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Old 07-23-2010, 04:24 AM
 
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go to fl,55+ manufactured home(trailer) parks are going cheap 3-5 k ,lot rent for trailer $400.-$600. a month,try to find a person who will share the lot rent with you.
as for me I have a nephew who has kids and needs a place to stay while visiting the theme parks in central fl, and a haven from snow a week or two during the winter......I enjoy the company!
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Old 07-23-2010, 08:01 AM
 
Location: Henderson, NV
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Default Snowbirding with pets

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Just wondering. Has anyone tried the snowbird route with pets; either dogs or cats. Did you just move them with you and how did you do this? Thanks
I fly from WI to NV with one cat and plan to do the reverse next June. Check with your airline if you're planning to fly with a pet. Some are allowed in the cabin with you if in an approved carrier. There is also a special compartment in the cargo hold for pets -- pressurized and temperature controlled. Certificate of health within 10 days of travel is needed. Charges of $150 exceeded my ticket price! Pretty traumatic the first time but will be come routine after a while.
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Old 07-23-2010, 06:39 PM
 
Location: Bay Area
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Just wondering. Has anyone tried the snowbird route with pets; either dogs or cats. Did you just move them with you and how did you do this? Thanks
We have a cat that we take back and forth with us. It's not much of a problem since we drive. However we do take 2 days to make the trip since the cat won't eat / drink / use the litter box while we're traveling. We've found that nearly every hotel / motel alongside the highways will allow pets.

MOST of our snowbirding friends have dogs, (seems to be a common stand in after the kids moved out), and they fly / drive with them. The pet becomes a snowbird too!
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Old 07-23-2010, 06:42 PM
 
Location: Bay Area
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our plan is to use our pa home as a base from april to nov and then rent someplace different , furnished , every year down south.

Mathjak, here's my idea. I think colleges and universities should open their dorms and cafeterias over the summer. Retirees, snowbirds, etc could rent a dorm room for 2 or 3 months, get a cafeteria pass if they want, attend classes (or not), explore the area. It'd be a revenue stream that doesn't exist for them now, and folks like us could pick just about anyplace in the US and go spend the summer there.
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Old 07-29-2010, 03:28 PM
 
Location: North Pittsburgh
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I usually go somewhere warm every winter. I just rent a furnished condo and get a rental car for the time I'm there. It gives me the freedom to pick a different place each winter.
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Old 07-30-2010, 09:07 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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Hi,
Thank you for your responses regarding pets and snowbirding. I guess it is manageable. Like you said, the first time would be the hardest. That is why I am giving this alot of thought. I am still working so I have time to think about it. I have also heard of airline that flies "pets only" so that they don't have to fly cargo.
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Old 08-03-2010, 07:24 PM
 
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I am wondering how it would work out to be a snowbird. Snowbirding is when you live in a place that is cold during winter, so you go south for the winter. I've seen it called sunbirding too.

Does anyone do this?

I am trying to think how it would be done. Would you own 2 homes or just find a furnished place to rent? You wouldn't want to move your furniture everytime you went south so there must be a way to do this.
I live in S. Florida (my primary residence) and the poconos, six and six. No income tax in Florida, so I'll keep my primary there unless things change. I've been doing this since age 47. I'm 51. I have homes in both places. Both ae paid off.

I save a lot on energy bills and, of course mortagage payments. Both of my homes are modest. One is in a modest gated community. The other is not. If one can work it out work and income wise, it's actually cheaper than living in one place year round. I use ooma phone service. It's only 120 per year and I use the same phone number at both homes. I save about 1k a year on phone service with ooma. I have lawn service in Fl that cost me little as jobs are scarce and people will work for less. The house in Pa needs no lawn service when I'm not there. I do it myself when I am.
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Old 08-05-2010, 07:13 PM
 
Location: O-H-I-O
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I live in S. Florida (my primary residence) and the poconos, six and six. No income tax in Florida, so I'll keep my primary there unless things change. I've been doing this since age 47. I'm 51. I have homes in both places. Both ae paid off.

I save a lot on energy bills and, of course mortagage payments. Both of my homes are modest. One is in a modest gated community. The other is not. If one can work it out work and income wise, it's actually cheaper than living in one place year round. I use ooma phone service. It's only 120 per year and I use the same phone number at both homes. I save about 1k a year on phone service with ooma. I have lawn service in Fl that cost me little as jobs are scarce and people will work for less. The house in Pa needs no lawn service when I'm not there. I do it myself when I am.
I am going to be living 7 months in Florida and 5 months in Ohio! I amtrying to estimate how much my electricity and/or gas bills would be in each state. Any ideas?
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Old 12-27-2010, 09:30 PM
 
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We have a dog "Dee Ohh Gee" a 16 lb Shi-sui & a Persian-Hymalian, she's 20 and travel like a Prinsas. We go back & forth between a little farm town just North of Great Falls MT & San Felipe, Baja, Mexico. We go down in March & October and stay 2 or 3 months.
We have kids & Gran Kids up here & along the way so it's fun.
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Old 12-29-2010, 07:07 AM
 
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I usually go somewhere warm every winter. I just rent a furnished condo and get a rental car for the time I'm there. It gives me the freedom to pick a different place each winter.
PghREA if you dont mind would you say how much you pay per month, or whatever, for a car. We are trying to find a decent deal for a month in AZ but the prices are around $900 and I am not talking about renting from the airport rental desks there.

Thank you in advance.
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