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Old 09-23-2016, 01:53 PM   #41
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Living in our RV down by the river is tough. I mean it is a grueling 60 foot walk to our sailboat and the park only has 550 acres for walking around. It gets expensive too at $9 a night which only includes water, electricity, sewer, internet, lawn maintenance, security. I also feel a bit bad I am not able to support the local government with property tax.
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Old 09-23-2016, 02:43 PM   #42
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Where is it only 9/night to stay? Our last 2 trips we paid anywhere from 35-75night at a RV park. Ugh!
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Our last 2 trips we paid anywhere from 35-75night at a RV park. Ugh!
Ouch.

Our recent trip to NM and CO saw nightly charges between $27 and $46 for commercial parks. The $46 was the most we've paid per night in our 15+ years of RVing and we probably won't be going back to that park again. $75/night is outrageous.
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The 75 was in the Grand Tetons park. Yellowstone was 55 in the park. We also paid 55 in Denver. Small towns in Utah were 35/night. Between the gas and RV spots we spent 6k for a month trip. I did all the cooking. We decided that we can take a 2 week cruise for the same amount and be pampered so now only taking RV to local spots.
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Also we wanted to go to Apple Hill (Placerville CA) in Oct. It is popular but not exactly Napa. There are 4 RV parks and the prices range from 60/night to drumroll please---117.00/night. Some even charge for each pet you have. We are staying at the cheapest one and they don't charge for pets which is good because we have 4 dogs. We bought the RV 8 years ago because we have 4 old dogs. Many parks have a 2 dog limit. As soon as we bought it gas prices went up a lot.
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No thanks to van living. I could probably endure this kind of lifestyle.
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Old 09-23-2016, 03:22 PM   #47
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Living in a RV gets old fast. WE have a 27ft motorhome and after a month I am done. DH wants to travel for a year but no way. I would probably kill him or some of the dogs long before a year passed)
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The 75 was in the Grand Tetons park. Yellowstone was 55 in the park. We also paid 55 in Denver. Small towns in Utah were 35/night. Between the gas and RV spots we spent 6k for a month trip. I did all the cooking. We decided that we can take a 2 week cruise for the same amount and be pampered so now only taking RV to local spots.
You need to go back to remedial RV school. We have had at least electricity and water at parks in Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Wisconsin, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee and now Georgia. The most we have paid per night is $28 and that included a boat slip for our sailboat. $18 or free is standard at Army Corp of Engineers campgrounds and if you are over 60, it is half that, or $9. So we actually paid $18 a night at the above campground but I figured everyone on here could get it for $9 :-)

I would actually be doing more free camping like we did in Idaho and Montana except the extreme heat is causing us to want to run the A/C all night long (so we need at least electrical hookups or a lot of generator time). Winter will be much better.
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I have to say I actually fantasize about living in a van.

The sense of freedom, go where you please, sh1t in a bucket. I'm not sure what it is but for me it would have to be accompanied by a long road trip and I definitely would not want to spend evenings in a supermarket car park!
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I have to say I actually fantasize about living in a van.
Vans are way too small for me. When I was trying to talk DW into a travel trailer and I was looking at them, if it didn't have a bathroom with a shower that was an immediate deal-killer. Not only for me but I knew it would be for her as well.

That said, when you're in your 20's the standards can be a bit more relaxed. When I was 26 I had an airplane and flew to the Oskosh Air Show. For that week it is the world's busiest airport. I slept in a tent under the wing of the airplane, the showers were in tents and the nozzles were the kitchen spray type, the food gave me the runs and all the toilets were porta-potties. I had a ball.

No way could I do that now.
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I have to say I actually fantasize about living in a van.

The sense of freedom, go where you please, sh1t in a bucket. I'm not sure what it is but for me it would have to be accompanied by a long road trip and I definitely would not want to spend evenings in a supermarket car park!
I dream about van and RV living too.

However, not once have I fantasized about sh*tting in a bucket. Each to his own though
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Fermion: our last trip took us from Nevada to TX, KS, CO, YS< GT< Utah and then home. I booked all our places by searching the internet. It was summer so we wanted electricity. We did have to book places that let you have more then 2 dogs. I was looking for cheap but didn't find it. Gas was not cheap either.
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Hell to the NO.

In no scenario would I do this.
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Old 09-23-2016, 06:19 PM   #54
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Fermion: our last trip took us from Nevada to TX, KS, CO, YS< GT< Utah and then home. I booked all our places by searching the internet. It was summer so we wanted electricity. We did have to book places that let you have more then 2 dogs. I was looking for cheap but didn't find it. Gas was not cheap either.
Ok, fair point. You also perhaps hit some of the high tourist areas where there was just not going to be anything cheap.

Comparing that to regular RV or van living though is like saying "I just can't find a cheap 2 bed room apartment in NYC". You can stay on a nice mountain lake in Idaho for $10 or $20 (or free like we did) but you are probably not going to be staying in Yellowstone during peak season for under $50.

There are plenty of places where you cannot live affordably in a sticks and bricks too.

Have to compare apples to apples when we talk about expenses and choices.
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Our trip was a combo of visiting family and friends so that was TX, KS and Co. We parked for free in people's driveways when we could. Then the rest of the trip was for fun. I meant to say Idaho and not Utah. That was the cheapest at 35/night but the park was amazing. It was family owned and the spots were big and ours was right next to a big river. The park had the original hotsprings. We booked one night and it was so nice we stayed 4. Also we had family in CO in a rural area but then spent 4 nights in dEnver since we had never been there. I was just surprised at how expensive the sites & gas were. It used to be a much cheaper way to travel.
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Another thing I have noticed, for those who like to stay in private RV parks and not take advantage of the Army Corp managed parks, is that the monthly rate is usually about the same as 12 to 15 days. I am looking right now at a beach front park on the gulf of Mexico and it is $40 a night or $495 for a monthly rental.

For those doing this full time with no house, perhaps staying a month in each location would greatly reduce the expenses (save on gas too). And really, a month is not a very long time to explore an area. We spent 20 years in Washington state and still did not see everything.
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My son and I (this last spring) rented a RV in Chicago and travelled to California and then up to Washington.

The most we paid per night was zero dollars. Combination of BLM land or just a random spot somewhere (not an RV park).

The weather was cool at night so no need for electricity. We travelled, hiked, or visited national parks or cities during the day.

This country is big and mostly empty!
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I stand corrected. This one would work for me but it is kinda pricey at $115k so I'll pass.

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Each to their own, but I've always found it odd that people who owned decent homes think that living in tents or trailers on the weekend is somehow "fun" or it helps them experience nature in a special way.
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I stand corrected. This one would work for me but it is kinda pricey at $115k so I'll pass.

Winnebago launches Ford Transit-based Paseo camper van
From the vandweller's perspective, that is the home.
Suddenly the $115k seems more reasonable, especially in a high COLA. Of course, I need the 4x4 ERA model on a Sprinter chassis, so $128k for me .
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