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 3/14/2008 11:52 AM
 
OK another question, how hard is it to adjust from a huge house to a tiny moho? I currently have a 5 br 3 bath home, and will be going down to a 8x32 ft moho. No slides, although we are talking about trading ours in for a newer one with slides...thoughts....... Home is where my hubby and my heart is!

Home is where my hubby and my heart is!
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 3/14/2008 1:56 PM
 
My DH and I downsized from a 2500 sq ft house to a 29ft class c MH. We haven't had any trouble adjusting. Lot less to keep clean and the whole outdoors to get alone time. Also, I stay up later and he tends to get up earlier so there's that time also. Definitely more compromsing to do. He doesn't watch TV as much as I do, but we have a small tv in the bedroom if it becomes an issue (rarely does). It does help if both are either neat freaks or laid back-a small rig can get messy looking quickly. Have not regretted our decision yet. carold
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 3/20/2008 9:50 AM
 
Some say to rent a RV before investing in one - especially if you are planning to sell the house. This allows you to experience the RV and it's space limitations before making the big commitment.
When RV shopping/viewing, take the time to lay on the beds, sit on the potty, fake a shower, fake preparing a meal, and see if watching TV from the various seating areas is comfortable. Rear kitchen models generally have more counter space.
The hardest thing you will have to deal with when selling the stick-n-brick is getting rid of your stuff.
Most folks who've traded up/in have gone for the slides for additional floor space and have been very pleased. Haven't seen too many negative comments.
Best wishes
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 3/20/2008 10:11 AM
 
We also have a three story home with 5 bedrooms & three bathrooms & formal dinning room- & family room & formal living room-------plus more------- We have a 36 or 37 ft 5th wheel that we use on week ends---& other travel now---but we are not full timers--------- I know I would not be able to give up a lot of my antiques we have had for years-----or many of my glass ware collections----- or quilt collections----etc.--etc------so when we are ready to travel more----we will keep a smaller place for home base----it won't be 5 bedrooms & 3 bathrooms any more-but I know I will have to have a home base----& a place to keep many things I'm not ready to part with! "I used to have a handle on life --- Then it broke."
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 3/20/2008 2:13 PM
 
First off Slides are a must and high ceilings.
We had a 4 bedroom 2 bath home in WA and we couldn't wait to ditch it for the motorhome and take off! Less up keep, no yard to mow, if the weather was horrible we were outta there! We actually sold the house before we retired! DH had to just remember which campground to go home to after he got off work. He did that for 2 yrs.
We moved into a 37 foot motorhome w/2 slides and was way overloaded ( being newbies you want to take it all!) We traded for a Alfa Seeya 40 ft motorhome. Mega living space 2 slides. Found out the basement storage area was less and we really pitched stuff. You really don't need much. I still pitch stuff out and now that I have a Winter base I have had my first yard sale so I don't have too much. I have learned being on the road 7 yrs in May that less is better.
I will note that the newer motorhomes are coming out with higher ceilings which is good so you do not feel you are living in a box. 5th wheels have always had higher ceilings because you go UP into the bedroom. Have at least 2 slides but remember the more slides you have the heavier the RV will be and the less storage area. Some of the newer one have 1 giant slide.
I have no regrets pitching the house but mostly because we owned the house it did not own us! It was easy for us to part with all the clutter.
Now we enjoy the million dollar views and not the million dollar price tag!
Being two very independant people who never shut up helped us to adapting to this new lifestyle. We also love to travel so it was always fun getting "Hitch Itch" and waiting to move on to the next great view.
In the Pickle Jar of Life Friends make a Dilly of a Difference Seeya down the road Seeya_Gal

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 3/22/2008 8:52 AM
 
Oh, I downsized more than most here - to a 22' Class C with one slide - 3 years fulltime now - and I LOVE it. I wouldn't have to have a slide, depending on the mh layout, but like it on this one. I wouldn't want to live in this small a space with another person, but mainly because of the size of the bed, and it being in a corner. But I bought this for me as a single and it's perfect.
It's really a matter or what will or won't work for you. Unfortunately, you'll get different answers from all of us. I saved stuff in a storage locker for close to 2 years - and if I did it over again - that stuff would have been gone immediately. I felt totally free when I got rid of it. However, again, that's going to be personal. I look at is as I can't take it with me ultimately, and if I can't use it on the road, then it's replaceable if I ever get off the road. Yes, even most of the family heirlooms, etc. They are things and I gave up my attachment to them.
Good luck to you. --------------------------- Once your reputation is ruined, you can live life quite freely :) (old German saying)
Bethers

--------------------------- Once your reputation is ruined, you can live life quite freely :) (old German saying) Bethers
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 3/22/2008 9:12 AM
 
My plan is to keep one(or two) of those plastic tubs at my sisters house. I'll keep some of my favorite knick knacks in it, just in case I decide this life style isn't for me and I go back to a stationary home. I think I'd be happy to have some of my stuff back if that happened. I'm going to get rid of everything else - it's working out well 'cause my sister is moving to a larger home and wants my furniture for the rec room (does anyone call them rec rooms anymore ?!) Knowing I'll have some of my favorite things at my sisters makes this whole change easier on me - I may let them go in a couple of years but for now I need a little safety net. Good luck Be the kind of person your dog thinks you are. Trudy, Molly and Murphy

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 3/22/2008 1:10 PM
 
We still have our sticks and bricks home, but we LOVE getting off in the RV for months at a time. It is so neat to have NO yard work to do... housework is done in such a short time... No worries, be happy!! :)
Even in our large home...No matter where I want to be... DH and girls (pups) are standing there! Ha!!
DH and I get along well... neither one of us has to be BOSS and run things, so we travel well and enjoy each other.. Believe me in small spaces, this is IMPORTANT!!!
We do like our slides as we appreciate the room.
Enjoy the day!
Joella

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