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(MSNBC)   Instead of just sitting around the house, many retirees are opting to hit the open road, and any Farmer's market near it   (msnbc.msn.com) divider line 21
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2012-10-06 10:02:13 AM  
I guess gas prices ain't high enough yet.

But really this is nothing new. If you have anything to do with the trucking industry you've already noticed that more and more blue hairs are buying decked out hot shot straight trucks and hitting the road. It's just like RVing but you're getting paid to do it. You take the loads you want and pass on the others.
 
2012-10-06 10:41:20 AM  
I've been hitting the open road all week. My new wheelchair almost keeps up with traffic in town.
Just got back from a ten mile ride. Hell. it's better than sitting on the couch.
Going back down to South Ga to pick up my little 100 amp arc welder and weld small metal plates between my set of folding ramps and a small bottle jack to the lowest one so I can load and unload my wheelchair up by myself.
Hell, the conversion place wants $11 to 14 THOUSAND to put a lift in. this way I get an easy option that works for under $200.
 
2012-10-06 11:22:14 AM  
But where are they going, without ever knowing the way?

=Smidge=
 
2012-10-06 11:26:22 AM  
Old people should not drive they can not see or react to road conditions and kill people how much long do we have to allow this in the name of freedom and we have to accept the occasional mass run down deaths instead of doing the logical thing and outlawing high capacity magazines
 
2012-10-06 11:29:44 AM  
My retirement plan, at least for the early years is to pass 6 months living in a different country: first Australia, then France, then New Zealand, then Texas ...
 
2012-10-06 11:34:31 AM  

jehovahs witness protection: small bottle jack


I read that as a "small bottle of Jack"
 
2012-10-06 11:39:39 AM  
www.scuffletown.org

"Get out of here, you farkin' flies." ~ Winnebago Man
 
2012-10-06 11:49:11 AM  
I can't help but feel road living and traveling full time would become a form of work to me. I think I'd prefer to save the money spent on the rig and fuel and use it to fund a nice summer place with mild climate. I'm looking forward to reading and lounging not driving, setting up at RV places, tending to white and brown tanks, etc.
 
2012-10-06 11:55:51 AM  
You have to be pretty well-off or at least have a good credit rating to buy and liive in an RV or a houseboat. And people who are hard to get along with might have trouble couch-surfing indefinitely.

But there are always homeless shelters, including some without hot & cold running bedbugs, lice and fleas. Or you could always live in a tent. Or a cardboard box.

Personally I think the world of Logan's Run had the best solution.
 
2012-10-06 11:59:51 AM  
About a year ago I read an article about how the spike in big RV sales was considered a sign of economic recovery.

I thought it stupid that the rise in sales of luxury vehicles that were not cars, was considered an economic indicator.

After reading this article, I happened to recall when, back in the 60's, mobile homes pulled by cars was the big thing. Trailer parks popped up all over the place, most designed for the weary traveler to stop for the night or a few days and then wander off. Entire clubs formed, especially those for Airstream trailers.

I started getting tired of seeing trailers on the roads with their back ends nearly completely covered with stickers from the places they'd been.

Then again, gas was only about 50 cents a gallon. Diesel was even cheaper.

My older brother, retired from Law Enforcement, and his wife bought this massive RV with an extendable room and they take off as often as they can. It's diesel and he gripes that it costs nearly $400 to fill up the tank. He can't run cheaper bio-diesel because it'd void the warranty. From time to time they tow their Jeep behind it when they plan on staying some place for awhile.

jehovahs witness protection

Hell, the conversion place wants $11 to 14 THOUSAND to put a lift in. this way I get an easy option that works for under $200.

I ran into that when I was considering getting a 'Turn-around' power chair for my elderly Mom. Medicaid would cover one, but NOT the type that could be disassembled and put in the trunk of a car for shopping. They covered the one that needs a lift if you're to leave the house.

They didn't cover the lift, even the basic, hand cranked one. That bugger started at $6000 and was bare bones. They went up from there.

The trailer for my last boat didn't cost anywhere near as much and was much more substantial.

So, she got a 3 wheeled scooter that comes apart into 4 sections. Medicare paid for that. The only problem is, in the majority of homes built before 1970, the hallways, doorways and especially the bathrooms are not designed for easy travel with one.

I spend a lot of time repairing her walls, door frames and getting her and the scooter into the bathroom for a shower is a nightmare. Plus, take it outside and off a paved surface and it can sink into the ground with those small wheels.

It cost $6000.

I'll be lining the hallway baseboard with steel, door kick plates.

I like your alternative concept. I wonder if you could incorporate one of those battery operated boat trailer cranks to haul the ramp up?
 
2012-10-06 12:06:52 PM  

trappedspirit: Old people should not drive they can not see or react to road conditions and kill people how much long do we have to allow this in the name of freedom and we have to accept the occasional mass run down deaths instead of doing the logical thing and outlawing high capacity magazines


I would suggest you look up 'punctuation' in the dictionary but somehow, I don't think it'll help.
 
2012-10-06 12:10:44 PM  
I doubt the trend is as romantic as the article is making it out to be. Sure, there may be a few boomers out there who can travel the Earth but I bet for the vast majority the choice to live in houseboats and motorhomes is one being made due to nearly empty retirement funds, underwater or valueless homes, reductions in social security and rising medical costs.
 
2012-10-06 01:32:30 PM  
I find it insane what you can drive with a normal license in America--- usually up to 13 tons. Its not like that in Europe. We need a bus license to drive a 9 person van.
 
2012-10-06 01:44:29 PM  

filter: I find it insane what you can drive with a normal license in America--- usually up to 13 tons. Its not like that in Europe. We need a bus license to drive a 9 person van.


License requirements are based on how people operate (for lack of a better word). US truck drivers are constantly griping that the RVers are driving 45 foot diesel rigs and towing another 20 feet of something behind that with just a normal license. Ask the State/Fed Dept of Transportation, responsible for these things, why this is so and they say "They don't cause any problems. Their accident rate is one of the lowest out there." 

While I was RVing, I read commercial license handbooks from several states. There is not much in them that would be useful to an RVer.
 
2012-10-06 01:46:57 PM  

Ima4nic8or: Sure, there may be a few boomers out there who can travel the Earth but I bet for the vast majority the choice to live in houseboats and motorhomes is one being made due to nearly empty retirement funds, underwater or valueless homes, reductions in social security and rising medical costs.


You would loose that bet. Big time.
 
2012-10-06 02:39:36 PM  
I'm 37. I traveled 13k miles around the US this summer. 55 days. It was fantastic.

My father is retired and a bum. He travels with a camper on his truck. I call him the turtle. He loves it. He's got mistresses on every coast.
 
2012-10-06 03:01:13 PM  
my coworker's parents just sold their house and bought an RV. Guess they're gonna tool around until they're too old to drive, or maybe longer.
 
2012-10-06 03:43:06 PM  
www.global-air.com

It took the genius of America to recognize that with a little extra hammering and spannering the motor car could be converted into the motor home. (new window)
 
2012-10-06 03:43:32 PM  
The part about houseboats being popular was a big surprise. There is nothing about boating that I would associate with low expense or saving money, even if the thing is just sitting there in the dock.
 
2012-10-06 05:19:08 PM  

dofus: You would loose that bet. Big time.


But I bet they know the difference between loose and lose.
 
2012-10-06 08:25:22 PM  

theteacher: I'm 37. I traveled 13k miles around the US this summer. 55 days. It was fantastic.

My father is retired and a bum. He travels with a camper on his truck. I call him the turtle. He loves it. He's got mistresses on every coast.


If your dad won't mind company and expenses-and-driving splitting he's welcome to meet me. It's what I've always wanted to do; problem is I can't afford a damn truck.

Another option is hitchhiking and freight-riding, assuming one can still do those. Homeless shelters in smaller cities are generally safe, shaving my head & groin would protect me from getting lice, and if the bedbugs here are biting me it's causing me no problems at all -- I just fight them on principle.
 
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