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supernan1414
10-28-2010, 02:58 PM
Today I was going though a box of old photos, didn't throw away any, just looked at them.
I got thinking about what it would take to go full time. We are not ready for that now but when we bought this rig we used that as a bargaining chip to justify buying it. All my collections, figurines, pictures etc. The furniture wouldn't matter but all the other stuff. Wondering how others have dealt with the decision.

jayc
10-28-2010, 03:19 PM
We gave the "keepsakes" to the kids and kept some things we thought we might need someday in storage. We have been full time for almost two years and haven't used too many of them after all, so we're probably going to have a garage sale to get rid of them or just give them away.

SmokeyBare
10-28-2010, 05:56 PM
We were lucky not to be collectors in our Sticks & Bricks life. But that didn't lessen the task getting a lifetime of Stuff Gone and our home ready for the next owner. We ask the girls what they wanted from the house... hardly any at all was their reply. We knew the task was left to us and us alone.

We did the yard sales, the barn sales, and a few house sales to boot. We made a few trips to a local flea market where we rented a spot and hawked our "Stuff" to those walked past our spot. Last ditch effort was a moving sale, it all goes... what didn't sell we hauled to a annual Church sale, donating all that was left over. They told me what they didn't sell went to a warehouse where other churches could come to pick through it for their own Church Sales. It was quite an experience to deal with but one I've no regrets ever. In our case we didn't bother renting a storage spot but did take 6 plastic tubs to our daughters house for storage. Not much left from 55 years of living in the same house.

Karen took on a task of sorting the boxes of photos and then put together albums for each of our daughters. Their photo memories of growing up on the farm in Ohio. It's been 6 years since we pulled out of the House for the last time... We're still looking down the road on each turn of the highway... no regrets for the choices we made.

Good Luck with your preparation for full timing.

ChopperBill
10-28-2010, 08:23 PM
We will be spending 3 months this winter in the new rig. Although its super nice by the end of the the 3 months I know I will be going stark raving nuts! I need my SPACE. I like to go out in the garage a piddle around and work of a few ATV's for some beer money. Play in the yard and mess with the trees and flower garden. I can not sit around "relaxing". Full time may be for some but just getting away for a while is fine with me.

robnmo
10-28-2010, 09:11 PM
I'm glad to see this thread, we've had the same question. We're just not ready to give up the house yet, even though it's alot more house than we need for just us 2 these days, but I'll miss the garage, yard, etc ............at least for now. We've decided to hang onto the house for a bit and try out the wintering over someplace for a few months to see how it works and come home when it's warm. I've always wondered what others did when they did commit to full time rving. The firearms, decorations, memories, tons and tons of photos.................guess the kids might have fun splitting it all up. LOL



We will be spending 3 months this winter in the new rig. Although its super nice by the end of the the 3 months I know I will be going stark raving nuts! I need my SPACE. I like to go out in the garage a piddle around and work of a few ATV's for some beer money. Play in the yard and mess with the trees and flower garden. I can not sit around "relaxing". Full time may be for some but just getting away for a while is fine with me.

jmgratz
10-28-2010, 09:41 PM
For us, we have come to the conclusion you don't have to be a 'Full-Timer" to enjoy the RV lifestyle. You can be an 'Any-timer" like us. We still have our Sticks & Bricks as a place to go to when we need to, a "home base" if you want to call it that. But it is nice to be able to go where you want, when you want, staying as long as you want; yet still have all of your "stuff". There are times when we like to be 'the gathering place' for the family or just kick back and mess around at the house. When we are on the road we make arrangements for the mail by priority forwarding it to our daughters house or just placing it on hold depending how long we think we might be gone. This year we have be away from the house for 7 of the 10 months. Life if good and you to can be an ANYTIMER.

2010augusta
10-28-2010, 09:48 PM
Photos: that is easy, one word, Digital. Lot of pictures, one small hard drive. we have about 300-400 Gigabytes of photos on an external drive.

Decorations, some can go in the trailer, the rest go to family, storage or ebay

Memories, stay with you not the house

When it all boils down, if you don't use the stuff at least every two weeks or so, it is pretty easy to live without once your full-time.

olyfire
10-28-2010, 10:34 PM
We put most of our furniture and other keepsakes in storage, gave some stuff to the kids and went for it.
After about 6 months we couldn't remember half of what was in storage. We called an auction house and had all of the bigger things hauled off and got a much smaller storage unit for the keepsakes. We didn't miss the stuff we sold.
After 2 1/2 years of full timing we found we missed a home and a place for all of the kids and grand kids to gather. Would not have missed the full timing.
It was fun purchasing a new home and starting all over with new furnishings . Now we go whenever and wherever we want but enjoy the house, great neighbors and a place for gatherings.

noobee
10-29-2010, 06:45 AM
Regarding the old photos: Bought a good scanner & scanned all old photos both 'paper' & slides to my computer. Use 'My Pictures' as screen saver... on going project to categorize all these photos......

CS

robnmo
10-29-2010, 10:12 AM
For us, we have come to the conclusion you don't have to be a 'Full-Timer" to enjoy the RV lifestyle. You can be an 'Any-timer" like us. We still have our Sticks & Bricks as a place to go to when we need to, a "home base" if you want to call it that. But it is nice to be able to go where you want, when you want, staying as long as you want; yet still have all of your "stuff". There are times when we like to be 'the gathering place' for the family or just kick back and mess around at the house. When we are on the road we make arrangements for the mail by priority forwarding it to our daughters house or just placing it on hold depending how long we think we might be gone. This year we have be away from the house for 7 of the 10 months. Life if good and you to can be an ANYTIMER.

Thanks Jim that helps alot, and makes us feel better. We like that idea, winterize the house and just disappear for weeks or months at a time then come "home" when we feel like it. I like this idea better and better, but still have 7 months to make up our mind. Love this area in the summer, but the San Antonio area sure is calling for winter. LOL Thanks

jmgratz
10-29-2010, 10:28 AM
Thanks Jim that helps alot, and makes us feel better. We like that idea, winterize the house and just disappear for weeks or months at a time then come "home" when we feel like it. I like this idea better and better, but still have 7 months to make up our mind. Love this area in the summer, but the San Antonio area sure is calling for winter. LOL Thanks

Yes it is hard to leave everything behind and hit the road. My mother used to call people who traveled all the time 'gypsies' or 'travelers'. Now they can be called RVers. But to have a permanent place to land gives me a feeling of security especially since the cancer bug bit me. Knowing that one day our ability to roam will end, and knowing where will can land at that time is comforting.

Be aware, though, that the Escapees members, www.escapees.com , has what is called the CARE CENTER at their home location at their Rainbows End park just outside of Livingston, Tx. The CARE CENTER is a part of the Rainbows End that has RV sites for those members recovering from illness or surgeries etc who need a place to stay while recovering. They offer 3 meals a day, RV cleaning, nursing for those who need assistance for a reasonable fee. It is almost like a rehabilitation home only you stay in your RV. For complete info on these services check out their website www.escapees.com

Good luck with your decision and remember it is cheaper and easier to keep what you got and be an ANYTIMER than getting rid of everything and then finding out you need to buy a house, furniture, dishes, linens, pots and pans, appliances etc. Don't just jump until you are sure. Another big consideration also is can you and the spouse get along being confined in a small space and being together constantly. We can but many cannot. So a 'trial run' is recommended. Remember many couples love each other dearly but need 'their space' and their time alone. Whatever you decide the important thing to remember is the enjoy you travels and life itself.

jmgratz
10-29-2010, 10:34 AM
Here is a resource for those Catholics who travel and need to find a church close to where they are to attend. http://www.masstimes.org/

robertjoy
10-29-2010, 12:01 PM
It's far from easy and it took us 4 years after we started. We set off storing our possessions in a storage unit, or what we had left after several Garage Sale weekends and gradually through out heaps and only retained what we absolutely could not throw away and we have now got rid of the storage unit. It really feels refreshing to have freedom and we do not miss the STUFF that we all cling onto. All we can say is slowly, slowly and if it feels right then do it if it does not then don't, you'll know what is right for you.

Ray LeTourneau
10-29-2010, 02:08 PM
After being full time for 4 years, we are now the any timers as Jim has referred to. When we first decided to sell the house we started making a list of things that we wanted to keep and place in storage. We rented a 10X24 facility that we negotiated a pretty good deal if we paid a year in advance. Some were personal items or keepsakes. Some were family related and then there was a list of things we might need in case we decided that full timing wasn't for us. Then there were tools that I "loaned" to my Son in IL. I have to remind him every time we visit, they're still mine.

While we loved the lifestyle, we found that we kept coming back to WI to care for my Mother. We decided it was wiser to buy a small home again instead of giving away our hard earned cash to an RV park. Thankfully, everything we decided to keep is now being used in our new little house. Since my garage has limited power (for now) my Son still has some of my woodworking tools.

Now I'm planning to winterize and leave WI next Thursday.

2010augusta
10-29-2010, 04:18 PM
We had a much faster timeline. We bought the trailer in mid-Nov, got married on Dec 3rd and by Jan 2nd, everything from both homes was either sold, donated, stored at either of the parents homes, or in the trailer and we were on the road.

Have actually sent more stuff back to parents as we decide we have stuff we REALLY don't need.

robnmo
10-29-2010, 05:27 PM
After being full time for 4 years, we are now the any timers as Jim has referred to. When we first decided to sell the house we started making a list of things that we wanted to keep and place in storage. We rented a 10X24 facility that we negotiated a pretty good deal if we paid a year in advance. Some were personal items or keepsakes. Some were family related and then there was a list of things we might need in case we decided that full timing wasn't for us. Then there were tools that I "loaned" to my Son in IL. I have to remind him every time we visit, they're still mine.

While we loved the lifestyle, we found that we kept coming back to WI to care for my Mother. We decided it was wiser to buy a small home again instead of giving away our hard earned cash to an RV park. Thankfully, everything we decided to keep is now being used in our new little house. Since my garage has limited power (for now) my Son still has some of my woodworking tools.

Now I'm planning to winterize and leave WI next Thursday.

Ray

This brings up anther issue.........winterizing the house. We plan to keep the furnace set about 55* 24/7, but plan to drain the water heaters, shut off the water at the meter, then open and blow out the lines JUST IN CASE THE FURNACE decides to take a leave of abscence while we're gone. Shut off all electric except what is esscential, any other ideas, tips, etc would be greatly appreciated.

goodtruck
10-29-2010, 07:18 PM
For the most part it was real easy.we gave all of the furn to people that were on Galveston island that lost everything in the last hurricane.the keepsakes that were very special to my wife we kept the rest we stored for the kids.My rule was if you have not touched it in a month you don,t need it.Photos went on a disc.Neither my wife or I have any regrets.

Ray LeTourneau
10-29-2010, 10:58 PM
Ray

This brings up anther issue.........winterizing the house. We plan to keep the furnace set about 55* 24/7, but plan to drain the water heaters, shut off the water at the meter, then open and blow out the lines JUST IN CASE THE FURNACE decides to take a leave of abscence while we're gone. Shut off all electric except what is esscential, any other ideas, tips, etc would be greatly appreciated.
Rob, I'm in a similar boat! Our little cottage doesn't have a basement. It's on a very shallow crawl space. More like a night crawler space. Anyway, my plan is about the same. Turn off the water at the meter, drain the water heater, open up the valves at all the fixtures and set the t'stat at 50. There are directions in our clothes washer owners manual for winterizing it so I'll do that just in case. My expectations are if we do have a power or furnace failure and pipes do freeze, at least we'll not have water running all over the place. I've also been told to cover the toilet with Saran Wrap. This helps prevent the water in the bowl from dehydrating. Oh yeah, almost forgot. I'll pour RV anti freeze into all the traps. Kitchen, bathtub, vanity, w/d, toilet and the drain for our furnace/air conditioner condensate drain. I've given our neighbors our cell number just in case. If they see anything abnormal like no exhaust from the furnace vent, I can call my Daughter to investigate and get a service guy out.

All that said, next year I plan on putting in a Hot water heater bypass similar to the RV. I'll also put in a means to fill our piping with RV anti freeze just like the RV but with a small 1/4 horse pump submerged in a bucket of RV anti freeze. It might take 10 gallons of RV stuff to winterize but that's less than the cost of a plumber. In my mind, it's doable. Hope this helps.

ChopperBill
10-30-2010, 10:02 AM
"Another big consideration also is can you and the spouse get along being confined in a small space and being together constantly."

You said a mouth full there Jim! Try to do that in a 10' truck camper with a dog on just a long weekend.

robnmo
10-30-2010, 10:17 AM
Ray

Thanks for a couple tips, like the washer, guess that'll include the refer ice maker also hmmmmmmmm and saran wrap on the commodes. I've already got by passes installed on one water heater, just need to do the other. I had plans of shooting RV antifreeze through the pipes like you said (just didn't mention it figured it would be "dumb") but like you better spend 25 or 30 dollars for anti freeze than replace water pipes. I plan to rig up a slip on shower hose (minus the shower head) to the faucets to blow some air through before I shoot in anti freeze. I'm already counting on losing a freezer, it's hard on them to be plugged in constant then set for months unplugged. I did put in a "low point drain" where the water comes into the house so I can shut off the water in the cellar and open the low point drain valve to drain all the lines without much effort. Thanks

digger
11-13-2010, 07:07 PM
We have ordered a Big Horn and hope to take off in Jan. We owned a large house and 65 acres and found we had become slaves to it. Sold the house and 10 acres and moved into town in a duplex that is very small. Have wonderful renter on the other side to take care of the place when we are gone. Had a big auction and sold everything except 2 rooms of furniture.
My kids said they are glad we did it to save them from having to do it later. We still have a home to come back to but don't have to worry about it when we are gone. Really looking forward to spending the winter in Texas instead of Ky where it is way to cold for us.

Reyllock
11-26-2010, 06:51 PM
I found it very easy thanks to an ex wife from ****, and don't think I was ever really comfortable being tied to solid house, and as I was already spending most of my working week a way in my 'tiny' 02 Fleetwheel Prowler 270FQS. (still in it till 15 Dec) And finally got my life sorted, and am now awaiting a 2011 BH3583RL being shipped from the States, and due to arrive in UK Dec 15. Onwards and upwards, and never ever looking back! Life is too short.

TXBobcat
11-26-2010, 07:43 PM
One way to find out what is important to you is, Set your alarm for 2am. When it goes off run through the house for 5 minutes and take the most important things to the garage. Anything left in the house is just Stuff and you can sell it, give it to family that might want it or give it away.

We had my Grandmothers Singer pedal sewing machine. When we started giving things away we called our daughter and offered it to her. Her comment was, "Sorry it does not fit our decor." HUH?? That is your great-grandmother's sewing machine. It is a family heirloom!!! What do you mean you don't want it??? Well I gave it to my cousin's wife who sews a lot. She really appreciated it.

BC

2010augusta
11-26-2010, 08:13 PM
Moved to Full-timing area.

SouthernNights
11-26-2010, 08:23 PM
Actually we are in that process right now.

The hardest thing for me to give up were some of my engine tools and my tool boxes. And really didnt give them up. My son in law is taking them for his business with the understanding that I get them back on demand. :D

What we found out so far, we would rather give the stuff away to someone who would appreciate it rather than sell it. I know we would never get what I think it is worth if we did sell it....so really couldnt see the point of going through the aggravation of selling it.

It does carry some emotions with it when you give stuff away though. At least with us, it is not a bad emotion like you are losing something but more like maybe someone else will appreciate the item as much as we did. And funny enough, with each thing that leaves the house, we feel one more step closer to freedom...well, maybe that is not the right word but it is the best one I can think of right now.

ParkIt
05-29-2011, 08:38 AM
Over the last 3 years I've been narrowing down the stuff in the house to what we really want to keep and what we don't. Some of the rooms look pretty bare but I kind of like it that way (less cleaning!). The only thing I'll miss will be our very large bedroom & bath - that's it.

Already thought about my tools (decades of working on vehicles to home building) and decided on a cargo trailer to hold all that. Considering I built a 10x10 shed that holds it all with plenty of room to work in, a cargo is just the ticket for storing and accessing those items. The rest of what we are keeping has been gradually going into storage though again, it looks like a cargo trailer would be optimal when you figure in cost vs rental. It does help we'll have a fully secure place to keep those somewhere else if we chose.

It is kind of difficult to think of leaving this house but its huge, takes up so much time, insurance and taxes keep going up and its becoming a burden. We are lucky that Microsoft has a rental program or would even buy the house at a set market value and I'm just not having a problem with that. I told the spouse it would be a lot more fun to rent a different house half the year in a different place and live in the 5er the other half of the time. We can have a 'new' house every year and not worry about the above cost plus if anything breaks - we don't have to pay for it. "Hello? The water heater is not working" "Hello? The roof is leaking" "Hello? The oven doesn't work" and so on.

With computer technology I can scan & store ALL our paperwork/receipts/pictures onto external drives. The really important stuff including back up drives would be in bank safety deposit with my son to access it if we need and aren't close by.

Always had a bit of gypsy in me and spouse as well - this house is the longest I've ever spent in one place (17 years) and really have dreaded the last 5 of it so .... its time to make a change for the better :)

jmgratz
05-29-2011, 10:09 AM
Over the last 3 years I've been narrowing down the stuff in the house to what we really want to keep and what we don't. Some of the rooms look pretty bare but I kind of like it that way (less cleaning!). The only thing I'll miss will be our very large bedroom & bath - that's it.

Already thought about my tools (decades of working on vehicles to home building) and decided on a cargo trailer to hold all that. Considering I built a 10x10 shed that holds it all with plenty of room to work in, a cargo is just the ticket for storing and accessing those items. The rest of what we are keeping has been gradually going into storage though again, it looks like a cargo trailer would be optimal when you figure in cost vs rental. It does help we'll have a fully secure place to keep those somewhere else if we chose.

It is kind of difficult to think of leaving this house but its huge, takes up so much time, insurance and taxes keep going up and its becoming a burden. We are lucky that Microsoft has a rental program or would even buy the house at a set market value and I'm just not having a problem with that. I told the spouse it would be a lot more fun to rent a different house half the year in a different place and live in the 5er the other half of the time. We can have a 'new' house every year and not worry about the above cost plus if anything breaks - we don't have to pay for it. "Hello? The water heater is not working" "Hello? The roof is leaking" "Hello? The oven doesn't work" and so on.

With computer technology I can scan & store ALL our paperwork/receipts/pictures onto external drives. The really important stuff including back up drives would be in bank safety deposit with my son to access it if we need and aren't close by.

Always had a bit of gypsy in me and spouse as well - this house is the longest I've ever spent in one place (17 years) and really have dreaded the last 5 of it so .... its time to make a change for the better :)

I like you outlook. It is an interesting outlook. Maybe I need to begin the 'purging process'. And you may have hit on the possibility of a possible part-time job...that of offering scanning process for secure storing of photos and documents for those who are not computer savoy...hmmm

2psnapod2
05-29-2011, 01:33 PM
This is how we did it. We have been full timing now for a month. Yes we are still newbies. We started purging and once it was time to move into our new Landmark we put the rest of the worldly belongings into a 5X10 climate controlled storage locker. Once we get to each of our 2 kids it will be much less packed. We do plan on keeping some stuff. Mostly family hand-me downs. But most of the stuff became "really not needed" and was either donated to the needy or sold.

jpdoggett
05-29-2011, 01:48 PM
We will be spending 3 months this winter in the new rig. Although its super nice by the end of the the 3 months I know I will be going stark raving nuts! I need my SPACE. I like to go out in the garage a piddle around and work of a few ATV's for some beer money. Play in the yard and mess with the trees and flower garden. I can not sit around "relaxing". Full time may be for some but just getting away for a while is fine with me.

We still have our house and at this point we are planning on keeping it, I like my house to come back to. We are spending 6 months in Texas and 6 months in Kansas, What I have started doing was going through the photos and scanning them that way we can keep them and give the kids copys also

ParkIt
05-29-2011, 11:06 PM
I like you outlook. It is an interesting outlook. Maybe I need to begin the 'purging process'. And you may have hit on the possibility of a possible part-time job...that of offering scanning process for secure storing of photos and documents for those who are not computer savoy...hmmm

While I'm not a 'pack rat' my husband is - and I'm always having to sort foot lockers of "stuff" to give to various charities. Maybe 2 or 3 items are worth keeping so if you look around your house, you'll start to see the same thing. A couple of things you want and a lot of stuff that you never really notice, use or care for in the first place like the hideous 20 lbs plaster cast of a gargoyle candle holder in limish green the husband brought home one day. That found a new home within a month and he didn't notice! lol

Overall I'm that person who goes to Europe and has everything in a carry on, I want to explore places off the beaten path and you can't do that with a ton of luggage. I've met people where we could get by with hand gestures & some of the native language invite me for supper and a night - you just can't beat that with a stick (or house full of stuff). I still keep in touch with them from all over the world & states, it makes life interesting!
I do like this house but as mentioned its time for me to try to stop living like a normal person. Seems like the more we do everything right the more expensive it becomes. Not sure how that equates into a good life but that's just me...and my DH.

As for your little business idea...I'll give you a lucrative add-on: the IRS accepts PDF documents in lieu of paper receipts. Since you can access most everything important online now there really is no need to keep anything once its scanned in or downloaded and the bonus is if there is an audit you just hand them the 2"x6"x4" external unless you have a large enough flash drive and organize it by years or categories (hmmm, another idea!). The only paper documents we keep in a SD box are those that are not accepted by any entity other than its original format (birth certs, passports, wills etc).

I really have tried to stay in one place but honestly, I bought my MH *before* I bought the house and pretty much lived in the MH the first 6 years of owning the house. Now I'm getting stir crazy from the gap between being mobile and stuck here - remodeled the house out of boredom - time to move on! :)

neegirll
05-31-2011, 12:12 AM
The process for me began in 2006 when I was out on assignment in VA from CA for my job. I had a corporate apartment (700 Sq ft) for a year. The only thing that was mine was my clothes and 3 small dogs. Sitting back in CA was 2000 Sq ft home full of beautiful furniture, disney collectables and lots of holiday decorations. When I returned home I gained a different perspective of my stuff. Between Ebay and Craigslist I literally purged. I began a new relationship with a person that had left a 3500 Sq ft home and had done the same. Together we moved into a 800 Sq ft home. Our life for the past two years has been about having "experiences" and not about "accumulating stuff". We just moved up from a small trailer to the Cyclone 3800 this year. Our goal is to go full timing in 3 years. It is interesting to see how different people react to all of this. My family members are collectors and think I was crazy to sell the "stuff".

ParkIt
06-12-2011, 04:06 AM
Our life for the past two years has been about having "experiences" and not about "accumulating stuff".
You said a mouthful right there! I suppose that would be the best way to sum up my life overall as well as DH. Everyone wants us to "tell us the story about..." and to some extent we are good "story tellers", a long lost art though having something acoustic does make it a bit more fun. Better start working on that. :)


We just moved up from a small trailer to the Cyclone 3800 this year. Our goal is to go full timing in 3 years. It is interesting to see how different people react to all of this. My family members are collectors and think I was crazy to sell the "stuff".

It never struck me until just now that no one in our families thinks we are nuts about going full timing and will ask "did you have another garage sale yet?".
Between both sides most have a 2nd home/cabin/time share/mobile home (about 700 to 1,000 sq ft) in another state or country or large camper/5er/TT and they travel at least half the year. My Grandparents on both sides had Avion TT's and spent at least 4 months a year going everywhere you can imagine in North America and took the barge to Panama a couple of times.
My parents built a much smaller home, about 1300 sq ft from over 4,000 sq ft on a 80 acre farm at age 75 giving away so much 'stuff' it was going out by the UHaul load. Even my son can up and move in less than a day - he only has 2 boxes of things he will never get rid of from his travels.

Maybe its something in the water we all drank since we aren't all blood related but its funny to stop and think - we've always been on the move for that experience and the most interesting stories when we do gather in one place at one time. Its great to be laughing to tears from the predicaments we've all been through or very colorful people we've met and never enough time to tell all the stories!

I suppose the best way to rationalize it all: if you dropped dead would you rather do it walking back from your mail box griping about another bill or doing something you really love and enjoy?

Perspective is an interesting concept. :)

Corky & Johanna
06-12-2011, 08:06 AM
While your "collections" hold a very special place in your heart now, the retired/ RV lifestyle allows you to create an entirely new "collection "in life. Your life will become so enriched. After the adult children selected what they wanted, the rest became just material things! There are decorative ways to keep a few things in your coach. Attend one of the Heartland Rally's. Association with other fulltimers allows you to see and hear others experiences. Best wishes! Johanna

lmcclure
06-16-2011, 03:53 PM
We have just sold the house and are now packing up for the closing. We are renting a climate controlled storage for items that we will keep. Furniture is small just 1 bedroom suite and the dining room set. 2 wardrobes for clothes. Don't need formal clothes anymore. About 20 boxes and the gun safe. We are moving into our Sundance until we make a decision on a new rig. We consider this another stage of our lives, we have lived on a houseboat for 6 years, and in houses for 30 years. The fiver has more room than the boat, and we still like each other. Collections are just that and being able to remember things are for ever.

goldenbetty
06-16-2011, 07:45 PM
That is just what our daughter-in-law says "all of this is just STUFF". I had antiques from three generations. Our one and only son and his wife didn't want them, so I decided to sell them so someone could truly enjoy them. I kept a few select lamps and pieces from Germany, and I'm happy I did. Less to be concerned with when we do decide to full-time, or downsize our present home.

trackeer
06-16-2011, 09:11 PM
I like this Thread,

This is the same discussion we've been having lately, course we had one of those late life children, hmmmmmmmmmmm, but the thoughts have been evolving more and more how we could make the move away from the stick built abode and see what's over the horizon. Thankfully I have been evaluating our needs and trying to reduce the things we have, amazing the stuff you amase over the years and selling stuff on ebay and Craigs List, the later is free.
It would be strange to leave the place we've called home for 20+ years, but life is about change and sometimes the best things happen in life when you do make a change.

Good Thread

Moe in NH

gjackson
06-28-2011, 11:26 AM
I love this thread! We sold our home and had an estate sale the first part of May. We keep a climate controlled 10x10 storage unit with the few things we decided to keep. My hubby has a gun safe there, some tools, boxes of pictures I need to go through, and my mom's crystal that actually goes to my daughter. It was such a feeling of freedom to get rid of 3 generations of keepsakes, furniture, and a lot of junk! Don't get me wrong, I loved that my grandmothers and mother left me some wonderful things, but my children had no use for them and at some point they would have to be sold anyway. Like someone earlier said on this thread, I have the memories and that matters most. We use my sisters address as our permanent address since we are now full timers, so we have no issues there. We are looking forward to seeing this great country of ours!

Sue

Bighurt
06-28-2011, 06:18 PM
Mother nature made it easy for us...our home is under 9 ft of water.

We'll be full time till we build a new home.

gjackson
06-28-2011, 08:00 PM
Mother nature made it easy for us...our home is under 9 ft of water.

We'll be full time till we build a new home.

That is not good news at all. I really feel for you and your family. I guess if you look on the bright side, at least you have the Sundance to live in, something I would guess many of your neighbors probably don't have. It's hard not to wonder about the why in all this. . . Texas needs rain so bad and you all have too much water. Best of luck to you.

Renee
07-20-2011, 10:28 AM
I spent a year on the road as a single parent with my then five year old. I had what was left of our possessions in a small storage. I kept a digital picture frame with pictures of family and friends so we were able to see them. I think after a person is full timing for a while possessions become less important. The people we met on the road were much more important then our belongings. Many of them are still our friends today.

twohappycampers
09-15-2011, 12:52 PM
Hi! I'm reviving an older thread here. I SO enjoyed reading everyone's posts. My hubby and I (now, why do I call him "hubby" here when I never refer to him as hubby at any other time?) strange! I could really relate because we decided to go full-time 2 years ago.

Anyway, it just brought to mind something I started to do a while back when I had to get rid of some things I was really attached to. Take a really nice picture of it, or a few. Keep the pictures in a nice album or on a cd. It's kind of bittersweet looking through them, like pictures of a lost pet or someone you love, but it's a good feeling to still have a piece of them, the memories, isn't it?

Take good care - Lorna :)