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post #441 of 519

So...how many seatbelts does your rig have? Does anyone just have a drivers belt? If so how do you secure kids carseats?

THANKS

post #442 of 519

Welcome to MDC darklotus 

 

my RV has seatbelts in all the seats so I'm not much help but I wanted to say welcome

post #443 of 519

thanks for the welcome mama!

i've been dreaming of living on the road for years but have not taken the leap. i'm thinking i will when i get my tax refund this year! however i will be on quite a budget and think i will have to settle for what i can get and modify it paycheck to paycheck...

i'm looking into an older rig with only one seatbelt so i'm really concerned about my kiddos in car seats. i'm thinking i could come up with something secure using the latch system on the carseats and adding some type of anchoring bolts to the furniture?

my second main concern is with laundry as i have two in cloth, use family cloth and mama cloth and i don't like the idea of going to the laundromat several times a week. has anyone installed their own washer/dryer without spending a fortune?

 

post #444 of 519

I have a 93 Thor Pinnacle. 30ft class A RV. Purchased for $5000. You look long enough, you'll find what you need for the price you want. Put your offer out as many times as you need to till someone takes it. The RV I bought was listed on Craigslist for $8500. You just never know!

 

 

As for cloth, sadly I did have to give up cloth diapering and it just kills me to use disposables. I go to the laundry mat twice a week and the machines are just covered in Tide and other detergents that would just strip the diaper to useless! Thankfully I did find a mom in need here on MDC and I sent her my cloth.

post #445 of 519

Very true! We needed a new camper because the one we have is small and I just landed a 36' Fleetwood Prowler with two bedrooms, sliding glass door, laundry room and triple bunks for $2000! It needs a few repairs but still a very good deal for the price and I'm sooo excited. I can't wait to make it mine and get on the road in it! Now we just need to find a new truck and decide where/when our first destination is. Anyone else working on remodeling projects or any projects for stuff for their camper?

post #446 of 519

I need to do some remodeling but sadly we aren't. We are trying to become debt free and then buy a house. All our money is going to that avenue. Oh and can't forget the $3500 I'm shelling out for a new transmission on my car!

post #447 of 519

Ugh that is terrible. We have to buy a new vehicle too but I found one today so happy happy girl. Gotta wait to get the rest of the money before I can actually buy it but he's gonna hold it for me so yay. I just brought the camper home today and tomorrow I will go through the new camper and get a better idea of what all we need or will want to do to it. We don't have a vehicle to pull a camper right now so I paid a guy that works with my mom to bring it here and he pulled it here with the truck he's wanting to sell so I know it'll do what we need to do with it. I know I'm going to want to do some fixing to the camper but I'm not sure yet how much I'll do right now. I just can't wait to get in it!

post #448 of 519

Love this thread! We have been on the road before, hence the username. :) But this time will be for longterm. We just bought our school bus and apparently inflation knows no bounds, as the darn thing cost $4500 but it was the best one available. Could have spent less and gotten a money pit.

 

We hope to leave Alaska before snow falls in the winter of 2012. That gives us 7 months MAX to turn an empty school bus into our Motor Home! Can't wait. I'll have to take pictures so people can follow our journey!

 

 

post #449 of 519
That sounds great, you should start a blog about your remodel and then about life on the road
post #450 of 519

Dh and I have split up...our trailer is in storage and we're both living with family...I have the girls.  I'm putting together my business to go on the road and looking for a bus to do that by the fall hopefully.  I also need to get a car, as my wrecked one is now being totalled and we're going to a few places starting in the summer.  I'm mostly just figuring out exactly what I want right now and searching craigslist to see what's available.

post #451 of 519

hugs featherstory

 

Sounds like you're going through a lot. Since we moved into our RV DH has had major anger issues. He was put on Ativan because it was just getting too hard on the kids. I think that's one thing that people don't account for. Relationships are really put under stress when you're in such close quarters. How are your kids doing?

 

AFM We are thinking of moving about 45min north of where we're docked right now. I've taken on a job in a new field, in home care. My client lives up there as well as my mother and a handful of friends. The rent for the RV is about half as much up there. Currently we are paying $800 a month for the park were at. That just seems  really expensive for what were getting. Another option is to move into the apartment next to my mom. It's $1100 a month. That way she could watch the kids while I work. Might be nice for next winter, I don't know. So much to think about. DH wants to stay here and over pay for rent and pay to commute for work. BLAH!!!!!!!

 

post #452 of 519

Travel when you have medical issues???

My husband has type 1 diabetes, we have always been travelers and traveling but this time it will be for a LONG time, not just weeks.  He is concerned with getting his medication and test strips while on the road. We have Tricare (Military for Retirees) Insurance so it's universal and we can use it just about anywhere in the World and through out the US. Of course, getting medications on a military base is Free, while out in town will be low-cost.

 

I'm suggesting he carry around a copy of his Rx for the pharmacy. Will this work? He is good for 6 months between Doc visits as well. Any thought of suggestions are welcome! Thanks

post #453 of 519

featherstory: I'm sorry to hear about everything going on. Just take your time and keep a watch out for deals. I was stressing how we would budget everything to be able to go in the next couple of weeks but I lucked up and found a camper and a truck for what I expected to have to spend on the truck alone. Keep faith and everything will be great!

 

trekkingirl: I would definitely move maybe your dh will come around.

 

roadfamily: I'm not sure about the medical stuff but I would think any pharmacy can fill it if you have your prescription. I usually get my prescription and just take it to any pharmacy so I don't see how that would be any different. The bus idea sounds awesome though! 

 

Well our move out of our temporary rental got bumped up and we will be out of here before the end of the week. Our camper is of course not ready yet but dh got home from Seattle last week and so luckily he's here to help. We parked the camper at the in-laws since they have a hook up and will be staying there until we figure out when/where we are moving. The new siding will be in tomorrow and hopefully weather will let dh get some of the major fixes done on the camper. If I finally get a weekend off this weekend so I can get some packing and sorting done!

post #454 of 519

I have our website up and running. Hopefully will have a paid site soon.

Here ya go.

 

www.TheRoadFamily.webs.com

post #455 of 519

Would it be too crazy to try to live in an RV in a city for two years with two kids and a dog? I am facing out of state tuition and with maximum financial aid it will barely cover my tuition and my kids daycare fees. So I'm daydreaming about living in a RV for the next two years while I finish up my BS degree. The school is in a nice neighborhood with lots of street parking (and I might be able to convince a current neighbor or two to let me park in front of their houses) so I could boondock during the week and dump on the weekends.

 

post #456 of 519
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Would it be too crazy to try to live in an RV in a city for two years with two kids and a dog? I am facing out of state tuition and with maximum financial aid it will barely cover my tuition and my kids daycare fees. So I'm daydreaming about living in a RV for the next two years while I finish up my BS degree. The school is in a nice neighborhood with lots of street parking (and I might be able to convince a current neighbor or two to let me park in front of their houses) so I could boondock during the week and dump on the weekends.

 



I don't think it's crazy. how old are your kids and how big is your dog?!?

 

 

post #457 of 519
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I don't think it's crazy. how old are your kids and how big is your dog?!?

 

 



My kids are going to be 2 and 5 by the time I start this mission. My dog is only 50 lbs and a total couch potato. I will be in school/work all day for at least 8 or 9 hours so my kids will be in daycare and I might need to find a dog walker. I truly dream of living in an ecofriendly, wvo/solar skoolie some day but for now I think I'll have to start with a cheaper rv off of craigslist...

post #458 of 519

Do you plan on driving it? Do you have any experience driving large vehicles? If you are boondocking you have to have substancial battery back up. I have four deep cells and they last about three days with no vacuum or hair dryer types of power drain. Other than that, I can't think of any reason why not?

post #459 of 519

 

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Do you plan on driving it? Do you have any experience driving large vehicles? If you are boondocking you have to have substancial battery back up. I have four deep cells and they last about three days with no vacuum or hair dryer types of power drain. Other than that, I can't think of any reason why not?

 

My plan would be to drive it on occasion like summers and weekend camping trips but mostly parking in town close to the campus during the week. I have no clue how to drive an rv or a bus, lol. I think that's the first thing I will learn once I get one! I will probably drive it every couple of days just to keep in valid free parking (avoid street sweeepers and tickets). Thanks for the words of encouragement!

 

post #460 of 519

your welcome, good luck! I love full timing. My DH however, seems to be real depressed about our living situation as of late. I think sometimes he feels homeless. I never feel that way, just mobile. I love being close and cozy with my kids. Plus a lot less to clean and stay on top of.

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