I'm so excited! I just found the best RV Park I could imagine and it's one third the price of all the trashy trailer parks that I've been looking at! It is run by an organization called The Moose. They are an international fraternity. They have tons of events happening at the park and they do wonderful charities. I am so amazed at how I found them. I had to mail a letter but couldn't find a blue box. So I saw a mail truck and decided to follow it. The mail truck stopped in the back of a parking lot. My DH says, hey what is that? And I kid you not, right in front of us is an RV park! So I went and talked to the host and it turned out it belonged to the Elks, another fraternity. They were not the right match for us but he told me to go down to the moose lodge and say that I want to be a "moose." So I scoped it out and just couldn't be happier! Hundreds of dollars cheaper, a great organization, a quiet park with only four other full timers, and an amazing historic district neighborhood! Everything I need is in walking distance. There is even a wonderful waldorf school in town where I sent my daughter for kindergarten. My son just turned five and I'm going to enroll him. It's a public school so no tuition!
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Wow trekkingirl, sounds awesome...where the heck are you?
On another note, I'm in the market for another RV and I'm hoping to get a converted bus. I'll be going back to CA this summer and will need to find somewhere to park, but my kid's father is back in our trailer and back in the park we were in together, I don't want to stay at that park again!
Hey trekkingirl, I'm just seeing your previous posts about your husband. I felt the same way about RV living, so much simplicity, closeness, etc. does your DH get out into nature much or have his own space? I've read that using the home space so much, especially if you don't take pride in your space can fuel a sort of dismay about it...you know.
I always felt like living in an RV would help us to experience not being too tied down to "home" or being at home, or spending too much time inside... my former partner definitely seemed to experience less, get out less and just kinda hang out outside our trailer all the time and never really created his own space, although I created spaces for him, he never maintained them or took ownership of them...I think a big problem was that the RV park we lived in was horrible and he spent all his time with the neighbors, sitting behind our trailer drinking and smoking. Then he'd come back home to our small space and never really have a change of scenery. I do think he felt relatively homeless and shameful about the way we lived as well, but I don't think he would've felt that way if he wasn't so involved with the social drama of our environment. He was taking it all in and defining himself based on what was surrounding him. He also had little hope or motivation to achieve mobility or to move on from that particular park, as crappy as it was. I had to ask him often how he felt about getting to the next level and he would often say "yeah it'd be nice to..." or "yeah this sucks..." but feel no power to do anything about it or even believe it was realistic...and other times he'd say he liked it there...
Whereas I was always taking our girls to the pool, to the markets, on walks and visiting people whenever we could. We also needed to create a space for the kids, which I think would've helped him feel like he had more space, but essentially it was just a problem that RV living magnified, not created.
Hi everyone. I've scoured this thread from top to bottom. I appreciate all the tips that have been passed out throughout.
I'm a single mom and plan on taking my girls out on the road fulltime starting June 2013. I'll need to sell/donate/giveaway most of our stuff, and I'll need to work on the road while homeschooling. It won't be easy but I suspect it will be lots of fun.
I do have a question for those of you with bunk houses with access from the outside. I've looked at a bunkhouse that has outside access through the 1/2 bath door and one that has access into the bunkhouse from the outside. I'm nervous about letting my girls sleep back there where some random person walking by could just open the door/access panel back there while I'm in the front sleeping. What are you doing for security for these issues - or maybe why don't you consider it a problem? So far that's my only struggle - I've love the 2nd bath, but I'm not in love with the access from the outside. While I don't think I will run into or stay in "bad" places, stuff happens. I did come across a quad bunkhouse with the 2nd bath without outside access but I can't find it again. I may need to go looking this weekend and write down the make/model.
The biggest issues for us hitting the road will be that I don't have good credit, and I'd need to trade in my car (huge depreciate hit of about $4k) for a 1 ton truck, and that my mother lives with us. I'll tell her soon of our plans but she will be very negative (and I don't think the concern will be that I'm taking the grandkids away from her) because I'll be leaving her stranded (she's lived with me for 5 years - I think it's time for one of my other siblings to take her in) and she'll think it's the stupidest idea I've had yet.
But thanks for keeping the conversation going. I'm loving it.
please, can you tell me what you do for online income? we are planning fulltime rving next summer, but need to trade in husband's high paying tractor trailer driving job for an online source of income that will support our family of 5 on the road. i feel like every online job is just a scam, and need an honest legit source of income. have social security disability, but its only $700/mo..better than nothing for sure. thanks a lot.
I'm planning on starting next summer. I'm a business analyst and am taking a 1 year certificate program in computer applications programming. I feel that having a stronger technical analyst background will allow me to make a good hourly income by telecommuting. I joined flexjobs today (for $35 after 30% discount) to look for telecommuting jobs, and, lastly I'm a blogger making between $500-$1200/month working part-time. But I've been blogging for a few years now.
I feel that between the 3 areas (technical analyst, blogging, flexjobs for side jobs), I should be okay. If I can maintain my income, we'll be good, but if i can increase my hourly rate I can work less for the same income which is even better.
I'm also a single mom so I'm doing this all alone.
When I started blogging I did it to get free books to read - I wrote book reviews (and still do). But now companies pay me to write a post on a specific topic. I get paid anywhere from $15-$200 per post. Today, for example, I'll put up 3 posts (only one which took effort, the other 2 were copy/paste), and I'll have $55 in the morning. It's not get rich quick, but it's not bad either. Literally $55 for less than 1 hour's work. I know bloggers who make just under $100k/year, but they've been at it for years and they work 10-12 hour days. I don't do that.
Right now I am seriously looking at two busses and am hoping to pick one and begin calling it home early next month. The first one is a 1980 International school bus that has been converted to run on WVO and has an interior from an old fifth wheel in it, my main concern with it is that there are no electrical outlets and only one deep cycle battery to run the necessities. I think I would have to modify this in some way so I could use my laptop and have clearwire for internet. The person is asking 4k but said they might take 3. The other bus is an older transit bus 1980 GMC which looks more like a motorhome than hippie bus; it has a new engine and new transmission that only have 10k on them (this alone makes me think it's the better deal), it was a custom professional conversion instead of being done by a person. However the lowest the owner will go is 4k.
Whichever one I get I will be planning to live in it starting in July and full time while in nursing school for the next two years. I plan on mostly boondocking and emptying tanks at local places where if you make a purchase you can dump for free. While I am in school my schedule will be hectic and my kids will be in daycare most of the day. I am hoping to get my dd in a charter school near the university. The bus would mostly be where we eat dinner, read and sleep.
There is a giant public park that runs along the campus where I could probably park and there is a 24 hour grocery store across the river which has a lot of RV's in it's parking lot all ready. I do aspire to take weekend camping trips and longer road trips on school breaks. It would be killer to have WVO and solar but I think we might be able to survive without those. However with the tax benefits of solar I might consider the investment worth while if I can ever afford it.
There have to be some important things I am forgetting to think about. One of my biggest concerns is leaving my dog in the bus while I am at school or work. Is it possible to expect a dog to stay in a bus unattended 5 or 6 hours a day, parked in the shade an with windows open of course.
Okay I'm done rambling and appreciate any advice/motivation from you ladies!
I am looking for advice about how to eat well on the road. Our preference is to have fresh produce all the time, but it is hard to do with a 7.5 cu ft fridge and infrequent access to good grocery stores. I am looking into buying a portable freezer, so I can get the good food when i can and freeze it for later.
Other than that, I am loving this experience so far and the people we have met!
(we are in New Caney, TX right now)
Hi jrabbit - what model 5th wheel do you have that you can put a freezer in it. I thought about that briefly and putting it in the kids' bunk room, but wasn't sure that would work very well. I'm glad you're enjoying this time in your life with your family. Hopefully I will be in a similar position in just over a year.
I haven't made up my mind about the freezer, but I am so frustrated by the inability to have good organic food. When we are in big cities, I am ok, but even now, it is 20 minutes to a half-decent overpriced store. Longer for better.
Maybe http://search.ams.usda.gov/farmersmarkets/ could help you find markets where you are at the moment. I would try getting a dehydrator and storing extra food that way, it would take up less electricity and less space. Another option would be canning but that would end up taking up a bit of space after a while.
Congrats on selling your house and hitting the road!
Dehydrated veggies are great for anything cooked you can use them in soups, or just rehydrate them and cook for whatever. I get bulk organic dehydrated veggies from a natural market and use them whenever I 'run out' of fresh veggies. You can soak in either water to rehydrate or marinate in a sauce to give it some character. I agree with dehydrated fruits being just snacks since I've never actually cooked with them:) I suppose you could put them in smoothies or granola. Also with a dehydrator you don't have to dessicate food if you plan on using it kind of soon, you can leave some moisture in it and it takes less space in the fridge. Dehydrators also rock for preparing 'raw' foods, like raw vegan burgers, if you're into that kind of thing. My favorite is taking almost old fruit and blending it with leftover qunioa to make 'candy bars'.
So my bus search is still the two semi local busses (each about 1.5 hours from me). However I now actually have money to get either one! I do not know anyone that knows about diesel engines to have them come look at a bus with me. The more I talk to the person with the '60 bus with a 'new' engine the more like a salesman he begins to sound. It turns out the bus wasn't really his and he is selling it because he got it as a trade in for another vehicle. The school bus seems like a better bet now. The person sems to really care about the bus since he converted it to both an rv and to run off of veggie oil himself. He told me he is in no hurry to sell it and would only sell it if I could promise to never sell it for scrap even if it meant taking less than scrap value when I was finished living in it. I just wish I knew someone in Eastern OR that has knowledge of diesel and veggie oil to pay to look at the bus for me!