Sleepless in New Jersey

Sleepless in New Jersey

by Greg
(New Jersey)

Margie & Greg

Margie & Greg

We have read all the stories on this site and use them for motivation. Fortunately we were able to acquire a beautiful Holiday Rambler Motorhome with only 37,000 miles on it several years ago, for a modest price. Our hopes were to travel this beautiful country and see all the places we dreamed of. Unfortunately my Wife was out of work for some time and has been able to only work part time this year do to some medical issues, as a result, we have been falling further and further behind on our bills and with the added interest charges have made the stresses of worrying how to make the next month bills overwhelming.

My Wife and I have decided, before we lose our house we worked so hard to get, that we would sell our belongings and move into our Motorhome fulltime. Our only obstacle at this point is to get our older 1989 Holiday Rambler into "running" condition. The interior is in new condition, but it is in need of new tires ($2,000), rebuilt carburetor ($200), Emergency brake cable replacement ($500+), and Circuit board for the refrigerator ($200). It may not seem to be a whole lot of money but when you are using all of your income to pay utility bills & mortgage there is not much left over for repairs. I have been working on it for the past two years replacing what I can, like the water heater with what little money we can put aside. We are so looking forward to that first night when we can sleep the whole night through.

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Sep 26, 2013
by: AnonymousSleepless in New Jersey

Well we're still working on our dream of fulltiming, been fixing up the motorhome and it is almost ready to hit the road. We are still in the process of getting rid of all of our belongings, that has and is the hardest part so far, but we are working on it more intensely than ever before.

We had planned to be in a warmer climate for the winter this year but it just wont be possible yet, but we are determined to make it happen by next year. Good luck to all of you who are looking to live the dream like us.

Sep 12, 2011
Where to go?
by: Sleepless in New Jersey


Thanks for reassuring me, it a little scary to make this big step into the unknown future. I have been camping with my wife for many years, who also loves it. My biggest concern is where I will be able to afford to camp fulltime, seasonally in our 34 foot motorhome. I hope to spend the winter season in Arizona, on a BLM site, as the price seems to be affordable. But do not know where I will spend the summers.

I am from Northern New Jersey, and there a no affordable options here, so I must look elsewhere. Anyone with any good location suggestions/experiences would be appreciated.

Thanks, Greg

Sep 11, 2011
Left New Jersey and Loving it!
by: Rick

I Lost my house to foreclosure after my company left the state in the second year of the recession, I had relocated for the company from Chicago.

As you know the property taxes kept going up and up and I was finally after a divorce left with no other option than foreclosure, I have since left the state in my 13ft fiberglass TT and have been to nine states and am loving it!!!..

This was the best decision I ever made, I have since networked my way around the country and hiked the Appalachian trail in Tennessee, camped in North Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky and when I am done visiting my daughter in Indiana I'm off for the Grand Tetons!!.and west!..

Sometimes you just have to get on the road and do it!.

Happy Trails!

Sep 02, 2011
Full Time RV Park
by: Sleepless in New Jersey

I don't know how many full time parks there are in N.J. but my brother has his trailer at Pleasant Acres Campground in Sussex, N.J. for the past nine years. He spends the weekends there most of the summer and into the fall. I know they are open year round but you cannot stay there more than two weeks at a time in the off season.

I am looking for somewhere closer work, which is currently about an hour away. I plan to live in the motorhome and stay at my current job until I can save up as much money as possible, and then do some traveling around the country. My Dad just pass away two weeks ago, and it is a reminder to me of how fast life goes by. Like the Kenny Chesney?s song: Don?t Blink, Trust me friend, 100 years goes faster than you think. Time to get moving.

Aug 09, 2011
You'll love it!
by: Anonymous

My husband and I started fulltiming 5 years ago first in Houston and now in Tucson. We are not retired so we have not been able to travel as much as we would like.

We have found life to be much simpler since we started fulltiming.

We do like to experience different areas of the country. Are their fulltime RV parks in New Jersey?

Jul 31, 2011
Can Hardly Wait to Hit the Road Full Time
by: Ricahrd

We bought our truck. We're half-heartedly looking for our 5th wheel rv. Our house is up for sale. We're not bothering with a realtor because we've sold a number of houses on our own. With today's market, who knows when we'll sell? We have fortitude and we will sell eventually.

We're taking a lot of our furniture to our son who lives in Connecticut in about two weeks. He's really stoked about getting 99% of my tools. I hate to lose those.

The trip to Connecticut will tell more about what kind of fuel economy my truck will get. We now have a big fuel consuming Ford F-350 Super Duty Crew Cab Lariat King Ranch LB 4x4 6.4L Powerstroke Diesel.

Buying the truck means we're serious. It also proves to the naysayers that we are.

We'll have our 5er bought before the closing date and will be among the other full-timers making friends and enjoying the life we've been looking forward to.

Hope to see y'all out there.

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