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Old 09-24-2012, 11:20 AM   #1
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I have never owned an RV or known many who did so I've come here for information on how much the cost comparison would be if one were to live in one indefinitely. This is something I wouldn't be doing right away but something to work up to. What would be the best style for living in? What are the price ranges for lot rent? What is the range for repairs? Insurance? Utilities? What utilities would I be looking into? Fuel range? What other bills/amenities would I be looking at? I already know what I need for my own personal needs (health, food, etc). What would be considered the minimum I could get away with needing to spend to be both efficient and cost effective? This will give me the idea of what I need to make and have set aside. It will be a few years before this will be an option. Thank you for your help.
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Old 09-24-2012, 12:40 PM   #2
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Hi. I think an important aspect of your decision is where you intend to live. If you are located in an area with harsh winters you would want one that has the "artic package" If you live in a desert or semi tropical area you would want something with air conditioning.

Living in an RV or trailer makes you prioritize your possessions. For every one thing you bring in... you'll need to learn to discard or store some things and be very organized.

As for what model... Well, that would depend on if you plan to park it and live in it indefinitely (Park model) or if you plan to go on the road now and then. There is lots of information online. Take your time and google around build yourself a "someday" notebook with features that appeal to you. Then when you are finally ready, you'll know exactly what you want.

Good luck.
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Old 09-24-2012, 01:58 PM   #3
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As Sylvia , says keep notes, you will forget stuff; although it's never happened to me, also when you decide on where you want to stay make sure there are parks that allow long term set up and are open all year. NE USA, most parks will close and shut off water starting just after Labor Day, till May.
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Prices are going to go up every year, for insurance and lot rent, fuel etc.So best wait till you set a time line and decide on, size, type and place before you go after that info.
Sit down an list the stuff you can't live without; bed size, TV, shower/tub, space for friends , overnight or visiting , cooking area. Then look for a floor plan you think will work. Then you can start pricing.
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Hello and welcome. You might check out the "Full Timers" section of the board and post some inquiries there. I will say that living in an RV is not an inexpensive endeavor, so be advised!!
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There are many talented and very intelligent resources here on IRV2. Great folks and over time you will be able to answer your questions by researching right here.

I wanted to welcome you aboard and hope you find the information you need. Lots of great folks here!

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You got the first step right, joining this forum site. Hubby and I are very new to this and we have learned more on this site than from books. I would also recommend you join an owners forum of your top choices. I have picked up lot there too. As everyone has told me.....tow vehicle will dictate your trailer. No matter what, research, research research!! Good luck.
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Hi, welcome to the forum. What kind of RV are you thinking about?
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Originally Posted by SylviaCub View Post
Hi. I think an important aspect of your decision is where you intend to live. If you are located in an area with harsh winters you would want one that has the "artic package" If you live in a desert or semi tropical area you would want something with air conditioning.
And you will still want the "arctic package" in the desert or semi tropical area as well as the air con or heat pumps! Dual pane windows are a must also.

In Yuma in 90+ weather we do just fine with one 13.5 heat pump (we have two and use them both occasionally). But we have optional roof insulation and dual pane windows. Newmar's are known for having some of the best insualtion in the industry too.
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