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 9/2/2007 2:27 PM
Hi, my name is Carol and my husband passed away unexpectantly a few months ago. I will be turning 50 this year (having a GREAT year aren't I). I am considering selling everything next spring and going FT to RV living. I would be interested in knowing the following from other FT solo women:
What type of RV do you have? How do you manage all the maintenance? (That's what intimidates me the most) Does anyone Workamp? How successful have you been at getting jobs?
Thanks for any info. anyone might want to share.
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 9/2/2007 2:38 PM
Hi, Carol68!
Welcome to the group!
I'm not full time - YET - but I am solo and have owned a 22 ft Lazy Daze (ClassC) and now own a Roadtrek 170 Popular (ClassB). . . just made an offer on a small condo at my favorite ski area since I will need a WARM place to stay for ski seasons - and will spend the rest of the year on the road. I am hoping to get my foot in the door with the Workamp thing. . . have decades of experience as an Interpreter with NPS and USDA FS. . . so I'm hoping I can land some kind of "Lady Ranger" gig. It will be nice to hear what some of our esteemed FT Workamping gals have to say.
So sorry for your recent loss. I hope the upcoming months bring you peace.
Keep the MAGIC alive!
eKat This message was edited by eKat on 9-2-07 @ 2:30 PM
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 9/2/2007 5:57 PM
welcome to the forum I'm a fulltimer, but not on the road yet, I'm parked in a retirement resort and its been a quiet summer as most of them are gone from this heat. They are slowly starting to come back but don't really expect to notice any majority for a couple months yet. I have a 29ft cameo fifth wheel. (carrielite) I've always been pretty much a diy but the maintenance with a fifth wheel is just a tad different than a stick house. It hasn't stopped me, just slowed me down to figure out the "fix" on something. I've done well with the help of these great folks on the forums. I learn lessons sometimes the hardway and other times just out of necessity. I'm looking forward to hitting the road hopefully next summer. By then I should have a truck to pull this thing with. It is just me and the two dogs. Both are italian greyhounds. Come by often, and get some tips. Somewhere out there is an rv just waiting for you. There are several ladies here that do the workamp thing. I'm sure they will show up sooner or later as its a holiday weekend and they are probably working. I'm sorry for your loss and hope all is going well for you in your adjustment to being a widow. Ava, Bandit and Gracie from the desert of arizona, where the wind blows and the tumbleweeds roll

Ava from the desert of Arizona, where the wind blows and the tumbleweeds roll
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 9/2/2007 6:15 PM
Hi Carol68 - sorry for your loss. I'm going to be 50 next year too and am planning on selling everything, buying a RV and hitting the road. I too am very freaked out by the "maintenance thing" I suppose that I'll either learn on my own, ask for help, or take it to a repair shop. Everybody here says other RV'ers are great help and all you have to do is ask for help. I'm not real good at asking for help but I bet I'll learn to do so !!! If you're anywhere close to Iowa we could get together and freak out about fulltiming !!!! Good luck - keep us posted !!! :)

Trudy, Molly & Murphy "be the kind of person your dog thinks you are"
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 9/2/2007 7:49 PM
Welcome Carol! Five years ago I too lost my husband with no warning whatsoever. I never thought I'd actually feel joy again, but it does come. I have an old Class A in which I live and travel. I have been Workamping for the last 4 months, with 2 more months to go. I lived with no costs at all, full hookup, sewer, water, electric and Propane. Restaurant meals were 50% off, with unlimited, salads, soups, and desserts thrown in free. All hours worked were paid for. I do have Social Security, all of which I banked. I am 69 years old, and have no intentions of giving up this lifestyle anytime soon. I'm in negotations for a job in Florida right now. I decided to work because I'm going to change over from the Class A to a truck and TT or 5th wheel and need to build up my noney buffer again. I depend heavily on Good Sams Emergency Roadside Service. Well worth the money. That and a cell phone are must haves for a woman traveling alone. I love living like this - I've seen some beautiful places and met some wonderful people.

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 9/2/2007 9:22 PM
Thanks to those of you who answered my post, and for your condolences. I'm taking life day by day, which for a obsessive planner is a very new experience! I'm located in PA. You are all making me feel very welcome and very encouraged about making such a big change.
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 9/2/2007 9:23 PM
I've heard there are RV maintenance classes "out there". I'd love to take one of those if I do this thing. Also, a driving class!
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 9/2/2007 9:36 PM
Hi Carol, I know the pain you are having. My husband died suddenly, too, 5 months ago. I don't full-time, but I have learned to keep up this lifestyle alone. The girls on this forum have been my safety net and when you are feeling particularly sad, pull up this site and read a few postings. You will feel much better and learn a lot, too. There are probably as many different types of RVs as there are gals here. As for maintenance - there are many, many men out there who don't know one end of a screwdriver from the other, too, you know. An emergency service is almost a necessity. And a repair can be needed 5 miles from home just as easily as 500. You would do the same thing - find a repair shop. My advice would be to do things slowly. Try it out. Experience it. Do what's best for YOU and only YOU. And come here with your questions. There will almost always be a sister who can answer them. Don't hesitate to ask for help from other campers. They are eager to help, too. I'll leave the work camper information up to those who are actually doing it. At 50 you are just a kid! With a whole lot of experiences ahead! Enjoy!

Evie and fur people, Spike & Pia

Evie driving Flitter, 26' Itasca Spirit with furry co-pilot, Elsa
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 9/2/2007 10:08 PM
I am SO sorry to hear of the loss of your husband.
Do want to extend a hearty welcome to our Forum, and surely am happy you chose to post..
I sent you a Personal Message with websites of Workkamping information..
I am not a FT... nor do I any longer Workkamp..I used to, and I feel there are jobs out there for you..
I don't know if you've experienced RVing..or if you are familiar with the different units.. If not...I'd do some visiting of RV Dealers and check out what is available, to find out which one catches hour fancy.
Good luck in pursuing your dream...Keep coming back, posting and asking specific questions..ALL are happy to help!

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 9/3/2007 12:57 AM
Hi Carole,
It's nice to meet you :) I am sorry for the loss of your husband, but glad you are looking to your future in hope. I am excited for you in considering this lifestyle.
I bought a class B Motorhome because I didn't want to tow anything or drive anything big. I like being self contained. Although, it is considered small for a lot of people, it has everything I need. I am basically only in it to drive and sleep. I love being outdoors whenever I can when I'm not working.
When I need maintenance, I will take it to my dealer or another nearby service center depending on where I am.
As far as workamping, the other ladies here will be able to shed some light for you. I know Bethers has done it for a couple of years now.
Where in PA are you from? I am in Womelsdorf and will be here for another year yet.
The Escapees RV Club has terrific classes available to teach you all things RV. Also, if you purchase your RV from a dealership, they should do a walk-thru with you and explain all the systems very thoroughly. Take good notes and go home and read your manuals. You'll do just fine with practice.
Good Luck with your decision-making and have fun with it!
Love, Sharon
2007 RoadTrek SS-Agile

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