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Old 03-26-2017, 06:01 PM   #31
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For fulltime, you big for the extra living space. They drive/handle. better than many motorhomes that size. You can always find a utility vehicle for finding those outta the way fishinn holes.
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Old 03-26-2017, 10:51 PM   #32
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In part because of your own hard work and in part because of tangible and intangible gifts you've been given you're in a good place. Myriad options lay before you. Many of them are good, some are mutually exclusive, and there won't be time to pursue them all. Choosing which to do now, which to hope for later, and which to close the door on forever can be very hard (especially that last part). Live up to your privilege: enjoy the goodness of the station that you're at. At the same time, be mindful of the future and don't indulge so much today that you end up pillaging your tomorrow.

You haven't mentioned any family plans. That's OK not to divulge; it's a deeply personal thing. In any case do consider whether your family will be yourself alone, with a spouse, or with children. There are children in my family and looking back I'm grateful that I didn't delay that until everything was "ready" -- one is never fully ready for any opportunity in family nor in business, and excessive delay or preparation can result in diminished or even missed opportunity.

Ok, enough philosophical stuff.

Yes pushers come in a variety of lengths. Mine is a mere 38'. I see some around here that are even shorter, probably in the 30' range, but not a lot of them.

One thing I'm glad for is that I used both of my buses immediately after buying them. The reason why I'm glad for that is that my first was a type D aka transit-style or flat nose school bus with the engine in front. After one trip, about 18 hours driving, I knew this wasn't the right bus for us and unloaded it. The second bus was only slightly converted (seats removed and one waste water tank added) when we did 1700 miles over 10 days and knew it was right to invest countless hours and thousands of dollars to build on.

As for work: IMHO working on the road is mostly synonymous with self-employment. In some disciplines it's not hard to go from school directly to self-employed on the road, but I believe that'd be a difficult feat in engineering. One probably needs a few years conventionally employed to make connections in industry and to learn the "stuff they didn't teach in school." It might even be required by professional licensing statute in some states. But don't lose sight of entrepreneurial dreams: that day job in engineering could well provide the financing and training for your own venture in or out of engineering not so far in the future.

I wish I had any good ideas for something that's useful in the real world and engaging to work on and has support from faculty at my institution for a master's thesis... that's what held me back from a master's in electrical engineering.
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Old 03-26-2017, 11:28 PM   #33
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Here are my 2 cents;

Warren Buffett:
“There comes a time when you ought to start doing what you want. Take a job that you love. You will jump out of bed in the morning. I think you are out of your mind if you keep taking jobs that you don't like because you think it will look good on your resume. Isn't that a little like saving up sex for your old age?

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