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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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« 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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« 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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« 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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« 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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« 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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« 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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« 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.
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« 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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« 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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« 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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« 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.

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« 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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« 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,

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« 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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« 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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« 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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« 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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« 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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« 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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« 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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« 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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« 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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« 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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« 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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« 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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« Reply #30 on: September 17, 2016, 01:05:25 PM »
Gary, I am sad to hear we won't have another chance to camp in the same resort. We wanted to see you again at Mama Gertie's this year but after the long trip out west and a lot more RV repairs when we got back, we simply didn't have the budget to make another trip. So we have already planned on spending two weeks there next summer so we can see my son and grandchildren, and were hoping on catching you again. If you are going to be in the Black Mountain area, I propose we plan on at least doing lunch one day while we are in the area. You are right; there is something about the Asheville area that catches your attention. After living in SW Florida his entire life, my son decided to move to Asheville as soon as he completed medical school.

I am glad to hear you will continue contributing to the board. You are a walking encyclopedia of RV knowledge that we do not want to lose.
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« Reply #31 on: September 17, 2016, 01:37:18 PM »
I too am very sorry to hear this Gary.  My prayers for both of you! 
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« Reply #32 on: September 17, 2016, 02:02:16 PM »
There comes a time .... and we all hang those keys up ever so reluctantly.  Big hugs to you and my cancer fighting heroine, Nancy.  :'(

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« Reply #33 on: September 17, 2016, 02:45:41 PM »
 
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« Reply #34 on: September 17, 2016, 02:53:24 PM »
I am sorry to hear of Nancy's problem. I hope she kicks it in the butt. I am sorry to hear that you are hanging up the keys, but I can relate to that. I hung mine up four years ago. I am glad you are still going to be sticking around here. We need you.
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« Reply #35 on: September 17, 2016, 03:02:13 PM »
Sorry to hear that.  Hoping for the best for you and Nancy. Glad you're going to continue to share your wealth of knowledge here.
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« Reply #36 on: September 17, 2016, 07:35:35 PM »
     As you know Donna and I reached a similar decision a little over a year ago.  we do really miss the RV lifestyle, but have found that travel in the SUV has opened an ability to explore areas where we previously could venture.
     Please keep in touch via the Forum, and we do promise to make the effort to come up to see you and Nancy when we are ai our place in Florida.

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« Reply #37 on: September 17, 2016, 08:36:55 PM »
Thanks for the warm thoughts, everyone. Nancy & I both appreciate it.

We've kept our hand in at non-RV travel, typically spending 3-7 nights/year in motels or at relative's homes, so are still accustomed to packing a suitcase and traveling lighter.
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« Reply #38 on: September 18, 2016, 06:45:11 PM »
Gary, you know that Mags and I count you and Nancy as two of our very best friends. Next year's trip will be AZ to WA and 2018 will be AK; clearly, we couldn't be much further away from FL & NC!!  But we promise to try & get to visit you again as soon as we can as our friendship surpasses RVing.

Give that lovely wife of yours a couple of superhugs from us, and then give her a turn. 😉

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« Reply #39 on: September 18, 2016, 06:59:13 PM »
Will do, Dougie!
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« Reply #40 on: September 18, 2016, 09:11:05 PM »
Prayers for you and Nancy as you go forward.
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« Reply #41 on: September 19, 2016, 02:02:00 AM »
...And to think you just did all that work installing the new fridge! :D In all seriousness, I've been aware of you and your wife's battle with cancer through your posts, and I sincerely hope this new path helps you continue on. We're all here for both of you.

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« Reply #42 on: September 19, 2016, 09:39:02 AM »
Best of luck to you both. Always enjoy reading your posts.
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« Reply #43 on: September 19, 2016, 12:57:32 PM »
Hey Gary,
I'm hoping all the best to and your wife along with all our prayers! I can understand a little of the situation your in. My dw is a cancer survivor also. Years ago she had to have her stomach removed due to cancer. About four years ago she had a stroke and contracted radical RA. She is now on chemo along with many other meds. We have had to limit our trips to within three hours of home base and have only managed about two trips a year due to her exhaustion after these trips. I am also pondering the sale of our class c because of the limited use. Again, we wish all the best to you and your wife in your new endeavors!

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« Reply #44 on: September 19, 2016, 02:01:37 PM »
Sorry to hear about your wife's illness and treatments, Gary. Wishing only the best for you both. 
Hope everything goes very well for you.

Always appreciated your remarks and advice on every issue that you commented on, and I hope you will continue to support and add content to this forum.

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« Reply #45 on: September 19, 2016, 05:43:52 PM »
Jeez Gary,

A passage for sure but you  guys are just changing the  venue in which  you play, was  the  motorhome, now a cottage.  Keep us posted on the differences,  likes and frustrations of  your new mode of travel.  All  of us will come to a point where we  know what we  must do  next and yours sounds like a well thought  out plan.  Congrats!

Best  wishes for Nancy's continued courage and successful treatments and for your supportive role.

 But  I  am curious as to what  hobbies  are now going to keep  you busy ?  Always an adventure with you two!
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« Reply #46 on: September 19, 2016, 06:32:18 PM »
Betty,
My hobby is still mostly helping others with their RVs. I write RV articles for magazines and websites, and of course participate here and on Irv2.com daily.  I also get a fair amount of requests for "computer help" from friends. But I'm looking around for new interests, especially since I won't have the motorhome as a source of DIY projects and maintenance chores. I'm an avid maker/fixer of things, so DIY projects are a important part of my life.

The thing we miss most is the social life of itinerant RVing. We loved hosting rallies and visiting others, or being visited, across the country. Most of our best friends are RVers, and we enjoyed meeting up with them in various venues. Our inability to travel as much, and limitations on Nancy's energy level, have reduced our social life substantially.  People still come by to see us, but we mostly can't go to them anymore.  Lunch and an afternoon out is now a big day for us. We are still enjoying life, but at a much reduced pace.

Shifting gears to a rental cottage is a new adventure. Fortunately, a vacation rental around here is not a barebones sort of thing. Our cottage will be nicely furnished, has a gas log fireplace, internet and cable tv, plus is equipped with linens, coffee maker & toaster, a BBQ grill, even a patio set and an outdoor fire pit. Heck, it even has salt & pepper shakers, spice rack,  and a bottle of olive oil! We don't have to bring much but our clothing!
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« Reply #47 on: September 19, 2016, 09:43:39 PM »
Gary


All you need is a long driveway in NC, we all will be right on down. 8)


Sorry to see it happen but you and Nancy are doing it on your terms. Good luck with the sale.

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« Reply #48 on: September 20, 2016, 08:07:55 AM »
Jeff,
We will have the driveway, but it's at a fairly steep angle. Hard to find flat spots here in the Great Smoky's! There are two RV parks within 5 miles, though.
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« Reply #49 on: September 20, 2016, 08:57:50 AM »

Gary, hope that your wife gets better and you can do something else other than RVing in the future.

We sold our coach and toad last March.  Just moving on to another lifestyle.  Since that time I went through Ulcerative Colitis and had my colon removed.


Nice to not have to worry about a coach sitting in the driveway not getting it's proper maintenance.


Our plan was to take more Cruise ship vacations and rent cabins in the Smokies in the summer.  We had to cancel a two month cruise and a three month cabin in the mountains.  Plans are already set for next summer.  Hopefully everything will work this time.


 
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Re: Leaving the RV lifestyle...
« Reply #50 on: September 20, 2016, 09:12:21 AM »
Although I have never had the pleasure of meeting you face to face, your expertise is obviously well respected based on the replies and numerous postings I have read throughout this site.  Your willingness to share that expertise has helped myself and many others during that steep learning curve of owning and working on an RV.  Sorry to hear that you are hanging up the keys but pleased to hear you will continue helping us through some of those, "Why didn't I think of that" moments.  Hope the very best for your wife and her battle. 

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Re: Leaving the RV lifestyle...
« Reply #51 on: September 20, 2016, 11:19:37 AM »
We know Nancy's cancer is incurable and 9 years ago her chances of living even 5 more years were rated slim.  But she is still here and we believe it can be held at bay a while longer, so have already made our reservations for next summer. We intend to make the best use we can of the time remaining to her. Ya gotta BELIEVE!
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Re: Leaving the RV lifestyle...
« Reply #52 on: September 20, 2016, 01:03:25 PM »
Believing is one of the strongest things to do as I'm sure you know, we all will go sometime but I do hope it is a long time from now and peaceful for all.
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Re: Leaving the RV lifestyle...
« Reply #53 on: September 20, 2016, 04:15:52 PM »
Hi Gary and Nancy,

What a shock, but from reading your past posts from years back figured this day might come sometime. Nancy is in our prayers and hoping for her continued well being. It was a goal of mine to spend a day with you folks sometime, ideally in Florida, when I visit my aunt. Figured I could keep you entertained for hours with what I don't know.  ;D

I am hoping to see your posts here, as you have time. You are certainly an important resource here. It is understandable though for you to take this time and spend it with your wife. I want to thank you many times over for all your kind help you have offer me, and the help you have given to others like myself when we come on board to this lifestyle.

Continued prayers and well wishes to you both!!!
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Re: Leaving the RV lifestyle...
« Reply #54 on: September 20, 2016, 05:37:25 PM »
So sorry your wife is going through that.  I had a year of it myself last year and i know it is hard.  Sounds like you have worked out a good plan to remain somewhat adventurous! Best of luck to you!
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Re: Leaving the RV lifestyle...
« Reply #55 on: September 21, 2016, 08:08:57 PM »
I BELIEVE, and I'll always have you and Nancy in my thoughts and prayers.

At 75 this DEC, maybe I need to stop wanting a good class B, but we haven't stopped traveling. We did 4758 miles this summer, and we still have some trips to make. I have a son an hour N of Ashville in beautiful Erwin TN, and we want to see him next summer. ;)
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Re: Leaving the RV lifestyle...
« Reply #56 on: September 22, 2016, 10:14:55 AM »
For us, this is more a change of mode than quitting.  We've been spending much of our time in one place, either the Maine coast or here in western NC, for the past 5-6 years, but now we will spend it in a fixed, rented building rather than an RV. We expect to continue living much the same.  This is mostly a financial decision and we expect to save several thousand dollars each year by renting instead of owning.
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Re: Leaving the RV lifestyle...
« Reply #57 on: September 22, 2016, 09:36:47 PM »
For us, this is more a change of mode than quitting.  This is mostly a financial decision and we expect to save several thousand dollars each year by renting instead of owning.


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Re: Leaving the RV lifestyle...
« Reply #58 on: September 23, 2016, 08:36:10 PM »
Gary,
Our prayer are with you and Nancy. I pray for healing, endurance and peace in your lives.
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« Reply #59 on: October 24, 2016, 11:50:45 AM »
Prayers for both of you in the transition and beyond.
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« Reply #60 on: October 25, 2016, 08:10:01 AM »
Our Thoughts and Prayers for the next chapter in your lives!  You and Nancy have been waging the battle successfully so far and still going strong.  We're  looking forward to your insights into your latest adventure.
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Re: Leaving the RV lifestyle...
« Reply #61 on: October 25, 2016, 12:09:21 PM »
Ad for coach now posted in the forum For Sale area.

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Re: Leaving the RV lifestyle...
« Reply #62 on: October 25, 2016, 12:35:31 PM »
Hi Gary,

I only saw this post today.

I am so sorry to hear about your wife's battle.


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Re: Leaving the RV lifestyle...
« Reply #63 on: October 25, 2016, 01:10:01 PM »
All the best for both of you. Hope to hear from you again and again. Thank you for sharing your known rv culture.
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Re: Leaving the RV lifestyle...
« Reply #64 on: October 25, 2016, 02:03:11 PM »
I'm so sorry to hear about your wife's battle with cancer.  All the best to you and your wife.  Thank you for sharing your knowledge.
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« Reply #65 on: October 25, 2016, 04:27:43 PM »
Thanks for the many kind thoughts, everyone.
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Re: Leaving the RV lifestyle...
« Reply #66 on: October 25, 2016, 05:28:08 PM »
Gary and Nancy,

We haven't been on the Forum much over the last few months so I too am late seeing this news.  We've shared so many wonderful times going back to your trailer days and our Lazy Daze!  I'll never forget that great caravan a group of us took where we camped in that neat canyon.  Such fun we had.  You and Nancy have both been important contributors to the RV Forum and we'll really miss seeing you both.  Nancy is an amazing person and a real fighter.  Please give her special hugs from both Jerry and Ardra.  Wishing you sunny skies, good times, and warm friends as you enter this new RV-less world.

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Re: Leaving the RV lifestyle...
« Reply #67 on: October 27, 2016, 05:43:07 AM »
Gary, best of luck to you and your wife. I know what you are going through. Keep everything positive.

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Re: Leaving the RV lifestyle...
« Reply #68 on: November 06, 2016, 12:46:41 PM »
Gary, sad to hear you and Nancy are hanging up the keys, I've  been off the net for the last month and didn't see this until today. Zeus and I miss our nightly meet ups in Maine. Prayers for you and Nancy, I hope she enjoys your trip to North Carolina.
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Re: Leaving the RV lifestyle...
« Reply #69 on: November 06, 2016, 08:31:28 PM »
Sad news indeed.  (I also have doctors and cancer to disturb my lifestyle.)  Wish you and your wife the best and glad to hear you are staying in the forum.  I have learned much from you and enjoy your kindness and pleasant attitude on the forum.

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« Reply #70 on: November 07, 2016, 06:57:36 AM »
Mike...
We've missed the visits from you & Zeus as well - it's one of our fondest memories of our summers on the Maine Coast.
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« Reply #71 on: November 07, 2016, 01:31:38 PM »
Gary, wish we were going back on the road I'd buy you coach in a heartbeat, we wish you 2 all the best. Mike
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« Reply #72 on: November 08, 2016, 10:40:11 AM »
Whoever buys it  will be getting a very well cared for coach, that's for sure. No 12+ year old coach is without some wear & tear, but I think mine is in exceptional condition.
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Re: Leaving the RV lifestyle...
« Reply #73 on: November 08, 2016, 06:14:34 PM »
Gary,
As a relatively new member of the forum I was shocked to see your post today. I have always regarded your replies and posts as the quintessence of class, humor and knowledge. That won't change I'm sure, glad to see you'll be continuing to post!

Our prayer's for God's blessings to be showered on Nancy and you as you go forward!

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Re: Leaving the RV lifestyle...
« Reply #74 on: January 05, 2017, 08:19:24 AM »
I am so sad to see this, i did not realize what you are both going through until i found this thread today after reading another that said you sold your rig. I will keep Nancy in my prayers and i wish the best for you both. You are a big inspiration to me and i will miss you. I am saddened to hear of this, bless you both,,bless you both.
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« Reply #75 on: January 05, 2017, 08:22:51 AM »
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Re: Leaving the RV lifestyle...
« Reply #76 on: January 05, 2017, 08:28:43 AM »
Gary, Our prayers go out to Nancy and you.  I am a cancer survivor for over twenty years (two different cancers).  As a newbe, have learned a lot from you and the people who contribute to the Forum.  Hope your stay in NC will be fruitful and that you will be back on the road again soon, doing what you love.
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Re: Leaving the RV lifestyle...
« Reply #77 on: January 05, 2017, 08:39:17 AM »
We actually do pretty well, despite her health. We lose almost a full day to the chemo procedure every week, plus she has to rest frequently and suffers the side effects of the chemo in varying degrees, but by and large we still live a full life. We shop, go to restaurants, and travel, but it takes more planning and flexible timing. We are both determined to enjoy as much of life as is left to us.

As I said earlier, selling the RV was as much a financial choice as anything else. It was very expensive to own & use, yet our current lifestyle constraints made it hard to take full advantage of it. But we still keep all the priceless memories!
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Re: Leaving the RV lifestyle...
« Reply #78 on: January 05, 2017, 09:56:54 AM »
I too am very appreciative of the hard work you do answering all the questions here on the forum. I have learned a lot from you. Are you planning on attending the mini rally in two weeks in Lakeland? I know I would love to meet you and I bet everyone else would too.

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« Reply #79 on: January 06, 2017, 07:10:02 AM »
I am so sorry that I just now saw this Gary.  Our prayers go out to you and Nancy. 

I hope to continue seeing your posts on here and irv2.com as you are very good at helping others and wish you and Nancy the best in your future traveling adventures.

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« Reply #80 on: January 06, 2017, 09:29:19 AM »
No plan to do that, Seilerbird. Lakeland is about 2-1/4 hours away from us.
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