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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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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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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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Yes, Gas vs. Diesel and they are pretty evenly matched. But when it comes to RVs it's how they consctuct the actual vehicle around the powerplant that makes all the difference in how they handle, and their physical strength. All Diesel Pushers are build on a "Real Frame" like a Freightliner. The wheels are more outboard for better stability in high crosswinds, and can pull more weight. Also, a framework like that allows for greater underneath storage. Even pass through storage. Ironically, RVs tend to not be able to carry a lot of stuff. As an example, nearly every RV you see on the road has bicycles mounted to the outside. You would think a vehicle that large would be able to accomodate something like a couple of bicycles. Which is a nice thing about the pass throughs.

To my knowlegde, I don't think I've seen any gasoline powered RVs that are built on frameworks other than a rolling ford chassis.

Anyway, you are right about buying used... especially for an RV. There are so many out there barely a few years old that are great deals. New RVs are for younger people who don't know any better.
 

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Ironically, RVs tend to not be able to carry a lot of stuff. As an example, nearly every RV you see on the road has bicycles mounted to the outside. You would think a vehicle that large would be able to accomodate something like a couple of bicycles.
You have to remember these are houses on wheels, You/I wouldn't want to keep a bicycle in my living room, and bicycles are akward to store/cary.
I see a lot of the adds showing pass through storage even in the gas models. The diesel pushers cost a lot more than the gas models, it may be the size and year, but most of the diesels I've seen adds for are 60K + and I don't want to have to make payments on one, that would cut away from our gas money.

I am not totally counting out a truck and fith wheel/ tag along either. If we go fithwheel it would have to be one like the toy haulers so we could haul the bikes too. The only problem with the truck and tag along is I would have to buy a big truck to pull it, but if we run across the right deal that is a possibility.
I have often thought about a tractor and trailer, with the trailer set up as a house, but I don't have the time, or desire to do that.

We will know more after this weekend when we go to the RV show in Knoxville.
 

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A bit of advice Joe. My father in law did this very same thing a few years ago. They traveled for about four years before they got sick of it. They have now bought a house close to where they previously lived and use the RV for several "vacations" every year but they always return to their house after a month or so. If ya'll have any reservations about selling your house or just hate the thought of settling back down into a stick house in another location, you might consider renting out your house for a couple of years so that you have it to come back to if you have a change of heart.

Another thing I remember. when they first bought their RV they took it out on weekend trips close to home first and then started making the trips progressively longer. They did that for about six months before selling their house. I guess it was a good thing too because there were a lot of bugs that popped up on those test runs and they were starting with a brand new $130,000+ RV.

Not trying to scare ya'll or anything, but I thought I should put it out there.
 

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If ya'll have any reservations about selling your house or just hate the thought of settling back down into a stick house in another location, you might consider renting out your house for a couple of years so that you have it to come back to if you have a change of heart.
That is one thing we are taking into concideration. We have two houses here, one we used to rent out, until that got to be too much of a pain. It is an old one bedroom, and needs some work now so we are concidering keeping it to store some of our furniture, and selling the one we live in now.If we sell both houses and the 3+ acres we will buy an acre across the mtn. in TN. (taxes and insurance savings) For an investment and a place to fall back on.

If we decide to come back to a stick home, (see I'm already learning the "fulltimers" lingo) we will buy a double wide and put it beside the "little house", or on the acre in TN. Or we could have a house built on either place, or if we just sell the one house we could move into the "little house".

If we don't sell we do have our son, and my brother withing 10 miles of here to care for it, and collect the rent money.

Middlesboro isn't a bad place to live, we have an abundance of twisties to ride, the summers are terrific here, the spring and fall are nice, but I can't handle the winters anymore. When the temps are between 20-50 I freeze to death. If it gets below 20 it isn't near as bad as it is at 30-40. Yea I know that is strange, but that is the way it is for me. Marcia gets cold at 60 and below and don't get warmed up until it gets 70 +.

We have also thought of the possability of finding a small town somewhere during our travels and calling that home, if we get tired out the RV. I have even thought about building a big living room, bathroom, and a couple bed rooms here in a way that we could pull the rv right up to the door and stay here about 6 months a year.

I guess one of the things that is enticing me so much is all the possabilities we will have.

Advice like that is why I posted this, I don't want to miss any angle if I can prevent it.

Another reason I want a used RV is that someone else has already worked out all those little bugs, and buying used it will be me doing the fixing on the smaller things, not having to deal with a dealer to get it in to get things done.
 

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Today I make my first positive, tangable, action in our lifestyle change.

I am GIVING my brother two of my prized possesions,

1) S&W 357 mag revolver
2) Marlin 22 cal lever action "ORIGINAL GOLDEN - 39 A



I will have to part with several others in the next couple months, but he lives close and has ties to these two guns.
 

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You really ARE doing this....wow! Can I hide in the cupboard of the RV and go too?

Congrats!!! This is an awesome time in your lives...make sure you keep us, errrrrr "posted"! :mrgreen:
 

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congrats DJ.Got your pm and I found one tuesday.Thanks anyhow.Wish you the best on your adventure.Not many people actually follow their dreams,those who do have a full and wonderful appreciation of life.Go for it and enjoy!!!! Hope you keep us posted here on the forum of your adventures.Cause somehow I think there will be a KLR involved somehow.If there is anything we can do to get you on your way give us a call.


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Thanks Mike:
We have talked about living an unconventional life style for 14 years. It started out living on a houseboat as soon as the kids got grown, but the winters on the lake didn't appeal to either of us, so that ideal fell by the way side. We had thought about living in a RV and traveling many times, and driving home from Lexington Monday we decided to just "GO FOR IT".
Last year when I took my trip on the KLR to the left coast I had a great time, but I missed Marcia so much I didn't enjoy it as much as I should have. I rode part of the Pacific coast Hwy, and decided I wanted to do it all, but I wanted Marcia to share the experience with me.
As for the KLR being involved, I can't see myself without a bike, and the KLRs riding position is better for my back than any other.(that I have tried). The plan is to down-size the KLR to a 250 so it will be easier to load and unload, and easier to haul two bikes. After all I won't be making any long trips on a bike anymore.
Now as for your offer to help; your prayers would be appricated very much.
 

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DJ,Marcia-you already have them :smile:
 
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