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When Timeshares are Your Permanent Home... Timeshare Traveler Episode 206

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What is it like to live in a timeshare full time? What are the life changes you need to adjust to? What are the downsides from someone who has done it? What are the costs and how does that compare to buying or renting?

In this video, I will address all of the above questions. I[ve been living full time in timeshares for over two years. I've lived in timeshares while traveling and even while working a steady job. Hopefully, you will find my insights helpful. Perhaps I will see you at one of my timeshares. Or maybe this isn't right for you and you will make the decision that is right for you.

When Timeshares are Your Permanent Home... Timeshare Traveler Episode 206

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Is that $1,900/month staying in studio units (mini fridge, no stovetop) or 1 bedroom units (full size kitchen with full size fridge, plus more space overall) -- big difference there. Who would want to stay in essentially a hotel room (studio units) for a year or more even at just $1,900/month?

If you have found a way to stay 52 weeks per year in "Napa Valley grade" 1 bedroom timeshare units (anywhere) for $1,900/month, I (and I think a lot of other people) would be very interested in the details of how you paid for each of those 52 weeks to accomplish that. The absolute cheapest RCI Extra Vacations that I have seen are $324/week for a 1 bedroom, plus tax and fees (about $370/week), and that is only a few weeks here and there now and then, and definitely not 1 bedroom units in Napa Valley at anytime.
 

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Is that $1,900/month staying in studio units (mini fridge, no stovetop) or 1 bedroom units (full size kitchen with full size fridge, plus more space overall) -- big difference there. Who would want to stay in essentially a hotel room (studio units) for a year or more even at just $1,900/month?

If you have found a way to stay 52 weeks per year in "Napa Valley grade" 1 bedroom timeshare units (anywhere) for $1,900/month, I (and I think a lot of other people) would be very interested in the details of how you paid for each of those 52 weeks to accomplish that. The absolute cheapest RCI Extra Vacations that I have seen are $324/week for a 1 bedroom, plus tax and fees (about $370/week), and that is only a few weeks here and there now and then, and definitely not 1 bedroom units in Napa Valley at anytime.
I did manage to get a week in a one Bedroom in Napa Valley (RiverPointe) for a little over $500 including the fees. ALso got a last minute one bedroom for $450 + 260 RCI at the Vino Bello ($100/ night). The Studios at Windsor and Clearlake have full kitchens and off peak are $400/week.
 

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I gather that you are using exchanging and renting for some of your timeshare weeks. When I was an HOA president, we had one of our owners who did what you are doing with full time timesharing but he owned all 52 unit-weeks as fixed weeks. He was retired and every year he drove the same pattern. Based on when our m/f bills were mailed we had the address to the appropriate timeshare he would be at during that period. I recall that he was in Myrtle Beach for a couple of weeks before he would come to Nags Head and went to Williamsburg after he left.
 

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I have been at MKO on average of 44 weeks a year for over a decade. Mainly staying in 2br units and once in a while 1br units not more than 2 weeks a year. Price is about $900 a week (no lock off or trade fees as weeks are enrolled in DP) with three $59 upsize fees(studio to 2br and 1br to 2br). If not enrolled, add $90 lock off fee+$318 trade fee=$408 divide by two so add $204 to each week. $1104 a week on average plus $287 in Hawaii TAT taxes for a total of $1187(enrolled) or $1391( not enrolled) a week. An enrolled unit month runs me about $4748 a month with taxes at MKO.
 
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