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Old 08-04-2015
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Smile Gearing up for a FULLtimeFAMILY adventure...

In a quick search I don't see much about families living full-time in their Wanderlodge... at least not currently. Now, I know that there is probably a family out there somewhere that I haven't noticed yet....

So, as my family and I prepare to fly down to Arkansas to pick up our coach, I'm already dreaming of how we're all going to fit comfortably and safely as we build up to a year or two on the road.

I'll be looking for help from a lot of you on this board as well as others that we meet here there and everywhere. That's part of the adventure, the essence of a nomadic lifestyle gleaning the most from each day....
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Here are a few sites, amongst many, that are support groups for families wishing to be/that are/have been on the road....

http://fulltimefamilies.com
http://www.familiesontheroad.com
http://worldschooladventures.com/oth...ling-families/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Road-...42921992626251

And many more... I hope that there will be other families like mine that hit the road in a Wanderlodge.

We'll see.
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There is a family on FB posting their adventures, Road It Up, in an older Bird!
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http://www.wandertopia.com/

http://www.cheddaryeti.com/tag/wanderlodge-bus/
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Here are a few sites, amongst many, that are support groups for families wishing to be/that are/have been on the road....

http://fulltimefamilies.com
http://www.familiesontheroad.com
http://worldschooladventures.com/oth...ling-families/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Road-...42921992626251

And many more... I hope that there will be other families like mine that hit the road in a Wanderlodge.

We'll see.
Thanks for posting the links. We are currently full time with a 3 and now 5 year old temporarily while looking for new job/location. We're staying in an RV park with one or two long weekends a month for travel. The links are geared toward folks on the road with younger kids. Out of curiosity, how many kids and their ages do you intend to full time with and do you plan to be stationary or blog worthy traveling?

My kids enjoy the bus and repeatedly ask if we're going somewhere. I wish I had the time and $$ to take them somewhere adventurous every weekend, but the job requires my attention. If I can find a position with work from home opportunity, even if only occasionally, I'm snatching it up.

The reactions from the kids at different ages are quite different. The 3 year old wakes up and we're magically transported to a beach or mountain. The 5 year old wants to know how much longer, as if 6 hours means something. When we had our first kid, we swore "no TV" in the car. Now 5 years later, I can't imagine driving more than 2 hours without some electronic entertainment. 6 more hours became 3 more movies.


Keep us posted.
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I have had the chance to meet up with many "fulltimers" in my 11 years of ownership and travel. The one reality that is key to fully enjoying what the gypsy life has to offer is being prepared mechanically and financially. Old buses, like ponies, like to gobble up their share of hay. Some have a larger appetite than others- but most would agree that you need a "reserve" of around 10K for annual repairs and maintenance. Some years will be less, some will be more.

Prior to heading out fulltime, take a few years to learn the coach from top to bottom, bumper to bumper and get educated on how to maintain the engine, trans and generator. Ensure that your battery and 12V systems are in top shape and replace the older battery boilers with a reliable 3-stage battery charger system. If you have limited or no maintenance records with the coach that you're buying, assume that the cooling system & hoses will need to be fully examined. Pay special attention to the compressor coolant hoses on the PT's and also the high pressure hydraulic fan system.
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Default We have been in our LX40 for almost 3 years

We travel full time for rehab for our daughter who was traumatic brain injury at 5 months of age.
www.Abigailesstory.blogspot.com

You can read about our journey at www.Beachnest.net.

Please feel free to message us at Contact@beachnest.net.

Happy trails and welcome to the community. The website is a bit behind. We recently got hacked and have had to rebuild everything. Its slow and tedious trying to rebuild.

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