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Dianne and Tom

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Posted: 07/12/13 05:39pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I lost my husband last year to brain cancer.We had a 2010 Carriage Cameo that was to be our last rv as we looked long and hard for it and it was the "perfect one" for us. Unfortunately we were only able to use it a little over a year and a half. I wanted to sell it and buy a small class C that I could handle but he would not even discuss it. If he couldn't have the Carriage he wanted nothing. I was lucky to be able to sell the rv and truck to the same person who planned to full time in it. I miss camping but due to spinal fusion and double knee replacement that didn't do well i'm not sure if I'm physically able to handle the set up. My late hubby said that due to my bad back he didn't think I could handle the heavy power cord or even the sewer hookup. Anyone have any ideas to how I could get back into camping??


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Posted: 07/12/13 05:43pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Rent a Class C and give it a try, the only way you will know.

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Posted: 07/12/13 05:52pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would try a Class B for a rental and see how that works out for you. When I was driving school bus we had a woman who had a similar experience with a new 5th. wheel & truck. After her husband died she bought a 33'Class A to continue travelling alone at age 73. I have had the spinal fusion also and use a walker to hook up the sewer and water/electric. It works and I still enjoy getting out. I .appreciate having large tanks so I don't have to dump very often


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Posted: 07/12/13 05:56pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

X2 on the rent a Class C. I wouldn't buy one until you've rented one and you are confident that you can continue to camp.

I travel in a 21' TT and am able to do all the lifting and putting on the sway bars, etc and I ain't no spring chicken either! LOL

Then I say, go for it! You're capable and able to do anything you put your mind to!

P.S. Sorry for your loss.

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I think you could handle a Class B. We met a retired female judge who traveled with her small dog in a Class B. Maybe go to a dealership and ask the salesperson to help you see if you can set it up.


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ps.. so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

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Good advice on the rental.

And keep in mind: There's nothing on a class C that requires anything but ordinary strength. I'd bet that even your husband had roadside assistance for more brutal jobs like tire changing. What you need is decent driving skills, common sense, and a sense of adventure. Sounds like you have all three, so why not go for it?

And if you need inspiration/moral support, there are lots of groups out there, many made up at least in part of women just like you who find themselves suddenly alone but still with a yen for the road.

Here's a link to one of the best known such groups- fun reading! Sisters On The Fly

Have fun!


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Posted: 07/12/13 06:05pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

First of all I am sorry for your loss, and while it is difficult sometimes we have to move forward into the life we want in the absence of the life we had and enjoyed so much… it is important for your own wellbeing…

A class B (maybe a C) would be nice and my choice when that time comes…

It takes some adjustment but if you truly miss and want to camp you will find a way… maybe you can team up with someone else in a similar situation… but if you do that make sure the responsibilities and cost sharing are all understood and in black and white…

Good luck, I know how hard it can be with limiting disabilities, but there are plenty of helpful people in the CG’s…


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Posted: 07/12/13 06:09pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yes... sorry for your loss. Been there, done that. Speaking for myself and, probably, most everyone else... if you pull in next to me and ask if I'll help hook up your utilities, it'll be done before you know what happened. C'mon out!

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Posted: 07/12/13 06:25pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

blangen wrote:

Yes... sorry for your loss. Been there, done that. Speaking for myself and, probably, most everyone else... if you pull in next to me and ask if I'll help hook up your utilities, it'll be done before you know what happened. C'mon out!
sorry for the loss will good thoughts and prayers, we would help in a heartbeat. Try going local and take somebody along maybe a kid or grandkid. Good Luck.


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