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Old 01-10-2014, 09:50 AM   #1
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My wife and I retired a couple of months ago and decided to fulfill a long time goal of traveling the USA as full time RV'ers. We picked up a used 27' Forest River Wildcat 5th Wheel with a 2002 F250 V10. We are divesting ourselves of major possessions even our beautiful home in Oceanside, CA. It looks like we will start our journey on April 1st. In the meantime we are learning about our new home on wheels and deciding what we need and don't need for a life on the road.
For our first adventure we are going to Quartsite, AZ in two weeks for a five day trial. We are very excited and have a lot of questions. So I'm looking to the seasoned RV'ers on this forum to help me out. Hopefully in a few months or years I'll be able to return the favor.
Thanks for allowing me to join this group.
See ya on the road.

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Old 01-10-2014, 10:12 AM   #2
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Welcome. And, have fun fulfilling my dream.

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Old 01-10-2014, 10:15 AM   #3
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The best thing to do is camp in your driveway for a week or so before you get rid of stuff and house......especially with a used rig......even a new one will have a number of problems.....get rid of the bugs before doing anything by living where it will be easy to fix items....good luck with the new life.....I would plan on having to replace everything with a 2002 rig as items are used they will fail at a high rate......

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Old 01-10-2014, 11:42 AM   #4
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Congrats and enjoy your new lifestyle!
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Old 01-10-2014, 11:53 AM   #5
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Welcome Kenl, You tricked me at first by your Heading (Retired RVer)! I though you were (Ending) your RV lifestyle,like my Inlaws did after (60) years of Travel with a RV. Good luck on your New lifestyle. Youroo!!
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Old 01-10-2014, 12:55 PM   #6
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We're retired and are starting to live our retirement dream-traveling and sight-seeing in all 49 states and Canada. We've just ended our 87th night since buying ours on 9/4/2013. We've been to 12 different locations, spending a bulk of the time in a KOA near our daughter and our first grandchild. We figured out we could do this full time after our first trip home after being gone 2 months. What is holding us back is that my 90 year old mom lives near us and what do we do with our precious things? Basically a rhetorical question. We know one day we'd go back into some sort of residence.
The best advice we read on here about buying things-as we have to watch our weight...sleep on it first! If you think you still need it the next day or two, buy it! That has helped us cut out unnecessary buying!
Wishing you the best and look forward to hearing some other advice!
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Old 01-10-2014, 06:38 PM   #7
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Old 01-10-2014, 08:40 PM   #8
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Welcome to the forum and to your new lives!

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