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Old 01-11-2016, 09:26 PM   #51
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When i read "if you can afford an Aviator" got me interested. Did some Google ing and it looks nice but seems inexpensive. Am i missing something?
The Aviator was touted (at least by some) as a competitor to Airstream.

So they aren't exactly what most of us would consider "entry-level."

I assume they were viewed as over-priced by most, as they weren't made very long.

Others may have better insights than I.
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Old 01-11-2016, 09:53 PM   #52
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The Aviator was touted (at least by some) as a competitor to Airstream.

So they aren't exactly what most of us would consider "entry-level."

I assume they were viewed as over-priced by most, as they weren't made very long.

Others may have better insights than I.
Great posts by everyone! Very interesting to read about the different ways and reasons people retire. I hope to see many more.

The Aviator story is FR wanted to compete with the Airstream so they built a rot-proof trailer made of aluminum, fiberglass and composites. They also have a slideout and giant panoramic front windows. Like the Airstreams, they were expensive, listing for 90K. They did not sell well I think due to FR underestimating Airstream brand loyalty, the high price during a recession, and people not really understanding how unique a rot-proof trailer really is. Most sold new for between 40-65K and since only 70 were ever built the few used have held their value quite well mostly selling in the 40K range.
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Old 01-11-2016, 10:03 PM   #53
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KenHwy61, Thank you for starting this! All great advice.

I am 56 and thinking 3 more years to retirement (when I can get healthcare till 65).
I would like to work 1/2 time from 59- 65 to cover most of my bills and let the 401k grow. I do software for the automotive controls and can find part time work.

Is anyone else working 1/2 time? If so what advice do you have?

Random thoughts on my retirement :
  • I love my job, but I love travel more
  • My DW is type 1 diabetic, great healthcare is a must
  • I want to travel while our health is good
  • If I bike across country (pedal) how do I talk the DW into following me in the MH?
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Old 01-11-2016, 10:37 PM   #54
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The Aviator was touted (at least by some) as a competitor to Airstream.

So they aren't exactly what most of us would consider "entry-level."

I assume they were viewed as over-priced by most, as they weren't made very long.

Others may have better insights than I.
After doing a little more research boy was i wrong on inexpensive. ( hurt me to spend 20k on my TT)I'll shut up now.
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Old 01-11-2016, 10:41 PM   #55
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I retired at 57 been retired for 18 years, will turn 75 in March. I have said many times that "retirement is the best job I ever had". I do what I want to, when I want to, and for as long as I want to. I have a defined pension, SS, and some annuties. Health care is medicare and great health care insurance (negotiated by my union) that pays everything thas medicare doesn't. My advise would be to get out as soon as you can and enjoy the rest of your life.
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I retired at 55 ~~ that was 13 years ago. Moved to the Carolina coast. Now I'm sitting in my RV in Fl. What are you waiting for
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Old 01-12-2016, 12:26 AM   #57
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Wow, amazing posts by everyone!

I'm 53 and retired from the Air Force just under 12-years ago but my pension is hardly enough to live off so have been working in the defense contractor arena since I retired. (While my healthcare isn't free, we still are allowed to go to the doctors at the AF Academy and all of our prescriptions are filled by the base and this is a huge blessing as I have folks at work now paying $800 a month for healthcare.)

To retire, retire, we plan on having zero debt and as much in our investments as possible. We don't plan on having SS available since our government is about as bad as a teenager managing money, so all of our planning doesn't include any SS estimate....but if we do get something, wonderful! (A huge government ponzi scheme, but don't get me started!)

So we really don't know when I will retire....may be at 60 or it may be at 70. I currently love my job and my company and they keep giving me very generous yearly pay raises and even a bonus check yearly since we're a private, small-business, company and the CEO shares the profits with her managers.

I have learned a lot from my dear neighbor who recently turned 70. He is retired from the Navy and also retired from being a master electrician. He had a hard time adjusting to retirement so about five years ago was told by his wife to go find something to do so has been working part-time at the golf course at the Air Force Academy doing various things and finally has settled into working in the little booth where the golfers are scheduled and just ensures the next group up starts on time. (And, of course, he also gets to golf for free anytime he wants.) His wife is a retired school teacher so they are not wealthy but are comfortable...which is our goal!!
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I'm 65 and retired at 55 with a golden parachute after 35 years as a commercial broker and client manager. Worked as a broker for another 3 years at a small firm and even sold RV's for a year and a half (wanted to see what it was like to work on pure commission - answer, not easy). I honestly miss none of it - not even a little bit. I don't understand people who get bored, not with the sites to see in the U.S., great books to be read, loved ones to visit with. My job was always just my job, never my life.
Coming from the private sector, healthcare cost was a biggie until I hit 65 and we have one more year for DW. I was not debt free at retirement and we still make payments; but none are crushing. If we had waited until we were "set" prior to starting a family, we never would have had children. DW and I love to camp and have been doing so for over 40 years and it is not a financial burden - at least the way we like to camp.
Best piece of advise I received is that this life is not a dress rehearsal. Wait too long and it can all be snatched away. My good friend still owns his '57 Chevy from high school. It's been on blocks awaiting restoration for the 35 years I've known him - was always going to "next year". Next year never came.
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I just wanted to add some advice for those young people who can't wait to retire. Don't be in such a hurry because before you know it you'll be that much older, maybe not in great health and look like the rest of us more experienced people, not as you are today.
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I'm 35 and have 17 years in the military. I've moved up rapidly and am set to "retire" in 3 years with my undergrad and my MBA paid for by the military. Also my Post-9/11 GI Bill has been transferred fully to my only son making his college and monthly stipend paid for. My wife even took a handful of classes until she maxed out her benefit and could take no more.

My background is in Nuclear power, sales/recruiting, engineering, aviation, safety, electrical, security, and obviously an MBA.

I plan on starting my second career at 39 years old and only giving them 20 years max.

My military pension provides my healthcare and a COLA ~$40k a year.

I hope to be set like others in this thread have shown how to do when I get there.


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