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Subject: Re: Trying to decide on my First RV Date: 3/3/2014 11:38 AM
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aargh. TMF is having a problem and I lost a very long post. grrr.

First and most important, thank you for your service--I am so sorry it left you disabled. I can't be sure this will do anything for you, but when the vitamin D level in my blood is low, I experience serious anxiety and insomnia (I note this doesn't happen to my husband when he has just as low D levels). We both take 1-3 drops a day of Seeking Health liquid vitamin D3 (2000 iu per drop), which does the trick for me. I get it on Amazon. One small bottle lasts us about a year. Get your blood D level tested before doing this.

I recommend buying a used RV and keeping your payment as low as feasible (hopefully less than $700). I like a well-made van such as a Chinook or RoadTrek, or the smallest (24') Lazy Daze motorhome (we have a 2006 LD 26.5' midbath) as they are built very well and seem to last. I would spend a minimum of 6 months looking at RVs, reading and learning. If you're located near me or near where we travel, I'd be happy to show you ours and discuss anything about RVing. COme on down and help the hubster do the annual washing and waxing ;-)

Great website for wannabe/newby RVers--and everyone else. Start with "Travels with Gertie" and then move on to "Skylarking":

http://www.andybaird.com/travels/

Understanding and enhancing your RV:

http://www.andybaird.com/Eureka/pages/toc.htm

RVing budget examples:

http://www.andybaird.com/travels/skylarking/2009/budget.htm
http://www.rv-dreams.com/financial-information.html

We spend ~$12k/year on RVing 8 months a year (without any RV payments)…campground fees, gasoline, propane (for fridge, stove, hot water heater, furnace), maintenance, insurance, taxes, storage (we don't full time and can't keep our RV at home--storage costs us $100/month), laundromats, tools/supplies, enhancements (e.g., our latest is upgrading from fluorescent & incandescent lighting to LED to reduce electricity usage), tolls… . And that's in addition to the expenses of owning a house, eating, having children and grandchildren to visit and get gifts for, replacing old items/getting new items (clothing, electronics...), "infotainment" (e-books, music, movies, internet access…).

You'll need to set up bill receipt and handling on the road. Most find it easiest to charge everything you can to a credit card and have that bill paid automatically out of a checking account. You'll still want to get online and verify charges. And have a method of receiving paper mail. You can have items you prefer to order online shipped to you at a post office and sometimes at a campground.

Frugal book tip: fan fiction is free! I've been having fun reading lots of period victorian, Hobbit, Robin Hood, and Firefly fanfic lately. Have a favorite book, movie, TV show? Depressed coz your favorite TV show was cancelled? I bet there's lot of fanfic out there!
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