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 6/21/2007 4:45 PM
 
Hi ladies; I'm Kitty, (short for Catherine) a single mom in Ontario, Canada. My son is only 14 months and already a real trouper when it comes to tent camping. I would love nothing more than to sell what I have left, pick up a trailer. Nothing too fancy and jump on the road while Tristan is too young for school.
I own a V6 Dodge Caravan Sport, 2002. Have been self employed and rather motivated for most of my life. I've been looking into some products that may make it possible to be self sufficient while living on the road. Has anyone had much luck in this?
I don't have a lot of resources left so I must choose wisely. My husband left last year after wipping me out and forgot to mention where he was headed... not a big loss but I'm having problems finding work that fits the daycare schedule and have always wanted to travel the open road, see the land make new friends and earn a reasonable living ... if this is possible.
What can you tell me?? Also, I'm 33, have a Great Pyrenses named Bear (6 years), have worked in construction for 7 years and am a survivor and head strong. ~Kitty with warmth and a strong hand of friendship

~Kitty with warmth and a strong hand of friendship Tristan (son) & Bear Storing up my pennies & gumption to get on the road.
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 6/21/2007 6:50 PM
 
Welcome Kitty!
Wow, I'm impressed that you're thinking of pulling up stakes & hitting the road! If it all works, good for you!
I think the first thing I'd do is find out how much your Caravan can tow. That way you'll know if it's even feasible. Once that's done, start checking out your towing options, and depending on your weight restrictions, there could be quite a few. Another good website is RV.net. Lots of people there who know about towing & will give you more opinions than you probably want.
Glad you found us! Stay in touch & let us know what you're thinking.
Camping MY way with Jed, my new ever-faithful four-legged friend ...
Laura

Photobucket Traveling with Jed, my four-legged buddy
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 6/21/2007 11:18 PM
 
GO GIRL! Your life is ahead not in back of you. Your son will be much happier with a mom who is happy with herself and what she is doing...it rubs off. First thing I'd be doing is locating your deadbeat sperm donor. I don't know how Canada is but in the states we have several location tools on state and national levels. Get that bum in court and get some child support coming. You can direct deposit it and still live on the road. You shouldn't need an attorney. Go to your local public aide type office. They can help. Like I said, not sure how Canada's system works but I've become more familiar with ours than I ever cared to be. I came home from 'his' family Christmas party with three kids to find the house emptied, vehicles gone, insurance policies canceled, and bank accounts emptied. Best of luck to you. getting my ducks in a row

getting my ducks in a row
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 6/23/2007 4:10 PM
 
Thanks for the spunky hello's ... "the system' is working on finding him, since court is finished and I was awarded custody, child/spousal payments.
So long as we keep facing in the direction we're headed, I know we will all reach our destinations. And having a little added 'Girl Power" sure helps the forward momentum. ~Kitty with warmth and a strong hand of friendship

~Kitty with warmth and a strong hand of friendship Tristan (son) & Bear Storing up my pennies & gumption to get on the road.
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 6/23/2007 6:33 PM
 
Welcome Kitty,
It sounds like you have talents that would be welcome anywhere you could want to go. You should be able to do what you're dreaming - but it might take awhile to logistically find the right way for it to work for you.
I "retired" way before I could afford to - or was old enough - 2 + years ago now - and am loving traveling - but it's just me and my 2 dogs I'm responsible for. I don't have a child to also take care of - and the child care part might be harder on the road than it is in one location. That said - it doesn't make it impossible - just, as I said before - it needs to be thought out so it can work for 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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 6/23/2007 7:05 PM
 
Hi Kitty – welcome to the forum. Our son and daughter-in-law lived and traveled in a 5’r the first few years of their marriage till baby #2 came along. They traveled with her parents and her brother and his wife and their two little ones in their 5’rs – they were in heavy construction. I remember the girls saying one of their biggest challenges was health care issues for the children. However, with little clinics popping up all over now, maybe that would no longer be a challenge. Our daughter-in-law had her mother and sister-in-law for friendship, support, and babysitting. Will this be a challenge for you?
I’m sure you can make this lifestyle work for you; however, I would encourage you to research it thoroughly before investing your money in it only to find out the challenges make it a great deal less satisfying than what you would have hoped for.
Best wishes for you and your son as you sort out your options and opportunities for your future. Fancy I intend to live forever - so far so good. (Anon.)

Never take away anyone's hope; that may be all they have. (Anon)
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 6/25/2007 2:52 PM
 
Welcome Kitty! "If you can dream it, you can do it!!!" Having been a single Mom for most of my kids childhood, I found the most difficult thing on them was my absence from them! Traveling and setting yourself up independently is doable - you will have to find what works for you. Agree you need to research as much as you can about what is out there for income, and support before starting out but definitely believe it would work out for you and your son. Go for it! Marysdream Its all good!!!!!
2000 Rialta (little Sweetie)

Marysdream Its all good!!!!! 2000 Rialta (little Sweetie)
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 6/28/2007 9:31 AM
 
Welcome Kitty!
I do believe that with your attitude (and writing style!) you will be just fine. Day care is a challenge no matter where you are. It looks like you have the "spunk" to survive. If you get to the northeast states, give a holler and we'll get together!
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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 7/4/2007 1:53 AM
 
Hi Kitty, welcome to the forum.
One option that may be doable for you is after researching what type of camper you can afford and tow, buy it. Then you can live in it instead of paying rent or house payments. You can take long-term assignments in places that you want to visit. Stuff like that. I knew one young woman who would take off and go where she wanted and stayed as long as she liked the place. If she felt like skiing then she'd go there and stay, working and playing enjoying herself.
Anywhere you go childcare will be the biggest expense and hassle. Finding good childcare, hours available, etc.
Sounds like you have a great dream. I hope you can bring it together and be able to do it. Today is a gift, that's why it's called the present. http://www.macandchris.com

Today is a gift, that's why it's called the present. http://www.macandchris.com
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 7/4/2007 11:01 PM
 
Good evening Chris,
That was one of the ideas I had as well. Tristan is doing very well at the daycare he is in now. With his stability and happiness being the priority, I'm going to take it slow. Save some money, research and buy the right size/layout the first time (for our current needs).
I'm realizing it is likely that to tow a trailer, my tools and retail products, a larger vehicle is necessary. Although I have found a hitch place who specializes in difficult situations. More research. ;)
I'm still researching products I can sell at festival/fairs, conventions and possibly online. This is something I hope to start part time and build into a productive and freedom producing business. As much as I would like to be on the open road and heading for a camp ground, I also realize the need to be wary and well planned/prepared.
I look forward to learning from you all and being apart of new and wonderful friendships here. Thank you all for your input. I hope to be as helpful. ~Kitty with warmth and a strong hand of friendship Tristan (son) & Bear Storing up my pennies & gumption to get on the road.

~Kitty with warmth and a strong hand of friendship Tristan (son) & Bear Storing up my pennies & gumption to get on the road.
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