Looking Forward to Full-Timing

Looking Forward to Full-Timing

by Steve
(Wisconsin)

At age 59 I am looking forward to collecting my SS when I am 62. Life is too short and you don't hear of too many people on their deathbeds saying, "gee, I wish I had spent more of my life at work".

I am as poor as poor can be, but if I retire and don't work, half of my SS will go toward supporting my home--rent, utilities, insurance. For less than half of that amount I can hit the road in a small travel trailer and go where I like.

It's just me and my life and needs are simple so I can go and do as I like. So I will spend the next few years preparing and the years between 62-65 to prepare and make the transition. No, I won't have the financial wherewithal to do the cushy senior citizen RVing experience, but I will enjoy the lifestyle of a voluntary homeless tumbleweed.

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Dec 15, 2011
to Steve
by: Tigerbgl

Hi, I just found your site. I am in the same frame of mind as you are. I found out about fulltime RV'ing and can't wait to do it. I also want to wait until the SS checks, and have been reading everything I can find and planning. Started my journey to becoming a minimalist a couple years ago and it is rewarding. I don't need a lot, there are libraries for reading and a laptop can take you anywhere. Hope to meet up some day with you and others enjoying life.

Nov 28, 2011
Do it now!
by: Anonymous

I agree that you should begin living full-time in your RV NOW. You can work in the campgrounds as a host or doing maintenance. There is a work camp magazine out that has hundreds of help wanted ads all over the country. We are not promised tomorrow and it would be a shame if you got sick and could not make your plans come true. I know-my husband passed away in June and did not fully get to enjoy the RV lifestyle we had come to love.

Nov 28, 2011
Just DO IT!
by: campers4lifex2

We are not promised tomorrow... Sir, if you can find a way...begin your RV journey before retirement. I pray for your dreams to be fulfilled. God Bless.

Nov 27, 2011
Homeless by Choice
by: Mary

My husband just turned 62 and will be receiving SS come January, however, we have been retired since he was 55 and homeless by choice for the past 3 years. Here are a few of the articles I wrote that may help you get started. It's not as expensive as you may think so you should get started soon so you don't miss anything :)

http://mary-sparr.suite101.com/articles

Nov 26, 2011
Full timing can be done on a shoestring budget.
by: Steve

I am fortunate and appreciative to be in good health so full timing is something I look forward to doing in retirement. I don't want to be an old man saying, "I wish I would have".

I know about the BLM lands and other free or low cost camping. I will take advantage of any opportunities available and enjoy my time on the road even with my meager income. I have a few years to plan and to get my ducks in a row to help things to go as well as possible. I'm not going to do this cold turkey, but work my way up to the time when I will make the break.

In the meantime I will study and learn from the experiences of others. I am also going to work on weeding out and disposing of all the "stuff" that we all seem to accumulate over the decades in anticipation of a more simple lifestyle on the road. Step by step, bit by bit I will get there.

Thanks for the encouragement and suggestions.

Nov 26, 2011
Fulltimer and loving it!
by: Valerie

You are going to love fulltime RV living. Your expenses are so few: gasoline, vehicle insurance and food. Thrift stores are great for warm blankets and kitchen stuff. The best thing I have purchased for my RV is a heated mattress pad. You can buy a converter so you can plug it into your cigarette lighter when you are not hooked up. It has gone down to 28 degrees here in Maryland and I have never been cold sleeping at night. Good luck to you and happy travels.

Nov 25, 2011
Ways to RV on the Cheap
by: CL Hendricks

There are ways to RV fairly inexpensively, especially out West. BLM land often has free (or almost free) long-term parking. You can sit for up to two weeks in any National Forest Campground.

Most of this is dry camping, so you'll have to find dump stations and places to fill with water, but it is definitely doable.

Enjoy it. I do miss full-time RVing and in the right circumstances I'd do it again in a heartbeat...and still may do it in the future.

Nov 25, 2011
Full Time
by: carl

And you have the Time of your life sir ....as new RV owners we are loving it and are thinking of the same ..I am a cancer survivor and learned Tomorrows are not promised ...I am on disability and am not a rich man either and like you my needs are few ..I could so see us doing the same as you...There are so many wonderful people out there doing the same ...Enjoy life

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