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 4/9/2008 5:58 PM
 
Hi there,
I've just found this forum today after doing some homework on RVing. My husband and I are considering full-time RV living and/or campground ownership. Then I happened on this forum and just loved reading all of your posts. This seems like a very kind and loving group of ladies (fun and smart too!)so, I'd love to get to know you!
Currently, we own our home, an investment rental and a health club. Under current thinking, we need to sell all of these in order to make rving work for us. However, I am all in favor of trying to keep our house and rent it out. At least for a little while.
We have done very well, compared to many, with keeping clutter to a minimum, but I have already begun the decluttering process.
Any gardeners out there? How do you get your green thumb fix?
Enough about me for now. I look forward to knowing you.
Kimberly :)

Kim Wife to Randy, Mom to Elizabeth (20) and Megan (17)
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 4/9/2008 7:01 PM
 
Welcome ! I'm glad you found us. I just love the ladies here and have learned so much ! I didn't know a thing about RV'ing and was welcomed with open arms. Happy to meet you and looking forward to "talking" :D Be the kind of person your dog thinks you are. Trudy, Molly and Murphy

Trudy, Molly & Murphy "be the kind of person your dog thinks you are"
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 4/9/2008 8:36 PM
 
Hi, Kimberly, Thanks for stoppin' in. Do you already own an RV? We will want all the details, you know?! ;) Best wishes on getting everything lined up to live your dream. Lenora and Choco "I wanna RV, too"! Anyone have cheese to go with my whine?

Sometimes, the only right answer is silence...which in and of itself speaks a thousand words.
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 4/9/2008 9:51 PM
 
Hi There Kimberly - Welcome! You have found some super friends! Wow! What choices: big difference between full-timing and owning a campground! Tell us about your dreams. Might be a good idea to talk to some CG owners about the pros and cons. Ditto the full time route. Exciting times ahead for you.
Evie and fur people, Spike & Pia

Evie driving Flitter, 26' Itasca Spirit with furry co-pilot, Elsa
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 4/9/2008 10:17 PM
 
If you want to open a CG I'd bet you could get some great ideas from the ladies on the forum !! I'd like one with a fenced in area for dogs to run (with owner supervision of course) and maybe a place to give your dog a bath. OOHH a visting dog groomer, could be there one day a week or something like that. Oh wait, you didn't ask for suggestions :D Be the kind of person your dog thinks you are. Trudy, Molly and Murphy

Trudy, Molly & Murphy "be the kind of person your dog thinks you are"
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 4/9/2008 10:35 PM
 
Hi and Welcome Kimberly, I sold my home and a condo and bought this 1997 Class C Cash. I retired from my job at the bank as soon as I hit 62. I will never miss work. The first Christmas I was in my new location, which is a RV and Mobile Home Park with ducks walking all over the place, I got oval planters from Walmart and planted Red Ruffles Azaleas. I got huge Ficus tree back from my daughter, she had kllled it, and recuperated it back to its beautiful stature. Then over the summer my azaleas didn't do too well. Two planters died off. I replaced them with Knockout Roses. My sister planted these, they are hedge like Roses with fragrance and everblooming flowers. Now I have 2 containers of Roses and 2 containers of azaleas. I bought a Sweet Olive Tree and potted that. I have never lived anywhere that I didn't plant a Sweet Olive. Then I just fell in love with the Christmas Camellia. I have a plumbago also. These are my favorite plants and they are all in containers. What are your favorites? I am located in Louisiana so the weather here is already in the 80's. The whole Park I am in is covered with hundred years old Oak trees. I hate sun. The ladies here will answer and help you with almost everything, even friendship. Welcome Again. olive

OB44
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 4/9/2008 11:32 PM
 
Welcome Kimberly, First, have you ever RV'd with your husband? If you go fulltime you will be together 24/7 practically. I adored my DH, but even we had to make an agreement that when we were doing our setting up chores that we would not talk to each other. This after one evening when we were tired, and MAYBE I was nagging and he said he felt his hands curling to fit round my neck. Now I actually nag the dog, but as long as I'm talking to him he's happy. As far as plants go, at the moment (I fulltime so can't plant outdoors) I have a Rabbits Foot fern, an Aloe Vera plant, an African Violet and a pot filled with African Violet starters. As for owning a campground. Visit and stay in lots before you make up your mind. Make a list of what you like and don't like. Remember too you will be tied down and not able to travel, unless you get one that is seasonal. Most campgrounds I have seen the owners stay in a house on the property, not in an RV.

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 4/9/2008 11:52 PM
 
If you have not had any experience in camp ground ownership----------TALK TO SOME ONE WHO HAS OWNED ONE FOR SEVERAL YEARS & DOESN'T HAVE THEIRS FOR SALE THAT THEY WANT TO SELL TO YOU!!!!!!!!!! :)
Several years we owned a Mom & Pop Motel & gift shop & a RV camp & partnership in the restaurant next door!!!! There would never ever ever ever be enough money in this world to get me to do that again!!!!!!!!!!!!
We talked to many who had owned this type of business before we bought & all the trouble they told me about owning & the trouble with employees- & guests-----etc/etc/etc-------I THOUGHT WOULD NOT APPLY TO ME!!!! Let me tell you it DID apply!!!!!!! OH DID IT APPLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I have never worked so hard in my life & 24 hours a day 7 days a week 365 days a year!!!!!!!!
When people tell me when we retire we would like to own that type of business-------I refrain from laughing hysterically--------because I know they have NOT HAD ANY EXPERIENCE & have no clue----- or that is NOT a business you choose when you get older--------it is something you do when you are younger & can go with out any sleep & with out eating & go 24 hours a day!
If you want to own a camp ground---------try working a camp ground first & all aspects of that camp ground & any other business that goes with it!!!!!!!!! Talk to people who have owned one for MANY YEARS & HAVE EXPERIENCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Believe me you won't be sorry!!!!!!!!! :) This message was edited by Oliveoil on 4-9-08 @ 10:53 PM
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 4/9/2008 11:57 PM
 
But OO, how do you really feel ? ;) Be the kind of person your dog thinks you are. Trudy, Molly and Murphy

Trudy, Molly & Murphy "be the kind of person your dog thinks you are"
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 4/10/2008 12:03 AM
 
Well Trudy---------NO ONE HAS TO GUESS WHAT I THINK!!!! :)
I still have nightmares!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This message was edited by Oliveoil on 4-9-08 @ 11:03 PM
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