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Define "Fulltiming" 14 years 5 months ago #222

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I consider myself a "Fulltimer" because my home is a 1993 Winnebago Vectra and I carry everything I own with me. I own no sticks and pay no school or property taxes although I do pay highway use fees and vehicle registrations.

The insurance industry describes a "Fulltimer" as someone who lives in a "Recreational Vehicle" more than six months out of each year. That sounds like a "Halftimer" to me.

I also tend to refer to "the Coach" or "the Motorhome" rather than refer to it as a "Recreational Vehicle." I use it not only for recreation but for everything else that I do.

And then there is "Camping". We don't generally "camp". We park or stop or rest while enroute to a destination but "camping" for us includes campfires and smores and horseshoe tourneys and miniature golf and the other amenities of a "campground." Camping is sort of a vacation from our Fulltime lifestyle.

We fulltimers get lumped in with campers and that often causes confusion, like when we are taking an overnight safety break in a Wall*Mart parking lot. We are not camping and anyone who "camps" at Wal*Mart is taking advantage of their kindness.

Anyone else have a better (hopefully shorter) definition of "Fulltiming"?

Glenn

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Re: Define "Fulltiming" 14 years 5 months ago #283

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My wife and I have had this same discussion many times, usually after someone uses the phrase, "A REAL full-timer..." -- and then insert the wording that "proves" conclusively that we are not full-timers. The point I guess is that "full-timer" is what you think it is and there are as many definitions as there are people doing it.

Some examples: "A real full-timer...
  • owns a 5th wheel
    has no stick home
    has no storage locker
    owns a diesil
    owns motorhome with a tag axle (Yeah, I know, "HUH?")
    has grandchildren
    never stays less than two nights in any place
    and so on, and so on.

Personally, I'd say that anyone that lives in an RV/5th wheel/trailer/motorhome/whatever full time is a full-timer. I recall the first Escapees rally we went to that one person patronized the hell out of us because we were new to full-timing (2 of the bullets above came from her) and on the last day of the rally we learned that they have two homes and "full-time" their way from one to the other. You learn to just shake your head and laugh about it later.

Got to add that we "camp" all the time and love it. But I'm talking about boondocking in the open desert, or national parks/forests/state parks and the like, not KOA and the like with all those "amenities", which we feel is grossly over-priced. Can't say we really care for that kind of park either. We tried Wal-Mart camping once, in Whitehorse, and will most likely never do that again!

Anyway, fun discussion!!
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Some people wonder all their lives if they've made a difference. The Marines don't have that problem.” Ronald Reagan

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Re: Define "Fulltiming" 14 years 4 months ago #303

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We keep getting back to the 365 day thing which about covers it for us. Hell, you can fulltime in a VW bus if you want to, it's just it needs to be your home, not your hobby.

We NEVER "camp" at Wal*Mart or FlyingJ. We make one or two night "safety stops" do not drop the jacks or un-furl the awning. These are never, and should never be, destinations. Those who exercise their "rights" and camp at these facilities will ruin it for the rest of us.

See ya down the road.
Glenn

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Re: Define "Fulltiming" 14 years 4 months ago #306

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Glenn,
My wife and I are somewhere between weekenders and half-timers, I call it (want-a-be'ers). You made me curious so I went to my Funk & Wagnalls. The word (fulltimer) does not appear. I then went to the Thesaurus and this is what I found: around the clock (adjective): permanent. Is that short enough? Perhaps some people get tax shelter (do you support it more than 6 months out of the year) confused with housing shelter (permanent).

I agree, we should not camp at Wal-Mart or the like. We don't feel safe at these places anyhow, even on a safety stop.

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Re: Define "Fulltiming" 14 years 4 months ago #329

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LOL, thats what we are "Wan-a-be'ers". I am so jealous of you guys.

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Re: Define "Fulltiming" 14 years 4 months ago #334

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Hey ...wife

Don't be jealous, just do it.

Since we started fulltiming we have said frequently that we should have done it years earlier. Soooooo many benefits, so few complaints. It's actually cheaper on the road that it is maintaining sticks and paying to educate someone else's kids.

You might like the fulltiming part of my personal website. 4merMarine.com/Campgrounds.html The fulltiming info is after the list of campgrounds we have visited.


See ya down the road,
Glenn

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Re: Define "Fulltiming" 14 years 4 months ago #380

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In early 2003 we sold everything and hit the road. Since then we have never been in one place for more than four months at a time and have more than 70,000 miles on our TV. Last summer we made a 14 state loop in four months. We have stayed in pastures, State Parks, Corps of Engineer Parks, Casino Parks and city parks just to name a few. We are always planning our next trek. We have every kind of map and campground directory we can find. We belong to almost everything. We have never stayed at a Wal Mart. We carry a big blueboy and a Honda 2000 Gen. for the really out of the way places. We compute with a cell phone or on WiFi when available. We have stayed at RV parks that actually have gray water hookups. We are experts with a dish ant. and can find a signal in the very heavy trees. We are in SC right now but will be in FL next month then it's back to SC to get ready for our summer venture into New England. If you are not thinking about the next move you may not be a fulltimer.

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Re: Define "Fulltiming" 14 years 4 months ago #381

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Hey Eagle,
You guys really do get around don't you. I never really thought about it but yes, we are always thinking two stops ahead and use all of the resources we find available to us. I am wondering why you have never used a Wal*Mart. They really want us to use their facilities because when we do we spend our grocery and wardrobe budget there. Whenever we find that parking is not allowed in their parking lot we find out that it is the local laws usually pushed by the campground owners who can't understand that fulltimers aren't campers. We only use them while enroute and never spend more than a day. Don't misunderstand, I am not condemning you for not using Wal*Mart, but given your penchant for covering miles it would seem natural to use them from time to time.
See ya down the road,
Glenn

PS--I have never met anyone on the Permanent Disability Retired List. Everyone I have ever known who was put on the Temporary Disability Retired List got dumped when the statutory time was up (except for the one guy who went back on active duty). What's your secret--I would dearly love to get out of the VA system.

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Re: Define "Fulltiming" 14 years 3 months ago #626

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We are also "want-a-be'ers", however we travel on adverage 20K miles per year. With kids in New Mexico, Louisiana and Wisconsin. And family in Arizona, Texas and Virginia we tend to get around.

We never stay at Wall-Marts or Flying J's. We find it a little more private in a church parking lot, with permission first, or Moose Lodge (member) parking lots or even hospital lots. By the way Moose Lodges give members water & electric if asked.

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Re: Define "Fulltiming" 14 years 3 months ago #628

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We have lived fulltime in our motorhome for 5 years. We did not sell our house, but rented it out to a young women from our church. So I don't know what you would call us. Our worldly goods are contained in our motorhome (husband would say, weighing it down) He has a rule something in something out. Though we pay taxes on a home, we have not live there. So maybe we are fulltiming with a back up.

??? ;D ??? ::)

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Re: Define "Fulltiming" 14 years 3 months ago #629

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Karyl

You answered your own question in the first 10 words. You are fulltimers with an investment.

Glenn

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Re: Define "Fulltiming" 14 years 2 months ago #833

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For the last two years we have lived only in the rig parked on my land where we are building a house one brick at a time. We have an extended 3 month trip planned this summer and get out at least once a month to camp with our kids who also own an RV.

So I quess we could be called full timer/extented traveler/part timers. ???

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Re: Define "Fulltiming" 14 years 1 month ago #963

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I'm a full timer, my wife is not. Confused yet?

I've decided that full timing is a state of mind. We still own a stick house here in Oklahoma that she won't let me sell. So far, since we fully retired last July 1, we have spent approximately a total of 3 months here. We traded coaches this past November and have already put over 12,000 miles on it. Only reason we are "home" now is we have our bi-annual family reunion in June. After that it is out of here. The plan for the rest of the year is: June in "her" stick house in Oklahoma; July: South Dakota; August: back here for a couple of weeks; September-November: East Coast for Monaco rallies in Virginia and North Carolina and some more wandering around; December: back to Oklahoma to spend holidays with the grandkids.

She says as long as we have parents living in Oklahoma (her mother and both my parents, all in their late 80's) we'll keep a home base. My feeling is they both have yards big enough for me to park the rig. Haven't won that argument yet.
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Re: Define "Fulltiming" 14 years 1 month ago #970

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Personally, I think oldchief46 might have it good. We fulltime in our motor home (LOVING IT) and sold the sticks and bricks. But I wouldn't mind still having that house as an investment, as long as we kept good long-term renters. (I know, that's a dream).
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Re: Define "Fulltiming" 14 years 1 month ago #986

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nope, don't want no renters. Been there done that. Unless you are close by to watch over your property it is a tuff situation. Tried moving back into a house once that we had rented out. It was never the same even after I did all the repairs needed from the way the renters left it.

Our house just sits here while we are gone. Fortunately, we have a great neighbor that knows everything that goes on in the neighborhood and will call the police at the drop of a hat. But it still irks me each month when I go on line and pay the utilities bills on a house that no one is staying in. (You got to keep the heat on in the winter and a/c on in the summer. In Oklahoma the humidity in the summer will ruin your carpets if the a/c is not working. Also, in the summer the pool pump must be kept on all the time even though the only person using it is the kid from next door who also takes care of the lawn.)

No, if I had my way this house would already have been sold and we'd be living full time in a 36 foot, four slide Monaco Cayman. Well, actually we do except for about four months out of the year when she makes me stay in the stick house. ;)
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