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I am thinking of setting up a camper at a campground to start with- has anyone done this?<br>
thanks.<br>
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My parents lived in a camper for years. He was a crane operator and traveled all over; when mom retired, she joined him on the road. They often stayed in one place for months at a time, though, and really enjoyed the life.
 

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Delight a regular poster on MDC lives full time in an RV with her hubby and their small daughter.<br><br><a href="http://livelightlytour.com/" target="_blank">http://livelightlytour.com/</a><br>
This is their "tour" site<br><br><a href="http://www.walkslowlylivewildly.com/" target="_blank">http://www.walkslowlylivewildly.com/</a><br>
This is her personal blog<br><br><br>
I know a few others that live full time in an RV, mainly due to work. It's totally do-able
 

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I love delight.<br>
I will contact her. Right now we are living her style in my teeny apt.<br>
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There are a ton of fulltime RVing websites, do a google search. I've heard good things about this family-friendly site:<br><a href="http://www.familiesontheroad.com/about.html" target="_blank">http://www.familiesontheroad.com/about.html</a>
 

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I lived in tents in campgrounds for about 6 months in arizona, 3 months in georgia, 3 months in washington state, and multiple different times in Colorado. I also lived in a 20 ft. camping trailer with my mom, brother and sister, a golden retriever and 2 cats for a couple of years plus with just my mom for at least a year longer. This was all while I was a child. My mom also lived in a teepee with my brother for a while before I was born. We lived most of the rest of the time in a cabin in the mountains with no running water, no electricity, no indoor plumbing and no phone. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:<br><br>
So yes it's definitely possible! I of course was pretty bitter about it all for a while but now that I'm married and we own this big house in the city, my husband and I are desperate to buy some land and move out there even if it means living in a camping trailer at first <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
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Camper living is Totally Doable! My dh, 2 kiddos and myself have been in ours for just over 6 months. You get really creative about storing things (rv's and campers, they're not designed with kids and long term in mind, even the ones with bunk houses) and have to make sure kids get run around outside time as there is no room for running around inside (though somehow they still do <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I think it's also a real good push to simplifying living and cutting clutter if you haven't already. Good luck and blessings!
 

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We lived in a travel trailer for 2 years. We had a dog, but no kids. We loved it.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">There are a ton of fulltime RVing websites, do a google search. I've heard good things about this family-friendly site:<br><a href="http://www.familiesontheroad.com/about.html" target="_blank">http://www.familiesontheroad.com/about.html</a></div>
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That is a helpful site. There is also a FOTR yahoo group and an unschoolingFOTR yahoo group that have been great resources for our family. We plan to take to the road in the next 1-2 years.
 

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i drove across the country camping out of a VW Westfalia just a couple of months ago. A lot of the campgrounds were closed b/c of cold weather though. So, we slept by the road once, in a wal-mart parking lot and at rest stops.
 

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Hi there!<br><br>
Your forum moderator lives full time in an rv. We fulltimers really *are* everywhere <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
Yes it can be done--the best recommendation I have is the link already posted, to the fotr yahoo group and website.<br><br>
There are numerous books written by and for fulltimers. Read them all. You just can't read too much.<br><br>
We live fulltime in a 29 foot Class C. No slide outs. The biggest expense if you travel is gas (unless you start out going with veggie oil as Delight did).<br><br>
Staying put, the biggest expenses are "rent" and propane. Most campgrounds don't charge additional fee's for electric and water, it's part of the rent fee. So you really can get by on very little money. The key would be to find a safe campground. This is not always easy. There are a whole lotta' really scummy campgrounds. Just awful places that I would never in a million years let a child outside to play.<br><br>
The good ones are out there. Some are just wonderful. Clean, spotless facilities, large wooded sites with plenty of tree's and fields. You just have to search.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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I have lived with my Dh and 4 children in a 22 ft travel trailer for almost a year. it is do-able. we are int his living condition because of my dh taking a job and we cant sell our house in another state. I cant buy another house until then.<br><br>
we have lived in a camp ground a beautiful place we had a nice summe but I will tell you I am ready to get out of this camper it is getting old some days.<br>
If we had a bigger place it would have been a bit better<br><br>
May bessings to you
 

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subbing...this is something we have always been interested in,even if just to do it for a few months and travel around the country. However, with 5 kids and 3 dogs, not sure it sounds as much fun as with no kids or 1-2.<br><br>
my parents did this for several years, living in a camper until they bought a mobile home on their land. I think the key is that you have to love to be outdoors, because otherwise you would feel cooped up all the time. It worked well for them because they live in the mountains and spent most of the day outdoors.
 

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We are hoping to buy a school bus and refurbish it by this time next year. I think it will be such an awesome experience. If it isn't, at least we tried <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Not a dumb question...they are actually really nice to have because you don't have to deal with the chemicals or enzymes and the stink. We wanted to put one in our RV this year, but ran out of funds. A new one will run you around $1500. <a href="http://www.sun-mar.com/prod_self_mobi.html" target="_blank">SunMar makes an "eco-let"</a> for boats/rv's...it's smaller and I don't think it needs electric. You will need a vent.<br><br><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/happyjanssens/843215943/in/set-72157600880162841/" target="_blank">We saw one being used in an Airstream trailer</a>...the family used it full time and only had to "harvest" it every 5 months. They said it smelled way better than the chemical toilet too. The biggest pain for us so far has been finding a place to dump while on the road...it's not that we can't find a place to do it, it just tends to cost money if you're not staying at a campground and it's stinky.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> I say go for it!
 

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This sounds so FUN! Not to mention the fact that my husband is in school for two more years and so we are stuck here in this city that we HATE...I think at the very least living in one of the campgrounds on the outskirts of town would make it more bearable.<br><br>
I've never really camped before, though. Do campgrounds have a time limit on how long you can be there? We are in GA, so I think they are year-round here. Would they get annoyed with someone who would want to spend several months, up to a year, in one spot? How do you go about finding a new campground when you decide to move? Is it easy or does it involve a lot of digging?
 

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We camp in GA, and some do have limits, altho farther north and in private camps they may let you stay by the month, at a place called TrakRock up north a fellow camper was growing tomatoes, I figure he was planning on staying!
 

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I lived in a 12' trailer for 1 1/2 yrs when I was in grad school. It was on a little farm and I loved it. It was me and my big dog. I had a great view of the moon every night, had a robust prayer life, washed my clothes in a bucket and hung them to dry.
 

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Oh, we're seriously looking into doing this ourselves. Perhaps building our own, or if not investing in one. My husband really likes the information found here: <a href="http://www.jenkinspublishing.com/humanure_contents.html" target="_blank">http://www.jenkinspublishing.com/humanure_contents.html</a>
 
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