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Old 06-25-2006, 06:34 AM   #1
Glenn and Lorraine
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How many Full Timers do we have??? (87)

Just wondering how many of us MOCers are full timers?

How long you been full timing?

On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being best, how do you rate your experience?

How long do you plan on continuing full timing?


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Here's the Who's Who of MOC full timers as of 05/23/07

* 1- Glenn and Lorraine - October 20, 2003
* 2- rickety - Jan 2006
* 3- patodonn - 36 Months
* 4- ols1932 - 69 months
* 5- Gypsy - Feb 2003
* 6- Rex & Mary - 9 years
* 7- Gyro / Kimmrg - September of 2004. I thinkÖMaybe 2003
* 8- prariepoodle - 1987
* 9- adelmoll - 1 year
10- Lstierw - about 1 year
11- jsrang - 2 years
12- gkbutler - 16 October 2005
13- bwney - June 2nd 2006
14- Imp - June 2005
15- sph77 - June 1st 2004
16- Charlotte - 6 weeks
17- mobilrvn - Sept '93
18- krvk - May 16th,2005
19- melnjoy - April 21st 2006
20- crandallbradley - 6 years
21- Wagonmaster - Soon
22- sreigle and vickir - March 21st, 03
23- SKOOBDO - April '06
24- tennisdg - 3 years
25- hodag - 1 year
26- jpf - Sept 15, 05
27- FulltimeFollies - Feb 1982
28- therebnme - Sept 01, 06
29- wa4bmg - April 04
30- Gene Chaltry - 16 months
31- dsprik - July 19, 06
32- Retread - March 06
33- 8.1al - 2 years
34- fulltimer1997 - August 1997
35- txkrumm - Soon Aug 15, 2006
36- Roamingusa - 1994
37- smc - May 04
38- drifus - June 24, 2006
39- Rocky2 - June 15, 2005
40- Diamond - April 1, 2004
41- mobrownies - June 05
42- larryngail - Jan 2003
43- foggyb - 2005
44- RADHAZJOE - 15 months
45- dchafer - 2 years +
46- Shane01638 - March, 06
47- Steve Walensky - Aug 18, 06
48- rvivey - 1 year
49- bmac - March 2001
50- RailroadMike - August 2005
51- bob n pam - October 99
52- dnr1021 - July 06
53- therebnme - August 31, 06
54- fc5v - Sept 1, 2006
55- Oregon Gypsys - Sept 8, 2006
56- simonsrf - October 1, 2006
57- Retread - February 6, 2006
58- foggyb - 10/01/06
59- Tom Gina 06 - Sept 27, 06
60- Bill Hill - Nov 9, 06
61- bigbob7777 - 9/2005
62- Tom41 - Oct 98
63- carlson - July 06
64- glenwynn - Nov 7, 2005
65- guru1961 - 1994
66- Gene Chaltry - April 05
67- rvfirefighter - Oct 01
68- dmr1021 - Aug 06
69- Sandymom - Dec 15, 06
70- nancy784 - Nov 06
71- Connorsmom - May 07
72- stiles watson - Very Soon
73- Katja and Michael - Nov 2005
74- madeforeachother - April 2002
75- CanDo - June 2007
76- Dutch and Di - Jan 1997
77- bking - Dec 2005
78- hamcamper - Aug 2005
79- snfexpress - Mar 2007
80- traveltunes - Apr 2007
81- Delaine and Lindy - Sept 2006
82- JimF - Mar 2007
83- bigbob7777 - Sept 2005
84- minkid - May 2006
85- DonandJudy_12 - July 1999
86- dmr1021 - 2006
87- SUBSAILER - 2007
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Old 06-25-2006, 06:38 AM   #2
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Lorraine and I have been full timing in our Monty since October 20th 2003 and we can honestly say we still luv it.

How long you been full timing? --32 months

On a scale of 1 to 10, 10 being best, how do you rate your experience? --Like anything else some times a 3 but most often a 9 or even 10

How long do you plan on continuing full timing? --As long as our health allows.
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Old 06-25-2006, 06:40 AM   #3
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Phyllis and I have been full timing since January 2006, We have loved every minute of it. Definintely a "10". Our living costs are about 1/2 of what they were, We were able to locate only 2.2 miles from her work, and she ony has 2 years to go for full retirement!!! WE LOVE IT!!! We will continue for as long as we can and then get a small apartment and bore each other all day long with our stories!!
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Old 06-25-2006, 07:33 AM   #4
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Started in July '03 36 months.

Rating on the Ten scale (almost never give 10s or 1s).....about 7+.

Plans? We are sort of, kind of, now and then, looking for a place to set up as a home base. No hurry, but want to be ready when circumstances will not allow a lot of travel. Once we decide on a place, we will continue to travel, but probably not full time, and in a smaller "rig".

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Old 06-25-2006, 08:01 AM   #5
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Full timing for 69 months. Love the lifestyle. Living is cheaper than when in our stick house. We are healthier because we're outside more. I'd rate our living at 10 despite flat tires (which would happen even if we were'nt full time. We plan on going until our health won't allow us to go any more. Presently, we are planning at least 6 more years at which time I'll be 80. As long as I have my sight, hearing and reflexes, we'll continue.

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Old 06-25-2006, 09:33 AM   #6
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Great idea, Glenn! I've wondered the same thing and hope you'll keep a tally.

I've been full-timing solo since February 2003.

Basically, I love the lifestyle and feel that I'm living my dream. However, I'd have to give it a 9 because I occasionally miss things in a stick house like a garbage disposal, dishwasher, garage, patio cover that's windproof, etc. I also miss being able to join a book club, have the same neighbors every week, and go to my favorite hairdresser/doctor/dentist whenever I need them. On the other hand, I'm making new friends every week, as well as crossing paths with continuing friends and sharing stories of our adventures. And I could go on forever about all the great things I enjoy about full-timing - but I won't, or you won't have space for anyone else's response!

I plan to continue full-timing as long as I'm still enjoying it, finding new places to explore, and am healthy enough to handle it.

P.S. When I *do* hang up the keys, I hope it's at the Escapees CARE center in Livingston, TX, where I can get as much medical/assistance support as needed. And I hope my last check is to the funeral home - and that it bounces!
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Old 06-25-2006, 09:36 AM   #7
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Glenn,

As you know, we're not because I still have to work and make money. But someday we may consider it, right now neither of us can imagine not having a "home" to come back to. We can see ourselves gone for months on end but always a place to come back to. Is this something that all you fulltimers thought about prior to moving in that direction?

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Old 06-25-2006, 09:46 AM   #8
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We've been fulltiming for nine years. We started out in a 19 foot Dutchman travel trailer and are now in our second Montana product a 325 FKBS Mountaineer travel trailer. We spend most of our time in Nevada and work about 38 weeks a year dealing blackjack, winters in Laughlin, and summers at Lake Tahoe. Living fulltime in the Mountaineer has been a "10". We enjoy displaying our photos on our webpage, and have recently started a blog. We both have gotten our ham radio lic. and I haven't been into a gift shop since. We also enjoy Dutch Oven cooking.Plans this fall include a two month trek back to Wisconsin to visit family and friends. We also have to cut through South Dakota to renew our driver's lic. I'm an avid reader of the MOC although I post very little I can't tell you how many times I've used the forum to solve problems and learn.............
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Old 06-25-2006, 10:08 AM   #9
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Kimmrg and I have been fulltiming since September of 2004. I thinkÖMaybe 2003. Kimmrg will fix this, Iím guessing. (Sheís at the beach with her brotherís family, today, and Iím home using her laptop because my PC needs a new hard drive.)

She and I love it. I have my PC, (will have, as soon as I fix it,) and DirecTV, and she has all her crafts and hobbies. She misses our old brick & stick home more than I do. Mainly because it was our dream home overlooking Fairbanks. She misses having close friends nearby, to visit frequently. Thatís one reason she loves M.O.C. Sheíll miss her family when we head out of Alabama, and donít go up to Minnesota to see the rest of it.

Iím carefree. Iím estranged from my old homestead family, (living 25 years in Alaska with so few visitors tends to do that,) and my kids and grandkids will just have to deal with me being more e-mail communicative than in-person communicative. Thatís cool for me, though, because my hearingís bad enough to miss so much that ďbeing thereĒ holds no real charm.

As long as things work, (trailer, vehicle, and body-wise,) I think we can just keep this up forever.

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Old 06-25-2006, 10:34 AM   #10
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We started out in a 40ft Teton in 1987,it was a great RV but just too big to haul around. Picked up our Montana June 6th 2003 and have been traveling for 3 years.How long will we do this? just as long as we can and then park on a piece of land for the remainder of our time. I do not miss anything about our stick house which we sold in 1986. How would I rate our full timing,I will have to give it a big 10+
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Old 06-25-2006, 01:48 PM   #11
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One year yesterday. Rating is a nine for the same reasons gypsy has. We will do this as long as the Man Above allows us to.

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Old 06-25-2006, 02:19 PM   #12
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We have been full timing just about a year and love it. Would rate it a 10 and don't miss the stick home........Les and Sue
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Old 06-25-2006, 05:00 PM   #13
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Marilyn and I have been full timing it for 2 years, since July 2004 and we love it. We will be doing this for a few years yet, or until our health dictates otherwise. When that time comes, will probably rent or buy a condo in the South like FL, but am also thinking of something smaller for 2-3 months travel to the midwest during summer months.

So far, I'd have to rate our experiences a 10. No regrets after selling our stick house. Would do it all over again, but probably try to figure out how to start a few years earlier.
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Old 06-25-2006, 05:01 PM   #14
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We started fulltiming on 16 October 2005 two days before the closing on our stick house in MN. We spend six months of the year in Florida with our oldest grandchildren and six months in Illinois with our youngest. We both still have to work because my military pension doesn't start until my 60th birthday, but we wouldn't give up this lifestyle for all the money in the world.

We feel like we are on an extended vacation and really don't miss our stick house at all. We have our garden in Illinois and our potted plants in Florida.

The only thing Karen misses is decorating.

We plan to do this for as long as we can. Hopefully, it will be for at least the next twenty years or longer. Can't really rate our experiences as we only move twice a year, but right now we really love it.
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Old 06-25-2006, 07:06 PM   #15
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What's the date today? We just started full-timing June 2.

Probably an 8.5. We are still learning. Every day I have a "duh" episode.

We are going to full-time until Sylvia gets tired of it. That was the deal.....
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Old 06-25-2006, 09:28 PM   #16
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We have been fulltiming for 1 yr now. We don't move around as much as others but have a home base in Bastrop TX for winters and we volunteer at our church campgrounds in Washington (Samish Island) for the summers. The tripping is fall and spring. We plan to do this as long as we can. I would rate it an 8, mainly because of having to find accomodations when the rig is being repaired. That is a downer.
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Old 06-26-2006, 04:01 AM   #17
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Ellie and I since June 1st, 2004. For our budget I use June 1st as our FFY (fulltiming fiscal year).
We give it a "10" and plan on continuing till we
see everything.
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Old 06-26-2006, 05:56 PM   #18
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Leon and I are new at this. We started 6 weeks ago. We travel due to Leon's job as a traveling physical therapist assistant. He has been doing this for 1 1/2 years. We stayed in apartments that were arranged by his company. This did not always work out very well and we decided we were too old to pack and move so much. We think this will be much better. We certainly have enjoyed the people that we have met. We were in the Valley for the winter but in an apartment. All those people in RV's seemed to really be enjoying themselves. Normally, we will be somewhere for 3 months but this assignment has not worked out that way. We will be leaving Sherman, Texas this weekend but not sure where we will be going yet. We feel that we are having one great big adventure seeing all these places.

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Old 06-26-2006, 07:31 PM   #19
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Fulltiming since 9/93. Best lifestyle ever: 9.5 You'll have to pry my cold, dead hands off the steering wheel.
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Old 06-26-2006, 08:12 PM   #20
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Started May 16th,2005 and plan on going back to Kansas next spring to sell off more of our stuff that is in storage. Rating 9
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