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Gary RV_Wizard

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Leaving the RV lifestyle...
« on: September 16, 2016, 11:24:48 AM »
It has come time for us to leave the RV lifestyle behind. My wife Nancy's medical needs (weekly chemotherapy) has made it impractical for us to roam freely, so we end up driving the coach somewhere and parking for the summer. Maintaining an expensive rig for that just  doesn't make financial sense, so we will be putting the coach up for sale when we return home to Florida in early October.

We still plan to get away from home, so with that in mind we have booked a furnished rental cottage for four months next summer.  It's in Black Mountain, a scenic village about 15 miles east of Asheville, NC, a town we enjoy very much.  It's across the road from Lake Tomahawk park in the village, so a nice location that will hopefully compensate a bit for the lack of RV living style. It's gonna seem strange, though!
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Re: Leaving the RV lifestyle...
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2016, 11:30:56 AM »
A sad, but very understandable, decision to have to make Gary. But an exciting new chapter, spending summer in a rental cottage. Looking forward to reading about that experience. Meanwhile, we continue to wish Nancy the best with her continual fight and the issues surrounding treatment.
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Re: Leaving the RV lifestyle...
« Reply #2 on: September 16, 2016, 11:33:43 AM »
Very sorry to hear Gary.
Best wishes for Nancy in her treatment.
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Re: Leaving the RV lifestyle...
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2016, 11:54:11 AM »
Gary

As a cancer survivor, and with all too many in our family and friends group fighting cancer, I know what a challenge it is.  I wish you the best and hope that this will be the start of some new adventures for you both.  I have always enjoyed reading your posts and it has been a learning experience for sure...I hope to read many, many more of your posts!!  Good luck to you both!!

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Re: Leaving the RV lifestyle...
« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2016, 12:06:58 PM »
Geez I am sorry to read this, though certainly understandable.  I wish you both well and hope this new chapter does not bring an end to your valuable input on this forum.  Best wishes.
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Re: Leaving the RV lifestyle...
« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2016, 12:25:40 PM »
So sorry to hear both items.  Wish Nancy the best and both of you good luck in your new adventure.  I do hope you remain with the forum as you provide an abundance of knowledge.
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Re: Leaving the RV lifestyle...
« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2016, 12:34:14 PM »
Please know that there are thoughts for your wife, and for you too.

I am new here but do relish and admire all of your posts.

Good luck to you, and especially your wife.

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« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2016, 12:48:01 PM »
So sorry to hear about this difficult decision.  I hope the next chapter in your life brings you the same enjoyment that the RV has.  Prayers for you and Nancy as you go forward.
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Re: Leaving the RV lifestyle...
« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2016, 01:45:06 PM »
best wishes to you and your wife.
will you still frequent the boards, your knowledge of, um everything, is a real good thing around here.
If you need any assistance with anything I'm not to far from Black Mountain.
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Re: Leaving the RV lifestyle...
« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2016, 01:52:33 PM »
Best wishes to you and your wife Gary. Thanks for your knowledge in the past and I hope you're able to continue participating in the forum in the future.
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« Reply #10 on: September 16, 2016, 02:27:21 PM »
Our prayers are going out for you and your wife. Beyond that, I can't think of anything to say that hasn't been said.
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Re: Leaving the RV lifestyle...
« Reply #11 on: September 16, 2016, 02:32:03 PM »
Gary you have and I'm sure will continue to be a mine of useful information to everyone on here. I do wish you and your wife all the very best for your future adventure! Big hugs to you both as it can't have been as easy decision.
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Re: Leaving the RV lifestyle...
« Reply #12 on: September 16, 2016, 03:54:37 PM »
I'm sorry things have gone this way for you and Nancy, but it seems you've found a work around of sorts. Hope it works well for you, and you know you've got lots of framily here for you, Gary
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Re: Leaving the RV lifestyle...
« Reply #13 on: September 16, 2016, 04:05:23 PM »

Gary,

Your decision is certainly understandable. The lucky purchaser of your Tradition will get a gem. Of that, I am absolutely certain.

Your contributions toward resolving my dilemmas with the Allegro Bus (and the old Pace Arrow as well) were always right on and were most sincerely appreciated.

I wish both of you the very best in the future.

Dianne



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Re: Leaving the RV lifestyle...
« Reply #14 on: September 16, 2016, 05:53:14 PM »
As a newcomer/lurker here, just wanted to wish you and Nancy all the best.  Appreciate your insight and contributions here, and hope good things are waiting further on up the road. 
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Re: Leaving the RV lifestyle...
« Reply #15 on: September 16, 2016, 06:06:58 PM »
Gary,

Very sorry you had to make this decision, but it certainly makes sense. Sheila and I wish both of you the best and hope to visit you again in the future.

Take care,

ken
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Re: Leaving the RV lifestyle...
« Reply #16 on: September 16, 2016, 06:11:08 PM »
Sorry to hear that.  Wishing for the best possible outcome for you and Nancy.
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Re: Leaving the RV lifestyle...
« Reply #17 on: September 16, 2016, 06:51:21 PM »
Gary, I am truly sorry to hear this but fully understand your decision as my wife is battling the demon as well. No chemo yet but surgery will shortly tell the tale. I have enjoyed your posts and your wealth of hard earned knowledge. All the best to you and Nancy, keep your chin up and don't forget your friends here.
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« Reply #18 on: September 16, 2016, 06:58:04 PM »
Our best wishes to you and the wife Gary.  We are really happy that you have found a suitable alternative to the RV and I hope we continue to see your valuable contributions to this forum.

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Re: Leaving the RV lifestyle...
« Reply #19 on: September 16, 2016, 07:03:12 PM »
Gary,
 Thank you for all your help here on the forum. Good luck to you and your wife.

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Re: Leaving the RV lifestyle...
« Reply #20 on: September 16, 2016, 08:45:23 PM »
We also add our best wishes and prayers. We thoroughly enjoy reading your posts and we have learned so much. Thank you for all of the advice.
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Re: Leaving the RV lifestyle...
« Reply #21 on: September 16, 2016, 08:53:59 PM »
best of luck to you and your wife---newbe here but have read just about all of your very useful posts--keep yer chins up high

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Re: Leaving the RV lifestyle...
« Reply #22 on: September 16, 2016, 09:14:33 PM »
Wishing you and Nancy the best.  May the new directions in your travels, albeit stationery, be as rewarding as your many years on the road.   Waiting, along with you and all the others touched by this dread disease, for the cure. 
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Re: Leaving the RV lifestyle...
« Reply #23 on: September 17, 2016, 09:16:28 AM »
Nancy is a very tough lady. She/we have been battling her rare form of breast cancer for nearly nine years now, and she has beat the survival odds so far and managed to have a life as well.  We have continued to travel thoughout that time, even though the logistical problems of arranging for chemo are not trivial. However, last year she had to change from a 3-week regimen to weekly treatments and that made moving around much even more difficult.

At about the same time we decided to reduce our travel distance somewhat. We had been spending most of the summers in Maine, with sojourns in Virginia and Pennsylvania going and returning, but we decided to give western NC (Asheville) area a try. Upon checking out the climate, the people, and the medical facilities, we were quite pleased. I guess maybe we fell in love with the area! In any case, we enjoy it there and do not feel we are giving up anything to spend the season in one place. We will, of course, miss having our personal mobile closet, pantry and refrigerator, but that will be traded off against having more than 2x the space (a large kitchen, a laundry room, etc.). And no hook-ups to manage either!
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Re: Leaving the RV lifestyle...
« Reply #24 on: September 17, 2016, 09:19:04 AM »
Gary

My best to you both and thank you for all you have done.

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Re: Leaving the RV lifestyle...
« Reply #25 on: September 17, 2016, 09:21:19 AM »
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If you post your rig for sale here, I predict about a 7 second sale.

Sure hope you are right.  That would go along way toward reducing the stress of this decision!

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I don't expect my participation here to change any.
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Re: Leaving the RV lifestyle...
« Reply #26 on: September 17, 2016, 10:02:54 AM »
Best of luck to you both. I always appreciate your comments, and I am glad you intend on continuing your involvement.
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« Reply #27 on: September 17, 2016, 10:38:16 AM »
We all have to make an entrance plan, and an exit plan, and it sounds like you have done an excellent job setting yourself up with your usual skill and determination.  Sorry we never got to RV with you, but I am glad you will still be hanging around the forum. 
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Re: Leaving the RV lifestyle...
« Reply #28 on: September 17, 2016, 11:09:11 AM »
The price we pay for getting old. We will keep you and Nancy in our prayers. Enjoy what life you and Nancy have remaining. I enjoy your writing along with your extensive knowledge so I will be looking forward to your replies.
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Re: Leaving the RV lifestyle...
« Reply #29 on: September 17, 2016, 12:28:37 PM »
Gary, sorry to hear the conditions under which you had to make this decision, glad to hear that you plan to continue your participation here on the forum.  You are a valuable resource to us more casual and occasional RVers.  Take good care of Nancy, and we will look forward to many more years of forum activity.
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