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2oldman

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dodge guy wrote:

After 2 1/2 weeks on the road I love getting home, and we have a nice size class A.
I like that nobody's going to be pulling in my driveway, starting a fire and firing up a generator.

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2oldman wrote:

dodge guy wrote:

After 2 1/2 weeks on the road I love getting home, and we have a nice size class A.
I like that nobody's going to be pulling in my driveway, starting a fire and firing up a generator.

Part of the appeal of full timing is giving up that driveway and backyard.
There is a point where less is more. Some want to give up all the maintenace,taxes, and chores that come with having a driveway and backyard.
Being free of all the stuff we accumalate, including yards,driveways and houses is often the driving force behind hitting the road.


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Well the saga is almost over. La Mesa has agreed to buy back our motor home for what we owe on it and that is only 10K less than we paid for it (not counting sales tax). So it cost us a bit to realize that RV’ing is not for us and we will go back to a sticks and bricks lifestyle that offers more living space and comfort. We’ll do our traveling on cruise ships from here on out.

Thanks for everyone’s input and insight during this journey of deciding what to buy and what to do. At the end of the day we could have spent a lot more money on a coach and still not been happy. All the best to everyone.


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Alex and Tee wrote:

Well the saga is almost over. La Mesa has agreed to buy back our motor home for what we owe on it and that is only 10K less than we paid for it (not counting sales tax). So it cost us a bit to realize that RV’ing is not for us and we will go back to a sticks and bricks lifestyle that offers more living space and comfort. We’ll do our traveling on cruise ships from here on out.

Thanks for everyone’s input and insight during this journey of deciding what to buy and what to do. At the end of the day we could have spent a lot more money on a coach and still not been happy. All the best to everyone.


So wait a minute, You think the RV is too small to travel in, but your OK with sitting on a plane for several hours and then sleeping in a room the size of a large closet?

I do agree with not full timing, but I would never want to travel by cruise ship or plane full time. maybe consider a nice used RV for some longer trips where you can come back to your house and relax!


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It’s not to small to travel in but it’s too small to live in. We usually fly first class and book a suite on the ship. A week or two on a ship is no comparison to 6 months in a 37’ motor home.

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Alex and Tee wrote:

We’ll do our traveling on cruise ships from here on out.
That's us. Pack once, hang out and do nothing for a week, sleep, eat too well and too often, watch the crowd. It's like living at the Galleria with bars, fine dining and a casino for a week. And no bugs or camp smoke.

We wouldn't even consider full timing. That would not be for us.


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There is a big difference between taking a cruise for a couple weeks and fulltiming in an RV. Same as there is between fulltiming in a sailboat and taking a two week vacation in an RV.

It sounds as if the OP is not interested in traveling in an RV for any length of time. In that case, it sounds like they are making the right decision.

For many others, while fulltiming is not something they would ever do, taking several two week vacations, or a bunch of weekend trips, in an RV would be ideal.

For me, "living at the Galleria" would be hell on earth.


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Glad to hear you have it worked out and can now return to a lifestyle you are accustomed to. We know dozens of couples over the years who have done the very same thing and found RVing wasn't their cup of tea as well, although their losses were much heavier than you incurred. Currently we know two other couples planning to do the same, spending time on the internet can lure folks into something they no little about.

RVing for us started when our kids were toddlers, living in the four corner states were were a day's ride from so many fantastic places. Now 3 decades later my DW and I tool around the mountain west and southwest regions of the country in a 40' class A, we have a home and we still do cruises and nice hotels, but when everybody was locked down due to Covid we were happily going down the road on our next RVing adventure.

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Alex and Tee,

Glad to hear you figured out what you both liked, and it looks like it didn't cost you too much. It sounds like you are living very comfortably at this point in your life and you know how to enjoy your money. That's great!!! [emoticon] Life's too short and none of us know how much time we have left.

I've always said that there are two types of people in this world...."RV People" and "Hotel People". It's usually rare that folks enjoy both, and there's nothing wrong with either. We knew from early on that we were not "hotel people". I LOVE to fly, but absolutely HATE the hassle of an airport. I've been on a couple of cruises, too, which were nice. But for the money spent and the hassle of getting to the ship and boarding, I just kept thinking that "If we were in the RV, we could have seen SO MUCH MORE and been gone for SO MUCH LONGER!".

But our financial situation is obviously not the same as yours, so we live within our means and enjoy our money best as we can.

In the end, none of us can take it with us, so we might as well enjoy it while we're able to....and before the gosh-danged revenooers get it! (As "Snuffy Smith used to call 'em....yup...I'm that old! LOL)

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Rick Jay wrote:


I've always said that there are two types of people in this world...."RV People" and "Hotel People". It's usually rare that folks enjoy both, and there's nothing wrong with either. We knew from early on that we were not "hotel people". I LOVE to fly, but absolutely HATE the hassle of an airport. I've been on a couple of cruises, too, which were nice.


My wife and I downsized from our Class C to a Class B because we're both RV and Hotel people -- a Class B is comfortable and easy to drive and is comfortable enough to sleep in for a few overnights while in transit, but when we get to our destination, we can still park it in the corner of the hotel parking lot. Sometimes we'll rent a car, sometimes everything we want is within walking distance or we know we can find parking for our 22 ft Class B (it's fairly small for an RV but still pretty big and too high to fit in most parking garages)


We share your disdain for the flying experience and would rather drive even if it takes a few days.

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