Full-timers who sold your home, do you miss it?

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Did you sell your sticks-and-bricks home to travel full-time with a recreational vehicle? Do you now regret selling it, or are you totally relieved it’s gone?

Or maybe you’re somewhere in between — you miss the home, but not all that much.

A lot of RVers contemplating going full-time will likely be interested in hearing how those who have gone full-time before them feel about living without a traditional, fixed-base residence.

Comments are invited.

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squeakytiki
5 months ago

It’s interesting reading this poll a month later. Given how much has changed in such a short time, I have to wonder how many would now change their answer?

John Koenig
6 months ago

I sold my “stick & brick” in May, 2018 and now live as a full timer in my 2015 Dynamax DX3-37RB. The ONLY things I miss from my S&B are the whirlpool tub and deluxe shower panel. I now have $1500+/month in my pocket that used to go to property taxes, homeowners’ insurance and utility bills. I can always buy another house / apartment but, while I’m healthy enough to drive an RV, I’m GOING for it! There’s SO much to see, do and explore across America. I choose to be “old” later (MUCH later).

Gigi
7 months ago

I put the important things in storage when I sold my home. I lived in a 37 ft sailboat for 8 years, then sold the boat and lived and traveled for 2 years in a 28 ft RV. I still worked part time and would fly back to my work a couple of time a month. When I retired I bought a house closer to my children and sold the RV.
I never missed the house, but I do miss the boat and the RV. I always liked the small places in the woods for RVing, and now I live in the woods, the same kind of place I liked when in the RV. But now I have a much bigger place to take care of and clean. I could clean the boat and RV in a small amount of time, but now not only is there more cleaning, but I’m accumulating stuff !

Bob Godfrey
7 months ago

Coming from Florida and having lived & traveled in our motor home for 10 years I must admit that I miss my garage/shop very much since I still like to work on my car/motor home. But the most annoying thing these days is finding a reservation anywhere near where we call home in Florida for the winter season for it has become a chore and I despise it so we are searching for a smaller home to return to in winter. We really miss the spontaneity of RVing.

CPeine
7 months ago

I do not actually miss the home we were in, what we miss is a place that our children and grandchildren from out of town can come “home” for the Christmas holiday. We manage to work it out, but we all agree, it’s not the same. Other than that – no, I do not miss it.

rvgrandma
7 months ago

I put yes, just barely because after 15 years I do miss having my own washer/dryer (don’t have room for one). But, honestly, I can’t imagine even having all the room one would have in a 1 bedroom apartment.

Abe Loughin
7 months ago

Why would someone miss cutting the grass, shoveling snow, painting the house, paying the taxes, power bill, trash removal? You get the idea, right?

TravelingMan
7 months ago

Nope, Nada, Never…

BUT…Just in case, we do have an exit strategy. Everyone has to have one as one never knows what tomorrow holds. Especially with health.

Will you return to an apartment? Move in with family? Buy another house? There are retirement homes, mobile homes, or perhaps making your existing RV into a stationary home. Some will consider alternate countries where living expense can be considerably less (or more depending on location).

The point is that somewhere down the road, you will get off at that final exit. Being prepared is the best answer.

Jon
7 months ago

I have never missed our s&b home in the 17 1/2 years we full-timed, but my wife has come to miss the fixed-base life style (not necessarily the actual home) in the last couple of years. The keys are NOT hung up; they are in my pocket and ready to go whenever the opportunity next arrives. I can’t answer the survey because we are officially “off the road” but that only began two weeks ago.

Vanessa Simmons
7 months ago

My plan was to full time with a home base in Nevada consisting of a garage to store prize possessions in and a workshop. When I purchased the property the rules had changed and I couldn’t just have a garage so I went ahead with a house. Been in it for 4 weeks and miss the road! But will be attending the FMCA rally next month and spending 4+ months on the road starting in June.

Troy
7 months ago

I have been in the military my entire life, and with that I have moved every few years since I was a baby. When I was getting ready to retire from the Marine Corps the wife and I couldn’t agree on where to live, so we decided to full time and look for a place. I am tired of moving all the time and never having a home or permanent friends that I can see regularly. I want a place with a shop and or a large garage so I can do the activities that I like to do but have never really had much opportunity to do. Luckily we will have to find a place to settle by next school year because our daughter will be starting kindergarten. The bad part is that we still can’t agree on where we want to live, and now we are dead broke from doing this full time RV thing.

TravelingMan
7 months ago
Reply to  Troy

First, thanks for your service. It is truly appreciated!

But for the bad news…If you are thinking that house will keep you from going broke, please keep in mind that the mortgage payment never seems to go away. Taxes and insurance will continue to go up. If you think maintenance costs are high on an RV, wait until you get that house.

If you like being tied down to one location, it might be OK. But if you need to relocate due to a job or for some other reason, you will still go broke paying realtor costs, title fees and moving expenses. At least in the RV, you can travel to the next location without all that extra baggage.

My wife and I always discuss what we would have liked to do given what we know now versus what we knew then….We could have home-schooled the kids (avoiding bullies, school shootings and having the school raise our kids to their standards – not ours) and put a ton back in a 401k or other account. We would have been MILES ahead (and so would have our kids).

When we were younger, we always worried about where the next pay check was coming from. Often times, the mortgage payment was hard to make. So were the utilities and groceries. With a physical home, you will quickly learn how tied down you really are. And I can guarantee, if you ask how many on this forum had a house and actually and routinely visited with their neighbors, I would bet the percentage is small. How many people do you closely associate with from your high school or college? It’s far less when you own a home. For some, that’s OK. But for us, we wish we had known about the alternatives. We’ve met a lot of people we stay in contact with on the road. We all have something in common. When you own a home, your lucky if you know any of your neighbors outside an occasional hand wave. Parents and School teach you nothing…Watch as one generation goes to another. Some get lucky. Some are born with a silver spoon in the mouth. We’re all brainwashed bigger is better and owning a home is “the American Dream” That DREAM is for the mortgage company collecting interest, the insurance company raking you over the coals, the realtor who just took you for 6% when they performed 30 minutes worth of work, the title company who searches 5 minutes of records and collecting their fee, the utility company getting rich, the taxing agents extorting you to pay for “protection”, and the HOA telling you how to live your life and what color to paint your house.

If I could just make one suggestion to a younger crowd based on experience, lower your expenses to the best of your ability. Put your money away (balanced) into investment vehicles for a rainy day or an early retirement. Just look at the statistics on how many baby boomers cannot afford to ever retire. Do you want to follow yet another generation like that?

Consider further your alternatives before you tie yourself down. It sounds like you may never be satisfied living in one place if you can’t even decide “where” you want to live. Don’t take that negative. Just be sure it is really what you want before you settle down. Find an area and live there for a year before you commit.

Best of luck in what you decide. And again, many thanks for your service.

Paula
7 months ago

Never. Health issues may one day demand a change, but many miles down the road.

Tim Bear
7 months ago

No, not the one we sold 2 months after hitting the f/t road 8 yrs ago. But we’re considering getting off road now and parameters of housing will be different now — as we ourselves are different.

Jerry Matthews
7 months ago

Miss the basement work shop and the garage. I don’t miss coming home after a winter trip and fixing things that went bad over the winter and cleaning up the yard.

Rush McKee
7 months ago

NO NO NO NO NO AN ABSOLUTE NO!

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7 months ago
Reply to  Rush McKee

Sorry, Rush. Could you be more specific please? 😆 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Nikki Harnish
7 months ago

Rarely. I get more nostalgic for that time in our lives, than that place in our lives.

Two Buck Chuck
7 months ago

We are about to embark on our fourth year full time. We have been RV’rs for years. Do I miss sticks and bricks? Well, yes and no. I love travel but as I age I find myself wondering what it would be like to have a permanent address again. Is that sticks and bricks? Does it have to be? I know that I miss making friends that I see each and every day. We don’t have that now. We’re still working on figuring out how to make the transition back to sticks and bricks or if we do that at all.

We have traveled extensively and we’ve decided that our favorite city is Tucson. once off the road will very likely move there. Our current plan is to stay six months of the year and boogie prior to triple digit heat each year.

Having said that at the end of the forth year we will likely find a place to park the RV in Tucson so that we can have a permanent address and still be able to travel but with the addition of international travel. (yes, I know I can have a permanent address at a number of mail forwarding services).

Lori
7 months ago

The only time I miss our S&B is when I want a full size tub to soak in…lol, or maybe my craft room.

Janet
7 months ago
Reply to  Lori

Been full timer for6 years. Yes I miss the tub too. My kids know if we come to visit make sure they have bubble bath for me. But that’s the only thing I miss. Now I get lost in their big houses. Can’t remember where I left my keys or phone. Not a problem in my RV.

Michael
7 months ago

Yesterday we have celebrated our 2nd year fulltiming in our 40’ fifth wheel and are loving it. Although we started under different circumstances it has been very rewarding. We have found in our travels that were the envy of many people and friends who own homes but cannot see themselves parting with the years of collected items. The interesting thing about the items that have been collected thru the years most people never see the items. While we are still alive we gave our children a chance to go through our prized possessions and pick out the things that meant the most to them and the rest we sold. What a weight off our backs and our children. So yes, we love the travel and seeing what this country is made up of, Happy camping!

yelaroc - full timer
7 months ago

I miss it so little that I’m planning to live in it the rest of my life. When I can’t drive it any longer, I’m going to park it somewhere and live in it.