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 11/8/2008 7:20 AM
I recently joined your forum after several months of reading the posts. The caring and sharing of your members "lured" me in. Since I am a newbie let me introduce myself. I am 60 years old and semi-retired (only work 2-3 days per week)and living in Southern Illinois. At the present time I am taking care of my mother is terminally ill. I lost my husband 1 1/2 yrs ago to cancer also. I have 2 daughters. My oldest lives in Chicago area (with my 2 grandchildren ages 3 and 1) and the other lives here and is still trying to decide what to do with herself) My dream is to travel full time (with my two small dogs) and have decided to pursue this. There's a whole lot of country that I've never seen and this is the time to do it while I still can. I'm probably looking 6 months - 1 year. All will depend on being able to sell my house (hopefully the housing market will come back up) and finding an rv. In my "downtime" with mother I have been trying to narrow my search for the right vehicle to travel in and will hit the rv shows in the Spring. I thought this would be a good place to get first hand info on different rvs. Since I will be traveling alone (and two small dogs) I am concentrating on probably the B, B elite and maybe a small C. Might tow a small trailer with scooter (scootering would be another adventure) and misc stuff. Would like to able to boondock mostly while traveling and CG when I arrive at "wherever" I'm going. (am thinking about solar power and whatever else I can to make power) (Not sure if the B's are set up for much boondocking) Any input would be greatly appreciated. Am looking forward to being a part of your group.

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 11/8/2008 8:25 AM
Welcome Maeglena!
So nice you joined us :) I'll chime in here from a Class B standpoint. I just recently went full time and absolutely love my B! It is easy to manage, have all the comforts of home and is cozy for one person. I don't have any pets though, but I know of a sister that travels with a cat and dog in her B.
My tanks are small, so I can only boondock comfortably for 3 or 4 days at a time. I like my amentities though, so only do that for overnights while traveling. I have too many toys that need charged, like my cell phone and laptop. Also, when it is cold at night, I like to run my furnace as needed without having to run my generator all night.
Good luck in whatever you decide and have fun persuing your dream. We are here for you whenever you have questions.
Love, Sharon
"The Buggy" 2007 RoadTrek SS-Agile

"The Buggy" 2007 RoadTrek SS-Agile * "Belgian" 2007 Honda Reflex Scooter
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 11/8/2008 10:17 AM
Welcome !! I'm so glad you joined us :D I have a 5th wheel so I can't help with B/C info but still wanted to welcome you to the forum. My suggestion is to really check out the living space - the bathroom space and the storage on any rig you're thinking of buying. Sit inside and pretend you're living in it - take a pretend shower, make a pretend meal - just really get a feel for living in the space and again, be sure to look at storage. I've seen B/C's pulling small trailers, maybe 5-6 feet long, I presume they use it for a scooter and probably storage - that'd be something to think of ! Good luck with your search and be sure to keep up up to date ! Trudy, Molly & Murphy 37' Montana 5th wheel - "be the kind of person your dog thinks you are"

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 11/8/2008 10:29 AM
Welcome to our Forum Home, Maeglena! We are so proud to have you.
The buying of an RV is such a personal choice. We have had all varieties of RV's, and enjoyed each of them. We have a trailer now, but my personal favorite, if I were traveling alone would be a C. It just gives a tad more room for living full-time.
Solar power is something we've never gone into. We don't prefer boondocking. Not knocking it, you understsand, many love it, but different strokes for different folks, ya know? We can manage to do a little of it while traveling from point A to point B across the nationm, without solar or any of the other boondocking supplies.
Oh how you'll enjoy the Springtime RV shows and what a good time you'll be having researching all the information out there for RVing.
You keep coming back, you hear? We love having you and all our other Newbies. We have several members who are in the same boat as you, planning and dreaming of their one day home sale and RV purchase!!
Again, Welcome!!

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 11/8/2008 11:51 AM
Welcome Maeglena, I am 64 now and I retired at 62. I sold my home and a condo I was going to size down into. Then I sized down even more and bought a Used Class C. cash. I paid off all of the monthly bills I had and I felt like I was reborn. My Class C is in good shape. Most people will tell you to buy used first. I live in a CG in MS since Gustav chased me from Louisiana again. I am near my older sister and the CG is great. I like to use my furnace to give me a shot of real warmth in the morning and I have a small electric that came with the camper. Another good point for buying used. All of the compartments were full when I bought this RV. Awning lights, heaters a booster of some type. This man even stocked the RVwith all of the cleaners, brand new, I would need. Then I renovated as usual. I tinted the windows, and the second year had to replace the air conditioner. I recently told my friends that I thought this was the best subdivision I had ever lived in. I haven't lived in many subdivisions, I lived in the city mostly. My husband passed away in 2001 and I have 3 grown children and 4 grandchildren. You can see many, many campers at koa.com. Go to browe RVs. That's where I started and knew what a good used RV was worth. Welcome. OB44

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 11/8/2008 1:29 PM
Hi, welcome to the forum!! I have a funny southern IL camping story. (i grew up in southern In) My sister was living up around the Bloomington IL area and we planned to met in southern Il for a camping weekend. Our niece was going to college in Carbondale and she wanted to join us. So we decided to meet in Crab Orchard. My sis came down and picked her up at Carbondale. then drove east to met. I was coming from the east. No one told us there were so many different Crab Orchards! needless to say, i stopped at the eastern most one and she stopped at the westernmost! and this was before cell phones were so common. so...I called one of our brother's and left her a message. then thankfully she called home and got the message. and we met up the next morning. And if anyone is interested...anywhere you drive in southern IL you can end up in Carbondale! Alice

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 11/8/2008 1:32 PM
Hi and welcome Mae! Scootering (I am new to all of this too) is a great adventure in itself. If you weigh more than 150 pounds and/or want to go faster than 40 mph or so, you will need more than the little 49 cc scooters. One nice thing about going with a scooter is that you need not tow anything at all behind you. Most RV's have back bumpers that are adequate to install a lift or at least a ride-on apparatus that has a ramp to get your bike on and off. You will need a motorcycle license for any bike larger than 50 cc....just a warning. I have not yet passed my test...:). Keep us posted as to your progress ok?
Anyway, welcome on board !!
jan I care very little about where I am going, so how can I be lost?
34' Winnebago Vectra
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 11/8/2008 3:35 PM
Hi and welcome! Lenora & Choco Psalm 46:19 'Be Still and Know that I AM GOD'

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 11/8/2008 3:47 PM
maeglena, When I first started I went with a used Class "C". I had looked at a couple new ones and the price tags scared me off. I mostly wanted a permanent bed and usable bathroom. I found 24-26 foot was about perfect. I am on my 3rd "C" and use the overhead bed for the cats, litter box and carriers (when on extended trips) and for company when on shorter trips. I just kept looking and one day was driving by a used car lot, saw a motorhome sitting there and fell in love. Went right from the lot to the credit union and had a motorhome to take home that evening.. via a trip past the rv tech to check it out.
Welcome to the forum. Sue Paradise has far more to do with the person than the place
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 11/8/2008 6:56 PM
Welcome Maeglena!
I'm the old lady of the group. Lost my hubby about 1 1/2 years ago, too. Left me with a large Class A with 3 slides. Way too much rig for me! The gals here all encouraged me to do whatever it would take to get into something I could handle. I bought a used C mainly because of the outside storage for a stepladder, chairs, a few tools, doo-dads, etc. and to get a real bed instead of setting up the sofa or climbing into a bunk. I don't full-time, but many of the gals here do. Good luck with your dream.
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