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Old 09-14-2019, 01:39 PM   #1
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Snowbird or full time.

Hi folks My dw and myself are looking into doing one or the other.we are debating on selling the house.we just aren't sure which way to go. We really enjoy have the house. So we can have all the grandbabies over. But at the same time we really enjoy our time in the camper. Can anyone help with some pros and cons on both? Thank you in advance for any and all input.

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Old 09-14-2019, 02:02 PM   #2
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We kept the house and have a 5th wheel in Arizona that we spend the winters in. We also have the motor home for traveling around in the summers and back and forth to AZ. We usually take 7-10 days coming and going and take a 2-3 week trip, plus several 2-3 day trips, over the summer. Also a few short trips when in AZ.


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Old 09-14-2019, 02:03 PM   #3
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We snowbird. Leave home 1 Nov and return 1 May.
We love our camper, but is is nice to come back to the house. That way we have nice weather year round and a place to come back to for repairs, gardening, friends, etc. Not to mention all the stuff we've accumulated over the years that we can't take with us while camping.
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Old 09-14-2019, 02:08 PM   #4
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Thank you folks for the input.
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Old 09-14-2019, 03:00 PM   #5
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We're not retired yet, but we've been in "retirement prep" for awhile... We built a 1 BR cabin and sold our 3 BR home about 5-6 years ago. The plan is to take seasonal volunteer spots and jobs in state or National Parks out west, then return to our mild TN winters. And when we get to a point where we're sick of traveling, or if we end up with health and/or mobility issues, that we will have our home to land in.

I built our cabin with "aging in place" in mind, so we have wide doorways, no narrow hallways, bedroom on the main level with lots of room around the bed for a wheelchair or walker, and a roomy bathroom with seats in the shower and handicap height toilet. I also built the porch so that a ramp could be added on if needed, and our stairs are low rise. Comforts that a camper just can't accommodate as we age.
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Old 09-14-2019, 03:22 PM   #6
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We've been retired for over 5 years now. For the past 3 years, we've been "Rainbirds"(the Western Washington version of a Snowbird) and have traveled south from February to May.
We will continue to do this until we decide to sell our house. The DW still prefers a home base, though I'm a bit of a gypsy and would love the fulltime lifestyle.
When we head south, we explore different areas to see where we would like to downsize to. I'm not a desert person but the DW loves heat and sun and the Arizona desert. I'm a surfer and want to be near the ocean.
So with our differences, it won't be easy to decide where unless we move to Costa Rica.
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Old 09-14-2019, 03:31 PM   #7
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keep the house but still travel we all get old and will need a real home to come to.
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Old 09-14-2019, 04:15 PM   #8
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My two cents is if you can afford to do both then keep the house as long as you like and it will suit your needs down the road. Once I retire we won't be able to afford our house, it's very maintenance intensive and it costs a small fortune to keep it up. We'll be selling in about 9 months and going full time until we can find a place to live that we can afford on my pension, then shift back to part time.
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Old 09-14-2019, 04:38 PM   #9
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Long story, short version. Sold house 3-4 years before retirement in an up market so we didnít need to deal with selling in a bad market. Worked out pretty good. Moved to our northern Michigan forever ďretirementĒ home (small HC accessible home) as soon as we retired. Spent every February and March in Gulf Shores Alabama. Youngest son and DIL had a baby in SW Michigan. Sell retirement house move to be close to children and grandchildren and still go to Alabama for two months each winter. Love being home more than we like being away. Yard work, projects, friends and family. Will always keep home as main base even though we travel extensively including our two months south. Everyone has different interests and desires. Whatís right for some may not be for others.
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Old 09-14-2019, 04:57 PM   #10
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my 3 year dream is our currant large 5th wheel on an inexpensive seasonal lot in michiagn (home) an inexpensive park model in flordia for winters and a small towable 1/2 unit to travel some in. Sell the house and loose the big truck to keep expenses to a minimum.
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Old 09-14-2019, 05:17 PM   #11
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Snowbirds in the past. Nov 1 to FL. Back to NC mountains around mid April. But this year we intend to be in AZ and NM during Oct & Nov. If all goes well, heading out for 3 months in the spring. We won't sell our house until they drag us both into the nursing home!!

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Old 09-14-2019, 05:58 PM   #12
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Friends of ours did something interesting. They bought two older 5th wheel trailers. They keep one in NY and one in FL. They have 6 month seasonal lot rentals for each, and at the end of the season they move them to "Storage" spaces in the campground property at greatly reduced rent. They don't own a tow vehicle, they just pay a small fee to the campgrounds for moving them.

She loves to decorate, and he likes smaller mechanical and carpentry projects. For the first few years they both worked to turn the basic trailer interiors into their dream homes.
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Old 09-14-2019, 06:03 PM   #13
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BIL and wife have a house up north. They bought a park model in the campground they had been going to each winter.

Now they have a camper at the house to take grandkids camping while home for the summer as well as a place to go for the winter.

They like it better since the stress of hauling the camper south and north again is gone.
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Wife and I are still working age with a family. We started fulltiming by renting our house. Our situation wasn’t good for renting; we bought it in 2005- right at the tail end of the housing bubble. We owed a lot on it and couldn’t get enough for rent to fully cover the mortgage. But, we wanted to be able to have a fallback plan in case fulltiming didn’t work out. After 2 years, we sold it.

When we want to see family, we swing through our hometown and will coordinate visits with family members there.
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Old 09-14-2019, 11:28 PM   #15
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Expect we will always have a home base ... family and grand kids
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Old 09-15-2019, 12:50 PM   #16
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Thank you folks for all the input. I retired 6 Years ago. Our baby is 24. We have talked to kids about it and they have said that if we go full time we can park at their houses when we want. Also the kids said they can plan trips to meet up with us. Part of my issue is that I love doing yard work. And some of the house maintenance.
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Old 09-15-2019, 12:55 PM   #17
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The DW and I have been Winter Texans for the past 6 years. We leave Iowa in December and go down to South Parde Island and return home in late April early May depending on the weather at home. We are in no rush to return early if the weather is not to our liking. We do a lot of face time with our family back at home. There are 3 other couples that live in our town and we all go down around the same time and return at different times. We will keep our home as it is a ranch and suits our needs for retirement. We will continue to do this as long as our health allows us to do so. Hopefully many more years.
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Old 09-15-2019, 02:33 PM   #18
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You've essentially answered your own question. I would hope that you don't sell yet, especially if it feels good to get home after being gone for months, and if you miss family and friends when away. New adventure is wonderful but you are in a position to do both. You're lucky!
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Old 09-15-2019, 04:31 PM   #19
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Full time. Kept the house, and our son lives in it. Comeback periodically to see the grandchild. Travel around the country to see our other relatives.
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