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Old 04-02-2013, 05:07 AM   #61
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37 year old Offshore supply boat Captain with my Unlimited DP (Dynamic Positioning) Certificate. I work 14/14 and bring home a pretty decent income. I've been a Captain in some capacity since I was 20 years old and have steadily furthered my training and licensing. Before I had children and was married I was pretty frivolous with my money. Vehicles, motorcycles, boats, watches, and chasing girls which is an expense in it's own stratosphere. Marriage to a good woman and a couple of beautiful kids will make you rethink alot about how you spend your money that's for sure. I'm very blessed to have what I have. I made sacrifices at a young age to get where I'm at, and the amount of young talent that's dedicated enough to follow my footsteps in this career seems to diminish every year.

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Old 04-02-2013, 08:27 AM   #62
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My wife and I are in our early 40's. I am a stay-at-home dad of 6 years. Before that, I worked in construction sales for 10 years. Thankfully, my wife has been successful in what she does. She holds 9+ U.S. and international patents (or patent pending). She recently invented a safety product for use in the Marcellus Shale industry. Living in central Pennsylvania at the start of the natural gas boom, there was a little luck with us living in an ideal location at the ideal time. We've always spent just enough money to enjoy life but still be fiscally responsible. We have a home mortgage with an 11-year payoff goal (8yrs left), and one car payment (the other is paid for). For everything else that we purchase, if we can't pay cash, we can't afford it. We've always had the belief that interest is our money's greatest enemy.
My wife puts in long hours and travels quite a bit. We bought our first camper last year... one she was very reluctant to spend the money on. But since i had 2 youngsters and nothing to do all summer, she thought it would be good for us (us meaning me and the kids... she wasn't all too interested) to have a hobby to fill our time. By the end of the camping season, she was shopping for a bigger camper. The time she (and we) get to spend with the little guys, while still little guys, has done wonders for our family... and it lets her recharge the batteries. The moment we pass through the campground gate, the "real world" is left behind and quality family time begins. Wouldn't trade it for anything.
(However... if i just had a bigger TV....hahaha)

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Old 04-02-2013, 09:22 AM   #63
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DW and I met when we were stationed in Charleston SC in the early 70s. Since then, I retired with 30 years active military service including two Vietnam tours. DW transferred to civil service and retired early a few years ago. After the military retirement, I worked for USAA until shortly after the 911 terror attacks when 1400 of us were let go. Minor setback, but not a crisis, and I soon caught on working with an aeronautical university where I again retired in 2010 when DW was diagnosed with cancer for the 3rd time.

Following a successful 2010 stem cell transplant and subsequent full remission, we decided to fulfill our travel dreams of more than 40 years. We did some local Texas camping last year and hope to take on the Rockies this summer.

We darn near feel like we're young and married again. Enjoying life as God allows and we're more than thankful for every blessing He provides.

Hope to meet some of you good folks on the road this summer...
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Old 04-02-2013, 11:09 AM   #64
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Thanks for posting this! I have wondered how everyone else is doing it also.

I think camping can be done inexpensively or expensively depending on what RV you want. Nearly anyone could afford a pop-up, for example, but a motorhome is way out of reach for many.

We don't yet have an RV. We almost purchased a travel trailer early last year, but then we realized we would have to upgrade our TV first to haul what we really want. What the dealer was trying to talk us into was just too close to the limits of our TV, but friends alerted us and we backed out. The upgraded TV has put us a year and a half behind our original plan. Having the TV bulletproofed cost more than we anticipated.... yet another financial setback. However, it should now provide excellent service for many years to come.

My fiance and I are saving to come up with a sizable down payment so that I feel comfortable with the monthly payment. I hate the waiting because it's time lost and we're not out enjoying ourselves camping, but I work from home and my jobs are not dependable, plus ugrading our TV has put us behind. I want to know that if I have no work, we can still meet all our obligations on one income. We're just an average middle-class family grossing $50,000 a year with two adults and two kids. We have a mortgage, truck payment and my student loans. By the way, I can't consciously recommend going to college to anyone in my area at this time.

We save money by using a wood cook stove to heat and cook, growing four gardens and an orchard w/ canning and freezing, replenishing the freezer with venison every year, making our own cleaning/laundry products, and I do lots of home cooking vs. eating out. We fix instead of replace things. We shop for things at thrift stores and auctions. We save on fuel and daycare expenses since I work from home. My fiance is a truck driver, so he doesn't spend money on fuel getting back and forth to work..he brings his truck home.

Buying an RV is difficult for a family like us, and it has become more than we anticipated. I have been researching for two years to find what I'm looking for, and my wants have changed over time. And I should add that I've formulated a 'get out of debt by the time I'm 50' plan, which includes the RV, so it means more to us than just camping and is why I'm being fussy about the insulation and quality of construction.
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Old 04-03-2013, 11:21 AM   #65
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I'll have to diverge slightly from the OP's question by stating that first and foremost camping/RV'ing (or whatever you want to call it) was initially a family activity. Both DW and I grew up in the outdoors and spending time with our families while camping and hunting. We wanted to continue this lifestyle when our daughter came along. I won't put a price on that time, not then nor now. It is priceless to me.

Our passion is also exploring North America while RV'ing. We love to find off the beaten path places and experience things you might not come across traveling in other ways. As such our family sacrifices to be able to pursue our passion. We don't eat out often, we don't have expensive tastes in clothing. We don't travel to southern destinations and stay in resorts. For the most part almost all of our leisure time surrounds our passion in some way or form.

We are very fortunate to live in one of the greatest countries in the world and we are both fortunate to have reasonably well paying jobs. However, we forgo a lot of the luxuries than many families choose (I am not passing judgement at all, every family has their own set of priorities) to allow us to enjoy our RV.

I will say that we have spent more than we could have imagined on our truck (a new truck purchased last August) and our new fifth wheel (we are about to take delivery), but we have saved for both and intend on getting lots of us out of them.
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Old 04-04-2013, 10:01 AM   #66
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I posted the same question on another forum for pop-ups, and got similar answers, but with a very distinct difference.
Many had trailers because they were frugal, got them cheap, or both.
This is very enjoyable. Keep sharing please. It's neat to hear about everyone's stories.
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I don't know when we'll be able to go camping again...
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Old 04-04-2013, 10:18 AM   #67
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Paid our dues

Wife and I married at 18. I spent 20 years as an enlisted Marine, moving every 3. We had 2 children (one on her own as an elementary teacher, the other a Sr in HS). She spent 20 years following me around living pay check to pay check, raising kids, working and doing a damn fine job as a mother and wife, often alone while I deployed all over the world, several times. She took 8 years to earn a 4 year degree because one school didn't accept xyz course from the last school. She has been teaching for almost 10 years now. I passed on a promotion opportunity and retired. Gave me time to be home and give my kids some stability. We've been together 28 years and made good choices with the limited funds we had at the time.

The economy might suck for some, and yes, we have felt the pinch in home value, and most recently the possibility of being "furloughed" as a current government employee.

It's all part of my master plan, get the TV and RV, let the house go into foreclosure, and run and hide
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Old 04-04-2013, 11:36 AM   #68
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^^^^^ nice
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Old 04-15-2013, 08:19 PM   #69
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We afforded our TT - which is briefly used but immaculate and not very expensive - because I came to the conclusion that having the TT was ultimately going to be more fun than the master bathroom remodel for which I had been steadily saving. We had rented a TT twice at Easter the last 2 years and enjoyed it much more than tent camping at our ages, me 48, DH 66. But as to how we could afford it, well, DH put in a combined 37 years of service on active duty as a pilot in the Marines and a cook in the Army Reserve (service in both Vietnam AND Iraqi Freedom - not many Vets that span both those conflicts) and is retired as a Captain. He's also retired from his civilian job with the county govt so has a state retirement income, and he's drawing his SS. I have a decent job with the county school system in support services and am also retired from the Army Reserve for which I draw some disability pay in exchange for the bad back I earned on active duty.

So between us we have 5 income sources. Add to that the fact that I learned my lesson about credit 25 years ago with my first husband and have been very careful about money ever since. Everything that Dave Ramsey teaches, DH and I had already figured out on our own and done it before he even became famous.

His kids were grown when we met, and my DS joined the Army instead of going to college, so we had no college tuition to pay. We have no pets and don't feel the need for a lot of luxuries. I wear uniforms for work and I bring a sandwich for lunch. Our 2004 autos have long since been paid for and we take care of our stuff. We make double payments on the house and it will be paid off in under 2 years, at which point I may consider replacing my beloved 04 Sienna van with a new vehicle that can also serve at as TV.
We got the best deal on our current TV that one could ever hope for. My DH bought it at auction on the courthouse steps for $500 ( no one else showed up to bid against him).
As we sat in our 3 day old TT this evening discussing what we want and need for camping, I was content with the thought of looking at my pink (yes, pink) cultured marble master bathroom for a few more years, knowing I could escape from it on the weekend while camping in our rolling 2nd home. Life is good and we have been very blessed.
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Old 04-15-2013, 09:24 PM   #70
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I'd get a TT if I had a pink bathroom too! LOL
Kudos to you!

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