Looking into 'fulltimer' lifestyle

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  1. Peter the great

    Peter the great Read Only Funster

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    Hi all, I am in my early fifties and have just about recovered financially from an expensive divorce 7 years ago. I now live alone in one bedroom rented flat with few possessions. I work full-time in a good job, have no kids and I like living alone. Last year while on a visit to Cornwall I bumped into a retired chap living virtually full time in a van type motorhome (sorry about terminology). We had a lengthy chat and his lifestyle appealed to me. I don't intend to retire for at least ten years but I am attracted to the minimalist, nomadic lifestyle. In a very basic way I see little difference between living in a one bedroom flat or a motorhome.

    I have joined this forum to start more in depth research so any and all information is welcome. Many thanks
     
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    Hi Peter, with a bit of planning you can definitely live a lot cheaper in a van that in a house. Its not without it's problems but nothing not easily overcome. There are a LOT of people doing precisely what you want to do and quite a few of those are members here. (y)

    Best of luck in this new life chapter (y)
     
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    There is a huge difference, living in you own MH is exciting, freedom.

    There are drawbacks but there are in your flat.
     
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    Greetings PTG.

    I separated and moved into my van of the day.

    I lived on my own very, very, very happily in a self converted panel van, out on the road (not using sites), mostly around Bath, for twenty years.

    Summer in Blighty working, winter in the sun, trying (with difficulty) to spend it all...

    I adore minimilist living and am still doing it now.

    Thouroughly, thoroughly recommended (for those with the right personality).

    Check the bottom of my signature... ;)

    JJ :cool:

    PS. There are MASSIVE differences between living in a van and a (rented or otherwise) flat... the van is far, far, far better... more flexible... less expensive... more variety... more freedom... more privacy... more practically everything.
     
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    Hi Peter...

    I've just joined that club... "Full timing"... Similar situation to @JJ and @ianthebuilder .... Happened to me as recently as April ....

    I'm liking it :) and I'm only a young 56 ... Not materialistic and hate the rat race way of life :)

    There is lots of advice (and support) on here... It's like a big extended "piss taking" family :)
     
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    Hi Peter, what have you got to loose, you can always go back to renting if it's not for you, so many people are doing it now and would not think of going back. I would recommend that you join the forum as a full member £15 a year, with that you have any information you want at the click of a finger . Good luck in your research and ask as many questions as you want.
    :welcomesign:
     
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    You do need an income from somewhere, and spend accordingly.
    You can wildcamp in some lovely spots, equally I enjoy a campsite and temp holiday sites.
    But there is still food, gas, fuel and running costs of the mh to include.
     
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    I have been living in a panel van for over 7 years now. My only regret... I didn't do it sooner.
    Living in a flat and living in a van both have their advantages/disadvantages, you just need to find out which set of advantages/disadvantages you find it easier to cope with.

    I was only going to do this for 2 years, but ended up selling my house and now have no plans of going back to bricks and mortar.
     
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    Hi and welcome to FUN. (y)
     
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    Hi and Welcome.......(y)
     
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    I just read your Blog there, it made for some great reading :)
     
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    :welcome3: Peter the great :)
     
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    I have not done as much on it as I should to be honest. I only get about 1% of the stuff on there that I would like to.

    However next year I will be making a start on a new self build van which I will document every night (well that is my goal)...
     
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    what are you in atm then ? are you still in your 3rd vehicle ?
     
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    Yes, Still in 3rd one. Eura 1st, Then the Bus (Optare Metro rider) now Fiat Ducato.

    I have my eye on an Iveco XLWB for the next conversion. I am thinking of getting a slightly older one and just doing a rough conversion so I can get the plans right. Will use this until I can afford a fairly new one and do a high quality conversion using the layout I plan in the older one. That one will have to last me 10 years+..

    I have rebuilt this one about 5+ times and it is the last thing you want to be doing when you live in it :(
     
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    Bear in mind I have the Black Beauty (1996 Iveco Turbo Daily) complete for spares, Karl. The running gear is excellent... new complete clutch... brakes... engine is very sweet etc etc.

    JJ :cool:
     
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    I bet its a nightmare to live in, like when i read your blog and you said about the wood being varnished outside for 3 days due to the smell inside ,, lol never thought on the likes of that. :)
     
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    I thought it was long gone JJ. No way of getting it to me, no where to store it and I don't like black :p Thanks for the offer though @JJ I really do appreciate it.

    It is only a problem if you are self builder AND a fulltimer. If you are only one of the two then you lose a lot of problems. However I prefer self builds so I get the layout I need :)
     
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