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Subject: Re: Motor Homes Date: 2/24/2000 10:48 AM
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duggg,

You may want to rent a motorhome to make sure you are suited to the lifestyle. My parents know of people who thought it was a great idea to hit the open road and came back early from the first trip with a for sale sign on their unit. That said, it is a great lifestyle if it suits you. My parents did it for 10 years before buying another home, and I traveled for a year in Europe with them and my brother when I was 12. It was a little too cozy 4 people in a 17 foot motorhome, but negotiating the old city streets with anything bigger would not have been possible.

Since many people do wind up selling their units very early on, there are some good pickings to be had out there. Take your time. Some of these units are big bucks. They also drop in value by about 50% when they are driven off the lot. IMO, used is the way to go even if it means higher maintenance costs.

As far as Mexico is concerned, my parents did that route too. Make sure you have a front and rear lisence plate on your unit if you go to Mexico. The state they were from only required a rear plate. They got stopped by the police several times since in Mexico the police will remove the front plate of a car if a violation occurs. Kind of like booting it. You can't get the plate back until you pay the fine, and travelling without two plates is taboo. Their spanish got progressively better each time they got stopped though!

I know that my dad regrets having to leave the open road behind him. Health reasons were the only thing that would get him off the road.

They also had a mailing service through I believe, Good Sams club. Something like that anyway. They had a po box and an 800 number for emergency messages. These people forwarded their mail for them. I believe it was low or no cost through Good Sams.

Good luck with your adventures!
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