Full time RV living

Discussion in 'Preparedness & Survival' started by Texfisher33, Mar 21, 2017.

  1. Texfisher33

    Texfisher33
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    I currently live in a medium sized 3 bedroom home that I don't need. I have higher rent than I should and higher expenses due to keeping it cool and both gas and electric. I don't want to buy a house as i'm not sure where my career will lead me in the next 5 years. Renting an apartment is an option but I still wind up in the same situation of zero equity. I've been contemplating purchasing a used truck and fifth wheel and living in it full time. One challenge would be liquidating much of my "junk" but I think that is doable. Anyone on here live/lived full time in an RV? What are your thoughts and experiences?
     
  2. SKrueger

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    :eek::eek::eek:

    Here is what I would do. five years you can have a lot of equity in a home. I would shop around find a nice little house that you can afford comfortbly and fix it up over time. Make sure you buy right and that your mortgage payment is low enough that you can rent it out when the time comes and it can be an investment down the road.

    If you can find a little house with a casida then live in the casida and rent the house out so the rent covers most of your mortgage would be even better. If you start young you can do well investing in real estate.

    My .02 cents
     
  3. withak

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    Working in the construction industry, I've known several folks that lived full time in trailers. One in particular came up to Oregon from Bakersfield and spent a full 3 years working in our area as they had no work in their area at the time. He and his wife lived in a 5th wheel in a park and from what he related to me, they were quite comfortable with that living arrangement. He loved to barbecue and smoke, so he would travel with those and set up a smoker in the morning with a full chicken, etc., which would be waiting for him when he got home from work. Point being that you don't necessarily have to give up things you enjoy, especially if you're creative about storing things outside your trailer too. Couple other 'travelers' said the same thing about living in trailers. It's a lifestyle adjustment, but if you're okay living in a smaller space, it can certainly be done.
     
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  4. Joe Link

    Joe Link
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    I don't have any experience living in a trailer but I do have a lot of experience living a fairly minimalist lifestyle. All of my possessions would fit in a 5x10 storage unit. Let me tell you, not having a ton of 'stuff' is fantastic!
     
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  5. AMproducts

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    I've never been lucky enough to live in a trailer, but I did live in my truck w/camper shell for about a year more than a decade ago. Some of what I dealt with applies, some doesn't:

    1) The biggest issue with living out of a vehicle is getting enough sleep, if you're in a city, getting harassed by cops, and people being loud in your vicinity. In the summer, this is especially a problem because the sun comes up too early and it gets too hot to sleep. Out in the country, if you're on private property, this is really not a concern.

    2) With a trailer, going to a trailer park is a decent way to go, the main reason is that way you have someone to watch your stuff while you're at work. Trailer park people come in two flavors: those who will rob you blind, and those who will keep you from being robbed blind provided you reciprocate. Thankfully most are the latter, but you occasionally find the former.

    The main reason I lived in my car:

    Cost - You can bank a lot of money if you're not paying for even a cheap apt, and if you're living in a place with high rents, it can be much cheaper to not worry about the commute and stress of traffic. I was working in santa monica, most nights I would drive up near malibu and find a place that allowed over-night parking and wasn't too busy. I would wake up with the sun, get some breakfast and be in to work before anyone else. It was excellent.

    Mobility - This is the real advantage, if you don't like where you are, nothing stops you from going anywhere. Just crawl into the cab and go.

    Given the options and the timescale, if you're going to be there for 5 years, I would follow Skruger's advice, buy a place (just be prepared, it looks like there's currently a housing bubble building, and the southwest is always among the worst), rent out part of it, and live in the other part.

    The main problem with a trailer living is you still have a big footprint, if you have a wife and kids, you're always going to have a big footprint. Even just a wife means a big footprint. The other awkward thing, if you're single and looking for a wife/gf, on a 5-year timescale, it can be hard to find a woman who will want to live with you in a trailer at the outset. I think I could convince my wife to live that way now, but I don't think she would have accepted it going in.
     
  6. Texfisher33

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    All good points. I'll admit something that has concerned me is inviting a date over for dinner and her showing up to a 2* fifth wheel.:D
     
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  7. SparksFly

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    There is a good channel called Gone with the Wynns that goes into detail about life on the road in their RV. Now they are in a sailboat but the videos are still there. You could always buy a bit of land here, put in water, sewer, and electric hook ups, and then you could live in you RV and hook up to those while you are there, and when you want to travel, unhook them and voila! You don't need to pack because you already have everything!
     
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  8. AMproducts

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    An easy way to play it off... buy some large rural property somewhere nice. You can make noise about "this is just where I stay when I'm here working, I spend my weekends on the ranch where I want to build my house".
     
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  9. Joe Link

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    Great way to turn that negative into a big positive.

    "How big should I build your shoe closet?" :s0114:
     
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    Yea, the big thing is, you either need to have the property, or have be working towards purchase. People tolerate a lot of weirdness if there's a good reason for it.
     
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    I bought a travel trailer when I was working out of Seattle driving dump truck and trailer. I lived with a woman friend at first who rented out two rooms in her house. Me and the drug addict ( I didn't know at the time ). Long story short, he went through all my belongings and drank my 12 pack. That was it. I bought into a resort and stayed there for almost 3 years. I'd go home or meet my wife every 3-6 months. I worked my bubblegum of, but made really, really good money. Nice people there with zero problems.. I kinda liked it.
     
  12. Mrjenkins

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    Ultimate redneck status lmao.
     
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    I like rednecks. Honest folks, in my opinion. Would rather associate with rednecks than with phony, holier-than-thou liberals...
     

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