Visualizing Your Retirement (or RV’ing)


spyglass“I never thought about it,” my wife said the other day.  We had been talking about our travel goals; specifically about the need to make future reservations if you want to go precisely where you want, and when. It’s something that in the days before we hit the road she’d never thought about;  dreaming that life would just be “hop in the coach and go anywhere we wanted when we wanted”.

It’s possible to move about freely and without reservations if one is looking to make off season visits, but nowadays, if you are looking at whatever might be the high season for your intended destination, you’ll probably find that reservations are almost mandatory. Especially if you don’t want to break the bank.

When we started full time RV’ing  5 years life wasn’t quite this way. Oh, sure,  we made a lot of reservations — but usually for only a few weeks or even days before arrival.  More of our stops we never even bothered reserving.  Alas, those days are disappearing as RV’ing becomes more popular.Man Barrel Spyglass

Visualization becomes ever more popular.  It’s a knack that needs developing; this ability to see yourself a few months hence, in a different state of mind, in a different climate, in a different STATE.  I’m not sure that we are all equally adept at this  — nor do we want to be.

I wonder whether some people actually quit full timing just because of the need to plan more carefully.  It’s quite a difference from living in Sticks & Bricks where you can get away with thinking about nothing more than what to habve for your meals and what’s on TV tonight.

My last word is that it all depends on what you visualize.
–– Ansel Adams

I like this quote from Ansel Adams even though it’s about photography — I think it has equal application to life in general.  Life is all about achieving what your visualize.  Instead of Ansel Adams this could as easily have been a quote from some Olympic athlete!  They’re great at visualizing.  Or from a Tour de France rider – seeing that time is coming up again too!

It’s easy for a lot of folks to see themself RV’ing, as long as they don’t look at the details.  But life is all about the details — especially RV’ing.  How do you do this, and when do you do that?  RV’ing is an intensely concsious way to live. Your RV needs care, you need to plan, you are at the mercy of the weather, and nothing much is certain other than road construction!

And yet it’s a fun, sometimes glorious way, to spend one’s retirement years!

Oddly enough I find that once we have determined a general locaion that I don’t visualize things we’re going to do there.  We are over tourism;  so we look for activities that the locals might engage in — and sometimes we don’t discover what those are until we too are locals — or as close to locals as you can be if you’re ‘just’ an RV’er.  It’s as if I don’t want to spoil the surprise!  I don’t want to know too much about where we’re going so that when we get there each day can be new and unique and different.

My daughter and I were talking about something that reflected on our individual personalities and I encouraged her to take a few minutes to do a personality test. After doing so I got to wondering whether RV’ers in general tend to have any particular personality traits in common.  It would be an interesting project for someone’s doctoral thesis!  She’s an ISFJ (about 13% of the population).  I’m an INTP (about 3% of the population), but I’m doubt that’s very common among us full timers.  But then one never knows.

Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll be here tomorrow… will you?

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  1. I think my primary concern about full-timing in years to come is the trend of seeing more and more people taking up RVing, both for vacations and for full-time living. It seems that more and more baby boomers are taking to the road, and the facilities to accommodate them are not keeping up with the demand. I would sure hate to sell our house, only to find that there really are not enough places to park the RV, especially on weekends. It also looks like the nightly rates are just going to keep going up, too. We are actually considering one place in NM for early September that is $70 a night! There are just no other decent options because the national forest campgrounds close way too early in the season. We can do that for just a few days of vacation, but what if we were on a budget while on the road full-time?

    I really think a smart person with some extra cash would start building more RV parks in the areas of higher demand and get them established quickly. There are lots and lots of new storage options around here but nowhere to go. I know that our state parks are definitely not in a position to keep up with the growing demand and wish that they would start implementing some different policies to help with that. Colorado State Parks require payment in full in advance for a reservation, and we would be more than willing to do that ourselves here. We have too many people making reservations and not keeping them, especially on the weekends, but it still knocks people like us from getting to go. Some people may even make multiple reservations and just keep the one that appeals to them at the time. We are even wondering now if RVing for our vacations is going to be do-able in a few years, just for this reason. I’m glad we’ve visited a lot of them already because we may not be able to reasonably do so in a few years.

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    1. WE are in agreement about the increasing pressure on existing facilities.

      You can be sure that private parks will take advantage of the fact that federal and state facilities close so early in the season!!!!!!

      The thing about investing in an RV park is that the development costs are quite surprising and you’re also fighting anti-rv pressure in many places. Too much traffic. Restrictive codes. Utility issues. ( I know in Los Fresnos the local power companies have declared that new permanent park models will not be provided with individual power feeds — the guy putting in a new RV at our last park there had to contract with the RV park for a per KWH rate and that presents problems for the homeowner.) Not sure I’d want to be tackling that project. And as for getting it established… so much depends on where you are. Some locations might be easy to populate quickly — but we looked at a place a few weeks ago and they are 3 years in and hardly have any customers at all. Sounds like Rock and Hard Place time.

      There are quite a few people already who make multiple reservations. sigh.

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      1. Well, the private place keeps their rates pretty much level in the warmer months anyway, and they may actually drop a bit as the weather cools down and demand starts to subside. At least we will have some really nice amenities for that nightly rate. We just couldn’t pay that rate all the time, for sure. I know a lot of parks charge for utility usage for longer term residents, but I still think that if more good parks aren’t built soon, it’s really going to impact some of us that are really struggling to get reservations these days. I can see us just selling the RV in a few years if this frustration continues, and we will be sad to do it.

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  2. What do these initials mean?

    “She’s an ISFJ (about 13% of the population). I’m an INTP (about 3% of the population), but I’m doubt that’s very common among us full timers. But then one never knows.”

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