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8/25/10 12:45 A

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One of my mother's friends did that until their health gave out. I don't think they ever regretted doing it. They actually stayed in places for the season and really didn't spend as much for gas/diesel.

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8/24/10 4:14 P

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Thank you for a lesson in gratitude. I was very fortunate that we were able to do what we did. We certainly aren't rich, but have been blessed to have been able to travel like we did.
I have met many people who travel and still own a home which we could not afford to do but we were able to put back enough that we could purchase a mobile home when we wanted roots again. Certainly not the brick home we left, but we knew we had to give up something to get something.
I wish all of you had the luxury of doing what we did as it is certainly something that is worth the sacrifice.
May God Bless all of you and see you thru these troubled times.
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8/24/10 11:54 A

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I agree, 60SIXTY, RVing is a dream. It is something that I would like to do but something that will never happen. I have a friend on another team that enjoys doing this and enjoys it very much.



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8/24/10 7:08 A

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RVing sounds like a dream. I have never met anybody who actually did what Frosty did.

If we sold our house, I would be afraid we would be selling it at a loss. And, eventually we would want a permanent home. I don't think we would take the risk.

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8/24/10 6:37 A

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We are already in dire straits. Filed bankruptcy but we are right back in debt due to medical bills. I'm at wit's end regarding money. Husband doesn't seem to grasp the severity of our situation. My job is iffy, but even if I sold my house, which is in need of repairs I can't afford and is in a bad neighborhood, I don't think I would get enough to buy an RV. Even if I could, not enough income to live month-to-month. Husband will be eligible to draw his SS in a few months, but it's not enough to buy food, gas, and pay medical bills. I have friends and relatives that I've never met. Would love to be able to see these folk and see some of the country before I'm too old to travel. I think I could learn to live simply in order to do these things, but I'm not the only one involved. Husband has regular doctor appointments here, so how could we hit the road? (Sigh!)

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8/23/10 11:42 P

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When the company I worked for sold out and my job was phttt, we took the plunge and sold our house and hit the road. That was the biggest and hardest thing to do-give up the security of HOME. we had Wheel Estate instead of Real Estate!
My husband was old enough to draw SS and I used my severance package to help finance our travels. Probably would have been wiser to invest it, but we will always have those travels and memories and since my husband has pretty much lost his eyesight I don't regret it a bit. I was widowed at 40 and later remarried so I learned young to live for now because tomorrow may never arrive.

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8/23/10 11:21 P

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I've dreamed about it, but we don't have an RV and I don't know how we would ever afford one, so I guess it's just a fantasy.

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Are there any others who have lived fulltime in an rv in this group???
I found that living on the road was actually cheaper than living in a house but health issues dictated that we had to give it up. We did it for about 5 years. The only utility bill we had was our cell phone and I stayed connected to the internet for $4.99 a month-try that now. We belonged to several camping clubs and our average for camping fees was $10 a nite on an annual basis.
The biggest bite to the budget was maintenance and repairs to the motorhome which we never knew till it hit us. Try buying 6 huge tires-costs about $400 each!
We bought seasonal fruits and veggies as we traveled and cooked most of our own meals so no bigger expense than living in a house.
We have been to many national parks and entry was free with a Golden Age Passport that cost just $10 for life.
We would travel to a location, spend about 2-4 weeks going in our car to see the sights and then move on so fuel was an expense, but manageable-however with the price of diesel today it would be about double what we were paying then.
Anyone out there who has also done this or giving it a thought for the future????

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