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Old 11-19-2013, 12:10 AM   #141
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Loved reading all the different circumstances that allow the friends here to see America while bringing their home along. All ages and all walks of life!

My husband faithfully worked at the same job for 40 years; we've owned several TT and decided in September to buy a 5er and see more of our country.

He's 70 and I'm near 60. His health is fair most days and poor on others. His pension sees us through each month.
Our biggest expense each month is health...between Medicare and a second policy we spend $1200 per month for great coverage which we need!

Why can we afford to travel? We aren't going to take anything with us later except good memories. Our children and grandchildren are being treated to their inheritance now while we can enjoy watching them enjoy a little extra each month.
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Old 11-19-2013, 11:08 AM   #142
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God has just blessed our socks off! We inherited a house when our son was 5 years old. Up to that point, we were renting a crappy apartment and living pay check to pay check. We have since been working our butts off! The boy is in college now! There are health issues on both our sides of the family. We honestly don't see either one of us living past the age of 70, we're 40 now. So we're taking advantage and taking time off when we can, while we can, before age catches up with us.
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Old 11-19-2013, 06:27 PM   #143
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Zhanna - That's awesome. You got started EARLY!!!! I'm 51 and my son is 13! (It took ten years to get one to "stick")
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Old 11-19-2013, 08:11 PM   #144
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We're in our 50's and fall into the "busted our butt's" category. There were times when we both worked two jobs and for a short time, I worked three. We research lots and buy what we want, at the best price we feel we can get. We either pay them off, or down (as quick as we can) so we can position ourselves to "upgrade". We started with Pinto's (no A/C, either!) Now we have 2 nice (newer) cars and fairly new F350 4x4 dually (got a GREAT price on it!). We're on our 3rd RV. Bought them at a great price, paid them down quickly, then traded off at the right time.

It's been all about patience, responsibility, patience, hard work, patience, saving, patience and being able to take VERY good care of what we do have.

Did I mention patience?

FWIW, we both dropped out of HS and got GED's. We've both never been afraid to work HARD. We plan LONG, aim TRUE and stick to the PLAN.

YMMV, but it works for us.

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Old 11-19-2013, 08:36 PM   #145
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Our average age is 57. We both work, grab overtime when we can. Last kid is just about done with college. We live simply. Never owned a new car. Built our first house ourselves. Have no credit card dept. If we didn't have the money we didn't buy it.
My parents always told us "if you want something bad enough, you work for it".
Paid Cash for our used TT. Plan to buy a new truck and have 1/3 of the cost saved for a down payment.
Neither one of us has a college education. We both spent time in the Army.
We both work for the Postal Service.
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Old 11-20-2013, 03:15 AM   #146
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Normal, hard working folks. Love it! My hat is off to you! Thanks for sharing.
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Old 11-20-2013, 05:22 AM   #147
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My formula... Low interest rates, a pair price on a trade in, (currently) no dependents, and luck!
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Old 11-20-2013, 07:23 AM   #148
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Zhanna - That's awesome. You got started EARLY!!!! I'm 51 and my son is 13! (It took ten years to get one to "stick")
Ha! A honeymoon pregnancy was not in our plans! MANY complications with said pregnancy are why we only have one child.

We fought "technology" for the longest time to save money. We don't pay for television; if I can't get it on the rabbit ears, I don't watch it. We bought the truck and the trailer used; paid a total of $25k for both. Hubby is in construction. I work for him from home. We're both exhausted! LOL!
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Old 11-20-2013, 05:01 PM   #149
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For us? A simple phrase explains why we can afford it:

DINK - Dual Income, No Kids.

My wife is active duty Navy, I'm a Government Civil Servant and a US Marine Reservist. Getting ready to start my third job (my salary is the "fun" money).

We bought a used trailer that we could tow with our paid off truck. Love it. Now we're looking at something a bit larger, and we're only looking at used again. For what we want, we've got to upgrade the TV. So, we're going to buy a TV (used) - pay it off, then shop for a new trailer.

We haven't taken a vacation in well over a year. Our RV allows us to take mini vacations throughout the year. And it allows us to bring our dogs, so we don't have to pay boarding fees. We have season tickets to Navy Football games in Annapolis, and not boarding the dogs every game has damn near paid for the trailer...
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Old 11-23-2013, 09:35 AM   #150
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For us? A simple phrase explains why we can afford it:

DINK - Dual Income, No Kids.

My wife is active duty Navy, I'm a Government Civil Servant and a US Marine Reservist. Getting ready to start my third job (my salary is the "fun" money).

We bought a used trailer that we could tow with our paid off truck. Love it. Now we're looking at something a bit larger, and we're only looking at used again. For what we want, we've got to upgrade the TV. So, we're going to buy a TV (used) - pay it off, then shop for a new trailer.

We haven't taken a vacation in well over a year. Our RV allows us to take mini vacations throughout the year. And it allows us to bring our dogs, so we don't have to pay boarding fees. We have season tickets to Navy Football games in Annapolis, and not boarding the dogs every game has damn near paid for the trailer...
well said, we have no kids. it's just me, my wife, and my puppy, and i guard all three with my life. most all my friends are rich and are all fine people. i chose a different route. worked my butt off for what little i have and enjoyed every off hour to the fullest. no one to leave anything to makes it an easy decision. use it all up. if it was'nt for those rich people everyone hates i would have been poor and jobless. i get tired of hearing the old poor me crap. i got no use for derelects and freeloaders.
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