I'm looking to buy a Travel Trailer. And a used F-150 (diesel) that can tow it.
But not to travel ! Not yet, anyway.
I live in the NYC area and I'm in the middle of a nasty divorce.
Rather than get an apartment at $12-18k annual rent for 300-400 sqft, I've found the perfect loophole.
A travel trailer of about 300-400 sqft when parked on a piece of vacant property does NOT constitute
a "fixed structure" or a "permanent structure" for tax purposes.
So . . .
Property taxes constitute anywhere from $200-1,500 per year for "unimproved property".
Best yet, no shared walls and ceilings and floors !
So folks, That's what I'm gonna do! But I have no experience with travel trailer living,
least of all in one place through all four seasons in NYC area weather.
Just me and my three little buddies Freddy, Boogie & Bianca (one pedigree, other two are rescues)
and planning on one more pedigree, maybe...
So, from time to time, I'll be asking questions here and detailing my experiences (and pictures too),
along with stuff I buy to solve problems. Starting with a 6KW Diesel generator with transfer switch for power @ $1,500.
Build a box lined with Roxul-HT and you can't hear it 12" away. Right, 12 inches !
I plan on running this 24/7 on biodiesel (plenty of Chinese take-out and MickyD's here for free waste oil),
to get a check from Con-Ed instead of payin'em ! And then there is Wrap-on.com. They make that Odors-Away little bottle of goodness that actually gets rid of all kinds of odors. But they also make a really good line of pipe warming wraps !
But what I really need is the person that can install a "hook-up" from local services.
I buy a piece of property and Con-Ed will install "the drop" but they will expect to see a building.
Who puts in the hook-up or whatever so that Con-Ed will install the drop ? And at what amperage ? 100? 200? 400?
I don't need more amps cuz my welding setup is gonna run from a Miller Trailblazer 302 diesel.
I am also assuming that All travel trailers take single phase 60Hz AC.
Gas, water & sewer are easy, just need a recommendation for a knowledgeable plumber.
I'd like a custom designed Keystone Residence but not enough cash, so . . .
I found ads for a Used Cherokee 27L and a used Keystone Montana Mountaineer.
I like the big windows at the lounge end.
After divorce, I think my budget for the TT will be $12k or less.
I'm also gonna be in the market for a F-150 (diesel of course, nothing like free fuel!) for about $5k or so.
Also, is there any way to add insulation to a TT ? The roof is easy: heavy plastic sheet (8-10mil) over 6 inches of Roxul-HT.
ROXUL-HT !!! cuz it's fireproof and a sound barrier too !
But how to do the sides ?
Do all TT's have the heating elements underneath ?
What should the wheels sit on ?
I'm thinking a 12" deep pit lined with cinder block and filled with 3/4 crush and weeping system to a 4 foot dry well ?
Or is that overkill ?
And then there is the deck to replace the metal stairs ! And then there is the catio on the deck for my 3 little buddies,
and their private door in the bedroom wall.
Of course, my workshop is gonna be either a 20 or a 40 foot used steel cargo container.
Which I know how to make completely invisible !
The company that does the work is in Brooklyn. Real close
Can I tow the cargo container behind the TT ? With an F-150 ? Should I get an F-250 ?
And then there is the 2 most important necessities: the large deep fryer to make terducken (with stuffing) and a proper (hand made) smoker for brisket, filet mignon, bacon and best of all . . .
Smoked goats milk mozzerella for pizza in a brick oven. yes, I found a source for raw whole goats milk: $9.00 per gallon (makes 1 lb mozzerella ball plus ricotta plus hi protein whey)
Anyway, that's my wish list and I'm hoping to be working toward it in the next 2-4 months !
For now, I'm making plans and collecting info and recommendations.
If anyone needs info on anything, I'm a problem solver who cannot work because my [divorce] lawyer says not to.
So I have lots 'n lots of time on my hands !
Don't be shy !
Ask me anything . . . !
NYC area, 4now . . .