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Why? I'd rather buy a house - can't travel in those anymore!

They'd be great for our informal settlements though, where people have no alternative but to live in cardboard shacks and homes roughly constructed from whatever they can get their hands on. There's no option for them, sadly; few if any of them will ever be able to have a house.

But if I travelled round in an RV like Queeny does, which I think is a fabulous lifestyle if you can do it for a while, at the end I'd like to settle into something slightly bigger and more comfortable and just keep the RV for trips away. Maybe I'm just getting old! Climbing up and down all those steps must be a nightmare lol!

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We've known quite a few people who did the travel in a motorhome or 'caravan' as we call them here, in their early retirement.
We had one until 2004 and used to do frequent trips around the country. Ours was very comfortable with electricity and a double bed. We didn't have a bathroom but I don't like to be that close to a bathroom anyway, so going to the ablution block has never bothered me much. I'll find pics of some of our camping trips to show you sometime.
But it got too much for me, I wanted to settle down in paradise and do my venturing out in the comfort of a luxury car and hotels rather.
But I can understand the pleasure of doing that. Remember Petal, Queeny is a good few years younger than we are and those American RVs are very different to ours.
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It's great to travel around that way - we did it in 1982 with eight of us, going from Florida up to Niagara Falls and then back down to Washington and it was amazing! If I were younger I'd love to emulate Queeny and her family - it must be magical living that way, and it's the best way to see the whole country, staying where you like it for as long as you want and then moving on to the next place you fancy ... what I meant was it would be fun on a temp basis, even for some years, but eventually you need to put roots down if possible. Once the travelling days are over, like you, I would need something slightly more spacious and somewhere to settle down.
While you still have kids at school, you can't become a nomad, and so the ideal time to do it is once they've fled the nest. If I had a RV I'd keep it when the travel times for extended periods were over, and use it to go away for short vacations and weekends etc.

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Yes that was what we did for about 5 years but then I couldn't manage anymore so we sold it. I need more space and my own bathroom now.
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Well [sign in to see URL] so you know. I looks like the bank and the dealer agreed .....we needed a bit more down, the dealer came down A TON in price and the bank said ok.
We are just waiting for the bank to call saying they have the loan papers made up and to come sign.
The dealer is going through a super inspection (it is one year old and had 7,000 miles on it)......so it has to be perfect.
]But we got it!!!! LINK TO QUEENY'S PALACE ON WHEELS!!
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Now mind you we have been "camping" since Hubby and I were both [sign in to see URL] tents. Then when son was born we did the tenting thing, till my back got too bad. Moved up to a truck and cabover camper. Since then we have gone through travel trailers and [sign in to see URL] the while getting more elaborate and bigger! emoticon
Needless to say this last one is .........NOT "roughing" it! emoticon This one is 40 feet long, and when all three slides are out, the living room is 15 feet [sign in to see URL] danged big. I have one bathroom area with toilet, sink and medicine [sign in to see URL], then around the corner is another small sink, I have a huge kitchen with a three burner stove, oven and microwave/convection oven, full sized sink and double sided refrigerator, AND in this [sign in to see URL] combination washer/dryer! *YES* Hubby has that outdoor BBQ/sink/entertainment area and we have a 26 inch flat screen TV in the living room and one in the bedroom, both those couches you see in the living room make into beds, one is a queen sleeper with dream aire blow up mattress, the other is a twin scissor type, the bed in the bedroom is a queen comfort rest air mattress. and that kitchen table you see in the pictures, actually pulls out and two more chairs go under it.....emoticon
Just so you [sign in to see URL] have plenty of room! emoticon

But, as we [sign in to see URL] IS our HOME. We just happen to get to move it where we want to.
We are still actively employed. Hubby works for a IP Telephony company out of California. BUT all the workers work from [sign in to see URL] he needs is his cell phone and computer and [sign in to see URL] with Verizon broadband card or with the campgrounds WiFi.
So we just check for coverage and travel only on the weekends. If we like some place we stay a month or [sign in to see URL] we can explore. If not we only have to stay a [sign in to see URL] move on.
For the winters, we pick a nice place and sit in one place for 6, 7 or 8 [sign in to see URL]. Saving up our [sign in to see URL] the following summer we are off again!
IN the same place as the link above, I have several different "Queeny's Travels" [sign in to see URL]'s fun taking all my members along with me on vacation! emoticon

[sign in to see URL] THAT MOBILE/TRAILER VILLAGE!!! emoticon emoticon

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What an exciting life. The house is beautiful. emoticon

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That vehicle is positively stunning.
Now that's a house on wheels, that's not a one-room vehicle with a double bed in it.
Like you, we also been camping since childhood and we also started out with tents and progressed through various vehicles.
We don't get camping vehicles like that in SA. The biggest we get is still a one-room box sometimes a bit bigger with a curtain dividing the bed from the main room. I'll show your pics to my husband later today, I'm sure he'll love to take a close look.
Thanks for sharing that and good luck with it. I wish you well to live in it.
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Have a look here, this is the sort of thing you get here,, so you can understand why we can't live the way you do.
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And this is the most luxurious one.


]The Palma


I don't know why we don't have vehicles like yours I suppose our campsites aren't geared for them.

There are 'permanent' ones but they have the wheels removed and are simply pre-fab houses and still nothing at all like yours..
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Wow Queeny - that's luxury on wheels! It's gorgeous, and very different from the ones I've seen before. I'm so glad it all worked out for you, that's fantastic news - it was meant to be, as your Gran would've said!! That is a proper home for sure!

Wish you many, many happy safe miles of travelling and moving and enjoyment with it!

We do get the luxury ones here as well but don't see them on the roads very often so I've no idea who buys them! I'll try to find some pics for you.

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Thanks Gang! emoticon
[sign in to see URL] might not be as big as the one I have [sign in to see URL] back when I started, I would have LOVED to have one of those! emoticon

Here, some of the [sign in to see URL] those in the Mountains do not allow big rigs. We have to be careful, but most advertise on they're websites or in the camping books will advertise...."BIG RIG FRIENDLY" and of course we must have WiFi too! emoticon (hubby does still work)



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