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Postby Joe.H » Sun Mar 19, 2017 9:51 pm

Hello all

Are there any full time/ retired TD people here?
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Re: Full time?

Postby Stacie Tamaki » Mon Mar 20, 2017 6:55 am

I don't think she posts here often but Jordan, who I met over on the Tearjerkers forum, has been mostly full time from her teardrop. You can follow her adventures here: http://myteardroppinlife.blogspot.com/

I lived from The Glameptte full time for 6 months in a friend's backyard in the Santa Cruz mountains in California and hope to travel and live from her full time someday in the future as well.
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Re: Full time?

Postby Aguyfromohio » Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:57 am

I suppose anything is possible when a person is dedicated, motivated, tenacious.
For us, going full-time in a teardrop would not work.

It's just the wrong tool for the job. A teardrop is the optimum tool for short trips to enjoy the outdoors.
For us to go full time, our list of things-to-bring gets so much longer it would become difficult to store.
In the RV industry, they have a specific criteria for an RV to show it's suitable for full-timers.
A washer and dryer for doing laundry.

The wife and I talked a lot before committing to this first TD build.
It seems every possible niche in the spectrum of RVs is filled with a product.
For us, only the two extreme ends of the spectrum make any sense, tiny and giant.
For now, a teardrop for short trips of a weekend or maybe a week.
Later, if we decide to go full time, we'll jump out to a giant fifth wheel or 40 foot motorhome.
They cost as much as a very nice house, but they function as a nice house that travels.
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Re: Full time?

Postby Cathy P. » Mon Mar 20, 2017 11:53 am

I'm still a "wannebe" but here is thread I started and a couple of others: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=65568 and http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?f=47&t=67619 and http://tnttt.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=42218

After 9 RVs from tent campers to a Class C, I am just tired of ALL of the systems and possibilities for problems and repairs. Also, the bigger they are the more limited one is. Tired of "limits"!
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Re: Full time?

Postby Joe.H » Wed Mar 22, 2017 9:16 pm

Thanks all!
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Re: Full time?

Postby Roly Nelson » Wed Mar 22, 2017 9:44 pm

I think full time in a teardrop is a bit of a stretch. My son lives in a 10 foot (inside) vintage standy trailer, and is getting along just fine. All RV parks have toilets and showers and it suits him just fine. You can't beat the cost of living, and he has made a bunch of friends in the RV park. I can't imagine how difficult it would be for me to live in my 8 foot woody TD, even though I have electric heat, AC and TV hookups. A week or two would be just fine, but forever.......not a chance. To each his own, good luck.
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Re: Full time?

Postby Nobody » Fri Mar 24, 2017 11:18 am

I think I have to agree with Roly. We lived for over 14yrs in a 32' 5th wheel trailer/RV. My wife had a 9x16' 'storage' room next door for all the 'stuff' she didn't want to get rid of. We've also spent several months in an 8' & an 11.5' truck camper, as well as an 18' trailer & our 17' Casita fiberglass trailer. If you can 'give up' most material possessions, living in a small space is doable but it sure puts a 'crimp' in your lifestyle. We thought we'd 'go on the road' when we retired & we tried it in the 5th wheel camper for a while but then we came home & 'parked' it under a shed that my son & I had built specifically for it (with my wife's storage room' attached) & stayed there for quite a few years, coming & going in smaller campers when it pleased us. We did the Alaska Hiway in 1993 with the big truck camper, towing a small 4x4 Toyota p/u. We 'lived' full time in the camper for almost 3mos & had a great time but I don't think I'd want to try it in a TD. We've attended gatherings in the TD when the weather wasn't very nice & even with a 'walled' shelter over the galley we weren't as comfortable as being inside a larger rig. Might be OK for younger folks who aren't 'cold sensitive' but it ain't for us at this stage of our lives...
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Re: Full time?

Postby Woodbutcher » Fri Mar 24, 2017 1:09 pm

I know a couple. One is on his 9th year I think.You have to be of a certain mind set to be able to accomplish living as a total minimalist.
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Re: Full time?

Postby Nobody » Fri Mar 24, 2017 1:49 pm

Woodbutcher wrote:I know a couple. One is on his 9th year I think.You have to be of a certain mind set to be able to accomplish living as a total minimalist.


I think you're probably right, & we don't have that mindset... more'n likely few people do. :R
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Re: Full time?

Postby daveesl77 » Fri Mar 24, 2017 6:03 pm

Well, when I was much, much younger, I lived on my sailboats for a bit over 10 years, all over the western hemisphere. They ranged in size from 35'-48'. When you cut down all the room for engine, tanks, etc, then not nearly as big as they sound. With that said, people used to ask me how I could handle living on something so small. My answer was simple...

Your house has a bedroom, where you sleep. My boat has the same, with anything from a double to king sized mattress.
Your house has a kitchen, where you cook. My boat has the same, just a lot smaller, but I've cooked a complete thanksgiving meal for 10 in Jamaica. Oh, and my stove swivels.
Your house has a dining room, where you eat. Mine has a couple of them, inside and out.
Your house has an office, where you work. My sailboat has a nav station, same thing, except I have a crap load of electronics.
Your house has a bathroom, where you do your toilet stuff. My sailboat has the same.
Your house has a living room, where you stare at a TV set. My sailboat's living room is my cockpit. All outdoors is my TV set.

Oh, and when I get tired of my neighbors or want to go somewhere else, I pull off the lines, and leave. A famous designer used to sail with me every now and then. He was on his first date with his next wife. We were about 5 miles out of Key West and he asked if I really carried a month's worth of food with me. I said yes. He asked how long it would take us to get to Cancun, I said about 4-5 days. He said "let's go". A few hours later his "date" got a bit upset because she realized we were serious. My girlfriend didn't care. So, long story short, we had to turn around and go home. About a year later they showed up when I was down in St. Lucia and we took off and spent the next 2 weeks bumming around. That is what freedom really is. We were friends because I guess I was one of the few people he knew that could care less who he was.

So, could I live full time in my camper, probably, but I wouldn't. We don't have a problem going out for 30-60 days though, which is what we getting ready to do in a few weeks. Go with your dreams, and don't regret them. I can honestly say that there are only a couple of things I ever wanted to do in my life that I didn't accomplish. Not everything was a good decision, not at all, but every decision was a learning experience.
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Re: Full time?

Postby Whispering Wind » Wed Apr 12, 2017 5:18 pm

I'll gladly address the full-timing question!

As a prodigy of the ‘60s, I can recall sitting in the family room of a patriarch’s home glued to the television set to watch the adventures of Mutual of Omaha Wild Kingdom with host Marlin Perkins. Week after week this lad would be affixed to the television set like the knobs themselves, sitting patiently waiting for the opening credits to reveal that episode’s adventure. With bated breath and crossed fingers, I would always hope for another story of the North American frontier and week after week disappointment would set in. Not entirely true but we’re talking about a kid still celebrating birthdays in single digits and in the mind of a child that was the way it seemed. The broadcast season never seemed balanced in my opinion. Youth would wonder why there were so many episodes about lions, tigers, pandas, and other exotic animals reported on from distant shores when it was the moose, buffalo, bear and wild horses closer to home that should have their day in the sun. There was a spectrum of wildlife all about this continent that was going unnoticed or forgotten, or so it seemed. This schoolboy wanted to learn more about his homeland and less about foreign shores. I longed to learn more about the mountains, forests, prairies and deserts of the Northern Hemisphere in particular Canada and the United States. Jungles, rain forests, rivers and lake fronts overseas didn’t amount to a hill of beans with me back then. It was the terrain outside city limits that sparked interest. So it was decided as a child when opportunity presented itself, it would be that day I would set out to experience this land first hand, and when that day came some thirty plus years later I did just that. What follows is The Odyssey born of that dream. A story at times I even find difficultly in believing, but live it I did and what a ride it has been. And I did it with a Camp-Inn 550 Classic in tow; I've been full-timing for twelve years come June 23, 2017, or as I like to say: 93 years in teardrop time.

How do I come up with that math? Its actually quite simple. If the average teardrop spends three days a month away from home "x" eleven months (3 x 11 = 33) that equates to thirty-three days on the road. Now, if we include summer vacation and throw in fourteen days for that, that now becomes 47 days (33 + 14 = 47) touring the country. I think it is safe to say that most of us would agree that the average teardrop doesn't spend 47 days away from home. As I said, I've been full-timing for twelve years and that is equivalent to 4,380 days, add three days for Leap Years and that equals 4,383. 4,383 full-timing days ÷ 47 average days = 93.25 average years. In case you were wondering, 100 years will be reached in May 2018. Oh the things a person thinks about when full-timing.

Living as a full-time minimalist is not as difficult as one might think, actually it is quite liberating. It allows for one to live in the moment---not planning ahead or dwelling in the past---the here and the now. To be in the present moment is a gift from the Heavens, and I thank the Holy Spirit for such blessings.

Living in the present is made easier when one is not attached to results, expectations or things, which can become a challenge in American society. From the onset of birth we are trained to believe that to have more is better, and without it we are nothing. As adults, very few amongst us ever break free of the training. Hollywood, media, big business and government have all capitalized on this and all are determined to keep us hungry for more. Through movies, publications, ads, social media and empty promises the rich have gotten richer and the poor have been frustrated. What most amongst us don't realize is: "If you don't go within, then you go without." ~Neale Donald Walsch And no amount of goods or services is ever going to fill that void in the center of the chest, but love can and so can loving acts of kindness.

It has been observed that the five things people regret most on their deathbed are as followed: 1. I wish I'd had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me; 2. I wish I hadn't worked so hard; 3. I wish I'd had the courage to express my feelings; 4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends; and 5. I wish that I had let myself be happier. I saw how each one of these was true with me upon retiring from the U.S. Navy.

Also, the one I hope to never hear from myself would be: I wish I had allowed myself to have more ice cream. No one is ever heard saying they wish they had a bigger house, a bigger yard, more things to fill their home, a faster car, or even more money. What they regret more than anything else is that they didn't receive or give more love. Perhaps the Beatles song is right: All You Need Is Love.

The past twelve years have allowed me to live without regret; it has allowed me to live with more love in my heart. Also, I happen to agree with Mark Twain's famous quote, so much so that it has become The Odyssey's motto: "What lies before you and what lies behind you pales insignificant when compared to what lies within you. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do (note it doesn't say "have") than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the harbor, and catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." ~Mark Twain

And there you have it; you've been exposed to the mind of a full-timer. You may not agree with some of what was shared and that is okay. Because I'm not living my life for you, but have enjoyed sharing it with you. After all, isn't that what love does?

Walk in Beauty,

Rev. Bear Moore, CPO USN(Ret)
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"What lies before you and what lies behind you pales insignificant when compared to what lies within you. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the harbor, and catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." ~Mark Twain.
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Re: Full time?

Postby S. Heisley » Wed Apr 12, 2017 5:42 pm

Beautifully written, Whispering Wind! :applause:
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Re: Full time?

Postby pchast » Wed Apr 12, 2017 8:11 pm

Well Said. Thank You.
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Re: Full time?

Postby low277 » Fri Apr 14, 2017 8:34 pm

I agree! Very well said!!
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Re: Full time?

Postby Roly Nelson » Sat Apr 15, 2017 11:12 am

Wow, now there is a man who knows what his true feelings are, and is willing to write it down for all to see. In my 85 years, I have found that life is a journey, ever changing and interesting. We make mistakes, persue dreams and hopefully find happyness. I know, I have done all three. Right now, I am in the happyness phase, and am enjoying it every day, planning on my 100th, I hope.
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