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Fulltimers That Travel
« on: September 17, 2013, 07:41:14 AM »
I am curious who in this forum is a 24/7 year round fulltimer in their RV that travel (not parked in one spot year round).

It would be fun to see these 4 pieces of info:

WHO (how many people and pets live and travel with you)
WHAT (size, age and type of rig and toads)
WHEN (when you became a fulltimer and when you stopped being a fulltimer if you have)
CAMP NUMBERS (number of different campgrounds or RV spots you overnighted in the last 12 months)

My answers for the four above would be:

WHO Just me and my crazy little 6 pound monkey dog, occasionally one friend hops aboard for a few weeks

WHAT  1994, 28 foot Class C Tioga Montara with a bicycle (no car and no slide outs either)

WHEN started fulltiming in Dec 2009 but hit the road in March 2010, still traveling as of today

CAMP NUMBERS in the last 12 months, I workamped in 3 places in 3 states for 8 months total, but still managed to overnight in 25 different campgrounds.

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Re: Fulltimers That Travel
« Reply #1 on: September 17, 2013, 08:05:11 AM »
WHO  Tara, Myself, and Toby
WHAT 2011 Journey 34y
WHEN Since fall, 2009
WHERE 21 spots including four mos in FL, one mo in Moab, one mo in Minneapolis,  one mo. In CO, and two stops at storage bldg.

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Re: Fulltimers That Travel
« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2013, 01:03:31 AM »
I have been fulltiming for about 16 months in a 32' Class C.  Here are my answers:

WHO - Just me, a 70-year-old woman.  No pets.
 
WHAT - 2012 32' Tioga Ranger Class C with no toad, but an electric bike on the rear.

WHEN - Started full-timing in June 2012. 

CAMP NUMBERS - I tend to stay anywhere from 2-8 days in a campground, and have probably stayed at 65 campgrounds in the last 12 months.

My plans are to slow down a bit and stay longer, maybe a week or two in each campground. One thing you did not ask was mileage.  I have driven 29,000 miles in 16 months over 34 states, so that would be about 22,000 miles per year.  That is too many, in my opinion, but I have really been touring the U.S.  I have kids and grandkids in Ohio and California, so I keep bouncing back and forth.  The little ones love to stay in Grandma's "camper" so I chose a motorhome that sleeps 6 or 7.

Still traveling and plan to do so until health or injury prevents me from continuing.  Lots of places I want to see.  I teach college classes online while I travel, so that keeps me busy and pays my bills.
Full-timing for over five years in a
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Re: Fulltimers That Travel
« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2013, 07:58:11 AM »
WHO: Beth and Harvey Ingberg with our Yorkshire Terrorist (terrier) Bella
WHAT: 1995 Newmar Dutchstar
WHEN: Just got started in June of this year
WHERE: Spent all of June and July in Black Hills setting up domicile etc, now working our way south to spend winter in Arizona, presently at Couchita Lake in New Mexico. Have stayed in about 7 campgrounds so far.

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Re: Fulltimers That Travel
« Reply #4 on: September 19, 2013, 10:05:58 AM »
My wife and I, plus Ryder, the Ethiopian monkey beaver dog

2007 35 ft. Montana fifth wheel pulle3d by a 2002 F250 with a 7.3 liter diesel

started June 16th a year ago. will stop when they shovel dirt in my face

We volunteered in Steamboat lake State Park this summer for 4 months, so that cut down on the number of places we have stayed. 50+???

Jim And Darlene Wright
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Re: Fulltimers That Travel
« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2013, 02:35:04 PM »
Good topic.

WHO: two adults, no animals traveling with us but we enjoy other people's pets
WHAT: 2009 HitchHiker Champagne 5W pulled by a 2007 GMC 3500 dually (which we plan to replace soon)
WHEN:  started fulltiming in January 1997
WHERE:  About a dozen different places, including stays on our lots in SKP co-ops in Benson, AZ and Sutherlin, OR
2009 HitchHiker 37CKRD
2014 RAM 3500

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Re: Fulltimers That Travel
« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2013, 04:14:19 PM »
WHO (wife, Christi, and I, and two cats)
WHAT (42' Class A, 2012 model, Honda Accord towed)
WHEN (August, 2010)
CAMP NUMBERS (thirty in seventeen states)
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Re: Fulltimers That Travel
« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2013, 07:05:08 AM »
Who: Frank and I
What: 2003 National RV Tradewinds LTC 40' w/Jeep Wrangler toad, 2011
When: 2005, Dec. 5
49 states, 8 provinces
10 states so far this year
« Last Edit: September 20, 2013, 07:07:43 AM by Barb »
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Re: Fulltimers That Travel
« Reply #8 on: September 20, 2013, 11:23:34 AM »
WHO - just the two of us

WHAT - 2009 25' class C - no slide, no toad. We like to stay compact.

WHEN - started fulltiming in 1993 with no plans to quit

CAMP NUMBERS - I have no idea -lol! We tend to meander, boondocking and overnighting in parking lots with an occasional
                            night in a public campground

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Re: Fulltimers That Travel
« Reply #9 on: September 20, 2013, 08:17:44 PM »
Who, wife and I, no animals allowed!!

What, 2008 40' 4 slides Class A

When, 2008

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Re: Fulltimers That Travel
« Reply #10 on: September 20, 2013, 11:16:04 PM »
WHO Just Dutch and me
WHAT 1996/2010 triple slide Carriage 5th wheel pulled by our 1996 Dodge ram 3500 dually-soon to be a 2014 dodge ram 3500 dually
WHEN We are finishing up our 17th year of fulltiming.  No stix N Bricks and we don't stay in one park for more than 2 weeks at a time 98% of the time.  Usually it is a night or 2 then we'll find a park we enjoy and stay a month. that's the fun part of our lifestyle
CAMP NUMBERS Have absolutely no idea.  We use parks, campgrounds &  boondock.  Hugs, Di







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Re: Fulltimers That Travel
« Reply #11 on: September 21, 2013, 10:23:51 AM »
This is fun information, though I am surprised at the low number so far (10 replies) as I was hoping there were more fulltimers that come to this forum, but then again, it's so easy to get busy traveling and have no time for internet.

Hope to hear from more fulltimers and thanks for the fun info.
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Re: Fulltimers That Travel
« Reply #12 on: September 21, 2013, 11:46:41 AM »
I am going to posit that your criteria, 24/7 year round fulltimer, actually excludes a lot of part time full timers. There may not be as many as we would like to believe.

Prove me wrong?
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Re: Fulltimers That Travel
« Reply #13 on: September 21, 2013, 11:48:52 AM »
WHO: Just the 2 of us
WHAT: 1997 Holiday Rambler LE, 38', 2007 GMC Canyon
WHEN: Started May, 1997
CAMP NUMBERS: 48 since leaving our summer base last year, not counting our home base in TX
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Re: Fulltimers That Travel
« Reply #14 on: September 21, 2013, 11:49:49 AM »
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part time full timers

And just how does that work? :)  You either are or you're not.
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Re: Fulltimers That Travel
« Reply #15 on: September 21, 2013, 12:30:39 PM »
Who - Just me - 63 year old male.
What - 18.5 foot 1997 fifth wheel - pulled by a 1997 F-150.
When - Started in January of 2011
Where - All over the SW United States and up to Alaska and back - too many campgrounds to recall but 75 plus. Including a 3 month work kamper in Alaska and 3 months in AZ last winter - no firm plans yet for this winter, but working on it.

Love the life style - now shopping for a bigger truck to be able to pull a little bigger 5th wheel. This first small unit was a test and I passed!!

Good info and fun reading...

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Re: Fulltimers That Travel
« Reply #16 on: September 21, 2013, 07:43:15 PM »
Interesting that several of us full-time in Class Cs, where often on this site I see a lot of postings about how it is not possible to full-time in a Class C!! 
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Re: Fulltimers That Travel
« Reply #17 on: September 21, 2013, 07:55:18 PM »
We have known many full timers on the eight years we ave been on the road. The caution to new folks is tgat pace becomes precious when you are full timing.

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Re: Fulltimers That Travel
« Reply #18 on: September 21, 2013, 08:00:39 PM »
Who - Sue and I
What - 2006 NRV Tradewinds
When - June 2005 - Oct 2011 now we spend 6 months in the Tradewinds each year
Camp numbers - 25 spots in 13 states so far this year

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Re: Fulltimers That Travel
« Reply #19 on: September 21, 2013, 09:37:30 PM »
Who:  Tom and I (and Dusty, our Yellow Lab 1997-2002.)
What:  36 foot Bounder Diesel during the full-timing years.
When:  1997 to present.  Hung up the keys in 2011 or so.  Still live in a fifth wheel at Timber Valley SKP park, Oregon.
Camp Numbers:  Too many to count or remember, all wonderful!  Traveled about 115,000 miles or so, coast to coast at least three times.

Margi
 
 
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Re: Fulltimers That Travel
« Reply #20 on: September 21, 2013, 11:07:50 PM »
Who: My wife and I and Shadow, too, the Cat.
What: 2000 American Dream 40' Motor Coach
When: 1996 to present
Camp Numbers: So many memories, so little time. We have traveled extensively throughout the U.S. The first few years we spent in Southern Arizona in the winter and in CT in the summers. The past 4 summers we have worked in Yellowstone N.P. We have visited many National Parks as well as some little known areas such as The Wave. This has been an adventure I would not have dreamed about prior to obtaining our first Motor Coach.

We spent the first summers, living in our motor coach in the driveway of our home. We knew, after that, we could survive full timing. Since then, we have never looked back. This has been an adventure I never could have dreamed about before retirement!
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Re: Fulltimers That Travel
« Reply #21 on: September 21, 2013, 11:10:16 PM »
JudyJB, I only see 2 Class C full times, you and one other.

Dearmissmermaid, I don't think there are as many full timers as one would think.  This discussion has come up before and if my memory is working < ::) > I remember an article in the FMCA magazine about the count for full timers who actually do not own a house/condo etc and live in their RV year round.  The results was that only 18% of those in the survey were actually full timing.  Most others were part-timers who travel 5-6 months of the year and return to a stick/brick home.  I thought the number of full timers would have been much higher.

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Re: Fulltimers That Travel
« Reply #22 on: September 21, 2013, 11:17:05 PM »
While what Marsha said is true we do have many fulltimers here who simply haven't joined in the discussion.

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Re: Fulltimers That Travel
« Reply #23 on: September 22, 2013, 08:02:53 AM »
Hi MissM:

WHO (how many people and pets live and travel with you)
- 2 adults, 2 dogs

WHAT (size, age and type of rig and toads)
- 36 foot, 2009 itasca suncruiser and chevy hhr toad

WHEN (when you became a fulltimer and when you stopped being a fulltimer if you have)
- july 18th, 2010

CAMP NUMBERS (number of different campgrounds or RV spots you overnighted in the last 12 months)
- while i keep an excel spreadsheet of the rv parks we stay at, i don;t know how many we were at over the last 12 months - summarize it to be LOTS)

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Re: Fulltimers That Travel
« Reply #24 on: September 22, 2013, 09:47:22 AM »
the count for full timers who actually do not own a house/condo etc and live in their RV year round.  The results was that only 18% of those in the survey were actually full timing.  Most others were part-timers who travel 5-6 months of the year and return to a stick/brick home. 

That was actually my point about "part time full timers" earlier in the thread. I think the number of full timers that travel i.e. do not own a property where they "live" as a home base  is quite small.

Your exact definition of full timers will obviously skew the numbers. (and I am not trying to start a ruckus!) If you are having fun full time, aren't you a fulltimer?.  8)
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Re: Fulltimers That Travel
« Reply #25 on: September 22, 2013, 10:14:10 AM »
I think you could get a whole variety of answers of the definition of full timing.  :)

When we sold our house and were living in the motorhome while our new one was being built, the insurance company changed our coverage to "full timers" because we were in the motorhome and did not have homeowners insurance coverage.  When the house was finished and we moved in, they switched us back to part time coverage.  The insurance company also considered full time use to be any length of time in the motorhome over 6 months in a year's time.  If I remember correctly it was very little extra cost to switch over to full time coverage.  I remember that because I wanted to leave our coverage as full timer because I liked the extra coverage; but they said no even though we travel 5-6 months out of the year. 

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Re: Fulltimers That Travel
« Reply #26 on: September 22, 2013, 03:30:23 PM »
It's really simple.  A full timer lives in the RV every day of the year.
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Re: Fulltimers That Travel
« Reply #27 on: September 22, 2013, 05:18:20 PM »
I was full time for 3 years in my Itasca Ellipse 42AD putting on 60,000 miles and around US & Canada coast to coast 3 times. This Spring we bought a sailboat and have lived on board sailing around the Pacific North West...kinda like rv'ing but slower/wetter. We will be back in the bus in November bound for Cabo & La Paz and places in between during the snow season.

We travel just the 2 of us...no pets but often kids & grand kids seem to appear. Both of us are unemployed and haven't looked for work for the last 4 years.

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Re: Fulltimers That Travel
« Reply #28 on: September 23, 2013, 09:13:33 AM »
What Ned said! We still have a S & B, but spend full time in the MH (yes! Even when we're parked in the yard - about three weeks a year). I'll admit to using the washer and dryer sometimes, but even there, its more of a pita to dewinterize and then blow out the pipes again than to just usethe MH W/D.

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Re: Fulltimers That Travel
« Reply #29 on: September 27, 2013, 11:51:23 PM »
I am curious who in this forum is a 24/7 year round fulltimer in their RV that travel (not parked in one spot year round).

It would be fun to see these 4 pieces of info:

WHO (how many people and pets live and travel with you)
WHAT (size, age and type of rig and toads)
WHEN (when you became a fulltimer and when you stopped being a fulltimer if you have)
CAMP NUMBERS (number of different campgrounds or RV spots you overnighted in the last 12 months)

My answers for the four above would be:

WHO Just me and my crazy little 6 pound monkey dog, occasionally one friend hops aboard for a few weeks

WHAT  1994, 28 foot Class C Tioga Montara with a bicycle (no car and no slide outs either)

WHEN started fulltiming in Dec 2009 but hit the road in March 2010, still traveling as of today

CAMP NUMBERS in the last 12 months, I workamped in 3 places in 3 states for 8 months total, but still managed to overnight in 25 different campgrounds.

WHO: My husband and me, and our cat Smoke
What: 2004 Damon Intruder motorhome, 38ft. with 3 slides, tow a 2009 Jeep Wrangler
Started fulltiming, July 2013 (have been campers since the 1970's)
Camp numbers in last 12 months: At least 12, and counting family campouts another 4
We have been planning for this for over a year; sold our home and furniture, household items in July. Do not have a traditional home. We live in our motorhome, and plan to travel all over the USA. We will vary our length of stay, from 1 night to a month or more, depending on where we travel. We will "boondock" or dry camp at times for one night.

 

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