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Old 04-23-2015
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We have full-timed in a 4 person tent for about 6 months in the Gulf Coast summer! When we were young (and dumb) my wife and I sold no-sew draperies at trade shows. We had three huge display stands made of PVC and several 100 yards of upholstery material to build the displays with. This all folded down into the back of our Toyota Tercel (two door) car along with our tent! Now she refuses to stay in anything made of fabric (not that I blame her)... we have full-timed on/off for nearly 15 years in 3 different Foretravels and our 90 WB40 (Mauvelous). We love every minute of it...
Karen & Adrian Abshire - Current coach: 1998 double slide 45' Newell
Prior: 1985 Foretravel ORED 35, 1988 38' Foretravel U280, 2000 Foretravel 42' U320, 1990 WB40 'Mauvelous'(sold)
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On your '68, do you have hydraulic brakes? If so, treat it like a car, rebuild/replace master cylinder, wheel cylinders, and all rubber lines.
Steve Gureasko
90WBWL40 "Jus Chillin"
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Old 06-05-2015
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Full time and newbie. Diving into the deep end with a smile! 1968 BMC
David Powell
Bedford, TX
1968 Blue Bird Wanderlodge
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Old 06-05-2015
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6 years age we went from a 4000 sq ft house in Boca Raton FL to 300 sq ft
86 PT 38, 8V92. Also been pulling a 24 ft car hauler for 5 years with 01 Jeep Cherokee inside. Been to all the lower 48 states except WA and OR.
Hopefully make it there this summer/fall. In NH now with grandchildren.

Don & Jane
86 PT38 8V92
Pop Pop's Bus
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24' car hauler
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Old 06-05-2015
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Originally Posted by 68BMC View Post
I'm new to this site. I recently purchased a 1968 Wanderlodge. She bit me. Im only 41, single male...and I think I'm finally in love. Lol. I'm not sure if I'm completely sane for doing so. Looking to downsize my life and focus on my business. Selling my 2,143 SB ft home and moving in. I love the look and feel of the vintage Bird but am nervous and excited for all the updating required to bring it back to life. Brakes are already having issues and I'm not even out of the sellers driveway. Haha, good times.. I live in Bedford TX. Any suggestions, comments, and/or constructive criticism are welcomed.

start your own thread with pictures!

Im sure that you and josh can compare buses!!!!!
2003 LX Single Slide Hauling Wood 5
2 miles east from Texas Highway 37-97
Just a Hobby Shop now-Bird Repairs upon Appt and my Schedule -USAR Retired
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Old 06-10-2015
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Full time since 2009, 1994 Bluebird BMC 37'.
Sold the BMC, left the forums.
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Old 06-12-2015
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Towanda 1989 PT40

We were tent campers for over 30 years until we decided we wanted to travel full time when we retired. Sold our house in Minneapolis, MN 2005, moved to an apartment till I could retire. With help from Ralph Fullenwider we bought our 1988/89 PT40 and in 2007 we loaded our 7 cats and went to volunteer workamp at Carson, WA for US Fish and Wildlife Salmon Hatchery.

Since than we have volunteered in 15 other government parks and a couple of private gigs. We are now in our 9th year of full time having been in 45 states and 5 provinces of Canada.

For the first 6 years we towed our 2000 New Beetle "Mille" till she broke at 250K miles, we now have a 2012 New Beetle and still travel with 5 cats and a dog named "Duff".

This year we will not be volunteering, but will be revisiting the North West US and BC, CA.

Ken and Patti Marsh
Towanda 89PT40
"All who wander are not Lost"

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Ken Marsh
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
1989 WB PT40

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We are currently full timing in our Roadtrek, but only for the Alaska trip. We are doing well, but it gets small on a rainy day. When we get back to our BMC, it will feel like a mansion.
Tim Rees
Elida, Ohio
1995 BMC 37
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Old 04-28-2016
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We are a family of 4 full-timing since July 2014. We have a 2000 LX WB40. No slides. We sold the house, sold and gave away stuff. We still have a small storage for our daughters equipment for therapy. We travel coast to coast for rehabilitation for our pre-teen daughter for a traumatic brain injury. We are working on a new website at Beachnest.net.
Golec family ( Allen, Paris, & 2 beautiful girls)
Livingston, Texas http://abigailesstory.blogspot.com
2000 LX40 " Beach Nest " http://beachnest.net
2010 Sprinter conversion " Roadrunner" (driving toad)
10' Cargo Trailer " The Egg"
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Old 04-29-2016
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Default Considered full-timing but less will likely be a better option for us...

If the $$ & healthcare works, lots of advantages to less than full-timing. Maybe 1/2 timing? More if you like, less as you prefer. Do a month, two or three on the road. Then when you're ready, put the coach in storage near the closest major airport and fly "home". Spend a month or ? grounded, then fly back and rejoin the coach to continue the grand tour with refreshed excitement. Repeat cycle as desired and always have the best of both "worlds" available, as suits our fancy. That's our plan.
Van & Toni in TX & AZ
2004 M380 DS & 2013 Fiat 500 Pop
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