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by Ron
Mobility--It's Wonderful

Whenever full-timers get together they marvel at the mobility of the lifestyle and discuss all the wonderful places that their RV allows them to visit. Their home is with them and they can stay as long as they want. We have stated often in our seminars that it is a sense of freedom. Around the campfire or on the patio we often hear remarks such as this, "We've been there. Did you visit the downtown area or go to the ice cream factory? " or "We loved the scenic drive along the seashore and there is this wonderful restaurant on Route 1 just south of Monterey."  Full-timers can be leaf peepers in Vermont in the fall, but then enjoy the beaches in Florida in the winter. Their mobility gives them so many choices that it is mind boggling.

But there is a practical side to this mobility that is very important. I was reminded of it recently when reading news accounts of the tragic fires in Southern California. One resident told about loading many of his personal items in his motorhome that happened to be parked in the yard. He was able to save valuable family pictures, mementos, legal papers and other irreplaceable items in a matter of minutes before taking off. He and his family also had temporary living quarters while dealing with this terrible ordeal. Except for sudden tornadoes, full-timers and serious RVers can absent themselves from most natural disasters. Generally folks get several days notice of impending hurricanes. They can also outrun a flood although they have to be aware of the flash flood potential in desert areas. RVs are made to rock and roll so earthquakes shouldn't be a problem. Like the family mentioned above RVers certainly can evacuate a forest fire area in a hurry. In fact, along with our granddaughters, we did exactly that at Glacier National Park this past summer. Those unfortunate people with homes on a fixed foundation couldn't do that. Tornadoes are another story and RVers can be particularly vulnerable when a tornado hits. There is no basement or special room to retreat to although most RV parks in tornado susceptible areas do have secure buildings for such an event. On two occasions we have been in tornado weather and it is scary. We did listen to our small weather alert radio (everyone should have one) and joined other campers in the cement block activity centers designated as shelters. The best thing to do would have been to avoid tornado alley during tornado season. We didn't take advantage of our mobility on those occasions. 

Another practical advantage of full-timer mobility deals with medical treatment. Barb talks about this in our seminars and writes about it in our book. Full-timers can elect to travel to specialized treatment facilities and take their home with them. Sometimes they can even dry camp in the facility parking lot. Mobility also allows full-timers to travel conveniently for second opinions and to cross borders for less expensive medicine. They are not tied down.

Full-timers are not tied down either when it comes to seeking employment. Some full-timers need to add to their income and their mobility gives them an advantage over their house bound counterparts. They can go where the jobs are. This is particularly true of seasonal jobs such as construction work, resort work, sales and all types of winter work in the sunbelt as the snowbirds arrive.

You can probably add to the list of practical advantages that mobility gives to full-timers. Some may add emergency family visits or care giving situations. Full-timers might do well to make their families aware of the practical side of the lifestyle. They may have never thought of it that way. 

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