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BruceD
post Aug 31 2013, 01:42 PM
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Hi folks
I am brand newbie here. I have done three RV lengthy vacations in my life and hope to go as a permanent lifestyle. I am therefore somewhat experienced in the RV life but not as a permanent lifestyle style.

Here's the situation;
When I can afford it I will purchase for cash a 25-30 ft travel trailer
I have a 2005 DURANGO with the small v8 I figure around a trailer weight if 5500-6000 lbs MAX.
It must be a all season trailer equipped for full time year round living.
I am single so even if I add in another person or two the TT size should be more than adequate.
I intend to purchase for cash USED when the time comes.
Also need best recommendations on the the best hitch and configuration.
I am not not rolling in dough and SS will probably be major income source unless I can get PT ZJOBS nearby the main RV campground/park.

SECOND PART OF THIS POST;
I would need recommendations as to the best and most economical LONG TERM campgrounds/RV parks in Southwest Virginia area maybe exrebding to TN or NC or SC possibly beyond that geography.

I don't mean to dump this lengthy post on everyone but all of your recommendations will certsiy be appreciated as I gear up for this monumental ligestyke change!

Thanks again for any inputs.

Bruce D
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post Nov 18 2013, 02:35 PM
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I think when you make your purchase you should look for a good deal on the largest RV you feel comfortable pulling. What seems spacious empty starts to feel claustrophobic after you get your belongings in there and then get stuck inside during bad weather. It would also be a good idea to start paring down your belongings. You cannot live comfortably in an RV with tons of belongings. You don't need 2 sets of pots and pans or enough plates to feed 8. You do not need every greeting card you ever received. Start thinking about what you don't really use and start getting rid of stuff now. It will be much easier to make the transition when you are ready to move in if you don't have to start making decisions about what you need and don't need. You will be surprised at how little you actually have to have.

You could check into doing camp hosting at different campgrounds. You work a set number of hours weekly in exchange for your campsite. Occasionally you find a CG that pays you but most are only space in exchange for work. Some CG's are seasonal and some are more lengthy stays.

We did full timing for years until we got the job we have now, managing a CG. We thought it would be 6 months but illnesses, and death, (one owner) have kept us here for 5 years.

Good luck!
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