The Benefits of Full Timing

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  1. Jim

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    Well we had a long thread about the downsides, how about a thread about the benefits:Smile:

    Here is a benefit. Fulltimers do not have to insulate loft space.

    I spent most of yesterday in a dusty loft with that horrible fibreglass stuff, I'm still itching:cry:
     
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    How about some or all of these benefits of fulltiming??

    No Council tax!:thumb:

    No Water Rates!:thumb:

    No TV Licence?:thumb:

    No Bad neighbours! (Well not for long anyway you just up and move away):thumb:

    Regards Pat
     
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    No gardening to do.. :BigGrin:
     
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    I thought you had to have a TV license (the fact you are moving around probably makes it difficult for them to find you but if they did surely the same applies as if you were in a house)
    Water rates unless you steal or get the water for free you are indirectly paying for your water & this goes towards the rates.
    Also the same for rates if you ae paying anywhere to stay.
    I'll give you the no bad neighbours but have never suffered that problem.

    So come on there must be some better real advantages to full timing :Eeek::Eeek: the ones you have given are at least bending the rules/laws if not breaking them

    BTW forgot to add in Wales over 60's get hte loft insulated for free (at least the warm Wales did it for me)

    I need something better to make me think of full timing.
     
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  5. artona

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    I need something better to make me think of full timing

    No you don't Ed, if you really felt the urge to

    1) feel the freedom of go anywhere anytime you felt like it,
    2) pay one monthly sum to campsite owners and then let them deal with all the authorities
    3) wake up to a changing landscape rather than the same one as you have for the past umpteen years and will for the next umpteen ones as well
    4) put things like the daily postbox full of bills into your distant past
    5) need a few hundred per month to live on rather than a few thousand
    etc. etc.

    then you would be doing it :BigGrin::BigGrin:

    stew
     
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    You still fulltiming Stew as saw the bus up for sale?
     
  7. scotjimland

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    People who climb mountains can never give a good reason why.. they just do it.. so it is for full timers, it's not about advantages/disadvantages, it's a way of life.. not quantifiable .. you either want it or not.. and my advice is... if in doubt don't .. it's NOT an easy option.. nor a long holiday.


    Jim
     
  8. artona

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    You still fulltiming Stew as saw the bus up for sale? upgrading John, are you interested in buying her. If you are pm me as we do not want to go off topic
     
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    No mate not looking to go backwards:Wink:


    Good luck with the upgrade:Wink::thumb:
     
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    Freedom to choose!

    Choose what? EVERYTHING!
    :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
  11. artona

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    How are you doing Marie. You could add escaping the UK cold winters :BigGrin:

    No mate not looking to go backwards well thats not very nice of you John. I see you are still wearing those rose tinted glasses :Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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  13. artona

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    it doesn't go below zero we are lucky if it goes above zero here, Shona was saying its been the hardest winter for some years
     
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    Regards the first two on your list i think you need to bear in mind costs of fees to site a m/h anywhere, whether it be for a couple of weeks or four or five months on a site (i know of at least one guy on here who is sited until March end 09). He cannot park up there for free.....it had to be paid for.

    Site owners are not a charity....they are running a business, and that business like any other has to make profit or close down. When drawing up their site fees they are going to make sure that the charges not only cover amenities such as electricity, water, and local taxes, but will also return them a profit in order to live.

    As for a TV licence, i doubt many bother about it but whats that? £140 a year?

    Bad neighbours? I guess i've been fortunate judging from the stories i hear from one or two folk i work with. But they chose to live in areas with a reputation. I bought into a better area which meant higher initial costs, but then i don't have a plasma screen, Sky packages, or an expensive 4x4. Bad neighbours can easily be avoided if you set your priorities right and buy/rent in a decent area.
     
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    We've been watching the UK weather on the TV - it's dreadful isn't it?:Sad:
    It seems as though the whole of Europe is experiencing harsh weather at the moment! Even though it's bad here now I don't think we would be better anywhere else. At least we have some hope of it improving in the near future! :thumb:

    You poor people stuck in UK for the winter must be really depressed.:Sad:

    Hope things cheer up for you all for Christmas:thumb:
     
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    True......though i would imagine living fulltime in any kind of van through the colder months which isn't fully 'winterised' or properly insulated wouldn't be much fun.

    The thread i started on the downsides to fulltiming attracted some very interesting posts. I was looking for views and comments from those with the experience who were able to take off the rose tinted glasses. :Smile:
     
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    It's currently showing 4.5c here. Not as cold as what it has been but the sky is a murky dull grey which makes it 'feel' colder....and of course it's continually damp.

    My son is in Val d'Isere for two months and he phoned me last night. Weather temps there are between -9c to -14c with wind chill temps as low as -22c......but the sky is brilliant blue with not a cloud in sight which makes a big difference. :thumb:
     
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    Sorry but dont need rose tinted glasses just using common sense:Wink::BigGrin:

    Only mentioned yours was for sale and saw you were including the toad so thought you might be having second thoughts:whistle:
     
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    :Smile:How about not having to get up at 5am and scrape ice off the car windscreen to go to a job you hate?
    :Smile:Not paying income tax because you gave up your job and the PAYE treadmill.
    :Smile:Having all the time in the world to explore new places when they're not crowded.
    :Smile:Having the option to do inside jobs on rainy days and enjoy the great outdoors when the weather is kinder.
    :Smile:All the lovely new friends you make when you meet other fulltimers.
    Jan
     
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    All the above mentioned is called.......retirement!

    But if Government in this country (any Government) has it's way, cradle to grave employment will mean literally that and retirement will become financially impossible for many.
     
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