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Old 03-31-2013, 04:44 PM   #11
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Actually the U.S. government has a secret entitlement program that pays for the campers so we don't have to.

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Old 03-31-2013, 05:43 PM   #12
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We worked hard, both retiring from the military. Paid all credit debt as well as vehicle and rv loans. We live within our means and take great care and maintain what we have. We save for what we want and recognize what is an actual "need" versus a "want".

In a down turned housing market, we've had a real estate agent call us because they had a buyer who wanted to pay cash for our home - which by the way, isnt even for sale. Apparently the buyers didnt like the model like ours thats been on the market for awhile....but we have obvious outdoor improvements and they dont.

We work hard to stay disciplined to keep our financial status in line with our retirement goals. I want to be able to have funds to goof around and still pay the usual living expenses. I have a "wag the dog" mentality for why the media posts negativity.


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Old 03-31-2013, 06:10 PM   #13
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Don't forget, RV loans were easier to get than a house loan. This is one of the reasons there are a lot of people who are can afford RVs. I am one of them.
We are struggling a bit now, due to higher prices for everything and hasn't gotten a raise in three years. So we have less camping trips, but we have faith that we will get over this soon.

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Old 03-31-2013, 06:19 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by OldCoot View Post
We come under the group that worked their butts off for 45 yrs and made do with what we had. We are now retired with everything paid for and are enjoying it while our health is still reasonably good. As both of our boys tell us laughingly, "Out pi--ing away our inheritance." and we answer with "You better believe it!"

We started with nothing and still have most of it!
OC could not have said it any better. We have worked all of our lives to do this before we kick off.
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Old 03-31-2013, 06:24 PM   #15
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my family affords a new trailer because we do without smartphones, going out to eat all the time, I work my ass off, my wife does a great job with the bills and kids. I drive a used car back and forth to work and I sold my last house and built my current home, all by myself
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Old 03-31-2013, 06:29 PM   #16
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not sure if I'm done paying on the wife ??

I have always enjoyed campers, RV's trailers etc.
I think that it is an old American thing
grandpa had a camper on his truck for many years
when I was a young paperboy
I would fold my newspapers in there on cold mornings
one of my first vehicles was a pop top VW camper van
I was always hoping to show it to my girlfriends
then later in life came the motorhomes and now a trailer

for a simple unit
these RV things used don't really cost that much
and they bring much pleasure
nothing better than hitting the road
kind of like bringing ones
small home with them

typical retired American
nothing special
I have been blessed with
a sweet God loving and fearing wife
a house in the mountains
and many pets

everything paid for except the tow vehicle
got it with the 0 interest from Toyota


yes I almost forgot
I worked for 40 years straight
it does pay off if one works hard
although I enjoyed many well used units when younger
I can buy nicer and newer ones now
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Old 03-31-2013, 06:33 PM   #17
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I love this! I hope more chime in...

Thank you all for sharing. I hope more people tell their story here.

We are all blessed.
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I don't know when we'll be able to go camping again...
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Old 03-31-2013, 06:38 PM   #18
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where do all good things come from ??

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We are all blessed.
glad that you brought that up
many around the world today celebrate Easter
that is the one in which my wife and I thank for everything we own
for we know where all good things truly come from

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Old 03-31-2013, 06:55 PM   #19
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Thank you all for sharing. I hope more people tell their story here.

We are all blessed.
We certainly feel blessed. I never gave going to college a second thought after graduating from HS in 1960. I enlisted in the USAF and was assigned to be an aircraft mechanic. I served my 4 years.

Long story short - I worked for a major air carrier from 1969 to 1976 and was laid off from that. I eventually signed on with the FAA in 1980 and retired in 2011. I made what I thought was a good salary ( six figures ) during my career and my DW managed our money well and we paid off our hours early.

To wrap this up, we have always lived within our means plus having a good government retirement pension and SS has allowed us to do what we have always reasonably wanted to do.

I feel somewhat sorry for the younger people just starting out today, but feel that we still live in the greatest country on the planet.

I feel that I have been very fortunate that I never having gone to college have been able to obtain my station in life. But having said that, I do not believe that having a college degree in your back pocket is a sure way of having a successful life and more young people might consider a technical trade in today's world.
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Old 03-31-2013, 07:00 PM   #20
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We work our butts off. I am 33, a carpenter for a custom home builder and I have been with the same employer for 11 years now working 45-50 hrs a week year round (up to 60hrs usually 2-4 weeks a year), never been layed off. My DW is 31, a replenishment planner and global trainer for the one of the worlds largest furniture manufactures. She has been with her employer for 6 years and has gotten numerous promotions over the last 3 years, she is limited to 50hrs a week.

We don't live high off the hog. Our house was built in 1964, although I have remodeled 90% of it and finished off over 50% of the basement in the last 9 years. My truck is a 2004 and paid for, my wife car is 2005 and paid for. So we only have 3 loans out (house, camper, wife student loans).

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