In the past I’ve published several blogs about hanging up the keys and getting off the road, and talked about where we would settle down. Looking back at those blog posts it’s interesting to me to see how our interests have changed, yet how they have also stayed the same.
In blogs in 2009 and 2010, I said that if we ever settled down it might well be in the Rockport/Aransas Pass area of the Texas Coastal Bend. A few years later we discovered Florida’s Space Coast and as I wrote in a blog on exit strategies a few months ago, that’s probably where we’d want to live. Though the location has changed, our reasons are much the same – a moderate climate, opportunities for fishing and kayaking, and the cost of living is affordable.
Today let’s talk about why we (or you) might hang up the keys and stop fulltiming. We’ve been living the fulltime RV lifestyle for 15 years now and have no immediate plans to stop.
However, Terry loves to weave and spin and, and though we have found ways to incorporate those interests into our lifestyle, space can be an issue. I know there are times when she wishes she had more room to spread out and work. I’d love to have a 22-26 foot boat and spend time fishing in Florida, but it makes no sense to own something like that if we’re not going to be around to use it. I’d be lying to you if I said the thought of getting a place to settle down and pursue those interests hasn’t crossed our minds a time or two.
However, the flip side of that coin is that we still love traveling and can’t imagine being tied down to a house, mowing grass, and all of the other chores that go along with that. Besides, as it is now, if our neighbors have a yappy dog or insist on having a smoky campfire every night, we know that it won’t be long before they, or we, go on down the road. What if we bought a place and had to put up with rude neighbors all the time?
We’ve seen a lot of fulltimers come and go over the years. Some knew going in that this lifestyle was not going to be permanent and when they had fulfilled their reasons for fulltiming, they stopped. Others discovered that they really weren’t suited for living on the road or just got tired of it and decided to do something else.
We’ve also known many fulltime RVers who planned to keep on traveling forever and only got off the road when illness or death forced them to. And we’ve known a few that stopped traveling to take care of aging parents or grandchildren when family issues created a need for them to do so.
Terry and I have always said that we’d stop fulltiming when it stopped being fun, and that hasn’t happened yet. I think for us it would be a health issue or when age makes it unsafe for us continue. We hope that will be a long time yet.
How about you? Did you enter the fulltime lifestyle planning to keep on going until you wore the wheels off your rig, or did you have a point in mind when you’d stop? Has that changed over time? What would cause you to hang up the keys?
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