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post #1 of 234 Old 01-23-2007, 02:06 PM Thread Starter
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BIG life changing change comming

Hey all, Floyd has inspired me and the wife to sell everything here in KY and buy a motor home so we can travel the country.

Yesterday I turned 49, I am retired,(medical problems), and I'm not getting any younger. I don't like cold weather, I don't even like cool weather, so the wife and I decided we would sell our house, most of the things in the house, all, (I did say all) our motorcycles, and just about everything we own, and buy a house on wheels.
The plan now is to get the house on wheels, a small pickup to pull behind the house on wheels, and two smaller bikes that will fit in the back of the pickup so we can just ride around the 48 states. (might include a trip into Alaska) KLaspeR will be one of the last things we sell,(unless we run across two smaller D/S bikes before we head out)
We will rent our house out if it doesn't sell quick enough,I'm almost certin that we could rent it for more than the taxes,insurance, and morgage, payments so selling it is NOT a must for us to do this. The must will be to buy the house on wheels, and get rid of all our acumulated items. 4 motorcycles,a car, a truck, and a jeep, (yes the wife is going to part with her jeep).
Right now I'm thinking TDA III will be the start of our hibernation somewhere south, and TDT III will be when we head out to see some more sites. I'm not sure how far a long we will be in our "change" when TDT II rolls around, but we will be there.
This ideal of traveling is not a new ideal for us, it is something we have talked about for years. I think almost everyone has a dream like this, and most people never get the chance to live it, so we decided there is no time like the present to start an adventure like this. What could be better than living where ever you wqant to, when you want to? We will be chasing the 70's and 80's as much as possible. 60's is too cold, and 90's is too hot. ( that is how I play golf, in the 70's, 60's is too cool, and 80's is too hot.
We will have two bikes, (or KLaspeR) to run around on and see the sites once we park the house, and the pickup for when the bikes are inconvienent.Wireless internet, online banking, and being able to do a lot of things online will be a BIG help in us pulling this off.
So if anyone has any ideals that will help us down the road post up because I/we are always eager to lhear different ideals.
Our first obstical is finding a house on wheels, (and paying for it) and liquidating our assects. There is an RV show in Knoxville this weekend, so we will more than likely be there. I guess we will be having a BIG yard sale as soon as the weather warms up.
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post #2 of 234 Old 01-23-2007, 02:36 PM
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Wow, that is a huge lifestyle change. You have my respect. I've often dreamed of doing something similar, only minus the RV, truck, and one of the bikes - as in riding non stop and seeing the world from the saddle, living for a few months at a time in various places, moving on.... but I'm in the rat race now.

Best of luck, I sincerely hope you find the dreams you're chasing out there on the road!
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Good luck Joe,
In your travels, if you ever make it to the Spokane area, let me know. I have a sewer hook up and power down by my shop if you want a place to park for awhile and see some of the area. You are welcome here any time. Take care.

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Good luck Joe,
In your travels, if you ever make it to the Spokane area, let me know. I have a sewer hook up and power down by my shop if you want a place to park for awhile and see some of the area. You are welcome here any time. Take care.
Thanks, Washington is where we want to head to first.( but that depends on when we can get started) Then we want to do the coast hwy down to San Diego. I hear there are a lot of lighthouses in Oragon, and my wife loves them. I'm really wanting to find some ghost towns, real ones not tourist traps.

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For the money, you can't go wrong with a Diesel Bounder. My wife and I like to go around and "pretend" we are in the market, even though we are only 30. In our learnings, I've come to realization that I don't want a modified "Truck Chassis". I want real tires, real truck rims. So any repair can be made at any truck stop. Tires are cheaper, believe or not. And the engine has to be Diesel. Cat has one of the best maintenance records, and just about any Diesel mechanic can work on them. Parts availability is also a good thing.

If you decide to finance the rig, the interest is tax deductible. But what we liked about the Bounder, was that it was only $59k (at the time) and scrounging up that kind of cash could be done if we liquidated our assets. It was also suggested to us that while we had cash early on to get a couple of years worth of fuel pre-paid on one of those Visa cards that you charge up. That way you can just cruise around without the worry of being stuck in one place waiting for checks to hit the account if you needed fuel money.

Another thing... I know this has been done a million times over. But picking up a really nice camera and taking photos of your journeys. Lighthouses make good stock photography, as do ghost towns. BigStockPhoto.com pays nice royalities for every photo that is downloaded. Some people actually make quite a good income taking only stock photos.
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Good luck with it Joe. That should make for one heck of a trip report!

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Joe I wish you and your wife the best of luck out there. I heard someone say once "it better to live your dreams and regret it than to regret not trying to live your dreams" or something like that. Anyway I hope you have fun out there!!!

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Joe I think I know you, and Miss Marcia well enough to say, let the good Lord tell you how to handle this, and I will pray that he gives you two the guidance that is needed. Now to an interesting point, I have a customer in Portland, TN close to where Brandon lives that owns a NICE motorhome. He has it titled in I "think" Montana. He has an attorney that handles the business end of all this for a small yearly fee. He actually owns one square inch of a mountain deed included that kept he, and his wife from paying sales tax on the motorhome by having it licensed there. It might be worth your trouble to check into that. Good luck on the plan, and I will end by saying GO FOR IT !!!!!

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Well stop by in the spring or fall Daddyjoe. If you are into golf there are a dozen or more courses in the county as well as many other places to go see. Oh and great back roads for the bikes. There's a nice RV park just down the road from my work. They must cater to those big diesel pushers because I've seen a lot of nice ones pull in. I hope the two of you have loads of fun in your travels.
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I have been bitten too many time to buy almost anything new. The value drops too much as soon as it is titled, so we will let someone else take that hit.

Gas VS desiel is still up in the air, I know desiels last longer, but this will be a home to make a few trips acroos the country, not like a big rig running the roads every day, and the MPG doesn't change that much (I don't think), and the price per gallon leans us towards the gas.

Thanks for the tip on the pictures, my wife will love that ideal, and we are looking at a canon rebel xt, mainly because it will use all her lenses from her 35mm camera.

I will set up a web site and try to keep it up-dated with pics and a report of our adventues. I will make sure I post a link to it on the KLR forums. When I told the wife about KLRGunns offer, she said we could just travel all over going from KLR owner to KLR owner. That would be a streach, but I would like to meet as many KLR owners as I can, even if I down size our bikes.

Yes CC I agree with that statement a lot. Last June I decided to follow a couple of my dreams by attending a Julian tech day, and riding the coast hwy, (like Bronson did) and I have NO regrets about that trip, except my wife wasn't with me to share it. We will be together on this one, hardly ever more than 20 ft from me. I know a lot of couples that if they were together that close for so long they would explode, but Marcia and I are best friends as well as a couple and enjoy being together.
Before I retired I was away from home about 6 months a year working and that brought us that much closer together. After being retired for 5 years now the only time we are not together is while she is working, or I'm on a bike trip. Like the bible says we became one.

Yes Danny we have ask God for guidance on this, and we believe He will opens the doors He wants us to travel. My son lives in TN so our "home of record will be changed to TN which will save us a bunch on taxes and insurance alone.

It will be fun meeting as many of our internet friends as we can along our adventure, and I'm in hopes we will be able to attend many tech days all over the United States.

Thanks for all the support and encouragement that you all have given, I'm getting more and more excited about this adventure.

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