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Hi everybody. We have been trying to sell our home for 2 years now. We updated the whole house and lowered it to what it is accessed at. We cannot wait to go fulltime. I have many friends that live all over the US that we want vist. This is our plan. Hope to meet everyone soon.

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Thumbs up to all those who posted. This sounds exciting and perhaps one day I will travel, meet new people and share good memories with new friends!

 

Wishing you safe journeys, many blessings and abundance of joy!

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My advice is that you check out EVERYTHING about where you want to relocate...taxes, State rates for license and fees, regulations for whatever rig you might end up buying and quality of medical care available for your disability (or any other) issues. 

I knew a fellow who work-camped alone for years, he traveled with his little dog and lived in a Class C motor home. He made friends and was able to get on his feet emotionally and is now successfully working at a career he loves. 

If you are working state to state be certain to set your state of residence as one where there is no income tax or you could end up paying income tax in two states. Been there...done that! 

Good luck in making your decision for yourself. 

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The Mrs & I retired young, before 50.  So living frugally has always been our way of life.  We have a been living the RV life part time for over 15 years.  We started out in baby steps.  (Actually had an ultra small vintage 1985 U-haul fiberglass camper). We called it our rolling bed and breakfast.  We stayed at an campground park for 6 weeks.  Traveling on day trips from there. (Montana). We upgraded to a 1984 Fleetwood after 4 years in the the little camper.  Again we managed by staying at one central location then could afford taking vacations far from there.  (We kept our RV in storage in Montana and drive out each year then drive it to our destination)rather than driving it back and forth. Although we currently have a home in the south where we spend the winter and spring. So don’t think that you have to take your rig everywhere.  I recommend that you either buy a used rig or rent, before you commit to an expensive rig.  Downsizing the amount of stuff that you have is an annual thing with us.  The adventure awaits you being “out”, not cooping up in your rig.  Our monthly lot rent at the campground comes with full hookup & WiFi at $675 a month. Our storage space is $45 a month.  We paid cash for our Fleetwood.  So we figure around $4000 is the overall annual cost, plus we take mini excursions and vacations from our vacation, adds about $9000. It’s really affordable for us for 7 months on the road overall and our  base home expenses.  Annually I think we’re under 40,000.  Health insurance is the biggest expense for us, like most retirees. But look honestly at your budget and comfort level and what YOU want to do.  

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We purchased our first RV years ago and traveled to warmer climates and work camped for several years. In the summer we returned to our home base in the North Country to maintain lawns etc. it is a big move and I would recommend trying the seasonal RVing for at least a year to see if you like the lifestyle and are ready to cut ties with home, stuff, friends and community. Prepare to go minimal and enjoy each other. Be sure that you define the expectation you each have for household chores, cooking, alone time, hobbies, etc. write it out so you can really be certain you can live with the other persons expectations and needs. Aging presents more challenges as abilities begin to lessen. Talk it out...all the what if’s you can think of and again write it down and think about your needs and your partners needs. After all,if you are not happy individuals it won’t matter where you are parked.
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What if you're like me? I am single, live alone on $1523/month SSDI. My rent, cable, utilities have all gone up. I cannot afford to live here anymore (NJ). I have thought of RVing full time out of my car but since this is depression and not a physical disability, I have to go 2x month for counseling. That is my hold up. How do I do that without the SSA deeming me mentally fit because I am "seeing the country"?

 

I've thought of moving to someplace cheaper like, SC, but I have heard that the SSA adjusts benefits accordingly.

 

Anyone have any thoughts and suggestions?

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A couple of years ago I remember reading about a full time RV couple from Tennessee who ran into a little trouble with the state.  They were having their mail forwarded from a mail stop location once a month.  Things that needed a mail address: bank statements, DMV notices for license and registrations, insurance, etc.  When they requested a absentee ballot to vote, the Sec. of State declared they were not residents of the state because they had been gone on the road for over a year.  I believe AARP helped them with the situation and cleared it up.  So do a little research to make sure you don't become a couple without a state.

 

Instead of selling the house, we have considered putting the contents in storage and turn the house over to a rental management company to rent it out while we're gone.  Get an RV and go 300 miles at a time and use the RV as a base to explore in a 150 mile radius for a month.  Then mosey down the road another 300 miles.  Travel the northern US in the summer, and southern in the winter.  Should only take 3-5 years.  Add a few cruises once in a while.

 

Good luck to you!!

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Not for me thanks.  Too confining!  (Can’t get away from each other)

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When I retired we sold our home and bought a 36 foot RV.  We chose to go where our ancestor had gone.  We had to go to 29 of the 50 US states to find their graves and homes because most of our ancestors had come from Europe in the 1600's. We would rairly spend more than a month in one location but when we did move it was often less than 400 miles with the exception for wintering along the Gulf coast.  We spent 18 years on the road.  We were able to learn more about our ancestors than most people do. The day did come six years ago when I told my wife I was tired and we should settle down. "Of all the places we have been," I asked, "where do you want to settle?"  Her reply was, "Where the sun shines all the time."  That is why we returned to Las Cruces, New Mexico. 

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We like to travel, but living in that small of space for a long period of time, I just don't think would work out well. We both dislike hotels, we call them glorified jail cells. What is the best way to travel?

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