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Taking the Plunge

by Stan Furman
(Norwich, CT)

Sedona

Sedona

We're making the move to full-time! For 2 1/2 years we've loved traveling in our 24 ft. motorhome. The adventure, excitement, unpredictability and challenge of "just wandering" is wonderful, and my wife and I are surprisingly compatible. We have one granddaughter and one enroute, but both our son and daughter are 3000 miles away, with minimal thoughts of returning.

Coming home after a trip is overwhelming. The chores are never-ending, and there's no peace. Sit down to relax and see a fence section falling down, or another unfinished project, or something else that didn't get fixed right the first time. One time, about 20 minutes from home, my wife remarked "there's a Wal-Mart off this exit"!

The untangling from 40 years of life in our humble ranch is a MAJOR challenge. Our treasures are junk. The house (and neighborhood) continue to decline in value, and waiting for a turnaround is not reasonable (I'm 70, wife is 67). We own a 6-family for cash, but are underwater on our home.

I've come to realize I'm a "project-a-holic". I LOVE the satisfaction of fixing, building, creating, and have created an environment that provides that....in spades. Now, at 70, it's becoming overwhelming. The true challenge will be to channel that desire to fix into being a Mr. Handy at campgrounds (trading for campsite), doing more photography and "portable" hobbies.

Somehow, while traveling, the urge to take on a new project diminishes, probably being replaced by the variety of new places, experiences, and the peace of a campsite where my only "job" is watching the bugs on a tree take advantage of the sun and move to maximize their exposure.

Hopefully, someone out there can relate, and let me know if my expectations of the new lifestyle are realistic and what problems I can anticipate.

Happy Trails!


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Dec 28, 2015
Go For It
by: Bud Corwin

Hi Stan,
Glad to hear that you and your wife have decided to take the plunge. My wife and I have been full-timers since 2003. I will be 77 on Wednesday, the 30th and Gerri will be 75 in May. It is a great life not having to be anywhere at any special time. Go where and when you want. Also, paying no property taxes.

We have a 38 foot coach and it is just right for two people. Started out with a 35 foot with no slides. That was our first year out. In 2004, we bought the one we are now in.

We have been workampers since 2005. This pays for our campsite and hookups. It also keeps us busy doing something each day. We generally work only where we get paid for anything over a set amount of hours and also have at least two days off per week.

You may wish to do this as a means of supplimenting your income. If so, you can contact workamper.com It is a great site and very reasonably priced. You get a listing every day of jobs available throughout the US.

Well, if there is anything else you would like in regards to fulltimers, please contact me and we can get together again.

Hope to see you out there on the road one of these days. God bless you and keep you safe in your travels.

Bud Corwin

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