Originally Posted by Campin Cajun
Boowho is a full timer. I would like to full time myself, but can't get DW to agree.
2013 Berkshire 390 BH
Yeah..... Several thoughts on this subject.
First, if BOTH DW and DH are not 100% excited by the prospect, I wouldn't do it. If one of you is holding back, your chances for success are greatly diminished.
Second, it's NOT a 365/24 vacation. You are NOT always sight-seeing. I figure those that quit after a year or two, do so because they've been everywhere and seen everything. Personally, I travel north starting in early spring, stay a month or so at each place until I've gotten as far as I want, then start working my way back south using the same plan (a couple of weeks at each location)'
Third, if you are a 'pack rat' you will have trouble. You could always stash stuff in a storage locker or some such, but many people do this and then 10 years later, they've paid the monthly $$$ for the ten years and then just get rid of everything anyhow.
IMHO, best to just get rid of everything except a few family heirlooms and what you NEED to live and enjoy life (hobbies, etc). Everything the DW and I own is in our coach.
Fourth, unless you travel to where kids/grandkids/etc are, you will miss many 'special days', like birthdays, Christmas, etc.... I go for the good weather and you could not get me in a Northern clime no matter what during winter.
If the family lives in Minneapolis (for example) I won't be spending the holidays with then. Just like I won't set foot in Florida during summer.
The most positive thing for me (besides always being in fine weather) is the people you meet and the friends you make. People I've only known for a year or two, have become some of the best friends I've ever had.
There's a heluva social bond between most full timers. Happy hours, card games, 4 wheel (either jeep or quads) rallies, golfing are some of the more popular activities (just to name a few). These people are mostly full of energy and I have to run like hell to keep up with most of them.
The biggest downside for me, is that since I'm hanging around with mostly 70+ people, I attend a lot more funerals than I ever did. That has nothing to do with full timing, but just because of the age thing. Still it's a bummer.
We love the life and want to be carried out of ours, cold, prone and stiff!! We can't imagine (once our kids were grown) of ever needing more room than we have right now.
To the OP, if you need more specific questions answered, please PM me again.