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nickthehunter

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Posted: 06/25/21 07:46pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

wildtoad wrote:

Everybody is different. The fact that you are asking this question tells me you still have a few left. When you start scaring the DW with your driving, need help parking, then you may need to reconsider what you’re doing.
I feel quit the opposite, if your asking it’s probably time.

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We stopped towing 2 years ago when my husband reached 80. This was only because we found we got too stressed when things went wrong. We leave our rig parked in our favorite park on site in Florida. We still enjoy the Rv life with our friends who also return each year.


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You will probably find that you will age out physically before you age out mentally. That is my take on it after talking to many folks around the country as I have had the same concern. I started asking the question when I was 55 and I am pushing 70 now. At this point the parts seem to be wearing out faster than they can be repaired or replaced. That being said, my time to park the tt will be when I cannot handle the hitching and other tasks. So far, it is only the wife that keeps her keys in the freezer.


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Proverbs 23:7 says "For as a man thinks in his heart so is he." Said another way, Henry Ford used to tell his managers "If you think you can or if you think you can't your right." I just went camping up in the White Mtns of NH with my two GS's and hiked a Mtn that used to take me 1 hr and 15 mins to hike and now took 1 hr and 30 mins. My oldest GS who is 21 had a hard time and was behind me the 16 year old was ahead of me, but we all made it to the top. In my 40's and 50's I used to run the trail down, in my 70's now it was hard just to walk down with out my knees giving out and falling which I did several times. We all think and age differently and have to sometimes adjust. If you have a 40 ft DP or large 5th wheel now and feel uncomfortable driving it maybe a small trailer or Class C is a solution to keep you going longer.

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Two things were touched on.

Anxiety at the thought of travelling. What use to be a mild challenge now leads to over thinking and worrying. It's just not fun anymore.

Physical condition. I can't sit for more than an hour without stiffening up. I can change a flat tire but I need a nap after [emoticon]
I walk for an hour everyday but hills kill me.

Mainly it's overcrowding everywhere, campgrounds & roads.

The trailer is permanently parked a the cottage and used as guest quarters.

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Agree if you’re asking the question, something doesn’t feel right… you need to get some 2nd opinions on your driving. I still fly my plane but less often by myself as it would be a shame to ruin a nice plane if I had a heart attack.

Had a test of my 76 year old reflexes a couple weeks ago. Idiot decided to back into a busy 2 lane road when I was 50’ away at 45 mph. Fortunately the oncoming car was 150’ away and I was able to hard left an an immediate hard right, back into my lane. If the oncoming car had been closer, I’d hit the idiot without even having time to put on the brakes. It was all over before I had time to think about it or get pissed. Other car had to stop for the idiot that blocked the entire road so it could make a U turn.

Just did our usual 1500 miles to CO in 2 days and hope to be able to keep doing that for another 10-15 years.


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Before Katrina several years ago, we were on the Gulf. Ran into a older guy from "up north" who was still driving and doing the snowbird thing. He was in his late 80s. Point of this story is that he had a heart attack while we were there in the park. Other folks there were very concerned that his wife would not have anyone to care for her with him in the hospital.
I never was able to find out how it turned out for them - we left a couple of days later

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I am 80 and will be leaving next week with my DP towing my 32ft enclosed race car trailer about 500mi. I also drive the race car. I have nothing else to do. I still do all the work around here also.....I guess the VA has kept me in good enough shape to do what I do but at this age you start to think about when do you have to back off......everyone be safe.

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I am 84 years old. I parked our trailer permanently a couple of years ago. Not because of the driving but because of all the bending, lifting, etc necessary to travel via a RV. Our trailer is still used by us regularly but now sits permanently in our sons' beautiful family campground in the woods up in the Northern part of Michigan. I miss travelling via RV a lot!
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Turned 67 this year (2/3 done--expect to see my 100th b-day) and feel and behave like I'm 50. I walk a lot and always take stairs (skipping elevators), and love my whisky and IPAs. I work 5-6 hours a day and enjoy life's precious moments. My waist is 33" and do 25 pushups each morning.

My buddy is 52 and looks so much older than me: wrinkles on face, crepe like skin, floppy chin, very little muscle mass and pushing 220 lbs. Drinks red wine and when he picks up things from the floor--he does so with great drama by dropping to one knee and struggles to stand back up, grunting all the way.

It takes me less than 45 minutes to setup my TT when we go camping (awning down and chairs out), and about an hour to pack up. Last week, for the 1st time, I forgot to raise the TT steps. LOL, joked with wifey, guess I'm done RVing.

I easily see myself camping for the next decade plus, but I don't see my buddy ever camping--he can't handle it. BTW, the callous on my hands are from 50 years of using a pen, pencil and keyboard, not from twisting wrenches.

To answer your question--it depends.


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