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 7/13/2007 9:16 AM
Hi all. I've so enjoyed lurking and reading all about you guys that I just had to join! I too am a widow, age 54. DH died very unexpectedly 1 1/2 years ago. We had been married 33 years, having met him at age 17. It was shocking to suddenly be ALONE which I have never been. I still have a 21 year old daughter who has taken her dad's death very hard and needs a lot of support from me.
DH and I owned a 32' Sunline travel trailer, after having a 23' Lazy Daze class C. I loved the Lazy Daze but with two not small people and 2 large dogs there was simply no room. So we sold that and bought the TT which DH really loved and I was ok with. Then he died and I was left with this gigantic trailer which I just knew I could not handle on my own. So last winter I sold it and am now RV-less, but I hope not for long.
I am very close to buying a class B - a Roadtrek 210 Popular. It will be just me and my one dog (my son and his wife took DH's dog). The van also has enough room for my daughter to come along whenever she can, but that won't be often - she is in college studying for physical therapy and doesn't have very much free time.
I'm also in the process of retiring from the practice of law. Yup, I'm a lawyer and this year I have been practicing for **30 years**! Yikes! I don't feel old enough to have been a lawyer that long! Anyway, I've had enough and am in negotiations to sell my practice. I want to be done by the end of the year. Then, subject to what my daughter needs from me in the way of support, I want to start doing some travelling.
Well, this has gone on way too long, but you guys are so easy to talk to! I hope to make lots of new friends here and have buddies to meet up with on my travels.
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 7/13/2007 9:22 AM
Sorry to hear about the loss of your husband. But as we have all said many times, each day will be a little easier. The void will begin to fill and you will move forward in your time schedule.
Getting an RV and getting out there on the road will sure help. Life flies by in a hurry, so jump in there and enjoy every moment.
If you get to the Florida area, yell out.

Nan 2003 Forest River Lexington 23 feet

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 7/13/2007 11:47 AM
Well, welcome!
I find it just amazing that so many women find this website. Makes you wonder how many more are out there, looking for the kind of support that can be found here.
Leslie, it sounds like you've had a busy past couple of years, with some BIG changes still ahead. Hang onto your hat & come visit here with everyone whenever you can. You'd be amazed at the wealth of opinions ;p and support you'll find here.
Regarding a new RV -- it sounds like you know what you want. Now you've just got to find it! Enjoy the search! This is a great place to see what others' experiences have been with all sorts of rigs. Liz has a Class B, and she just got done with a cross-country trip in it with a friend & dog.
Again, welcome! Glad you're here! Camping MY way with Jed, my new ever-faithful four-legged friend ...

Photobucket Traveling with Jed, my four-legged buddy
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 7/13/2007 1:13 PM
Welcome! Ditto all that's been said.
I have a small Class C. Many times people have told me they couldn't live in something this small. I fulltime and am fine. I have looked at the RoadTrek's and many Class B's and love them - but I must admit, I don't think I could fulltime in one - there isn't much difference in size - but I have more storage - and a larger fridge :) - I can go a long time without shopping.
BUT - that is entirely personal choice - and I commend you whatever size will work for YOU - and you're the only one it has to work for :)
Please, join in our discussions - become a regular part of our family - and I hope to see you on the road one day soon! Smiling is contagious - try it!

--------------------------- Once your reputation is ruined, you can live life quite freely :) (old German saying) Bethers
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 7/13/2007 1:34 PM
Leslie I wanted to extend a big Howdy to you!! SO happy you found our Forum and posted! You have come to a good place...and we are delighted to have you join us..
We have several who have the Class B RV's...DH and I now have a trailer, but in the past..we've had motorhomes, both A & C, a 5th wheel and trailers.
If I were traveling alone, a motorhome would be my RV of choice. I have NEVER felt unsafe in our RV's, but it just seems to me if you don't like where you are, or feel uncomfortable about your surroundings for some reason, you can make a far easier "get away".
When you stop for the night, park and relax. You don't HAVE to get out and hook up to anything. You are secure in your home away from home.
Good luck on selling your law practice. I hope it all jells for you by the end of the year as you'd like it to!!
No apology needed for the long intro letter. We enjoyed finding out more about you and your family!
Keep the postings coming! Again...happy to have you on board!! :)

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 7/13/2007 3:51 PM
I agree about the space of a C - I really loved the Lazy Daze. But I know I will not be fulltiming, hope to do some longer trips though, I think the B will be best for me. I'm going to order through RVDirect - they have the best price and Albany NY is not so far from Boston. Leslie
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 7/13/2007 10:32 PM
Welcome Leslie,
I too am a widow since 2003; I'm sorry to hear of your sudden loss of DH.
I have a Roadtrek 170, the smallest there is, and I love it. I call myself a "most-of-the-timer," but I could full time in it. It's just a matter of figuring out what you really need...and especially what you don't need. It's perfect for just me and my dog, but when it's time to trade, I'll probably move up to a 190 so I can keep 2 twin beds made up in the back. Traveling with my sister-in-law and her dog this summer became a "little" crowded, but the most inconvenient thing was having to make up the passenger seats into 2nd bed every night.
I'm planning another trip to New England in September, just me and Roe (dog). My sister lives in Bridgewater, MA, and my brother has a camp in Pike, NH, so I'll be visiting with them and may travel up the coast of Maine if I have time.
I see from your profile that you like sailing. I used to have a 24 ft. Hunter that I sailed on a lake and in the FL Keys. Do you have a sailboat?
Best wishes on your upcoming planned retirement. I retired last year after 30 + years of teaching and am not looking back. See you down the road, Liz and Roe (dog) '99 Roadtrek 170
"Life in the presence of God is a life to be enjoyed every moment of every day."

See you down the road, Liz and Roe (dog) '99 Roadtrek 170 "Life in the presence of God is a life to be enjoyed every moment of every day."
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 7/14/2007 9:36 AM
Hi Liz. Thank you for the warm welcome. I would love to meet up with you during your visit to New England - want to try?
I no longer have a sailboat other than a sunfish. I had a 22' Catalina that was wonderful. I used it on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. I still have a vacation place up there with a power boat that I am not afraid to use. This is because during all the years the kids were growing up, DH often did not want to go out to drive the boat so the kids could go tubing. So I did. I got hours and hours of experience that today, I am so thankful for. If I did not have that comfort level, I doubt I'd be keeping the boat today and that would be a shame.
It is so, so important for women to be able to do ALL the tasks just in case they HAVE TO. I know we all already know this.
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 7/14/2007 9:37 AM
Leslie: Welcome! I'm glad you found us. As you are in the northeast and will be coming to Albany to pick up your camper, think about a side trip. I'm only two hours north of Albany. Come for a visit!
Liz: When you do the northeast trip,... remember the welcome mat is out for you, too.
And,.... the same to everyone else..........
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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 7/14/2007 12:18 PM
OOOOH Cedar, I would *love* a side trip!! I will definitely keep that in mind when I have a definite date! I haven't ordered it yet, but I will be soon.
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