Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-23-2018, 04:56 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
RVBuff's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Charlotte, NC
Posts: 136
Aging RVers

As an aging RVer (80 years old at next birthday) but still in good health, I'm beginning to wonder how long I might expect to continue the RV lifestyle. One concern I have is whether to invest substantially in a new truck or trailer, considering I might not use it too many more years. I'd like to hear from others who still drive and camp in their later years, and general thoughts on the subject. Thoughts and opinions from younger as well as older campers would be welcome.
__________________

__________________
RVBuff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2018, 05:01 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
BandJCarm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Between Pickles Gap and Toad Suck, AR
Posts: 5,857
Quote:
Originally Posted by RVBuff View Post
As an aging RVer (80 years old at next birthday) but still in good health, I'm beginning to wonder how long I might expect to continue the RV lifestyle. One concern I have is whether to invest substantially in a new truck or trailer, considering I might not use it too many more years. I'd like to hear from others who still drive and camp in their later years, and general thoughts on the subject. Thoughts and opinions from younger as well as older campers would be welcome.
After losing 4 of my old high school buddies, suddenly, within the last 3 months, I'm spending every nickle I have and leaving nothing to anyone......other than possessions I already own. If I could afford a new truck every year, I'd buy one.

The thought is understandable. But as a 70 year old with health problems, and DW's health problems, we're hooking up, heading out, eating well, and howling at the moon.

If you go less, you go less. But you would have what you need when/if you do go.
__________________

__________________
"Next to prayer, fishing is the most personal relationship of man" Herbert Hoover
"American by Birth, Southern by the Grace of God"Lewis Grizzard

FROG AR-0019-242
2016 GMC Denali 3500Dually--2017 CC 36CKTS
BandJCarm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2018, 05:03 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
CampingGator's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: North Central Florida
Posts: 1,556
I guess that’s an individual answer with a lot of variables. What I would suggest is finding a used TT that is in good condition. You might look in retirement areas to see what you find. Others in your shoes may have bought new, but decided not to (or couldn’t) keep traveling for one reason or another. Same with your truck.
__________________
_____________________________________________

2010 Ford F-150 Crew Cab
2015 Salem Hemisphere 263RL
CampingGator is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2018, 05:18 PM   #4
Recently new!
 
Paulie1138's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Arizona, in The Land of Scorch!
Posts: 1,100
Send a message via AIM to Paulie1138
Think deeply over this. Decide what you are comfortable with, personally and financially. You only have so many more trips around the nearest star. Get the size you are comfortable with. Only you know your limitations. Get near or outside of your comfort zone, the trip become anxious and difficult.

Above all, be reasonable with your expectations. also, keep in mind your physical limitations with whatever you get. You will have to hook and unhook. Be safe, have fun!
__________________
1987 Starcraft Nova tent trailer, purch. '87, sold 8.14
2013 Crusader 290RLT bought new, 8.14 lotsa mods!
2001 Ford F-250 7.3
Loving wife, R.I.P., 6/6/19
and Mason the always dirty dog! R.I.P, 2/19
Paulie1138 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2018, 05:22 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
Witch Doctor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Clarksville Va.
Posts: 10,114
As long as you are feeling good and not a danger to yourself or others, just keep going, my father in law is 93 and still plays golf and rides his dirt bike. He says he feels great, god bless him. Get what's best for you nobody else. Get out as much as you can an enjoy yourself, there are no promises of tomorrow,
__________________
Coachmen M/H
Concord
2018 / 300 DSC

Witch Doctor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2018, 06:11 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: North of Seattle, WA
Posts: 6,295
If you stay active as you grow old many health issues are mitigated.

A year ago I had a quad bypass thanks to my dad's genes. He died at 58 of Coronary Artery Disease.

I kept bugging my Dr's as to when I could resume my activities. Today I feel better than I ever did and have no plans to stop traveling. If I need a new vehicle it will happen. I think of myself the same as a piece of equipment. If I take care of the mechanics, feed on good fuel, and keep the parts moving, it will be a long time before I rust and become immobile.

Sitting around and wondering how long one has left is a good way to waste a lot of that time they do have left.

I'm approaching 76 and have no plans to slow down. So far I've been camping for over 60 days and have driven over 5,000 miles. Getting ready to hit the road for another month (or more) and another 4,000 miles.

FWIW, I know of people who've been going strong with their RV's into their late 80's and early 90's. Age is becoming more and more "just a number".
__________________
"A wise man can change his mind. A fool never will."

"Sometimes you're the dog, sometimes you're the tree"

2018 Flagstaff Micro Lite 25BDS
2004 Nissan Titan
TitanMike is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2018, 06:43 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Warsaw,NC
Posts: 7,184
I thought that at 75 I would quit driving all over. But now I hope to keep camping a little longer. I would like to talk DW into me getting a dually but not much hope there. Im planning a trip to Alaska next year and after that trip I would like to trade campers, wish me luck on that one. I have a friend who is 82 and still camping. I am going to stop driving 500 miles a day, 250 would be nice
spock123 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2018, 06:55 PM   #8
Georgia Rally Coordinator
 
aceinspp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: GA
Posts: 15,114
Being I'm 75 I would hope to be able to travel for a few more years. A new camper is not in the future but I did buy a new truck. I can justify the truck but not a camper as how long can one continue to do so camping. Can always use the truck. Later RJD
__________________
2020 Shasta Phoenix SPF 27RKSS
2018 Dodge Ram 2500 6.4 3:73 gearing. Traded 2015 Chevy 2500 6.0, 4:10 gear
Traded 2015 30WRLIKS V-Lite
Days camped 2018 67
Days camped 2019 62
aceinspp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2018, 07:41 PM   #9
Camper Bruce
 
CamperBruce's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2017
Posts: 26
Send a message via Yahoo to CamperBruce
too old to camp ?

I am 56 years old so I hope I am old enough to comment on this post, I think I am, my DW and I are on vacation and we were visiting with relatives that are in there 90's. All thought they are not campers, my wife was asking them what was there secret to living long lives and there response was keeping active in your life. I think as long as you are capable of camping and your enjoying your self - keep camping
CamperBruce is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2018, 08:10 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: Baraboo, WI
Posts: 283
I am only 63 but feel much younger. Getting old is a state of mind, but you don't have choice but to get older. We bought a new TT this year, took it on the road for a month and sold it for what we paid for it. It took about 20 minutes on Craigs List (in late June) to find a buyer. That TT was not right for us. The next day, I found the right TT, my wife agreed, and we bought it. We did 7000 miles around the east coast in 5 weeks this year. Next year will be about the same mileage and time in the Rockies. By the way, my wife had a stroke at age 42 and she claims that getting back into travelling for the last 8 years has been her motivation/inspiration to keep getting better. Most people do not notice that she has limited mobility because she doesn't let her abilities stop her. We have been questioned a few times about using campsites that are for disabled people. We praise God that we are able to continue doing this activity that we both love. When it is time to slow down, we will know it, but until then, we will keep on putting on miles.
BarabooBob is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2018, 08:23 PM   #11
2018 Dynaquest 38TS
 
Join Date: Jun 2018
Location: Green Bay, Wi
Posts: 92
We have good friends that like to camp but do not feel comfortable pulling the trailer any more. He has friends or family pull the trailer to the campground and help set it up and come pick it up when done. If you want to do something there is always a way to do it.
DR Quest is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2018, 09:44 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
5er_tom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Durham, NC
Posts: 2,035
We are 73 and 71, with plans to RV for another 2-3 years, at least. Have a 2015 5th wheel and thanks to a blown engine a new, 2018, TV. I don't think we will be those folks who RV into their 80's and 90's. We have fully covered the USA and lots of Canada. I hope we quit this lifestyle while we are on the upside.

It is great to be looking down at grass.
__________________
Tom & Rene
Durham, NC

2015 Wildcat 295RSX
2018 Ford F-350, 4x4, Diesel, CC, Long Bed
5er_tom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2018, 01:16 AM   #13
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2018
Location: TEXAS
Posts: 1,426
Quote:
Originally Posted by RVBuff View Post
One concern I have is whether to invest substantially in a newtruck or trailer, considering I might not use it too many more years.
If you can afford it, go for it.

No one knows how many years they are going to be able to camp.... no matter what their age.

You don't want to look back and say.... sure wish I'd bought that new rig a few years ago.
__________________
2015 Dynamax REV 24TB class C
Reverse_snowbird is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2018, 04:33 AM   #14
Member
 
JC70's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: Concord, New Hampshire
Posts: 59
I'm almost 71 and still in good health with all my wits about me. My DW is a little younger and still working. She will retire in two years at which point we will purchase our first MH, a Force, and hit the road. As long as I can drive safely, I plan to go. My advice, for what it is worth, is to go for it. Live life as it comes and take it one day at a time. Don't slow down until you have to. My plan is to keep pushing along until that day comes when I can't. Life is to be lived, every moment of it. Hope to see you out there on the road. Safe travels.
JC70 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2018, 09:58 AM   #15
Senior Member
 
RVBuff's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Charlotte, NC
Posts: 136
Thanks

Thanks everyone for your wonderful comments, but I'm still hoping to hear from someone older than me...say 85 or 90...who's still going strong. Please keep the comments coming.
__________________
RVBuff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2018, 10:04 AM   #16
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: North of Seattle, WA
Posts: 6,295
Quote:
Originally Posted by RVBuff View Post
Thanks everyone for your wonderful comments, but I'm still hoping to hear from someone older than me...say 85 or 90...who's still going strong. Please keep the comments coming.
Those older folks you want to hear from are probably out camping where there's no internet service.
TitanMike is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2018, 10:13 AM   #17
Recently new!
 
Paulie1138's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Arizona, in The Land of Scorch!
Posts: 1,100
Send a message via AIM to Paulie1138
My dad RV’d until he was 86, then his abilities started to become his liabilities. He knew it was time to let it go, gave me the keys to sell it. Very sad day for him and mom.

Drive it while you can, be VERY aware of your limitations, give it up when you are unable to. Key here, is be safe, aware, and be ready to acknowledge that time when your abilities are not what they need to be driving and tending to the needs of RV’ing. It is just one small driving error that will kill you, or that family in the car next to you !

It really boils down to this: it is not “I think I can”, but rather....CAN YOU REALLY?????
__________________
1987 Starcraft Nova tent trailer, purch. '87, sold 8.14
2013 Crusader 290RLT bought new, 8.14 lotsa mods!
2001 Ford F-250 7.3
Loving wife, R.I.P., 6/6/19
and Mason the always dirty dog! R.I.P, 2/19
Paulie1138 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2018, 10:25 AM   #18
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: Dayton Ohio
Posts: 1,236
Modern vehicles are much easier to drive.

Soon all the truck manufacturers will have the fancy driving aides and even self steering.

Far safer for the seniors.

I told the kids I was looking for a new sports car. I had always wanted a 911 convertible. Due to price it would be 10 years old.

The kids pressured me into buying a new car with lane control and emergency braking and blind spot monitors.

The DW and I feel much safer in it. A jag.

When you start denting stuff up it is the time to quit.
tomkatb is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2018, 11:15 AM   #19
Senior Member
 
DAISY BOYKIN's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: SUNSHINE STATE
Posts: 1,740
Send a message via Skype™ to DAISY BOYKIN
Birth Number

The birth number that was handed to me on a birth certificate, drivers license, is just a number as far as I'm concerned. I will be a number of 83 on my next birthday. Sort of thought about slowing down with the camping but then again sort of thought about what the heck would I do if I slowed down????? I like my life style, could be faster I think sometimes. But why rush things for I have plenty of time to do the things I like. Camping/ Travel and hunting are at the top of my list. Hunting is a pastime of mostly sitting in the woods watching nature. Now camping/ traveling has taken a place at the top of my list. I don't do those 500 miles a day anymore (why rush things) 300 miles is a good number. I would like to have a NEW fifth wheel, but the one I have now serves DW and ME very well. Anyway it was paid for the day I pulled it off the lot and my 2014 F-250 likewise. I rise every morning at 5 AM (NAVY LIFE HABIT), I'm afraid I will miss something that may happen that early.

MY suggestion, don't count the B'DAY numbers, do what you feel like doing. Go get the new camper if you enjoy RVing, You can't take the $$$$$ with you. Enjoy life to the fullest. I have had both knees replaced, left kidney removed and a few other modifications to the body to extend my enjoyment
while on this great earth. If I go unexpected well, I enjoyed my time here.
But why slow down or sit down and just wait on the final day number. Enjoy
as much as your brain will let you.
That is my take on my being here enjoying what I like to do.
Will be heading out on the 6th OCT for the BAMA rally and who knows where after that.
__________________
Sid, Lois & HRH MISSY Terrible 3s SHIH TZU
2011 ROCKWOOD 8285 WS
2014 F-250 KING RANCH PS 6.7L/SWD/6R140/BFT
TST Truck System Technologies TM-507SE
DAYS CAMPED 2018 60 DAYS
DAISY BOYKIN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2018, 11:41 AM   #20
Senior Member
 
CampingGator's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: North Central Florida
Posts: 1,556
I just thought of another idea. What about downsizing to a Class B? The smaller, more van-size might be easier to handle in all kinds of situations, including driving, pulling into a camp site, and parking. Just a thought to consider.
__________________

__________________
_____________________________________________

2010 Ford F-150 Crew Cab
2015 Salem Hemisphere 263RL
CampingGator is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Forest River, Inc. or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:16 PM.


×