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    Did that back in 89. Took a 71 Westfalia all over the western/southern US and then some with my wife.

    One thing we found out that made living easier.

    Go to a car wash once a week , clean and vacuum the camper inside and out. Toss your clothes in a washing machine in a local laundrymat while you are doing it..

    That really makes a difference, particularly when you are in the dusty areas.

    If you take a wrong turn somewhere and end up in Denmark, give me a call, we'll figure something out.
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    Thanks for the advice! If I end up in Denmark I'll definitely give you a call

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    Quote Originally Posted by squisher View Post
    I lived in a '79 westy for a number of years. That was by myself though and being in camp most of the year for work. Living full time and with your woman too. That's hardcore. Good luck! Lots of solid guys offering up work. That's hard to beat.
    Did you enjoy your time living in the van? Did you spend most of the time at an actual campground with hookups and stuff? Seems like an easy and more peaceful way to live, though I don't know what the cost comparison might be vs. renting. Did you save money?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MasterBlaster View Post
    Head down to Marathon, FL.

    I'm sure Virginia would hook you up!
    Is that the Marathon located in the keys? That would be a fun place to visit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by McGuarantee View Post
    Did you enjoy your time living in the van? Did you spend most of the time at an actual campground with hookups and stuff? Seems like an easy and more peaceful way to live, though I don't know what the cost comparison might be vs. renting. Did you save money?

    I'll answer this one.
    We almost never stayed at campgrounds except when it couldn't be avoided, like near national parks.

    Normally, we'd just drive a short way away from the road, like on a logging trail, find a spot and camp.
    Way cheaper and personally I don't like camp grounds as they are usually full of people.
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    Sounds an awesome oppertunity. A bit of forethought and planning and I reckon it'll be a buzz. Do it whilst you can.
    Rich.

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    Dude, Welcome. Best of luck!

    I spent 4 months and about 10k miles with a girl in an 85 Subaru GL...only like 100 miles of interstate....all red roads. Stay to the National Forests Roads....great free camping.

    This was 15 years ago though....things might be more digital...there wasn't much of cell phones back then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MasterBlaster View Post
    Head down to Marathon, FL.

    I'm sure Virginia would hook you up!
    For sure, come on down!
    I am umbilically connected to the temperate zone, it brought me life, it brought me love I never have out grown.

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    Quote Originally Posted by McGuarantee View Post
    Is that the Marathon located in the keys? That would be a fun place to visit.
    Indeed it is! Come and you will work!
    I am umbilically connected to the temperate zone, it brought me life, it brought me love I never have out grown.

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