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 12/29/2008 1:05 AM
 
Hi All, I have been reading your RV Forum for a few months and just had to join. I plan to become a full time RVer as soon as I sell my house (I know - Good Luck! Right!) But will put it on the market in March and pray.
I live in WA State and have been RVing for 20 years. Am happily single again, have 3 grown kids and 6 grandkids. Am ready to do my own thing which is travel, exploring, genealogy research and scrapbooking.
Currently, have a Class C 25’ HR Monitor which I will trade in when I go full time to a Class A 30-34’ HR or Winnebego, am still looking. I want to tow the smallest towable car I can get. Am still looking for that too. Any advice on that?
Have plans to workamp, volunteer at summer camps while I visit family and relatives in many states. My sister Leslie has her own RV and we plan to caravan to OK, FL and TX next summer.
I have lots of questions like how do you get your mail, or do banking, or wash clothes? Do you stay mostly in State or Private parks? I am looking for a little female Duchund dog, for a travel companion. Then I will be set.
You gals, sure are brave. My mom would roll over in her grave if she knew what my sister and I have planned. Did you know AARP magazine said that over 6 million single women in the U.S. live full time in RV’s by CHOICE!
And we thought the pioneer women were tough.
Good going!
SandieJ Retired - Where every day is Saturday!

Retired - Where every day is Saturday!
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 12/29/2008 10:41 AM
 
Welcome, Sandie!
I'm glad you've joined the group! I'm sure you'll continue to find a wealth of information here, along with great support and friendship.
You might also want to pop into our chat room in the evenings -- 5ish for you on the West Coast. There's a thread about it with a link. We're a fun bunch -- a bit irreverent at times, but lots of fun!
Again, welcome! Laura & Jed 19' Shamrock Hybrid

Photobucket Traveling with Jed, my four-legged buddy
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 12/29/2008 8:56 PM
 
Welcome SandieJ,
We will be looking forward to hearing about your RV adventures next year. Hope all your plans work out because it sounds like you will really enjoy a new RV lifestyle.
Can't answer your questions because I only part-time, but I'm sure you'll get lots of answers from the full-timers on the Forum. Margie

2003 Forest River M-B Cruiser Ms"B"Haven
3 Chihuahuas (Buddy, Annie, Penny) 1 Maltese (Holly)

Margie www.rv-adventure.blogspot.com 2007 Tiffin Phaeton 40' Diesel Pusher 4 Slides 2 Chihuahuas (Buddy, Annie)
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 12/29/2008 11:53 PM
 
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 12/30/2008 9:01 AM
 
Hi Sandi!! So happy to have you join us... always delighted to have newbies join us. I was thinking Sprinter would post to you, since as a new full-timer, she just joined an organization that has all the necessaries for full-timers! They are one of the biggest mail-forwarders in our country...maybe THE biggest and do a super job!
Good luck on selling your house and making your dreams turn into realities! One good thing, you have ample time to start downsizing on "things" one must be rid of to follow the full-timing lifestyle.
How neat you have a sister to caravan with!!
We have two little 1 1/2 year old dachshunds sisters. Schugar is on the left and Kandi the right. They are super little girls who travel well. We got them when they were six weeks old, wanted two to have each other's company and to have fun rip-romping through life with joy!

We bank with Wells Fargo, have our funds deposited directly into our account, pay our bills on-line. Any bank will do. I like Wells Fargo, since it has an 800# to check on the account if need be.
You have wonderful plans--- hope they work out quickly! Good luck to you---- and again, WELCOME!
Joella

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 12/30/2008 1:33 PM
 
Welcome Sandie! You have joined a fabulous group! I joined a couple of months ago as I am moving along your path, although less by choice. I had always wanted to full time, but thought it would be a few years down the road. There are books that I got out of the library that helped answer some of the basic questions. I'm in Bend, OR and even our little library had three or four. They were a little over the top in some respects, but I feel I got a lot of info. I think you have a huge head start in that you understand RVing already! I am stunned at the AARP statistics. We have a lot of sisters! Welcome, and enjoy the ride! To new adventures! Kerry

Photobucket To new adventures! Kerry Kerry Kayaking
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 12/30/2008 7:38 PM
 
Hi Sandie,
My DH and I retired and went fulltiming 3 years ago. We just moved from a Class C to a 36 ft Class A Bounder last month. We domicile in FL since that was our home state and have a private PO box which we call to forward our mail. We do all our business online, pay bills, etc. I know Escapees (a full time group) has lots of services like mail forwarding, places to stay, etc. Check them out-my sister is a member as well as MANY fulltimers-even some on this forum. She domiciled in South Dakota. Don't forget to check out medical insurance info also.
Seems like you know what you are getting into and it's terrific that you have a sister to share it with. Many rvers have pets and if you look thru our discussions, you'll see lots of pics-many like Molly-who might wish those pics were deleted. HA. Sorry Trudy, but-----. Enjoy getting ready. carold
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 12/31/2008 2:55 PM
 
Hello from another Washingtonian! I'm in the SW near Vancouver, just NE of Portland, OR. I'm an RVer owner wanna be so I can't help with the fulltiming stuff, but it looks like the other gals are on it and they will not steer you wrong. I do hope you have a camera as you probably know we love visuals. :p Post often so we can follow our progress and cheer you on. Lenora & Choco "Sometimes I wonder. How did I get to be so old? Then I remember, Oh yeah, by the Grace of God."

Sometimes, the only right answer is silence...which in and of itself speaks a thousand words.
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 1/3/2009 1:41 AM
 
I'm from WA too but winter in Yuma AZ so in the winter I'm a Yuman. Lots of cool places to camp in WA. Where is home?
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Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away
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