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Old 04-09-2014, 10:45 AM   #31
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Just wait until the disapproving child has to pay the water and power bill after you camp out in their drive for a month, eat all the food in their fridge, and criticize their decisions, all, while enjoying these benefits.

Maybe that's what their worried about.??????

"If your not living on the edge, your taking up to much room" Git-r-done.
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Old 04-09-2014, 11:02 AM   #32
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Caveat: This is just thinking out loud. I don't know anyone from Jack here on the forums, so this is in no way meant to be judgmental or and indictment, so here goes:


Since we have only heard one side of the story, I'll play devil's advocate. Maybe the objecting party is hurt because you worked your life away while they were young and you never prioritized them??? There are worlds of people that act as if their kids are nothing more than burdens they must deal with until they can get them out of the house. Possibly the objecting party is a little "jealous" that all of the extra hours you worked year after year claiming to be "taking care of the family" was really nothing more than cash hoarding to use selfishly when they were gone when you could have been spending time with them???


Thank the Lord this is not my story- and I'm doing my best to make sure it's not my kids story. But I've seen it a lot. Very sad indeed.
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Old 04-09-2014, 11:32 AM   #33
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Just 2 weeks ago I helped my Dad and his wife pack up and put in storage the stuff they wanted to keep from their home. The house had become a financial burden. This winter it cost over $900 to heat per month. They are snowbirds at heart. They'll be here in MN in the summer and AZ in the winter. If they ever need to they are welcome to stay with me.

The only thing I've asked is they have a living will, funeral and burial desires documented.

Life is short do whatever you can to enjoy it! YA just never know that disapproving child might be coming to visit you in the RV.

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Old 04-09-2014, 11:35 AM   #34
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Many is the family where the parents spent all of their money on traveling around and 'seeing' the world and 'frivolous' things. In their old age when they were broke, it was their adult children of the parents who had to decide if the 'parents were to live with the children or which medi-care/aid state supported home was going to change their parents diapers...

You will grow old and either your children or the courts will have power-of- attorney over you and decide where you are to live and where you are to die.

Sell everything and become a Gypsy and a Roma. Live the dream of the road, but with every dream there is the flip side of a nightmare, with many bumps. It is easy for all of those 'here' to say 'go for it'...... but how many of those are doing full time what you propose to do? ???

Don't know your full situation and don't want to know. But for many couples who do what you propose and succeed, a vast many more will fail. Go slow and test the waters before you cut that land line.


If the Administrators want to delete this post, it is fine with me, do it. Just don't send me a private message of being a 'downer' to the readers of this forum, I am only pointing out that there is a flip side.

"In every mans life, a little rain will fall. But it is the rain that makes all Life grow."
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Old 04-09-2014, 11:55 AM   #35
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Just 2 weeks ago I helped my Dad and his wife pack up and put in storage the stuff they wanted to keep from their home. The house had become a financial burden. This winter it cost over $900 to heat per month. They are snowbirds at heart. They'll be here in MN in the summer and AZ in the winter. If they ever need to they are welcome to stay with me.

The only thing I've asked is they have a living will, funeral and burial desires documented.

Life is short do whatever you can to enjoy it! YA just never know that disapproving child might be coming to visit you in the RV.

Katie
You sound like a loving daughter and put your parents needs/desires ahead of your own.

I just wish I had both of my parents around still.
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Old 04-09-2014, 12:19 PM   #36
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Bro les. Well said. There are several views to consider. I think op has lots of good insight here to reference.

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Old 04-09-2014, 12:31 PM   #37
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Bro Les,

X2 - you have good points and I agree with them!

I have always dreamt of fulltiming it but before DW and I ever do that, we need to take that 3+ month road trip to Alaska and back.

If we survive THAT maybe we can consider 3/4 time at least
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Old 04-09-2014, 12:41 PM   #38
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If you get ill? You'll get ill whether you're on the road or sitting at home. If you get too ill? Sell the rig.

I can understand the worry, but don't let them hold you back from your dreams. It's not like you're taking up base jumping or something similar. With modern communication situations it's not like you'll ever be much more than ten digits away.
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Old 04-09-2014, 12:55 PM   #39
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Our 3 grown kids were at first a little shocked and sadden that we would not be around for the holidays/birthdays like our tradition have always been. They asked allot of questions and what ifs...But as we transition through this process of downsizing so we can sell our house, they are all on board and support our decision to full time and see America the Beautiful. And one said when we are tired or can no longer live the full time life we can stay with his family. Not that any of this is easy (especially getting rid of stuff and the thought of not being physically close to our family), but it is an exciting time of our life and we feel blessed that our kids are supportive.

p.s. The kids also know there is no inheritance, so they better get what they want out of the house, cause that's it !
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If you get ill? You'll get ill whether you're on the road or sitting at home. If you get too ill? Sell the rig.

I can understand the worry, but don't let them hold you back from your dreams. It's not like you're taking up base jumping or something similar. With modern communication situations it's not like you'll ever be much more than ten digits away.

That's right. Plus, there are services like those offered by Good Sam that will assist you with all types of things like finding doctors, getting emergency transportation home and even taking care of your pet if there's an emergency on the road. For people who need that sort of peace of mind there are plenty of safety nets available out there for a little extra cash.
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