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Living the life - Full Time

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Living the life - Full Time

Posted 30-03-2010 at 16:21 by John & Joan

We bit the bullet and are now living full time in our motorhome.

We both retired in 2006 and sold our property and rented it back. We used some of the released capital to purchase our Hymer S700 1992. We used this for a while and added extras such as Sky TV and Oyster 85cm Dish. Gasparini Energy 20 LPG generator and 1600kw inverter. 85 litre LPG tank. two 110 Ah batteries in addition to the existing 85Ah one. By using the van we found the things we needed to change or replace.

We are intending to continue for as long as our health holds out. We enjoy living in the van and having a different outlook every so often from the windows. If and when the time comes to give up we intend to return to the Darlington area of County Durham and seek rented accomodation again.

We are members of the Caravan Club and the Camping and Caravanning Club. We also joined the Motor Caravanners' Club. These give us a good range of sites and Certificated Locations to park on. We are also wildcampers but you need somewhere every few days to empty toilet cassettes and waste water and fill up with fresh water. We carry a spare cassette for our Thetford C2 so we can push a wild spell to about 4 or 5 days.

We need to use club sites or find a Laundrette to wash clothes. We are naturists but even naturists wear clothes and bedding and towels need washing.

We finance our travells out of our pensions (State and works) and find that our site fees are no more than we were paying in rent. No Council Tax, Water Rates, House Insurance, Electricity Bills. The money we used to pay for gas covers our monthly LPG usage. We do pay a bit more for Full Time Insurance cover. We use Vodafone for calls and data on the laptop. We used this before so have a saving by not having a landline phone with a Broadband connection.

Travelling will account for some of our saved expenditure but as we already used the motorhome extensively it will not be that big a difference.

We run a Smart FourTwo and tow this on a Bantam Trailer. This method we feel will save wear and tear on the car. The car then allows us to shop and sightsee without trying to find parking for a 7m motorhome at places we want to visit.

I am a radio ham and have my station in the motorhome and use the Bantam trailer to also carry a sectional 24ft mast for my antennas. Joan is interested in sea fishing and we will be looking for locations where she can fish. We are also interested in photography and drawing/painting.

We have a safari room but are still in two minds whether this is worth carrying around with us. We also carry an additional outdoor fridge but are uncertain if we really need this.
We are just starting out on our journey, time on the road will tell.

Cooking is on a Safari Chef (gas) outside and a 4 ring gas burner. We also have a Remoska, George Forman Grill, a slow clooker, a 1Kw electric kettle and a Dolce Gusto Coffee maker, all of which will run on the inverter as well as mains when available. We also have a backup gas kettle.

When off hookup the generator looks after our leisure batteries by automatically cutting in when the batteries need charging and then off when they are charged up.

Being both on medication we have so far been able to sort this out with our existing practice.

Living in the motorhome is exactly as we expected it to be. We will post more as we continue our lifes Journey.
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  1. Old Comment

    Good luck!

    Hope all is well for you after your first month full timing? Hope the weather improves soon for you so you can use that Safari Room...:thumb::Cool:
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    Posted 30-03-2010 at 17:13 by Cornish Pasty Cornish Pasty is offline
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    Hi John and Joan,
    we are in the process of selling our home to finance going full timing. We are both retired and feel the need for another adventure.
    I was interested in your comment regarding full time insurance. Am I to understand that your insurance company knows that you are full timing in your motorhome and still give you cover. If this is so, which company is it and how high a premium do you have to pay for it. As far as I was aware, you have to hide the fact that you are a full timer and have a permanent address.
    Movin' on.
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    Posted 03-04-2010 at 18:37 by Movin' on Movin' on is offline
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    Originally Posted by Movin' on View Comment
    Hi John and Joan,
    we are in the process of selling our home to finance going full timing. We are both retired and feel the need for another adventure.
    I was interested in your comment regarding full time insurance. Am I to understand that your insurance company knows that you are full timing in your motorhome and still give you cover. If this is so, which company is it and how high a premium do you have to pay for it. As far as I was aware, you have to hide the fact that you are a full timer and have a permanent address.
    Movin' on.
    Hi Movin' on

    We are with Aviva through Comfort. Yes our schedule is marked Fulltiming. We are limited to not being in any one country for more than 6 months in a 12 months period.

    You do need an address for legal reasons Vehicle registration, Driving licences etc. We use our daughters address.

    I was with Comfort and just rang them up and they gave cover no bother. The premium is slightly higher but was less than the premiun we paid for the contents cover in the house.
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    Posted 11-05-2010 at 21:57 by John & Joan John & Joan is offline
  4. Old Comment

    lovin your blogs

    hi we are doing up our house to sell and go full timing around europe your blogs are wonderful for the info they give just had too say thanks

    clair n mark:BigGrin:
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    Posted 20-10-2010 at 17:25 by marknclairontour marknclairontour is offline
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    hi john @joan have just joined motorhome fun reading your comments gave me a bit more insight to full timing and iwe are going to do it soon pulled my private pension out what was left of it lol have purchased a newmar dutch star 34 foot long with super slide doing uk first until house is sold then europe until the money runs out have trucked through europe but never seen signs for aries is it worth buying the book and also the french passion book gives you all the vineyards you can stop at and taste the wines c heers [EMAIL="roadtramp@diana"]roadtramp@diana[/EMAIL]
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    Posted 08-08-2011 at 17:48 by roadtramp roadtramp is offline
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    If you need advice health wise away from home

    Hello John and Joan, I am a retiring pathology doctor and will be fulll timing hopefully soon. Should you or anyone wake up one day far from home and don't feel right and want an opinion straight away feel free to get in touch. I can give you instant contact details if you wish. I find your blog very useful for preparing for what I want to do so please keep it up!
    thanks a lot
    DDDan
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    Posted 11-04-2012 at 18:33 by DDDan DDDan is offline
 

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