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Dufus
Explorer
Explorer
I wonder how many folks in their 80's RV part time. I full timed for a while with a large rig but have since sold it and settled in to a town home. I'm considering getting a small class "C" or "B+" for short jaunts here and there. Tired of sitting around doing nothing. Is there an accurate assessment on how many are doing it? How could one research this?
Full timer
2013 Excel 36GKM Limited
1997 Freightliner FL50 CAT 3126 w/ Allison 6spd Auto
2007 Toyota Camry
2004 Kawasaki 750 Vulcan Trike
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Dufus
Explorer
Explorer
Thank all for your responses.
Full timer
2013 Excel 36GKM Limited
1997 Freightliner FL50 CAT 3126 w/ Allison 6spd Auto
2007 Toyota Camry
2004 Kawasaki 750 Vulcan Trike

RLS7201
Explorer
Explorer
I'm 80, wife will be 80 on 9/11/23 (I won't forget that birthday!). We still do summer chapter weekends and snow bird. It's not as easy as it used to be, but we still do it.

Richard
95 Bounder 32H F53 460
2013 CRV Toad
2 Segways in Toad
First brake job
1941 Hudson

wanderingbob
Explorer II
Explorer II
Eighty years my next birthday . Wife and I are on a 12 week odyssey traveling from Florida to Seattle and back ! We are in Oregon in our 20 foot Winnebago TT . We stop at most small city and county museums , we walk thru several small towns each day , just looking . Ain't nuttin finer ! I think of us not as campers but as Travelers !

LMHS
Explorer II
Explorer II
60 used to be old. 80 was ancient. 90 was a walking corpse... if they could walk at all. People are living longer and are heathier than previous generations for the most part. I think it's more a mindset than anything else. I know people younger than me that look and act like they are in their late 80's. My daughter is in her mid 30's and complains that her 20-something co-workers act older than me and are "sick" all the time.

My 92yo mother is in better shape than most people my age (62). She's shooting for by passing 100yo. Our theory is because she doesn't go to the doctor except once a year as she has mild high blood pressure (probably due to going and sitting in a doctor's office - she had a really bad experience with an idiot doctor). No drink, no drugs, no smoking. We all grew up on a typical Southern diet too.

The only ones in my maternal side of the family (the side I'm close to) that are in poor health and die early are the ones who believe that doctors know what's best for them and the ones who abuse drugs and alcohol. I'm pretty sure my mother will pass 100yo. And she still drives long distances in her car. I plan on surpassing my mom in years. As long as I'm healthy and mobile, I plan on keeping going.

nickthehunter
Nomad II
Nomad II
Scottiemom wrote:
JimK-NY wrote:
I am now approaching my 80s and the differences in capabilities of people my age is huge. Some people are fit, active and able to do lots of things at my age and even well into their 90s. Others barely make it in independent or assisted living facilities. A great many others are already dead.

Genetics and luck are certainly important. Unfortunately most of us have not and do not live a lifestyle that is healthy. I am a reformed smoker, reformed drinker, and after some serious health issues and a couple of stents, I am moving towards being a "health nut". You probably do not want to hear my advice, but here are a few comments anyway.

First, the average American is killing themselves with excess calories and poor food choices. Obesity is very common. You cannot expect to live an active life in older age if you spend most of your life time eating poorly and carrying 20, 50 or a 100 pounds or more of fat. You cannot expect to live a long active life if you do not exercise. Health professionals recommend roughly 150 hours/week of exercise. For me that means a heart rate in the range of 101-122 or slightly higher. Less than that falls into the category of activity, not exercise.

I spent my Covid years doing very little. I also had some serious health issues including a heart CTO, afib, emphysema, systemic sclerosis, and anemia. I just finished 36 sessions of cardiac rehab and am now going to the gym 3x/week. I surely cannot totally reverse years of overeating and lack of exercise, but I have learned I can make a huge difference in my health and ability to do things. This Sunday I will be taking off for a 4 month trip in my truck camper.

Anyway back to the OP. You probably do not want to do any research and learn about the capabilites of the average person in their 80s. I can tell you for sure it will be discouraging. Next, I recommend you totally reconsider your lifestyle. If you have "settled in" to living and "sitting around doing nothing", consider some alternatives. Even RV travel might not do much for you. especially if that means sitting around a campground. Maybe you should consider photography, or bird watching, or rock hounding, any reason to get you out on the trails putting in some miles of hiking and exploring.


Please tell me how you can pack in 150 hours/week of exercise. . .????:?
Easy, he spends 20 hours a day exercising then sleeps 4 hours.

JimK-NY
Explorer II
Explorer II
Scottiemom wrote:


Please tell me how you can pack in 150 hours/week of exercise. . .????:?


Sorry, that should be 150 minutes/week.

ferndaleflyer
Explorer III
Explorer III
I am 82+ and still doing it. I also still drive my drag racing car. So far this year been to Bristol, TN, Baltimore area, and up along the Ohio river in WV. We live in central NC and have a DP. When towing the race car trailer we are 72ft long. I do have some arthritis, not bad, but otherwise the VA keeps me going.

Scottiemom
Nomad
Nomad
JimK-NY wrote:
I am now approaching my 80s and the differences in capabilities of people my age is huge. Some people are fit, active and able to do lots of things at my age and even well into their 90s. Others barely make it in independent or assisted living facilities. A great many others are already dead.

Genetics and luck are certainly important. Unfortunately most of us have not and do not live a lifestyle that is healthy. I am a reformed smoker, reformed drinker, and after some serious health issues and a couple of stents, I am moving towards being a "health nut". You probably do not want to hear my advice, but here are a few comments anyway.

First, the average American is killing themselves with excess calories and poor food choices. Obesity is very common. You cannot expect to live an active life in older age if you spend most of your life time eating poorly and carrying 20, 50 or a 100 pounds or more of fat. You cannot expect to live a long active life if you do not exercise. Health professionals recommend roughly 150 hours/week of exercise. For me that means a heart rate in the range of 101-122 or slightly higher. Less than that falls into the category of activity, not exercise.

I spent my Covid years doing very little. I also had some serious health issues including a heart CTO, afib, emphysema, systemic sclerosis, and anemia. I just finished 36 sessions of cardiac rehab and am now going to the gym 3x/week. I surely cannot totally reverse years of overeating and lack of exercise, but I have learned I can make a huge difference in my health and ability to do things. This Sunday I will be taking off for a 4 month trip in my truck camper.

Anyway back to the OP. You probably do not want to do any research and learn about the capabilites of the average person in their 80s. I can tell you for sure it will be discouraging. Next, I recommend you totally reconsider your lifestyle. If you have "settled in" to living and "sitting around doing nothing", consider some alternatives. Even RV travel might not do much for you. especially if that means sitting around a campground. Maybe you should consider photography, or bird watching, or rock hounding, any reason to get you out on the trails putting in some miles of hiking and exploring.


Please tell me how you can pack in 150 hours/week of exercise. . .????:?
Dale Pace
Widow of Terry (Teacher's Pet)

Traveling with Brendon, my Scottish Terrier

2022 Honda Odyssey
2011 Mazda Miata MX-5

2021 Coach House Platinum III 250DT
Fulltimed for 15 years, now living in Florida

http://www.skoolzoutforever.blogspot.com/

JimK-NY
Explorer II
Explorer II
I am now approaching my 80s and the differences in capabilities of people my age is huge. Some people are fit, active and able to do lots of things at my age and even well into their 90s. Others barely make it in independent or assisted living facilities. A great many others are already dead.

Genetics and luck are certainly important. Unfortunately most of us have not and do not live a lifestyle that is healthy. I am a reformed smoker, reformed drinker, and after some serious health issues and a couple of stents, I am moving towards being a "health nut". You probably do not want to hear my advice, but here are a few comments anyway.

First, the average American is killing themselves with excess calories and poor food choices. Obesity is very common. You cannot expect to live an active life in older age if you spend most of your life time eating poorly and carrying 20, 50 or a 100 pounds or more of fat. You cannot expect to live a long active life if you do not exercise. Health professionals recommend roughly 150 hours/week of exercise. For me that means a heart rate in the range of 101-122 or slightly higher. Less than that falls into the category of activity, not exercise.

I spent my Covid years doing very little. I also had some serious health issues including a heart CTO, afib, emphysema, systemic sclerosis, and anemia. I just finished 36 sessions of cardiac rehab and am now going to the gym 3x/week. I surely cannot totally reverse years of overeating and lack of exercise, but I have learned I can make a huge difference in my health and ability to do things. This Sunday I will be taking off for a 4 month trip in my truck camper.

Anyway back to the OP. You probably do not want to do any research and learn about the capabilites of the average person in their 80s. I can tell you for sure it will be discouraging. Next, I recommend you totally reconsider your lifestyle. If you have "settled in" to living and "sitting around doing nothing", consider some alternatives. Even RV travel might not do much for you. especially if that means sitting around a campground. Maybe you should consider photography, or bird watching, or rock hounding, any reason to get you out on the trails putting in some miles of hiking and exploring.

TenOC
Nomad
Nomad
86 Years Old. Full time since 2006 with OUT a stick home, but since I have been everywhere seen everything I spend most of my time at a base camp or two.
Please give me enough troubles, uncertainty, problems, obstacles and STRESS so that I do not become arrogant, proud, and smug in my own abilities, and enough blessings and good times that I realize that someone else is in charge of my life.

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free_radical
Explorer
Explorer
As long as youre healthy live it up and go travel.
Just avoid some of those bad areas,seems the world is geting worse everyday.

Look at Nick Johnson chanel on YT for example.

bgum
Explorer
Explorer
My wife and I both not far behind you. We have a small trailer we enjoy using. We are selective on types of weather conditions and also avoid holidays.

I say if you feel like you want to get back into RVing then do so just be aware it has changed a little out there.

nickthehunter
Nomad II
Nomad II
Why do you care how many other 80 year olds RV? If it’s what you want to do, go for it.

theoldwizard1
Explorer
Explorer
Get a B (not sure what defines a "B+"). Easy to drive. Usually no bathroom if that is an issue.

Personally, I would skip the propane appliances and go all electric. 200 Ah of LiFePO4 batteries and and 2000W generator. If you want to grill, use disposable propane cylinders.