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Old 09-21-2016, 12:15 PM   #31
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Thats awesome Filterman... You sound like what I want to be when I grow up! Im the budgeting spreadsheet nerd in our crew. When went Dave Ramsey crazy about 5 years ago and it was very beneficial for us! My wife and I love to do the overall budget together. So, does your 12k include gas, food, and all? We are looking at about 13-15k including all but our personal spending bucks. I am blest with a Civil Service pension, so I kniw exactly my income. Our private 401k will replace truck or trailer every 10 years or so, just bought us a new 5er so we are good for a bit. Im also blest with family longetivity, dad was 90, grandpa was 92... So Im hopin!! I havent quite convinced DW to boondock yet... All we have to compare is brutal Texas summer, I think I can bring her around. We want to travel pretty much exclusively in our 5er... Im a planner, so 11 months out we want no surprises! We are already living on retirement budget!
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Old 09-21-2016, 12:27 PM   #32
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Please keep in mind that the "senior pass" provides free admission to virtually all federal recreational lands. The Forest Service, Fish & Wildlife Service and BLM all have some incredible facilities. And, we have found them to often not be as crowded as the National Parks.
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Old 09-21-2016, 01:01 PM   #33
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Please keep in mind that the "senior pass" provides free admission to virtually all federal recreational lands. The Forest Service, Fish & Wildlife Service and BLM all have some incredible facilities. And, we have found them to often not be as crowded as the National Parks.
And I believe the Corp of Engineers parks and campgrounds as well...

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Old 09-21-2016, 01:05 PM   #34
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Thats awesome Filterman... You sound like what I want to be when I grow up! Im the budgeting spreadsheet nerd in our crew. When went Dave Ramsey crazy about 5 years ago and it was very beneficial for us! My wife and I love to do the overall budget together. So, does your 12k include gas, food, and all? We are looking at about 13-15k including all but our personal spending bucks. I am blest with a Civil Service pension, so I kniw exactly my income. Our private 401k will replace truck or trailer every 10 years or so, just bought us a new 5er so we are good for a bit. Im also blest with family longetivity, dad was 90, grandpa was 92... So Im hopin!! I havent quite convinced DW to boondock yet... All we have to compare is brutal Texas summer, I think I can bring her around. We want to travel pretty much exclusively in our 5er... Im a planner, so 11 months out we want no surprises! We are already living on retirement budget!
The 12K covers everything other than personal shopping from the time we leave our house door until we arrive back......camping, fuel, groceries,dining, entertainment,gifts for grandchildren😊 ,repairs. As I said, some years we may use it for cruising or otherwise but that what we have to spend per year. We went over last year because we did a 3 month , 15000KM trip to the Arctic Ocean via Alaska, return and then spent 9 weeks in Maui! This year we have dialled way back and will make up our shortfall and put a few Gs in next years kitty. We are in the early planning stages of a cross Canada and New England states trip for 2017. Love the planning......it's part of the fun.
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Old 09-21-2016, 01:21 PM   #35
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The 12K covers everything other than personal shopping from the time we leave our house door until we arrive back......camping, fuel, groceries,dining, entertainment,gifts for grandchildren😊 ,repairs. As I said, some years we may use it for cruising or otherwise but that what we have to spend per year. We went over last year because we did a 3 month , 15000KM trip to the Arctic Ocean via Alaska, return and then spent 9 weeks in Maui! This year we have dialled way back and will make up our shortfall and put a few Gs in next years kitty. We are in the early planning stages of a cross Canada and New England states trip for 2017. Love the planning......it's part of the fun.
You've made me feel much better. Admittedly, I'm an overplanner... Every dollar has a purpose and a name. We hope to hit 50 nights this year still working, 60 the first 9 months next year... Then... We will just see!! Only thing that will pull us off the road will be our 9 grankids
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You are 'retiring' at 55 and you are asking how to save some money on camping? Corp of Engineers that charge nothing.

You will out live any retirement that you have or it will implode with the economy and will be gone shortly. you should not quite your job.
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Well Les... Thanks for your pleasant, helpful, concern, however a lifetime of frugal living and careful planning will allow my wife and I to have a healthy and happy retirement. We aren't quitting... We are just moving on to another phase. My father enjoyed a retirement of 40 years quite successfully. I'm not "quitting" to sit in a rocking chair. I stay very busy with my large family and 9 grandkids. I have no shame in being able to afford the life I've chosen. I've worked hard. I was simply asking for tips, not charity? Thanks for the great tip of the Corp of Engineer Parks. They look great! I assure you, we won't outlive our retirement. I hope yours is happy and full of health....
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You are 'retiring' at 55 and you are asking how to save some money on camping? Corp of Engineers that charge nothing.

You will out live any retirement that you have or it will implode with the economy and will be gone shortly. you should not quite your job.
Ouch!!! Very pessimistic!! We retired a year ago at 56. Our pensions should last as long as we do, but we still want to save $$$ where we can.... Just like the OP. Of course the world could end, or another depression could come, so we will deal with that when it happens. I would rather really enjoy our retirement while we can than worry about everything and never do anything. Have a nice day!!!
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Ouch!!! Very pessimistic!! We retired a year ago at 56. Our pensions should last as long as we do, but we still want to save $$$ where we can.... Just like the OP. Of course the world could end, or another depression could come, so we will deal with that when it happens. I would rather really enjoy our retirement while we can than worry about everything and never do anything. Have a nice day!!!
Yes... I just had a very dear friend that didnt wake up this past Saturday morning. He was seriously thinking about retirement
I will not be ashamed of being able to enjoy my life and family at ripe old age of 55!
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