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 6/3/2008 1:13 PM
 
Hi Linda -
Many of us did not get support from family and friends because they don't understand and worry about us. However, you'll get lots of support here.
I suggest doing your homework on both the work situation as well as which RV is best for you. Are there possibilities for traveling designers? Are there companies that have places around the country in need of your skills? I'm thinking restaurant chains might need designers for their stores especially those that have different themes for each place. That would use your kitchen design skills as well as decorating the dining areas. Think Cracker Barrel, fast food chains, even regional chains if you want a specific area. My nephew worked for an East coast chain (Friendly's) traveling around troubleshooting their electrical and plumbing designs. Chain stores that might use a decorator for start-up interior design - think large department stores with Corporate offices that could send you hither and yon. Get on-line, make some phone calls to headquarters with your proposals. See what the possibilities are out there.
Do the same with your RV choice. Visit as many RV sales lots as possible. Attend an RV show where there might be multiple dealers. Walk through everything - even the ones you think you'd never want. After a few dozen times, you will find yourself leaning toward one type or another. THEN you want to really get serious about the more indepth checking - the opening cabinets, measuring, sitting, laying, reaching, poking and probing. I make myself a check-off list when I'm in the market so I don't forget to check something (like sitting on the toilet, standing in the shower, or measuring that cabinet to see if it's high enough for that bottle of ?).
Best advice of all - ask questions from the gals here! Usually one or more of us will have the answer!
Evie and fur people, Spike & Pia

Evie driving Flitter, 26' Itasca Spirit with furry co-pilot, Elsa
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 6/3/2008 1:51 PM
 
Hi Linda and welcome :)
The one piece of advice I will give you, as the wife of an architect myself ;), don't overthink it!
Have you thought about getting an Rv and living in it near your current employment, just to get a feel for the lifestyle? Just a thought. Kim Wife to Randy, Mom to Elizabeth (20) and Megan (17)

Kim Wife to Randy, Mom to Elizabeth (20) and Megan (17)
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 6/3/2008 11:52 PM
 
Hi Ravenbrook and welcome. . I just recently decided to go fulltime and my support was either completely "for" or completely "against". My daughter wouldn't speak to me for over a month. Those that were against have come around . .I think they're somewhat jealous because they aren't doing it. Once I got the idea I started looking at rv's for sale online . .I looked at them all (except for those that were out of my price range)I would spend hours at the computer. Then I went to some dealers and looked at the different types to see what suited me. I decided on a 5th wheel. Some women who travel alone want the class c but since I plan to spend 4-6 months at a time in one place I didn't want my rig to sit stationary for that long at a time. . I heard it wasn't good for the engine. I also heard and read that a TT was harder to pull than a 5er and the 5ver gave me all the room I wanted with the upstairs bedroom and the large basement for storage. Good luck with your decision
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 6/3/2008 11:59 PM
 
Hi Ravenbrook and welcome. . I just recently decided to go fulltime and my support was either completely "for" or completely "against". My daughter wouldn't speak to me for over a month. Those that were against have come around . .I think they're somewhat jealous because they aren't doing it. Once I got the idea I started looking at rv's for sale online . .I looked at them all (except for those that were out of my price range)I would spend hours at the computer. Then I went to some dealers and looked at the different types to see what suited me. I decided on a 5th wheel. Some women who travel alone want the class c but since I plan to spend 4-6 months at a time in one place I didn't want my rig to sit stationary for that long at a time. . I heard it wasn't good for the engine. I also heard and read that a TT was harder to pull than a 5er and the 5ver gave me all the room I wanted with the upstairs bedroom and the large basement for storage. Good luck with your decision
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 6/5/2008 10:04 PM
 
Hi there Ravenbrook, welcome to the womens forum. I'm still working too, I'm 56 and looking forward to my retirement. I already have my fifth wheel bought it a year ago and live in it for now. I don't have a truck yet but plan to some day. I'm also thinking I may end up doing a class b motorhome, or even a smaller class A. I could drive the biggest class A and feel comfortable but the truck and fifth wheel thought still scares me even though I used to drive a truck and haul a 4 horse trailer so I haven't figured out what I'm so scared about. When I actually get ready to retire I'll rethink everything all over again. In the meantime I agree with the ladies to read a bunch of the old posts and you'll learn alot. Ava, Bandit, Gracie and Xie from the desert of arizona, where the wind blows and the tumbleweeds roll

Ava from the desert of Arizona, where the wind blows and the tumbleweeds roll
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 6/6/2008 2:46 PM
 
Hey Linda, Welcome .. one things for sure you'll get plenty of support and any question is always worth lots of good replies.. Everyone here is always willing to give you their input and you make your decisions from that.. We're from all walks of life and all have the same thing in common.. RVing.. whether part time, full time or in between time.. We all love the Adventure and get really excited when someone is just getting starting or whether they are going out on a journey.. heck we are just a bunch of great women that enjoy the simple things of life..the beauty of this land.. and any place you hang your hat is home.. Ok, I'll step off the soap box before I fall.... again Hey there Linda...
God Bless Barbzeee
Life is full of surprises, just go with the flow !
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 6/6/2008 4:17 PM
 
Welcome, Linda, I'm 55 years young and going into my 4th year fulltiming. I couldn't do it without working, so had to have some income figured out before I could leave my job. I think for sanities sake, you probably should do the same. Now, I don't need a lot, so in my case, having some income wasn't hard to figure. And now my income is growing and I workamp part of the year, so it keeps getting easier - even with the rising gas prices.
As to what type rv, that's completely subjective. I have a Class C and see myself always in either a C or A - just what I prefer. If you're reading around the forum - we've all given our reasons many times for it - my biggest one is the ease of stopping to potty, eat lunch, etc - and to pull out if I stop somewhere and don't feel comfortable. I also know my dogs are more comfortable travelling in the rv than they ever were in the cars/trucks I've owned. Only my van was acceptable to them LOL
Also - size - is another very subjective decision. I was told not to get too small - as I'd be sorry. I did anyway and have never been sorry. I don't have trouble going anywhere I want - can turn around on a 2 lane backroad - can take just about any backroad I want to, etc. Some day I will go up in size, but I doubt I'll ever go up much - but that's my decision.
Find what works for you - and if you need to, rent some different rv's and take them out for a weekend - find out what you like/dislike, etc.
Good luck - glad to have you with us. --------------------------- Once your reputation is ruined, you can live life quite freely :) (old German saying)
Bethers

--------------------------- Once your reputation is ruined, you can live life quite freely :) (old German saying) Bethers
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 6/6/2008 7:42 PM
 
Welcome Linda. My suggestion would be to make a budget of how much money you need to live on. Then you can start looking at your working options. Are you currently employed at a company or freelance? Have you considered doing it in steps? Get your rig and actually live in it at an RV park. Do you have a house you need to sell? Will your RV be paid for or will you make payments?
I just went fulltime in February. I have a house that I turned over to a realtor to rent. The rent covers the mortgage payment, landlord's insurance, property taxes prorated monthly, my storage unit and a little left over for repairs, if needed. I find living in my RV at a park cheaper than living in the house. I workamp part of the year so I can put the money I would be paying the RV park into my savings. If you need a steady monthly income, working freelance may not be the answer.
Ignore what your friends and family think and do what will make you happy.
Karen Sassy and Buddy,(the labs) 30'Gulfstream Class C

Karen Sassy and Buddy,(the labs) 30'Gulfstream Class C
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 7/1/2008 11:37 AM
 
When I decided last August to go full time, I made a list of things that needed to be done to accomplish that goal and then I prioritized. For me, first was to relocate my adult son. Second was to sell my inventory (I am an antique dealer) and personal stuff. Then fix up the house and sell it. I am at the home stretch, house is on the market. I already had an RV, so that wasn't an issue, altho it is a really old 21' Class C and I will probably get a bit bigger one, but that can wait as this will do fine to begin with. Also I had already taken a 5 month cross country trip in it. I would advise you rent an RV (or buy a cheap one like I did) and get some experience first. And don't listen to the naysayers, follow your own instincts. Maybe I will see you on the road one day. Good luck! "Endless good in endless ways"

"Endless good in endless ways"
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 7/1/2008 12:17 PM
 
Hi, Chris! Welcome to the forum. You seem like a gal that is well organized in taking the steps to fulltiming. I look forward to hearing more from you and if you are able, post pictures, too. Lenora & Choco

Sometimes, the only right answer is silence...which in and of itself speaks a thousand words.
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