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  1. #31
    us
    Feb 2014
    Ohio and Florida
    CTX3030 w 11" and 17" Butterfly coils, Minelab Excalibur II w 10" coil Troy Shadow x2 w 7" coil Vibra-Tector 730 w 4" coil Whites (1970s)
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    Beach and Shallow Water Hunting
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    It is very well known and with local traditions here in Florida to wear your heavy and expensive jewelry to the beach and especially in the water to show respect to local customs. Please spread the gospel that ya have to wear gold and diamonds to the beach in Florida or else you will feel very, very awkward and you'll also stand out like a fart in water (local saying).
    Metal Detecting Goal in Life is to Find Wife a 2ct Diamond Ring (so she'll be quiet about all my metal detecting).

  2. #32
    us
    Feb 2012
    AZ Native. Now travel fulltime across this beautiful country. Metal detecting and fishing!
    CTX 3030, E-trac, Excal II
    257
    354 times
    Metal Detecting
    Quote Originally Posted by dfallis1 View Post
    Unfortunately I'm not able to travel full time, I don't even get paid vacation. LOL (actually not funny) I do travel to all my surrounding states checking out different Civ camps and beaches. I have metal detected in about 5-6 different states. I'm glad you and the Mrs. have been blessed to live your dream. GL & HH
    They never paid me to vacation anywhere either.

    It's not all sunshine and light. There are a lot of trade offs to living full time in about 300 sq. ft. and only having what you can haul with you. We like it and have found we have a lot more control over our expenses than when we lived in our stix and bricks.

    Detecting in 5-6 different states, sounds like you are doing pretty good also. Hope you get to travel more if that is your desire,

    HH
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  3. #33
    us
    Nov 2012
    Bucks County, PA
    Fisher CZ-21; White Classic IDX Pro; White Classic SL
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    My wife and I have a Class C Motorhome and I am what they call a "workamper". Mar-Nov I camp in the Cape May, NJ area and work at the campground. I get paid for working and a campsite for the season. On my time off I go surf fishing and metal detecting at the shore. Some winters we will go to Florida or just go to our home in PA where I metal detect as well.
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  4. #34
    us
    Sep 2016
    Southern Arizona
    Minelab Equinox 800,Whites GMT
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    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Quote Originally Posted by Loco-Digger View Post
    As soon as I win my millions on the lottery I plan on buying a huge RV and hiring a beautiful female chauffeur, who has a liking for me. Maybe swap out the chauffeur every now and then. I will be the only millionaire out digging pennies on a daily basis. Travelling around, hunting with my Tnet friends from coast to coast.

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  5. #35
    us
    Feb 2012
    AZ Native. Now travel fulltime across this beautiful country. Metal detecting and fishing!
    CTX 3030, E-trac, Excal II
    257
    354 times
    Metal Detecting
    Quote Originally Posted by cyperpc View Post
    My wife and I have a Class C Motorhome and I am what they call a "workamper". Mar-Nov I camp in the Cape May, NJ area and work at the campground. I get paid for working and a campsite for the season. On my time off I go surf fishing and metal detecting at the shore. Some winters we will go to Florida or just go to our home in PA where I metal detect as well.
    We have volunteered at a lighthouse, fish hatchery, state parks, wild life refuge, and the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. This coming year we will be at a state park on the ocean in the gulf, at a federal fish hatchery in Kentucky and at a state park on Lake of the Ozarks. So many great volunteer opportunities, so little time!

    We have stayed away from paid gigs to avoid multiple state tax filings. The ability to park (no diesel to buy for the MH) for free for a couple months in interesting areas really helps stretch the budget. I have found this lifestyle gives you much more control of you budget, and lots of new places to hunt!
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  6. #36
    us
    Feb 2012
    AZ Native. Now travel fulltime across this beautiful country. Metal detecting and fishing!
    CTX 3030, E-trac, Excal II
    257
    354 times
    Metal Detecting
    I'm surprised by the lack of full time travelers there are on this site. MD'ing seems to be a perfect fit for this lifestyle. I was hoping to get a group together to share info. Oh well, more for me!
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  7. #37
    us
    Been there...Dug that

    Mar 2015
    Northern Illinois
    MineLab E-Trac, MineLab Safari, MineLab Explorer XS, White's 5000 D, White's 6DB, White's 5000 D GEB Sunray X-1 for the ML's, Garrett PP for the White's and a Backhoe
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    I've given it some thought...more so, now that I'm retired. I know it was quite common back in the 70's. I'd see elderly couples everywhere...and a MH or Camper nearby.
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    "There's GOLD in them thar hills! Well...at least a coupla nice Mercs."

  8. #38

    Apr 2011
    El Dorado
    Equinox 800, Garrett Pro-Pointer AT
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    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Great thread! I'm not a traveler, per se, however, I switch up countries every few years due to my job. I've detected now in the USA, a few Latin American countries and now in a European country. I love to research the history of whatever country I'm residing and then hooking up with local detectors. Great fun and adventure.
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  9. #39
    us
    sprailroad

    Jan 2017
    Grants Pass, Oregon
    Garrett A3B United States Gold Hunter, GTA 1000, AT Pro, Discovery Treasure Baron "Gold Trax", Minelab X-Terra 70, Safari, & EQ 800.
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    Quote Originally Posted by azdirtdigger View Post
    I am retired and travel full time. I detect every chance I get. Trying to locate places to hunt in new areas all the time can be very challenging and rewarding. I have had the opportunity to visit with and hunt with local MD'ers all over the country. I have met some great people this way.
    In was just wondering if there are others on this forum in the same boat?? It would be interesting to communicate with other travellers.

    Anyone else travel full or long time??
    I did so on the job for 30yrs in ten different states. Always packed a Garrett GTA 1000. Detected every chance I had, a lot in AZ as well. For me I like having a "Home Base" now, still, you're living a nice life style in a nice way. The best of luck for future finds.
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  10. #40
    us
    Nov 2012
    Bucks County, PA
    Fisher CZ-21; White Classic IDX Pro; White Classic SL
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    67 times
    I am lucky NJ has a reciprocal agreement with PA so I don't have to pay taxes in both states. I think if you are a full timer and travel around the west cost or up and down mountains you need the diesel otherwise gas would be ok. Of course if you are pulling one of those trailers with your car in it you will need a diesel.
    My goal is in three years to buy a Class A then hit the road. The problem with most class A's I don't like the floor plans. I only found two or three I like. I wish they could take a fifth wheel and turn it into a class A then they would have something.
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  11. #41
    us
    I dig deep holes

    May 2004
    Camano Island, WA
    CTX3030, Many more on a rotating basis. Park Ranger and Pack Mule pouches by Freeloader!
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    I go to South Florida a few times a year on business.

    I got a Pelican case for my CTX so I can hit the beach a time or two while I am there.
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  12. #42
    us
    Sep 2012
    D'Iberville MS
    E-Trac Equinox 800 Equinox 600
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    Metal Detecting
    Honorable Mentions (1)
    I live in MS but was in 26 states last summer didn't have time to detect in most of them but did my share, I put on about 15k miles per year traveling and hunt when I can
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    I don't detect for the stuff I find, I detect for the stuff I haven't found.

    If I didn't find it I hope you did.


  13. #43
    us
    TEA...taxed enough already

    Oct 2005
    San Diego California
    Bounty Hunter
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    76 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    WD...I was glad to see your post. 1st one in years, and I enjoyed all the pics you posted in the past. Are you still active THing?
    Hope you are well. I am considering ret. in Belize, CR, or Panama. 75 now...is it too late to make the move from CA.
    Did you ever run into Josh Gates, of Discovery Channels' Expedition Unknown. He was filming with the Texas State Archies after they foung the Encarnacion while looking for Capt. Morgan's ships.
    Last edited by bobinsd; May 26, 2018 at 09:03 PM.

  14. #44
    us
    Mar 2017
    Center of North America
    Etrac- Sunray x5, x8, x12. Garrett AT Gold- Nel Attack coil. Garrett Carrot
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    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Quote Originally Posted by Loco-Digger View Post
    As soon as I win my millions on the lottery I plan on buying a huge RV and hiring a beautiful female chauffeur, who has a liking for me. Maybe swap out the chauffeur every now and then. I will be the only millionaire out digging pennies on a daily basis. Travelling around, hunting with my Tnet friends from coast to coast.
    That's funny because I've thought the same thing, wish I was rich or win the lottery so I could just travel all over and metal detect or treasure hunt. Then the irony occurs to me that I could afford anything, yet I would still want to search for the occasional nice find in the dirt. It would still be a great life and way to spend time though. Seems other detectorists think the same thing too, based on the likes of your post

  15. #45
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    Bendiggn

    Mar 2018
    Hopewell va.
    Technetics T2+
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    864 times
    Metal Detecting
    That's what me and my wife plan on doing in about 10 years. Sell all this mess, buy a huge RV and travel. I'll be MDing everywhere we go.

 

 
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