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Old 07-07-2016, 03:23 PM   #29
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I can see a port home community where everyone knows everyone and watches out for each other....but I already live in a close knit gated community and was hoping to move out and get some real privacy. I'm wondering if I can have both!

I am slowly leaning towards a regular home with some privacy...but am still concerned about long term security while I am away.
Another point, a "close knit gated community" either RV port homes or conventional homes, if everyone is retired and moves like you are wanting to do, then most of the neighbors will be gone when you are gone. Say homes in south Florida in the summer or Colorado mountain homes in the winter. We lost all of our sentimental items when our last house burned, so what we have now is just stuff that is covered by insurance. With a simple house, I just make sure the water is shut off, P-traps are protected from drying out, most of the electrical circuits are off and yard is mowed as needed.
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Great points...again! I'm sure enjoying your input - it is opening up my eyes. It is just stuff.
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X3 on The Great Outdoors in Titusville, FL. You can see lots of examples of various type of sites, ports, homes w/RV garages, etc. at their website.
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Old 07-07-2016, 09:29 PM   #32
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Yes, exactly. It's just stuff.

Can't stand gated communities/HOA's. Very little "elbow room" as a rule, plenty of "rules", and snoopy neighbors/excessive fees are not unusual.

Prefer a little more rural setting myself, and it's been my experience it doesn't take an awful lot to have a neighbor or 2 keeping an eye on your places. I have it worked out where a Florida neighbor, who lives a block away, mows my grass as required (very reasonably!), and is happy to do it, actually volunteering for the position! Our place is on his way out of the development, so he drives by frequently, allowing him to keep an eye on the place. A Mi. neighbor keeps the driveway there plowed in the winter to make it look like somebody is home all winter. He has to get the stuff out to do his, and ours just adds a few more minutes to what it normally takes him. This is done on a barter system where his lawn is taken care of frequently when I'm there - and I enjoy doing that!

Bonus regarding the more rural settings, MH is kept right on the property.

I get it, where people don't like getting out and doing yard work or home maintenance. Just wanted to provide an idea of how I manage things. -Al
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Thanks Al....we think alike in a lot of ways...so naturally I like when I read your thougts!

I may have already mentioned this, but my first coach was a 97, 37ft HR Endeavor with a 275 CAT....but only had one slide. My wife refused to try and full time in "Bertha" since the bedroom was so small. I was happy to upgrade since I felt the engine was too small to pull our CRV through the Rockies. As an example, when I drove from Dallas to Shreveport (a fairly level drive), Bertha had to down shift a lot which I presumed did not bode well for a trip with her over the Rockies.

However, we loved the coach and when we ran across a newer version of the same coach (our "Elvis"), we bought him before they even had turned the key off from a test drive (someone was trading it in for a bigger tag axle...so we bought him right there, on the spot...we must have made the dealer's day). We have loved the new one from day one.
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Single slide DP perfect for us (though I acknowledge the size of the bedroom fully!). We enjoy staying at places long enough to run any interesting day trips in a given area (that's generally how our destinations are selected), but then it's time to move on. I can travel weeks, perhaps a couple of months, but then I start craving the friends, hobbies, and "stuff" available only at the sticks & bricks. -Al
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