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B.O. Plenty

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Posted: 08/20/21 11:18am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

At 76 years, I'm getting very close. The bending over to hook everything up about kills me. Been getting some new equipment to try and stretch this out a little longer. Got an electric cord reel, a new soft water hose that's very easy to roll up and I'm looking at some sewer hose options. Going down to 20# propane tanks from the 30# it has so I can lift them. Longer hand railing on the steps. Auto level is a blessing. I guess it's all about adapting.

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Posted: 08/20/21 04:32pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

"The bending over to hook everything up about kills me."

That's what got me too! [emoticon]. I lasted until 81.
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After being notified of next seasons rates, I might be right behind you!


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Posted: 11/24/21 09:13pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Man, that's a bummer. I dread getting to the point where I can't be in nature. I see people locked away in nursing homes, and i can't bear the thought. I'm 55, and my Dad is 76. He's saying he's going to sell his class c cobra in the Spring. I can't believe he's talking like this, but time is catching up with him. For him, the constant repairs on his 90's era rv are the issue. I suggested that he get a class B with a simple bed and a potty. That's all he really needs. But, he can't really afford a new one, especially at today's prices.


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Posted: 11/25/21 08:14am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

we bought a beautiful lake house in the middle of fishing country and parked the truck camper in the driveway for 2 years.we thought we were done travelling to fish.i started getting wanderlust really bad last spring.we sold the camper and ordered a new travel trailer and a couple electric powered fishing kayaks and we plan to do some serious travelling now.i guess we weren't done after all.i retired at 52 so maybe i jumped the gun a tad early when i parked the camper.when my check engine light comes on and i'm too decrepid to deal with the trailer it will still be used for a bunkhouse for the family to stay in when they all come to visit.


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Understand and appreciate your circumstances. DH and I are both now 70. We have been RVing (from a pop up to our present Class A) for over 45 years and have both said this is our last RV. It's a 2006 32' Georgie Boy Pursuit. Love it, and so love using it, and now being retired we do far more often. BUT - I can't drive it - never have had the faith in my abilities to do so and our physical realities make doing everything just that much harder! No longer go more than 5 hours on the road a day, and never back to back days! With the costs continuing to increase for a campsite, gas, and evrything else, we have sometimes been able to find a decent motel room for only a little more - and when factoring in the difference between 7 MPG in the RV and over 30 MPG in our traveling car, we have sometimes chosen to leave the RV at home! We still love camping, and nothing will ever replace the joy of sitting around a campfire, meeting others, but the time is close when that part of our lives will be closed. We will continue to travel, just in different ways. We have definitely created many, many forever memories for ourselves and our sons. Wouldn't have done it any other way, but things always change.


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I'll add Zion Ponderosa Ranch and Resort for a great getaway with cabins. It's just outside the east entrance to Zion and a relatively quick drive over to Bryce. The cabins at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon were another favorite from before we got the trailer. The last big one is the cabins at Tower Roosevelt in Yellowstone, one of the only places I've seen the full Milkyway.


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