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 9/4/2007 9:58 PM
 
Hi! My name is Vickie...(Key). I feel so lucky to have found this forum! I have spent a good deal of this afternoon reading what everyone has shared here. I would love to know what some of you who have been out there for awhile would say the bare minimum it would cost per month to be able to live this lifestyle. I have always loved traveling, camping, fishing, meeting new people and most of all being close to nature. Any insight to the financial aspects would greatly be appreciated. Thank you, Key
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 9/4/2007 11:25 PM
 
Welcome, Vickie!!! Glad you are enjoying the read here...As you can tell, we're just your everyday ladies who have found life on the road the way to go.....
To answer your question....well, I'm sure it will vary, but personally Ernie (my hubby and best friend for over 30 years) and I are both "early" retirees in our mid-50s....I get a VA Comp. for being 40% disabled, Ernie retired from the Army after 24 years and retired again from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania after 12 years....we sold the stick house in 2000 and rented until 2004 when Ernie was advised to retire because of a war wound that needed surgery and lots of rest.....so we called the kids to come "get their inheritance" kept a few things for ourselves, and pitched the rest...bought a small hybrid camper and hit the road on approx. $1800/mo.....that was 3 years ago....we ungraded to a 5th wheel this year...but this is what we've planned to do for the last 10 years....so saving and planning are the secrets to this life style for us.....Ernie does work for a lawn care service in the summer when we are at our homebase campground...AND having no BIG BILLS is a must.....we have only 2...truck payment and camper payment....rest is just everyday stuff....cell phone, satellite,groceries and gas.....we also stay at one place for a month or 2....so saving on the gas money....
I could ramble on more, but I've already wrote a book...lol....and others will give more info....mainly, just decide to do it and it will happen...
Lori '07 Dodge 5th Wheel '05 Ford F-150

;07 Dodge 5th Wheel '08 Toyota Tundra
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 9/5/2007 12:40 AM
 
Hi, Key!
Kath here. . . a couple years ago I followed a guy's website about his full timing lifestyle and he was specific about his expendatures. . . even listed them out . . . right down to the quarters it took to wash his rig and his clothes and he was living well on $21K a year. That did NOT include the cost of purchasing his rig (5th wheel and truck) that he paid cash for and had no payments on.
And he HAD A LIFE!
It wasn't like he hibernated out in the boonies.
He did all kinds of cultural things; museums, plays, concerts, nice dinners out. . . plus he had CLEAN CLOTHES!
:-)
Considering inflation I bet it would be more like $30K today. . . but. . . heck, that's still not too bad.
For the life of me all I can remember is that the guy's first name was Bob (he and 8.2 million other guys in the U.S., eh?). . . his site was delightful, insightful and HILARIOUS. I don't have it bookmarked anymore - due to runnin' a new MAC.
Something tells me the galz around here could give you some cold hard figures, though, since so many of them are at it, well, FULL TIME!
:-)
GOOD LUCK!
Keep the MAGIC alive!
eKat
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 9/5/2007 2:50 AM
 
Hi Vickie,
It's nice to meet you!
There is a lengthy thread on this topic over at the escapees forum and a wealth of information including blow by blow expenses and links to others. 2007 RoadTrek SS-Agile
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 9/5/2007 7:41 AM
 
Hi ! My plan is to live on 24k a year. The 1st year i'm taking it all from my savings, the following years i'm planning on taking half from savings and earn the rest. Not sure where i'll work but after a year of looking around the country i hope to know what area of the country i'd like to spend the different seasons. (did that make sense ?) Things i've seen on line vary greatly, mostly they say you'll live on what you have. Not alot of help !!! Molly and me wanna be free !

Trudy, Molly & Murphy "be the kind of person your dog thinks you are"
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 9/5/2007 10:30 AM
 
Thank you all so much for taking the time to reply. I knew the cost would vary of course but wow they don't seem prohibitive. :) I am going to start looking at various campers and roadtreks. I am 53 years old. My kids are raised with families of their own. I have been in a relationship with someone for 18 years and it looks at this point and time like we aren't going to do the distance if you know what I mean. I am a Licensed Practical Nurse so I should be able to find work almost anywhere I go. Just thinking about this kind of makes me feel a little light headed ...lol..I think its a combination of excitement and fear. I will continue to read the forums and everything else I can find on this type of lifestyle. Again, I thank all of you for sharing. Have a Great day. Key
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 9/5/2007 11:47 AM
 
Key. . . I just bought a Roadtrek and it is FULLY amazing! Just spent the last 2 days in it setting up a bunch of stuff and there is WAY more room in that puppy than meets the eye.
Seems my lot in life is to find ways to cram 10 pounds of potatoes into 5 pound sacks. . . and I'm getting really good at it!
:-)
We used to live in 420 square feet - for 12 years - and that counted the storage space under the stairs to the loft. . . I got REALLY good at packing small spaces. . . and it's paying off in this Roadtrek.
I LOVE IT!
Have fun shopping. . . they are delightful LittleBigRigs (which is what I'm thinking I might call her!)
:-)
Keep the magic alive!
eKat
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 9/5/2007 12:04 PM
 
Key.....this might help in your research....(and I have 3 LPNs in my family...they have all researched this.One moved to Utah via this program.) I believe it is an ad in the "Nursing" magazine where you can become a traveling nurse....met some while in Florida 2 years back....they contract for 2-3 months at hospitals, travel in their RVs and stay at local RV parks/campgrounds....then they move on to another part of the country.....some are going "solo"....some have their DHs with them.....and making good $$$$ to boot....just a thought you could look into....
Lori '07 Dodge 5th Wheel '05 Ford F-150

;07 Dodge 5th Wheel '08 Toyota Tundra
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 9/5/2007 10:15 PM
 
Lori beat me to the recommendation. I too have known several travelers who work in the nursing profession. The shortest is about 13 week assignments. Usually if you like it you can stay on longer or move on to another assignment. It's great because you can pick a place you'd like to visit, ask for an assignment in that area and away you go. 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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 9/5/2007 11:44 PM
 
Key, I'm living fulltime - on less than anyone above has said - less than 20k/year - and I'm having a ball - and if I want to do something I do. The key to me is not spending a fortune on campsites. This summer and last summer I workcamped - but I don't scrimp on my food or sightseeing - if I want to do it I do.
It doesn't have to take a fortune - if you plan. Right now the biggest expenditure for me would be gas - so I plan to not go across country twice in a year (which I did my first year out). No need to do that :)
Editted to add - I'm living on less than 20K - which means I'm not having to use my savings :) and this year I'm able to use the money from workcamping to pay to get myself new hearing aids. Probably could go another year or so on these - but is something I want to do - and this winter will do.
Smiling is contagious - try it!
Bethers This message was edited by Bethers on 9-5-07 @ 10:57 PM

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