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 6/28/2007 5:18 PM
My husband and I hope to be full-time in an rv by next summer. We have already decided to sell the house but don't know if we will get a trailer or 5th wheel. I never knew I had so much "stuff". Has anyone been to one of the, "Conference on Wheels". Looking forward to sharing info with all of you. Grasseyes
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 6/28/2007 5:34 PM
Guess I'm one of the first to welcome you! You will have a lot more gals posting in no time. Most of us will say "Take your time and do your homework picking out your perfect rig." Visit RV shows, look at floor plans on-line, walk through rigs at dealers, and most importantly - don't get talked into anything until you are confident you have found the best deal on the best rig for YOU. And the most important advice: Enjoy!
Life on Wheels is pricey, but has very, very good classes. There are also a bunch of RV hint books on the market with lots of advice for full-timers. And you will probably hear from the gals in this forum who are also full-timers. They can give you some great insight.
Hope you find the perfect rig and have a lot of great times with it.

Evie and fur people, Spike & Pia

Evie driving Flitter, 26' Itasca Spirit with furry co-pilot, Elsa
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 6/28/2007 10:08 PM
Welcome! Sounds like you're giving yourselves about a year?? Than should give you plenty of time to do your homework, sell and give away your 'stuff', and get your ducks in a row. Planning is as much fun (almost)as actually hitting the road. Have you ever been out in an RV? Camped? Start thinking about what you did and didn't like about that. Talk to everyone, take it all in, take notes and make lists.....then make decisions.HAVE FUN WITH THE PROCESS. JMHO getting my ducks in a row

getting my ducks in a row
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 6/28/2007 10:54 PM
Hi, Grasseyes, and welcome.
I put the Life on Wheels Conference in Tucson on my credit card and it didn't seem spendy at all. :p
But, whatever it cost, it was well worth it! I just started this life Dec. 31, 2006, and got so much excellent information from the instructors. "Live well, laugh often, love much."
Chris 2006 Forest River Lexington (23 ft) 2002 Ford Ranger P/U

Chris Blog: http://piecingalife.blogspot.com
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 6/29/2007 9:00 AM
Welcome Grasseyes!
I have owned several 5th wheels and can certainly tell you that they give you a lot of storage space. I also like the floor plans available. I'm sure a TT would work well for you too. The ease of having living and driving separate is nice when a repair is necessary.
As I'm now single again and not full timing, I have "kept it simple" for now with an a-frame travel trailer. As soon as the dollars line up favorably I will upgrade to a 1/2 ton towable 5th or TT in the 24-26' range.
Good luck,... and keep us posted on how your plan progresses! Cedar Adirondack Mts. in NY '02 Ford Escape '04 Chalet Arrowhead (C-->)
"One's world expands and contracts in direct proportion to one's courage"....Anais Nin.
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 6/29/2007 9:15 PM
Welcome!!! As you can see from all our posts there is a varity of rigs out there....we all have our favorites.....we started out with a Hybrid TT, but after 3 years full-timing have moved up to a 26' 5th wheel....on the getting rid of "stuff"....our thoughts were to call the kids and tell them to come get their inheritance....lol...hence, we now visit our stuff when we visit the grandkids....we do have a small storage shed at our summer seasonal campground, but mostly, the kids have it all....no worries that way.....everyone here is very helpful and will try to answer any questions you may have....Just jump right in....
Lori '07 Dodge 5th Wheel '05 Ford F-150

;07 Dodge 5th Wheel '08 Toyota Tundra
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 7/6/2007 2:09 PM
Welcome Grasseyes(interesting name!) All good advice has been posted already. I'm excited for you at this stage in the journey. It's such a treat and when you finally find the RV that is waiting for you it definitely is a champagne type celebration time. Good luck and post what you have come up with!! Marysdream Its all good!!!!!
2000 Rialta (little Sweetie)

Marysdream Its all good!!!!! 2000 Rialta (little Sweetie)
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 7/9/2007 3:59 PM
Thanks to all of you for the welcome and advice. How about the depreciating value of rvs? We don't want to end up with an upsidedown loan if we decide to trade in in a few years. We could pay cash( from the sell of our home hopefully) anyone have any experiencein this area? Grasseyes
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 7/9/2007 4:35 PM
The depreciating cost is why I'd never purchase new. I also don't want to go through lots of the headaches that some have with their new coaches. But that's just me. For an example, I bought my '99 Class C 3 years ago. I spent 6 or more months to find just what I wanted where I was able to get a good price - NOT through a dealer. Same thing through a dealer would have been $5 to $10K more. I got a great deal - and today if I sold, would probably be able to sell for close to what I paid. (Although I don't intend to sell :) )
Buying new, you'll always have that immediate depreciation - and often if you sell within the first 2-4 years (or longer depending on your loan) you will end up owing more than you can sell for. So, I'd make sure you put enough down to not end up in that situation. Again, that's just me.
If I could have found a reason to buy a used 5th wheel this summer - I would have - could have gotten a great deal on it. It just sold though and someone else did :)
Good luck. Smiling is contagious - try it!

--------------------------- Once your reputation is ruined, you can live life quite freely :) (old German saying) Bethers
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