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Old 03-31-2013, 08:03 PM   #21
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Old 03-31-2013, 08:10 PM   #22
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I have been a pilot most of my adult life and I currently work as a Deputy Sheriff who splits his time between car patrol and air unit pilot. My wife works at home which saves us a ton of money.

I have wanted to build my own airplane since I was 18 (now i'm 40) but never had the funds. If you guys think the RV is expensive then you need to take a look at the home built airplane world where we are talking $25k just for a motor and 10k on a GPS.

The DW and I worked hard and payed off most of the debt we occured when we were young and dum (credit cards ect.) and I was about to pull the trigger on a Vans RV-8 kit. I would have had around 75k in that when done and about 5 years of my life building it.

I always said I couldn't afford to build my own plane and one day a good friend that owns his own aviation buisness asked me "when are you going to sh*t or get off the pot and start building". I said "I cann't afford it right now" his answer was to start naming off every major thing I had bought over the past 5 years (ATV, jet ski, ect) and it was pretty clear that I could have built a plane with that money.

So I said I'm going to do it, then about two days before I pulled the trigger my then 5 year old daughter jumped in my lap and asked me when we were going to Disney. I will never forget what I said "honey we cant go to Disney daddy has to pay for his airplane" and it hit me like a lighting bolt.

I was about to suck all the family income up for the next 5 years to build what I wanted not what the family needed. I then rembered all the camping trips I had gone on as a kid with my now deceased father in the family pop-up and I started looking at pop-ups.

We bought a tent and started camping then after a rain soaked weekend we decied to take the big step and bought our first RV (im sure a bigger one is to come after a new TV. lol) Now the TT is the family's hobby and I cant wait to see Mickey this summer.

As far as the hobbies I have had its pretty cheap after the intial start up cost of outfitting another house. lol. Your talking to the man that spent 10k on RC airplanes over 2 summers! Dont tell the DW she thinks I only had about a 1/4 of that in them, haha.

On a sad note I do belive that at some point in my life time this country is going to go bankrupt and then it will be over for alot of us. You can only print fake money for so long.

So I am trying to enjoy my family while I still have the money to do so. Now that I have got my TT and I already owned my TV before getting into this hobby I have started lurking on the Vans Aircraft fourms again ughhhhhh, my wife is going to shoot me with my own gun yet. lol.
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Old 03-31-2013, 08:16 PM   #23
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Wolf I know your feelings.. we sold our Cessna 170, and the twin bonanza, plus the boats after kids so we can save and enjoy dept free. I take the family on trips with if seats are empty on the jet ,so they can enjoy my passion
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Old 03-31-2013, 08:19 PM   #24
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On the jet? Don't tell me you have a jet!
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Old 03-31-2013, 08:20 PM   #25
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Wolf I know your feelings.. we sold our Cessna 170, and the twin bonanza, plus the boats after kids so we can save and enjoy dept free. I take the family on trips with if seats are empty on the jet ,so they can enjoy my passion
It sounds like you had some savings in order to buy the 172 and Bonanza - those toys ain't cheap
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Old 03-31-2013, 08:27 PM   #26
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Wolf I know your feelings.. we sold our Cessna 170, and the twin bonanza, plus the boats after kids so we can save and enjoy dept free. I take the family on trips with if seats are empty on the jet ,so they can enjoy my passion

I think I just got busted on
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Old 03-31-2013, 09:05 PM   #27
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Not sure if I missed it or not, but what is it that YOU do, BigBaron? Whats YOUR story? Ya know....cuz Im always so curious as to what others do, like you....
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Old 03-31-2013, 09:33 PM   #28
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In terms of demographics, i suspect campers/rvers are primarily working or retired from a job that affords a simple luxury and economical vacations. You wont find many in the working poor or utterly wealthy. The bell curve of the economy in a nutshell with rvers representing one or two standard deviations from the mean. Im sure there is lots of published data on the demographics of rvers. Search the net or call trade organizations.
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Old 03-31-2013, 09:49 PM   #29
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DH and I are in our 30's and we work hard. I'm a nurse and he is a surgical tech so fortunately we have job stability. my Dad is very smart financially and I took a few lessons from him but we also aren't afraid of an RV loan so we can go have some really good family time. I see it as an investment in our family. our jobs afford us the ability to be weekend warriors at this. Someday full timing will come but not until DD is grown.
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Old 03-31-2013, 09:56 PM   #30
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I was about to pull the trigger on a Vans RV-8 kit. I would have had around 75k in that when done and about 5 years of my life building it.

I have started lurking on the Vans Aircraft fourms again ughhhhhh, my wife is going to shoot me with my own gun yet. lol.
I just wish I was doing a quarter as well as my ex-wife's attorney says I am.

Wolfpack, my best friend from High School, bought a RV-6 kit many years ago. It was a kit that was barely started by someone else and he picked it up for a real good price. I think it took him about 2 years to complete it, but he is a pilot by profession.

He eventually sold the plane and bought a sailboat, which he lives on now in San Diego.
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