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Old 03-06-2019, 12:37 PM   #1
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Hello everyone. I am still in my planning phase. I will retire in about 4 years and thinking of retiring to full or long time 5er.

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Old 03-06-2019, 09:05 PM   #2
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Congratulations, 4 years is plenty of time to research units and prices. Might consider renting a trailer or motorhome to see how you like the lifestyle.
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Old 03-07-2019, 06:05 AM   #3
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There is a strong possibility you will change your mind many times in four years. It was a good suggestion to rent a couple units along the way to try to visualize life "on the road." There is very little privacy in an RV, your neighbors are closer than your spare bathroom is right now, you won't have a workshop anymore to clean on Saturday and you don't have a yard in which to keep a trampoline.
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Old 03-07-2019, 10:01 AM   #4
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Thanks for the info. We are actually staying in a 5er this weekend. It is not very long, but if it turns into an absolute "no", it is only a couple of days and we are close to home. We have visited a couple of RV shows and follow a couple of YouTube blogs. I do not know how much I will post or ask here, but I expect to learn a lot just from reading the threads.
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Old 03-10-2019, 04:16 PM   #5
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Same position as you are Crotchety1, maybe a couple yrs ahead of you. Never ending valuable info here and other forums as well. Been a long harsh winter here in N.Ontario, and we arent done yet. I have logged literally hundreds of hours reading threads about 5ing and full timing. I feel sometimes I have only scratched the surface. Did the spring RV show in Toronto last weekend, very eye opening as to quality of various RVs. Lotsa poor craftsmanship out there. Gonna rent a TT this summer for a week, get a small insight to trailer life. Best of luck to ya!
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Old 03-10-2019, 11:11 PM   #6
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Welcome to the forums.
I'm about 10years from retirement, however I bought a 5er for several reasons.
1) Too see if RVing is something the wife is interested in doing after retirement.
2) I tournament Crappie fish and the camper makes it easier to set up and break camp.
3) Grandkids

I had been researching campers for about 4 years, and last year I finally pulled the trigger. The last straw, was a 95+ degree summer tent camping trip. My oldest son and his two sons came with me. I finally had enough sleeping in my own sweat and decided it was time. Two weeks later I pulled it home. After 50 years of tent camping, it was time.

First trip this year was last weekend, a warm 35 degree weekend with 4-6" of snow in the forecast. The wife tried her hardest to get a hotel room, but we ended up in the camper, no place to park the camper at the hotel and no dogs allowed. We had to take it in for a warranty recall on the awning controller. I wanted to get it repaired before the season started. Which for me is typically next weekend, first Crappie tournament of the season.

Welcome to the site. Ask all the questions you want. There is a ton of information to be learned and buying the camper is just the beginning. You need a tow vehicle capable of hauling the unit you buy. You will need sewage hose, and the list goes on...

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