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Ah, my dream...get rid of the house and not live anywhere by living 'everywhere'....as I child my parents had the trailer camper...don't even recall the name brand...it was not large but we were out and gone every single weekend....lots as a child I liked and lots as a child I hated...Now, I really think the 'freedom' of living full-time sounds great...but...what size would a person need to do it and not go nuts...would I want a really big RV or a trailer that was pulled by me? I would want to be able to move around a bit..with the seasons...for me it would be more get out of the south in the heat and go north and then return south with the cooler weather....another question, as I look around this house and see all the "stuff"...the "pictures" ...the three sizes of electric skillets....the blender...the mixer...etc....how an what do you ever decide to just get rid of and live life without all the"things" that you kept for "memories".....for me not having a garden in the Spring would be sad....what are the odds of huge pots for tomatoes and the like? Is this kind of living easier with a partner....I am solo and that concerns me a bit...I know nothing....except the dream I have of being FREE....at least no property taxes...but what does it cost to live and park in areas ....is the price different based on daily...weekly....or ..long term? I am stupid so say whatever you think I need to hear....no matter what....I will always have my dream...even if it stays a dream....how do you handle paying bills...getting mail...etc. etc....Please tell me all I don't know...
Ah, the dream of being free! Well, we are free of a mortgage, mowing the lawn, etc. But the "stuff" we've accumulated we've sorted and gotten rid of most of it: I sold my Navajo rugs, baskets, and pottery; we donated LOTS of stuff to Goodwill; and the stuff we couldn't bear to part with, or might use in a house "someday," is in a storage unit (about $100/mo.).
We travel to keep warm/cool. We spent last year in FL. Too humid, too crowded, but mostly pleasant weather. We try to avoid rain. It was cold this winter even in FL. We use a small electric heater (for bathrooms). I also add a down comforter to the bed. We dress in layers.
Although we've been fulltimers for a year, we did a lot of 3-month trips over the last 10 years. We drove the RV to Alaska (all the way to milepost 0 of the oil pipeline and I put my hand in the artic ocean). We went through 35 eastern states in 3 months one summer and nearly died in the heat in Virginia. We drove to Atlantic City, and found it much cooler. (I don't handle the heat and humidity well anymore--I'm 66).
Bills: I pay online. I've arranged with many billers (phone, insurance, DirecTV, etc.) to have the amounts deducted from our checking. They send e-mail telling me so much will be deducted on such and such a date. I use Quicken software with my bank. I download the data every few days. I could use the bill pay service of my bank. There is also Checkfree. I use that to get reminders to pay Wal-Mart.
I have tried to stop as much hard copy mail as possible. I subscribe to online magazines and newsletters. However, the world (and particularly Social Security and Medicare) insist that we have a physical address. My husband's son offered his house as our permanent address. We have him send a packet with our mail about once a month to General Delivery in a small town that we're camped near. We give him money to send it. That way, he doesn't have to open any or pay any bills for us. I keep a list of addresses and phone numbers for businesses we deal with, credit cards, insurance, etc. I keep a list of all the websites of these businesses (and the logins and passwords). I make sure to keep my account information up to date on each of them.
We use a cell phone. That is the number I give to everyone.
I had a kidney transplant 18 years ago (I was very lucky), and I take about 15 medications a day. So getting meds is a big deal for me. I have Medicare A & B, part D (for meds), and AARP supplemental. I put all my perscriptions online with Walgreens (also my husband's). I signed up for express pay. I explained to my doctors I'd be traveling for a year. So now I get online, renew my prescriptions a week ahead, and specify that I'll pick them up at a particular store. When I walk in a week later, there they are. The only problem I've had was one nurse who didn't pay attention to where the FAX was coming from and sent the renewal to the pharmacy near my doctor instead of the town in Ohio (where we were camped).
We belong to several camping clubs. With an annual fee ($30 to $100), you get a catalog of the parks in that club. You look for parks along the route, call ahead to reserve a few days. Good Sam Club has software that shows Good Sam and other private parks all over the country. We pay between $25 and $30 per night. Quality varies. I don't use the public restrooms in the parks, but my husband likes to. So he checks out the bathrooms. Some clubs give a rating and tell you what facilities they have (e.g., pool, rec hall, adult room for internet and reading and puzzles, etc.).
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