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 3/24/2007 2:01 AM
 
Hi Cedar,
Thanks for the vote of support. Your right about all different plans it's so mind bending. In Sacramento they are having an RV show so I will walk my little bunnies off tomorrow.
My friend in Tahoe said just learn to say no thank you I'm just looking.....guess he knows me all to well. I seem to just go for it......one two many times...LOLOL
Anyway, thanks to all and will keep you posted. Life is an adventure for it changes daily!
Judy - Sacramento, CA

Life is an adventure for it changes daily! Judy - Sacramento, CA
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 3/24/2007 2:06 AM
 
Hi Cape Gal,
Hehe, hehe, manless and it feels good for once! Well a woman has to do what a woman has to do is my motto. It has never bothered me traveling alone. I've done it most of my life inbetween husbands...that's another story....LOLOL
So hitting the road is no different really. I like my own company but have to trouble talking to people.
Can't wait to get a dog and a cat just before I head out in a few years.
Thanks again for the support.
Take care Life is an adventure for it changes daily!
Judy - Sacramento, CA

Life is an adventure for it changes daily! Judy - Sacramento, CA
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 3/24/2007 6:06 PM
 
Hello to all singles and loving it. I am glad to know there are so many of you and all ages. I have a Winnabago Rialta 2000 and getting ready in a month to embark on a 1600 mi trip one way. Oh yea, can't wait. Just wondering.....to those that have rented their house while traveling....how do you get the rent check and take care of incidentals while you are on the road. Thanks, Winnie & Minnie Thx, W&M

Thx, W&M
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 3/25/2007 10:40 PM
 
Hi Winnie,
A property management company can take care of everything. Collecting the rent, depositing to your bank account, the repairs etc. Just look for a big organization that's been in the bus for years.
Hope this helps. Life is an adventure for it changes daily!
Judy - Sacramento, CA

Life is an adventure for it changes daily! Judy - Sacramento, CA
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 3/25/2007 10:49 PM
 
Hi All,
Well spent all day at the RV Show in Sac. TT's...mmmm not for me. The C's felt crampt for full time....Now the A's have something that I like. The 32' Fleetwood was nice and would do just fine. But the Cost, ouch.
Would have to definately do used. Now comes reality. At age 70 I will only have about $2200 per month and with the gas I don't think I could afford to drive it very long distances. Plus insurance etc. Plus payments as well.
What are other single ladies doing to curb the cost as a full timer?
Thanks Life is an adventure for it changes daily!
Judy - Sacramento, CA

Life is an adventure for it changes daily! Judy - Sacramento, CA
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 3/25/2007 11:13 PM
 
...What are other single ladies doing to curb the cost as a full timer?
1) One-yr old 23-ft C (I've also heard it called a B+). People have told me I'll surely want something bigger but this is perfect for me. 2) Workamping for free site and hookups as well as some pay and even breakfast. 3) Buying gas ANYWHERE except California (I was going to type another popular name for California but thought better of it) 4) While travelling, staying at free and low-cost campgrounds as well as Flying J, Cracker Barrel, Walmart, etc. 5) Finding out that Walmart has decent clothes, especially $6.50 t-shirts and even black pants for work. Finding out that Walmart has just about everything.
And so forth. And I'm just starting out (three months now). "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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 3/26/2007 1:43 AM
 
I'm amongst the babies of the bunch around here.
I'm 47 (48 in August). I sold my house in Chicago last summer, bought Homer (my 2006 Sunseeker Class C, 32 ft) as a birthday present for myself last August, hit the road in mid-October '06 working as a remote employee for my job. Quit said job right before Christmas and haven't worked for the last 3.5 months. My COBRA insurance ends in 8 days. I am living off the proceeds from the sale of my house and what monies I had in savings. (enough but by NO means wealthy).
Currently my recurring expenses are as follows:
Homer pmt Monthly park rental Health Insurance Cell phone & wireless aircard Storage unit
I have no permanent debt other than the balance on Homer. My 99' Durango (Gladys) is paid off. Insurance on Homer is paid up thru Sept '07 and Gladys thru June '07.
My biggest other expense is the monthly payment here at the RV park outside of Houston. I have been here since Christmas Eve. Before that, I was parked in my sister's driveway in Atlanta for 6 weeks, a week in an RV park in Nashville before that and a week at a Salvation Army camp in middle Missouri before that.
I am not doing a lot of driving of Homer, although that will change in a couple of weeks when I head back to Nashville for a few weeks and then off on a road trip to the western states.
My expenses are about $2000/month. I eat 90% of my meals in Homer, and when I do eat out, it's typically a fast food joint. I do VERY little shopping, except to purchase food and the various and sundry items that I didn't know I'd need when I started out on this journey, like a small fan, step cover, step stool, dust buster, etc.
I will have to eventually decide how to bring some money in, but for right now, I had planned to go about 6 months before I went back to work again in some capacity. Jolinda - '59 Model Ki - '02 shepherd/collie mix Gladys - '99 Dodge Durango 4WD Homer - '06 Sunseeker 3100SS

Jolinda - '59 Model Ki - '02 shepherd/collie mix Gladys - '99 Dodge Durango 4WD Homer - '06 Sunseeker 3100SS
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 3/26/2007 7:56 AM
 
I've been keeping a budget and will be posting it on the 5th of April. That will be a full month of traveling. That will include, gas, lodging, Internet, groceries. Frankly, my costs are more than I thought they would be. It will be interesting to see suggestions for cutting back. I'm in the same age bracket as you, Judy, but will supplement my (lower) income with Workamping six months of the year. I will be doing Reservations and the Front Desk at a Lodge in AZ from May to November. Some people opt to work a few hours a week for their site, but this year at least I'm doing it in a block of time.

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 3/26/2007 8:07 PM
 
Thanks to all for the budget info it really gives me an idea that other people doing this fulltime are not as wealthy.....or should I say "poor". LOLOL
There are allot of stories out there why we women end up broke and by ourselves at this age. Mine due to bad judgment in picking the wrong men and believing them....what a joke that is. But the joke is on me because I did several times...I just laugh at myself and not on time-out....for the rest of my life...LOL
Now I will have to decide what to buy on a beer budget.
Thanks again ladies will keep you posted. Life is an adventure for it changes daily!
Judy - Sacramento, CA

Life is an adventure for it changes daily! Judy - Sacramento, CA
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 3/26/2007 9:56 PM
 
Judy, I'm one of the babies of the group. Left my job almost 2 years ago to do this on a shoe string budget. I'm fulltiming and keeping to $1500/mo. $2000/month would be pure luxury for me :). I'll turn 55 this year and all the "insurances" are the biggest part of the steady amounts I have to pay. I feel totally broke right now as I just paid my vehicle insurance for a year - but now I won't have that each month - so it averages out. I also had some hefty repair and maintenance costs this winter - but they all came out of my $1500/mo budget.
I put 10-15,000 miles on the rv each year. And I workamp for a portion of each year - in an area I want to visit. I could never have kept my budget last summer in New England without workamping. I only needed to work 2 days/week and that covered my site - at a cg centrally located for me to see Maine, NH, VT, etc - on my 5 days off, I'd sometimes take the rv to do the travelling - and I'd look for Passport Parks and I also boondock a lot (I like boondocking on government lands - where there isn't the crowds).
I didn't scrimp on where I went sightseeing - but I rarely ate out - did my own cooking and that can save a ton. Gas is one of, if not the, biggest expenditures - but I travel about the same # of miles whether I rush day to day - or take my time and see everything. And you could probably manage on less than my 10-15K miles/year.
Some people say they couldn't do this on less than $3,000/month and even more - but it's really all about what you need and how you want to do it.
Good luck to you! Smiling is contagious - try it!
Bethers

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