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Dreamers Class of 2018


Well, 2018 is right around the corner and I haven't seen a "class" thread yet so I though I would give it a try.  We are planning on pulling out at the end of January 2018 but being flexible on the exact date to allow for possible weather conditions.  It will be the two of us plus our two little dogs which we consider our fur babies.  Who else is heading out it 2018????   It would be great to hear where you are with your plans and share the excitement!

We sold our house Memorial Day weekend and have been living in an apartment since July.  We wanted to make sure that the house sold quickly and that is the best time of year around here.  It sold if five days, what a relief!!!  The apartment has been a good transition to living in a smaller space.  I will say that the downsizing of a lifetime of "stuff" was hard but thank goodness it is done...well, almost.  We still have a little bit to do but the hardest part is over.  I'm sure you all know what I mean.  The pain before the gain.

Dan and Rhonda



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Hi Dan and Rhonda,

As our user ID suggests, we are planning for 2021 but we are getting impatient (and tired of doing yard work) and are starting the pain of downsizing now.  I doubt we will be ready by the end of 2018 but we are giving it a try.  Our original plan was to wait until I retire (2021) but we realized we could save money by having my wife becoming a park host at one of the local state parks while I continue to work.  That would work out great since we spend so much time at the state parks anyway.

Do you have your RV yet?  We have a 26' TT that we will likely start out in but will up size in a year or so.   Our original plan was to get a fifth wheel but the more we looked at it we realized a TT more fits our lifestyle and I really don't want my everyday driving and exploring to be in a DRW TV; Just my preference.

Welcome to the forum.  There's lot of good information here.

Steve



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Steve, Julie and Ethan



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Hey there Maybe 2021,

It sounds like you are working on a good plan.  We started out thinking we would be 2020 but like you, we got excited and moved it up.  We don't get to spend much time together due to our work schedules so we decided that time together was more important.  With a few sacrifices we can make it work so we are taking the plunge.  We purchased our RV, a 2016 Heartland Bighorn, a couple of years ago.  We love it but really haven't been able to take it out much.  Dan doesn't have regular weekends for short trips so there are only a few weekly vacation trips during the year.  Once we get in it fulltime there will be some adjusting but so far it seems like a really livable design.

Good luck with your downsizing.  That was a couple year task for us.  It took a few "rounds" of going through everything to trim down all the stuff and family memorabilia.  We had a big garage sale this spring and sold most of our furniture and decor items.  The house went on the market over Memorial Day weekend and once that was sold we packed up what was left and moved into a 1 BR apartment.  It has been quite the experience but the goal is in sight.  

You are fortunate to have a campground close by that you might be able to work at.  That would be perfect.  There aren't many around here that are open during the winter which is why we ended up in an apartment.  Plus I had a knee replacement in October so the apartment made that a lot easier.  

Good luck with making it into 2018.  We will be cheering you on!!!!  biggrin



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2018 will be our 7th year of dreaming as we hit the road in 2012. Or maybe it’s Livin the Dream instead. Whatever. Welcome. 



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I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas. Ours was great with one of our sons home for the holiday. I have to admit that I found myself wondering where we would be next year biggrinand feeling a bit nostalgic knowing that we (most likely) will not be here with family next year.hmm I say most likely because we do not have definite travel plans but we do not currently plan to be back for the holidays next year. Anyone else experience that feeling? Or the excitement of wondering where in the country you might be this time next year???



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Maybe2021... we're like you, when we started... we were looking at 2021 but knowledge is power and we've cut 2 years off our target. there is an outside chance that we move into an RV and start off more or less stationary for a year or so starting in late 2018 but a lot has to fall into place for that to happen. We have a rig picked out and all things being what they are at this time, it will likely be our final selection as it is ideal for us. But never say never. Still wavering on the TV but with good advice from Bill and Linda from this forum, who has been peppered with questions from me along the way we feel confident that either of our two finalists for TV will be more than up to the task. 

In any event, here's to future success to all of the class of 2018. Maybe it will include us, but 2019 looks much more likely.



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Happy New Year 2018!!! It is our graduation year...finally. Who all is in this class with us and when will you be making the move??? Jump on in here and share your excitement and experiences. It OUR year, let's do it together.  biggrin



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The time has finally come. My daughter finished culinary school in July ‘17 found a job and move to an apartment in November. The house closed escrow in December, I purchased a used motorhome a few days later. Last week I got the “toad”. So all the pieces are in place. I’m planning to move out of apartment and into RV in April, and on the road no later than the end of June.

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Congrats Blackvelvet55. Welcome to the class of 2018. It sounds like you are making great progress. We are in the process of finalizing the move out of our temporary apartment. Next Monday is D (departure) day for us. After all the downsizing we are still organizing and packing stuff...Uhgg. If I had one piece of advice for anyone it would be start the downsizing/purging early and be tough. Enjoy the anticipation.  biggrin



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Well, we did it. We graduated! We left Indiana on January 30th and headed to Florida. Sure is better weather down this way. We went to Bushnell in central Florida to establish domicile. We are now Florida residents complete with driver licenses, license plates and wills. 😂🏝 The process went very smooth. We were at the DMV for about 1 1/2 hours but they were super nice and totally understood our situation. Anyone else doing the Florida thing?

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Congratulations. We are planning on becoming full-timers this year. We did buy a 5th wheel (our dealer is keeping it no charge until we are ready for it) and the truck is on order. The main thing is getting rid of a lot of stuff and selling the house. Once the house goes we will be in the RV full time but I will still be working. In a couple of years I will retire and then we will start traveling staying a month at a time in most places. We live in Texas so will most likely remain domiciled in Texas

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