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Old 11-28-2021, 10:36 AM   #1
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All of us have stayed in RV parks short term and long term. And some handle a 38í plus fifth wheel a lot better than others. We have also noticed that some slides go out further than others and youíre literally inches from your neighbors when deployed. Weíre all neighborly but come on!

And letís face it, a fiver has a different set of problems not necessarily associated with Class A & C. Have any of you bought land and put in power, water and septic?
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We have some land about 8 miles out of town & keep the 5er setup there. 45 ft pad with cover, buried power ( 200 amp), 50 & 30 amp rv plugs,well water, & septic. We did all the work & spend a lot of time there when not going camping someplace. We also have a family owned hideaway in the Arkansas Ozarks but it's boondocking.
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Great way to go if you go to the same place time after time. We found we wintered in southern Arizona and ended up with property in the Yuma Foothills. Very RV oriented area but some prefer the low cost of boondocking while others like the amenities and camaraderie of resort parks. Different strokes...
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Hi guys and thanks for your comments. Spending $1,000 a month at an RV park gets one thinking? I know what land costs where we have an interest but donít know what to expect for electric, septic and water? Iíll also need a 30x55 concrete pad but thatís relatively easy to price.

My wife and I are thinking about have a place in Florida for the winter months and The mountains of North Carolina/Georgia for the summer months. The more we think about it the more we like it.

It also allows us to take our home with us and not have to worry about the house we left behind. Now I need to get an idea for the prices of the hookups?
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Those costs will vary wildly. You need to identify your land first. How far to the nearest power line, how deep are wells in the area and what type of septic system does the local jurisdiction require? The last one I did was in North Central Montana. Wells in that area were only about 80', the electric co-op would run up to 1000' for just the cost of the meter base and the county did not have a sanitarian but thought a septic system would be a good idea. We were all in all done for under 10 grand. Most of what we did wouldn't meet code in a more populous area but was considered really good for where we were at.
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Folks who are thinking about something similar to the OP's plans should check local building regs, zoning, etc.

Some towns/villages have rules concerning RV usage as a dwelling.

This isn't meant to discourage folks, but there have been times when properties have been purchased for this sort of use but then they found out that it is prohibited.

Just an FYI from a former town official.
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Hi guys,

All of us have stayed in RV parks short term and long term. And some handle a 38í plus fifth wheel a lot better than others. We have also noticed that some slides go out further than others and youíre literally inches from your neighbors when deployed. Weíre all neighborly but come on!

And letís face it, a fiver has a different set of problems not necessarily associated with Class A & C. Have any of you bought land and put in power, water and septic?
We found 20acres with power. this is exactly what we wanted. we have a 15 and 30 amp break for our TT. we will be adding a 50 amp this spring for our 5er. we will start by adding a septic tank and have that pumped every other year or as needed.
the only downside is you will be going to the same spot every time and your neighbors will never change.
another question is, should you just build a cabin or buy a tiny home vs TT or 5er?

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Thanks guys, We plan to either buy land with existing cabin or raw land to build on. As for neighbors, Iíll not bother them if they donít bother me. Itís just nice to have your own place with your own space.
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Thanks guys, We plan to either buy land with existing cabin or raw land to build on. As for neighbors, Iíll not bother them if they donít bother me. Itís just nice to have your own place with your own space.
Just as stated before, check zoning laws to be sure, parking a rv is permissible. See lots of ads for property on the Texas coast and Florida that specify no RV's. We have come up with a possible solution to our winter travels. We like the place we are workcamping, and think we will come back. Just going to put the f'ver in storage and not drag it back and forth, since we seldom use it in the summer...
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Hi pddgm, How right you are. I’m somewhat fortunate because one of the cities I’m looking at has no restrictions. Or most of the outlying areas anyway. Sometimes that means pretty junky place, but not there.

The other city bordering the above has many restrictions, HOA’s etc. Here it’s a matter of reading the fine print and having a realtor who knows their stuff.

But I’ve learned enough now to know to spend a day in the city and county zoning departments once a property is selected.
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Hi guys and thanks for your comments. Spending $1,000 a month at an RV park gets one thinking? I know what land costs where we have an interest but donít know what to expect for electric, septic and water? Iíll also need a 30x55 concrete pad but thatís relatively easy to price.

My wife and I are thinking about have a place in Florida for the winter months and The mountains of North Carolina/Georgia for the summer months. The more we think about it the more we like it.

It also allows us to take our home with us and not have to worry about the house we left behind. Now I need to get an idea for the prices of the hookups?
Excatly what we do. We have 55 acres in the NC mountains and have built a house but lived in a RV initially. Also have a 1/4 acre lot on a river in Florida....30 minute boat ride to the Gulf. I HIGHLY recommend the life style. We pull the 5th wheel to FL and spend a month in October. Then come home (leaving the 5th in FL) for T'Giving & Christmas. First week of January, we head to FL until mid-April.
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Folks who are thinking about something similar to the OP's plans should check local building regs, zoning, etc.

Some towns/villages have rules concerning RV usage as a dwelling.

This isn't meant to discourage folks, but there have been times when properties have been purchased for this sort of use but then they found out that it is prohibited.

Just an FYI from a former town official.



We just purchased 15 acres in South-Central TN on a hillside. Only thing we cannot do it put a mobile home on it - have it in writing. RVs are a non-issue. Our plan is to set part of it up for our 36-ft Alliance 310RL so we have a base to work from when we head there from our house here in Florida. Then after I retire in a few years for the 2nd time, and we sell the current Florida homestead, we will live out of the RV until the house we plan to build is done.
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Excatly what we do. We have 55 acres in the NC mountains and have built a house but lived in a RV initially. Also have a 1/4 acre lot on a river in Florida....30 minute boat ride to the Gulf. I HIGHLY recommend the life style. We pull the 5th wheel to FL and spend a month in October. Then come home (leaving the 5th in FL) for T'Giving & Christmas. First week of January, we head to FL until mid-April.
May I ask where you found an unrestricted for RV's spot on the Gulf Coast?
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Most of Franklin county Florida is unrestricted and allows full time living on property purchases.
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