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I'm not on the road yet but my wife and I have a 4 year plan to get there. Honestly I'd be out there now but but she needs more security such as a regular income so when I'm able to start drawing SS we'll hit the road.

If it were just me I'd be vanning it right now similar to what Bob and a lot you do. I don't need much and I prefer to travel light. The plan we have together is to full-time in a smaller Class C possibly. I'm tempted though to still get a van and trick it out to be self contained for solo camping trips until then. Maybe that way I can still get my kicks in until we can make the full-time leap.

I guess I'm worried that by the time I get going there will be much more restrictions on being a nomad. I'm seeing more and more articles about crackdowns on BLM land and boondocking areas and other aspects of the nomadic life that will suck the fun out of the lifestyle. Plus with all the Instagramming and Youtubing going on crowding is looking like a problem. I'm not out there though so I don't know what it's really like. I just know that I want to get there.

Anyways, I love this site and all the discussion and info here. You keep me going. Can't wait to get going though and maybe meet a few of sometime.

--Kev
everybody and their brother advertising it and trying to make a buck off of it doesn't help. highdesertranger
I feel your pain, I am stuck for another reason. If you have the means, making a van for yourself (and the wife doesn't object) sounds reasonable. Do some solo camping and traveling to get your feet wet. You'll be an ol' pro by the time it comes for the real deal.

Seems the internet brings the bad with the good.
I get that people need to make a living to pay bills but these "Instagrammers" and "Influencers" really rub me the wrong way. I read an article recently about a guy who ran an ice cream truck that got so tired of the influencers asking for free ice cream in return for a post that he put a sign up saying "Influencers pay double". Good for him.

I do some mild extended trips in my SUV occasionally but need a little more space than that. Just being able to sit up without banging my head would be an improvement.
(07-14-2019, 09:29 AM)AnonymousDog Wrote: [ -> ]I guess I'm worried that by the time I get going there will be much more restrictions on being a nomad. I'm seeing more and more articles about crackdowns on BLM land and boondocking areas and other aspects of the nomadic life that will suck the fun out of the lifestyle. 
Dear Mr Dog, do not worry about this sort of flash hysteria. There are always local problems with squatters and rule breakers, especially in and around cities, but you'll likely not be RVing there. The wide open spaces beckon. 

Look at the broader picture. The RV industry overall has over $100 billion impact on the economy. That's what you'll joining, not a bunch of squatters throwing their crap in the street. I just returned from 5 weeks driving through WA, MT, and ID, and RVs were everywheres, and in many places there were RVs boondocking. I was the tiny exception, camping in my van. At Quartzsite in the winter, there are 100,000 RVs, and even at RTR, there were mostly genuine RVs, Van nomads are a drop in the bucket. I've boondocked all over AZ and SoCal, and the vast majority around were commercially built RVs. Do not worry, be happy, make your plans. No one is going to quash a $100 billion industry because of a few idiots here and there who lack common sense.

https://www.rvia.org/business-indicators
Not being able to experience it first hand has an impact on my perspective. I'm sure the reality of is not as dire as I might imagine it to be.
(07-14-2019, 10:11 AM)B and C Wrote: [ -> ]I feel your pain, I am stuck for another reason.  

Why are you stuck? July in Houston would not be my dream situation, for sure.
(07-14-2019, 01:13 PM)AnonymousDog Wrote: [ -> ]Not being able to experience it first hand has an impact on my perspective. I'm sure the reality of is not as dire as I might imagine it to be.
Dog, I surmise from your first post above and talk of a Class-C that you're working towards a more or less regular retirement, and not in a situation where you've lost everything and must contemplate living on the street with nothing. 

You might get a better perspective for your personal situation if you go to one of the more mainstream RV forums, where people have made a more or less smooth transition from S&B to retirement in an RV, and have the wherewithal for some years of travel. Those are the sort of experiences you want to absorb at this point in time. You will notice some threads here are so full of hysteria and conspiracy talk that the moderators have to "routinely" shut them down due to abject frustration.
(07-14-2019, 01:36 PM)annabell Wrote: [ -> ]Why are you stuck? July in Houston would not be my dream situation, for sure.

My wife has dementia and I am her primary care taker.  Our plan was to leave after Christmas and come back by Thanksgiving.  Those plans got derailed the first year.  Houston is not the place to be from about June 1st to Halloween.  Scorchers.
B and C, sorry to hear about your situation. My mother had dementia and it's a terrible disease.
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