Full Timing - A Poll II

Discussion in 'Full Timers' started by Jim, Jan 10, 2010.


Fulltiming Questions

  1. I Fulltime now and I enjoy the lifestyle

    61 vote(s)
  2. I Fulltime now and I wished I did not

    1 vote(s)
  3. I like the idea but would never do it

    70 vote(s)
  4. I hate the idea and would never do it

    24 vote(s)
  5. I plan to Fulltime sometime in the future

    54 vote(s)
  6. I used to Fulltime and I gave it up

    12 vote(s)
  7. I intend to try it to see if I like it

    50 vote(s)
  1. Jim

    Jim Ringleader

    Jul 19, 2007
    Sutton on Sea
    We ran a poll a couple of years ago, which had some interesting results. It seems that whilst even more people are wanting to try full timing and at the same time some famous fulltimers are now back in a house, ScotJimLand, BillyM, and Artona spring immediately to mind. So we will start afresh. Here is a new poll. :thumb:

    Is it for you? Why not? Do you intend to try it? are you doing it already? Would you encourage or discourage others?
  2. zaskar


    Sep 25, 2007

    Hmmmmm, very difficult to "recomend" it, simply because everybodies wants and needs are so different.

    ffi' and I have been "out" for 10 years now, using a relatives address for the "authorities".
    Thats the only thing I HATE about the lifestyle. The lack of understanding from the authorities that there are people for whom bricks and motar simply mean nothing.
    We still utterly adore the lifestyle (even tho' this week we've registered -16.5, -9, -11 and minus 8!!!!!!:Eeek:), have no intentions of finishing and love the relative freedom we have. Using CL's exclusively means we have a very quiet and peacefull lifestyle.
    The biggest bit of advise I could give is, if at all possible, KEEP YOUR ADRESS!!!! That postcode is imperative for EVERYTHING and without it, you're pretty much stuffed in the UK.
    We're lucky in having Mum (Mother in Law really, but as she's such a good egg, I dont really like that description, Mum is just Mum::bigsmile:) but eventually, nature is gonna take its course whether we like it or not, and when that happens, ffi and I are gonna have to have a SERIOUS re-think cos unless I can pursuade one of my cousins (which TBH I think I'd be too embarrased to do) we're gonna be in trouble without a permanent uk addy.

    It really REALLY winds me up that over in the States, there are over a million REGISTERED Fulltimers and WorkCampers who can live completely legally and above board using nothing more than a PO Box No.

    If they can do it, WHY CAN'T WE!!!!!! We not running from anything, we've nothing to hide, we simply enjoy an alternative lifestyle to the "norm"!:Sad:
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  3. Stephen & Jeannie

    Stephen & Jeannie

    Aug 27, 2008
    Gobowen near Oswestry !!
    Let's see !!!

    Just voted !!!! I aim to carry on the lifestyle..I had hoped to do it with my partner Kay but alas it is not to be !!! Sometimes I feel lonely but life has to go on and I have my memories , so let's just see what happens !!! I am currently in Spain and returning around mid- March, after that , who knows !!!!.....Stephen....BTW...I am going to attend the Carmarthen Show with that well known hooligan Roger and his Moll !!!!.:ROFLMAO: :ROFLMAO:
  4. Sundowners

    Sundowners Funster Life Member

    Oct 30, 2007
    We voted No. 1
    But there seems to be some debate as to what the meaning of 'fulltiming' really is. We believe that living in it 24/7----- 52 weeks a year is 'fulltiming'
    In a previous life we sold our house and everything, and lived 'on the road for 7 years.
    This time, having learnt by our earlier mistakes, we have kept our house, (rented out).
    This IOHO is no different to selling the house and investing the money, we don't use that address or property at all. (apart from the taxable income)
    Our suggestion to anyone who needs to realise some capitol from their house, to go fulltiming, is to downsize but keep a toe in the property market, (just our opinion).
    We have lived in our 5er for 18 months and really love it, so much so that we have ordered a new one :thumb::thumb::thumb:
    If anyone wants advice on 'fulltiming', we will be happy to tell it how we see it!!!
    Nigel & Pamala
  5. EzeeRider


    Sep 12, 2007
    Sorta took the words away from me Sundowners! I was going to say "hate" the idea of fulltiming is perhaps too strong a word. I cannot imagine I would hate it, I just would not do it without retaining a bricks and mortar property bolthole.

  6. Wildman


    May 30, 2008
    Ilfracombe, Devon
    we fulltimed for six months spanning a really bad winter before we had a smallholding and animals to care for since that time we have amassed lots of possessions which would add to the difficulties of fulltiming, however we have not entirely abandoned the idea of one day living at the smallholding in a van or mobile home. Retaining a smaller van for traveling in. In fact if the EU animal regulations get any more difficult the time will come sooner rather than later.
  7. RVfulltimer


    Mar 15, 2008
    we voted no 1 been living in the RV fulltime for six years sold the the house but maybe should have kept it ,the main draw back is as stated in previous posts is the fact that you have no [permant address] so have to use relatives or friends address for insurance etc ,having said that we have found no better way of living ,able to move on if you want or like us do a wardens job and stay as long as you want rent free and no bills except for gas and mobile phone ,would we go back maybe one day ,but i would still have a MH of some sort and still go abroad for three or four months out of the year .When we had a house we never saw the neighbours for weeks ,but now we see new and and regular visiters to the site and every one [well nearly every one ] is ok some caravaners can be a bit of a pain but most are ok.
  8. Pikey Pete

    Pikey Pete

    May 25, 2008
    In my third year and still wouldn't go back to bricks and mortar.

    A full timer is someone who lives 24/365 in their motorhome, and plans to remain so till they carry him/her off in a much smaller box.

  9. GregM


    Nov 2, 2009
    Voted #3, not because I wouldn't do it but because the better half would not entertain the idea.

    If it ever did happen it wouldn't be for atleast another 10 years when the kids are old enough to fend for themselves.
  10. keith

    keith Funster

    Aug 25, 2007
    Half time full timers

    I voted No. 3 & we have taken the mid way option. I too think it too risky not to have a UK address, my reasons are as below. Maybe age also has a bearing on your decision, if younger you may have time to return to a previous life - we don't have that luxury of time on our side to make mistakes & rectify them.

    We have moved into a park home (BIG caravan) and as Ken said it is like living in a large RV, (40ft by 20ft) it just doesn't move.

    We no longer need a house & this gave us the opportunity to sell & get more capital to use for travelling. It has no garden to maintain, pay the lowest council tax but have a permanent address to keep the authorities happy. The cost of our 'site' works out at £5.48 a day plus electric, so not a big difference to living on a CL.

    Living as we do on a camp site is almost the same as being a full timer as different caravans & MH come & go. We chose this area as we love it, (S W Scotland) even though it may not be very warm at the moment (we are in Spain) & it is looked after for us by the owners.

    We only live at 'home' 6 months of the year so ours is a halfway house between full timing & 'normal' living. There are advantages to having a base to return to in the event of any problem, especially with health problems or a change in personal circumstances.
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  11. nomadic

    nomadic Funster

    Sep 27, 2007
    Shropshire based
    Full timing, poll 11

    We also voted No. 1.:Smile:

    We came into full timing (24/7...52 weeks a year) gradually....by managing campsites in the season, and then, camping out of season, why? because we had sold our home, and left downsizing for a year.

    Our first winter was a seasonal pitch at Oxon Touring park, for four months, and the weather was almost as cold as you are having now in the UK. But we found the life was a good life and suited us.:RollEyes:

    Next we purchased a small pad, for daughter's use, later she married, so now we have an agent handle the letting. Costs us a bit that way, but its OK, and is all set against tax.:Cool:

    Do we love it? yes...........98%
    Do we hate it? yes...........2%

    That 2% is the annual round of tax returns, etc, etc, and if we can't get out for what ever reason.:Doh:

    For our fulltiming we have used two coachbuilts and our current rig is an A class. The changes came about due to changing requirements:

    Our first, a Lunar 780, complete with a 4.5m safri room, was a pratical layout, and ideal for campsite management, but when we retired, we needed a rig, without the safri room, and a slightly smaller one for touring, so we moved to a Bessacarr 760, with a movelite XL awning. Both rigs were good for two persons, but when grand children stay with us, we noticed how cramped it was. Our current rig is an A class, it fits our current requirements, with a third belted seat and a fold away bed at the front. Other advantages are, better payload, rectangular double bed, rear wheel drive, two leisure batteries, and an easily accessed garage.

    All the other advantages have been listed in previous posts, and no we do not have any plans to return to our bricks and mortar.:thumb:

  12. Sundowners

    Sundowners Funster Life Member

    Oct 30, 2007
    To leave the security of a house and all that goes with it , and live this style of life is a VERY big move------if a couple, you both have to be 100% commited to make it work and if there are kids, there can be added issues.
    Nigel & Pamala
  13. Colin and Jaen Andrews

    Colin and Jaen Andrews

    Aug 18, 2008
    Full Timing love it

    Have been full timing now for 2 years - amazing lifestyle:thumb: - make it what you want it to be:thumb: - yeh we have an address was my mum but now my daughter.

    We are sat cosy and warm:thumb: - sunday roast done:thumb: - ok we cannot get water as standpipe frozen:ROFLMAO::ROFLMAO: - we have bottles we can cope fetching water for however long it takes - take washing up to site facilities:Eeek: - no prob again - life when weather changes will be back to amazing again.:thumb::thumb:

    Both of us creeping up on 60 and no problem.

    Yes you both do have to be committed or cracks appear.

    Off to shower block as yep no water on board - hey ho.

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  14. forfourgeek


    May 21, 2009
    Forest Of Dean
    Full timing ..Yes or no......

    Definitely yes. :thumb:
    This is our first winter in an RV, but for twenty years we've lived aboard boats, both sea going and Canal. We sold both boats in June last year and bought a Trek, soon afterwards we traded in and ended up with a Hurricane.
    Rv ing and boating have similar problems, all of which can be over come with thought.
    Neither of us can imagine living in a house.

    There's probably no better time to do it.. Don't let time or opportunities pass you bye :Smile:
  15. moandick


    Jul 28, 2007
    Landrake, Cornwall
    Mo and I have been fulltiming for over 6 years now but during that time we developed the Big Pitch Guide - which took over our lives - and the sheer volume of work and equipment for the Guides has now resulted in us having to expand back into Bricks and Mortar.

    We loved living in the RV but during the last year it has been like living in an open office - and I simply cannot tell you the amount of burnt dinners we have suffered due to visitors popping in at all times day and night.

    Now we are hidden away in a flat in a sleepy little village - the Big Pitch Guide is working away in the second bedroom whilst Mo and I occupy the rest of the flat - and hopefully, this season will see us back on the road just as we always wanted!.
  16. scotjimland

    scotjimland Funster Life Member

    Jul 25, 2007
    I totally agree with Nigel & Pamala

    Having tried it for three years we found it wasn't for us ... not having a secure home is more than just practicalities, most of which can be overcome, there was a deep sense in insecurity which as time went on became over bearing and started to spoil what the very thing we had sought, life had become stressful again.. when that happened I knew we had to get back to a house.

    Raising Charlotte is the very most important part of our lives and she was missing out on some aspects of growing up, home educating is all very well, and she didn't fall behind in that, but she was missing mixing with other kids, so although she was educated in the three Rs she missed out on learning from her peers..

    It takes a very special type of person to become a nomad or a travelling person, it sounds romantic but it's not, it's a different lifestyle not to be confused with a long holiday, it certainly won't suit everyone.. if you think it's going to be just one big long holiday forget it.

    My advice is to retain a home, even if you let it out, you still have a place to come back to, once you sell as we did you are literally out on the street.. homeless, and in the eyes of the law, financial institutions, insurance companies and all government depts.. .. a person with no fixed abode... a travller... think about it very carefully, it's a hell of a lot easier to go full time than to come back to bricks and mortar..

    We are are now re settled and enjoying being back being a letter box, Chaz is in a local school, has joined the Brownies and is thriving on it .. Just the other day she said " dad, I'm so happy we are back in a house... I missed not having school friends.. "

    We met an elderly full timing couple, been doing it for 20 years, both now well over 70 and in failing health. They had started out with an RV but through time had to downsize and were now 'living' in a very old beat up Hymer..
    We spoke at length, they would never admit that they wished they hasn't sold up, but I could see in their eyes and how they spoke how they longed to find a resting place.. a place to pass their last days..
    This brought it home to me and how we could end up, old, arthritic and with little money in a foreign land .. perhaps this meeting influence our decision to give up more than any other.

    Please don't be put off, it was a fabulous experience, we had many adventures and the only regret we have is that we didn't rent out our house rather than sell it.

    It's a bit like jumping off of a 500ft cliff .. there is only one way to find out if you will enjoy it ...looking down is scary but you can't really do a taster jump... you have to try it out or walk away from the edge and stop dreaming.

    The bottom line, we would not do it again.. we will travel and hopefully for extented periods but with a base to come 'home' to

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  17. Myfanwy


    Jan 2, 2009
    Cheddar Somerset


    We have been living full time in our van for three years now. We still have a house rented to our son so we have no problem with the permanent address issue. We are in Roquetas, Almeria for the moment (wet and damp today) . A few weeks time we shall move on to other parts of Spain. We can do as we please every day, nothing is set in stone. Talking about what we will do tomorrow rarely materialises anyway!:roflmto:We just love the freedom it gives after the monotony of work and doing everything by the clock. We spend a few months of the summer/autumn in UK to see family, Dr, dentist etc. Life is great - though he does miss his shed if I was to be really honest!:winky::winky:
  18. Ralph-n-Bev

    Ralph-n-Bev Funster

    Nov 30, 2009
    Wrenthorpe, Wakefield.
    No 4 for me.
    No, its not for me, not 24/7 365.
    I like the idea of touring around for a few months at a time when retired, maybe going abroad for the winter mmmmmmmm that appeals to me::bigsmile:.

    But the only way id consider doing it now, at 46 was if i realy had to.

    Like if we had the house repossessed !!

    But each to there own, it would be a boring world if we all liked the same things, and busy roads, if we all full timed.

  19. Bulletguy


    Feb 7, 2008
    Getting away from the UK for winter has to be a big plus.

    Just had a phone call from an ex-work colleague who took early retirement and now lives in Turkey. He came over here for a few weeks but couldn't bear the cold after a fortnight and has now gone back.

    It's between 22 -25c there at the moment.
  20. Landy lover

    Landy lover Funster Life Member

    Jul 11, 2009
    We started full timing 18 months ago and are loving the freedoom it affords - reading all these posts confirms how very different everyones situation is - I think to have tried to do this earlier in life would have been impossible - we have moved with my job a few times and nearly 30 years ago started our own business - so for many years there was no way we could take a break so the business was 24/7/365 - our daughter and her husband now do all the day to day running and we act as advisors and back up as required - we still have the business and all the security :Eeek:that affords and live 24/7/365 in our 5'er touring the country seeing odd customers and catching up on all the holidays that we never took. Its a lifestyle that we are enjoying and its similar to our original retirement plans in the past. The one thing we would say is that our lifestyle gives us a purpose. There is always something to do something to plan for and when we get a few days or weeks off its like a holiday. Not to have a purpose in life other than getting up eating sleeping and going to bed again I think would drive me barking mad. When we planned to go full timing we also laid carefull exit plans so that we can come away from full timing easily it health dictates - We have a target date to consider going back to bricks which is when I am 70 which is not really that far away - at that point no one knows what their health will be and whether the medical required to continue pulling a big trailer will be forthcoming . No way would I full time in a small unit.
    Would we recommend it - Yes we would - with the proviso that anyone planning should consider what and why they are doing it - we have met some smashing people made some really good friends - been to places that we would never normally have been to or seen. If there is something we like we stay awhile - if there is something we do not like or appreciate then we move. As far as we can see we could carry on for another 10 years but who know

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