 wrote:

Was this plan in the works before your heart attack? You have just experienced a major life changing physical and mental challenging episode. Take some time to process all this before you make any big decisions. JMO from someone who has been there.



Yes. Nothing new here except the heart attack. The boat was the way we were doing it all but ok thinking the risks of isolation may be too high with that. So we were looking at RVs again.

I have a lifetime of experience with both. Been a full time travel on either for decades.

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Plan on getting a RV for the U.S., Canada, Alaska, Mexico and beyond and forget shipping it overseas. It's expensive. Either rent if it's to be a short trip or buy one over there if a long trip and sell it upon your return. Or perhaps you could look into renting it out there until your next return.

Europe is made for RVing. Many, many do it.

For the U.S. get something where the kitchen would be suitable for your cooking. Don't skimp on that if that's a passion for you. Definitely get solar panels for your boondocking and move with elevation so you don't need AC. We were successful in doing that when we full-timed.

Here is an excellent blogger who full-timed in the U.S. for many years and then moved to France to be with her father who had medical issues. They sold their U.S. motorhome and bought another RV in France. She's a fantastic photographer and writer and her posts are always great. Very interesting couple who love boondocking and out-of-the-way places.

This blog contains both the U.S. travels and now the European travel. (Top line border has clickies to the U.S. travels.) You might want to start reading at the end of their U.S. life in preparation to moving and continue with their actual move and up until now. In one section she goes over details on selecting their European RV.

She would definitely welcome any questions you may have on buying & RVing in Europe and she's one to welcome a visit from you.

https://wheelingit.us/europe-rving-blog-links-resources/

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Oooh!!!! Thank you!

This does seem like a good way to do it. I’ll start reading now.



2g's wrote:

Plan on getting a RV for the U.S., Canada, Alaska, Mexico and beyond and forget shipping it overseas. It's expensive. Either rent if it's to be a short trip or buy one over there if a long trip and sell it upon your return. Or perhaps you could look into renting it out there until your next return.

Europe is made for RVing. Many, many do it.

For the U.S. get something where the kitchen would be suitable for your cooking. Don't skimp on that if that's a passion for you. Definitely get solar panels for your boondocking and move with elevation so you don't need AC. We were successful in doing that when we full-timed.

Here is an excellent blogger who full-timed in the U.S. for many years and then moved to France to be with her father who had medical issues. They sold their U.S. motorhome and bought another RV in France. She's a fantastic photographer and writer and her posts are always great. Very interesting couple who love boondocking and out-of-the-way places.

This blog contains both the U.S. travels and now the European travel. (Top line border has clickies to the U.S. travels.) You might want to start reading at the end of their U.S. life in preparation to moving and continue with their actual move and up until now. In one section she goes over details on selecting their European RV.

She would definitely welcome any questions you may have on buying & RVing in Europe and she's one to welcome a visit from you.

https://wheelingit.us/europe-rving-blog-links-resources/

Best of luck to you!


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You can rent a RV in many countries. Most rentals will be a class C or B. Several people on YouTube have rented an RV in Europe or New Zealand.


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You said you lived off grid in your TC, just need something newer. I would think a 24 Class C with 50 gals of FW and a large storage bay in the rear would be the next step. Something like the Chateau 22E or if you need more room something with a slide out queen or one with a full wall slide, like the freedom Elite 24HE. I have a friend that shipped his 24 ft C to Ireland and it was not that expensive.

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HadEnough wrote:

Thanks for the responses. I was afraid I’d get the response to just forget RVing in Europe. It’s been a dream of mine to go back by boat or RV for decades. I’d like to live there for a couple years with a movable home, like I do here in the USA.



it might change things if you are concidering going to europ for a couple years. I have been looking at renting an RV in europ for a couple months for a vacation. there are campgrounds all over the place and while they might not be downtown pairis, there just outside of the central ring and its a short transit ride to atractions.

I am not sure on the cost of shipping, but it might be worth it. for me it was going to be slightly cheeper than staying in hotels but way more freedom. Maybe there are places that lease for a couple years.... sounds like you need to do some internet hunting and phone calls to see what shipping it would be vs leasing or maybe even buying one second hand and selling it when you leave....

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Gjac wrote:

You said you lived off grid in your TC, just need something newer. I would think a 24 Class C with 50 gals of FW and a large storage bay in the rear would be the next step. Something like the Chateau 22E or if you need more room something with a slide out queen or one with a full wall slide, like the freedom Elite 24HE. I have a friend that shipped his 24 ft C to Ireland and it was not that expensive.



This is in interesting of thinking and definitely seems to be EXACTLY the right size.

It’s just small enough to fit in all the European stuff and large enough to survive living in long term. The Winnebago View 24s are Mercedes chassis which would probably make things a LOT easier internationally.

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We just finished a 48 hour trip across the Gulf of Mexico when I had my heart attack. A delay of more than 10 minutes to the hospital would have meant I would not be here today. If we had been offshore, it would have been all over. We spent 30 years living aboard and doing extensive cruising. After my recovery, we bought our current RV and sold the boat on the advice of my cardiologist. These decisions were devastating for us. That was in 2015. As of today, we have been consumed with traveling and enjoying our RV, buying and upgrading a home base, and getting myself back in reasonably good physical condition. There are still occasional pangs from missing the boat. But for the most part, we have come to enjoy traveling in the RV as much as the boat. We have done extensive traveling in the U.S. but still have a lot more to see. I doubt it can all be done in a comfortable manner in one lifetime. Mexico and Central America are still on our bucket list. If we did eventually have time for Europe, we would fly over and rent an RV. I'm not sure this information is helpful but I just want you to know that there is hope for a long and exciting life ahead, even if it means big changes. Good luck in whatever you choose. Chuck

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