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Old 11-13-2018, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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Yeah Im somewhere in the middle. I can understand the attraction but don't think it's for me for the foreseeable future. I wish I had done something like this when I was younger (would have even just used a van or small car) but now with a young family that time has passed. Perhaps things will change in a few decades but I don't anticipate it.

The other issue is that I am very much a city traveler and like to spend most of my time in urban areas/concrete jungles. I can definitely see the appeal of being able to park at a campsite and explore nature, or park by a lake, mountain top, etc, but for me that would only be fun for a week at a time. Given my propensity for urban escapades, it makes much more sense to just get hotels or STRs than be a full-time RVer.
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Old 11-13-2018, 02:06 PM
 
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Spend retirement in an RV? To quote Marlon Brando, "the horror, the horror."
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Old 11-13-2018, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Loudon, TN
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Have they spent a protracted length of time RVing before?

I was looking at a world cruise for us in 2020 while being very aware that there's a huge difference between being on a ship for 11 days and really living on a ship for 132 days. Same goes for RVing.

I would never try to discourage anyone from following their dream. But I am concerned about the crowds on the interstates. With this bustling economy, there are more big rigs than ever on the road. I went from Northern California to Colorado this summer, through 8 states in two weeks. There would be even more trucks on the roads but manufacturers can't keep up with the orders flowing in.

What health insurance solution did they come up with?
They've owned their RV for several years and spend a week or two at a time in it several times a year. My bro actually lived in a small travel trailer once for a couple years, so he's aware of the limitations. Both he and his wife were bus drivers for the last 20+ years, so they are very comfortable on the highway. They plan to camp at each location for a month or two before moving on.

They have retiree health insurance through their employer, but they will have to take the "out of state" option, a PPO plan until they are old enough for Medicare, and then it will be an advantage plan.
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Old 11-13-2018, 03:20 PM
 
Location: Sierra Nevada Land, CA
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I know a couple of people who ended up spending a lot more than they thought they would. The guy who started my company says he mostly does it because he likes having so much of his stuff with him and sometimes he goes to remote places without having to rough it. But he said over the long haul, with the purchase (he does have a nice RV), gas, insurance, maintenance and campsite fees at popular destinations, his nightly costs would pay for a really nice hotel room instead.
So how long does it take to break even on a $60,000 RV that gets 8 miles to a gallon of gas? Compared to a car that gets 30 mph? With RV campground fees what they are you’re saving maybe $70 a night over a three star motel. Plus you are having to drive this big vehicle. When my mother retired she and her boyfriend tried the RV .lifestyle. They were burned out after four months. Fortunately she did not sell her house.
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They have retiree health insurance through their employer, but they will have to take the "out of state" option, a PPO plan until they are old enough for Medicare, and then it will be an advantage plan.
As a trained Medicare counselor, just know that if you need medical help with an Advantage plan and you are out of your network, which is easy to do when you are traveling you will not be covered. Advantage plans are not a good idea for people who like to travel. Come to my tourist area of CA, get sick with an Advantage plan and you will be paying for treatment out of pocket.

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Old 11-13-2018, 06:45 PM
 
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One other thing no one seems to mention: RVs are not really built for full time living. (I've never owned an expensive motor home so maybe those are different). The floors tend to give out over time. The other thing is cleaning that small space. You basically move everything from the front of the trailer to the back, clean, then move it all from the back to the front. I've spent several years living in travel trailers. I'd like a house to grow old in.
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Old 11-13-2018, 07:57 PM
 
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It sounds fun to me, but I think my goats and chickens would disagree.
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Old 11-13-2018, 11:17 PM
 
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It sounds fun to me, but I think my goats and chickens would disagree.
Eat the goats and chickens and then you are free to travel.
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Old 11-13-2018, 11:24 PM
 
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I just don't see the attraction to being in an RV all the time. It seems like there would be problems every day. Just driving a huge beast of an RV through big city traffic would be more stress than I want in retirement. If I want to see the USA, there are planes and hotel rooms that would suit me just fine.

Good point. For reasons I cannot begin to understand many Americans have to have an RV that is as big as a mobile home. My wife and I full timed in a truck camper. It was plenty comfortable with a queen sized bed, 3 burner stove, double sink, refrigerator, shower, A/C, heat, hot water, and enough storage for year around clothing, computers, camera gear and other toys. I am currently in Death Valley and just spent the past couple hours listening to Tom Cruise in the Last Samurai. Tomorrow I move on to the Mojave Preserve... no hotel rooms there.
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Old 11-13-2018, 11:29 PM
 
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One other thing no one seems to mention: RVs are not really built for full time living. (I've never owned an expensive motor home so maybe those are different). The floors tend to give out over time. The other thing is cleaning that small space. You basically move everything from the front of the trailer to the back, clean, then move it all from the back to the front. I've spent several years living in travel trailers. I'd like a house to grow old in.
We bought ours used and then lived in it full time for 2 years and part time for 6 more years. There is nothing at all wrong with the floors, or toilet, or shower, or bed, or fridge...... I have had some minor repairs such as replacing the water pump, but those have been really minor compared with maintaining a house. I have no idea what you are talking about with the cleaning issues. I have nothing to move..there is no furniture. I wipe down the dusty surfaces and sweep the floors. There is a lot, lot less to clean when compared with a house.
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Old 11-14-2018, 07:09 AM
 
Location: Loudon, TN
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We bought ours used and then lived in it full time for 2 years and part time for 6 more years. There is nothing at all wrong with the floors, or toilet, or shower, or bed, or fridge...... I have had some minor repairs such as replacing the water pump, but those have been really minor compared with maintaining a house. I have no idea what you are talking about with the cleaning issues. I have nothing to move..there is no furniture. I wipe down the dusty surfaces and sweep the floors. There is a lot, lot less to clean when compared with a house.
That's what I was wondering...move what? Everything is attached to the floor. Sweep & mop, or vacuum, wipe down surfaces, done. I can probably clean an RV faster than I can clean my bedroom and bath.
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