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Old 04-03-2012, 03:31 PM   #1
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Hi ~ Im Ani from So Oregon ~ (sorry lengthy...plz reply tho on things we have in common)

Ive purchased a yr91 37ft Prairie Schooner, with livingroom/dining area slideout. Tri level ~ used off Craiglist for 5K. (would love to talk w other Praire Schooner owners or similar length) It was a deal...carpet and linoelum redone in tan tones..everything works. And had a W/D too and a quaint electric woodstove heater insert in Ent. Ctr area. Just ideal for what I planned with it.....

Try to make this short story~ Im one of those that lost their home (11yrs buying) to a bad refi in 2009 (has anyone else have to go thru this?) ~ luckily was able to short sale it, and am eligible to purchase again after Nov 2012. It was the only bad mark on my CR report.
To compensate the loss~ I moved into a 1500 sq ft 3bdrm/2 bath home (rent for half of what my refied mortagage pmt was).
Turned out that still was riduculous money I was wasting each month, as it was just me and some pets, but it was what I had to do to appease my feelings of losing it all....(ie being able to live in a nicer place for half the money of my lost house.)
Well .... yr 2010 I realized I hadnt saved any money for a down on a house loan ... and a friend in the country with an RV hook up /set up ..said you could rent here for almost nothing...if you have your own RV to live in, and then could save some money.

So after having a huge yard sale, giving away stuff to friends, and putting the antiques, family heirlooms, and some furniture, extra valued items in storage, what I call "my life on hold" ~ I finalized a purchase of my RV an moved to the country in Jun 2011. (whats your story if you've opted for no house and living in your RV?)

What Ive learned ~ (and what probably most RV'rs who live in theirs know now)
~ I can live on so much less; less stuff, less clutter, less everything (exception...clothes..tho probably could live on less there but dont want to LOL)
so brings up ....
What I miss most ~
~ a walk in closet. LOL ~ Im a fashionista and a thrifty clothes buyer, I shop a lot at 2nd hand and GW...but find a lot of high name brand clothing, shoes an purses etc. My friends have told me they look frwd to lunch or night out w me to see what treasures I'll be wearing.
Currently to not hinder my clothes hobby ~ I have plastic bins, labled and stored at the bottom of closet, under the hinged bed and in the under compartments. Seasonal clothing is put on bottom.
Shoe/boots storage is still a work in progress since I change out to whatever outfit. I have the couch/bed in the livingroom pulled out as a day bed/couch with large pillows, which creates a storage area underneath...I put my shoes/boots there for easy access and dressing.
(anyone have suggestions on clothing storage secrets and solutions? And not ..just get rid of em LOL)

~ I miss a garage ~ this I havent figured out yet. I have some extra stuff in the property owners garage but its been rifled thru by people not knowing its not the owners stuff...and well its a walk to get to. (Anyone have suggestions on cheap, easy to put up/tear down outdoor storage?)

I have so much more to discuss ~ I think there's a blog area to do this on? Im new here so learning as I go. I'll ck out the forums too now ..probably answers there to my questions. I have been discussing in a forum about RV Woodstoves ...very interested in a alternative heat/cook solution to if you ran out of propane or battery.

Now that Ive lived in my RV for a time ~ Im now looking at purchasing property with some land, rather than just a house in town; ideally with a creek or steam running thru it, but accessible to sewage, electricty and well water. Im also learning about solar power, turbine engergy, how to make a place self sufficient ~ off grid living. (would love to discuss w others who are living this type of life.) Most likely the property will have a house already on it (to appease my parents that I haven't gone wild LOL ) but I'd take my RV there too ...for emergency living and a guest residence as well.
Well Ive taken up enough of your time ~ thank you for reading. LOL I talk as much as I write ~ and I dont know if its living here in Oregon ..but Im the type of person that says hello with a smile to ya on the street.
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Old 04-03-2012, 03:46 PM   #2
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That is the whole reason to own an RV To get rid of the trappings of life and pare down to a more simplistic life style. You are still stuck in the mode of a large house. Not that that's a bad thing, just not synonymous with RV living. You need to curb your spending habit's and survive on minimal spending, saving instead for another stick house. OR convert your current life style into a real lifestyle of thrift.
BTW welcome from a fellow Oregonian. Not trying to critical, I understand your questions, but RV's and clutter do not really go together.
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Old 04-03-2012, 03:59 PM   #3
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Hi Ani, welcome to the forum. Let me know when you find that stream let me know, I've been looking (but not to hard) for that for a long time.
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Old 04-03-2012, 05:13 PM   #4
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Hi Ani! Welcome to IRV2! Sure glad you joined us! Good luck on the new living arrangements! God bless!
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Old 04-03-2012, 08:45 PM   #5
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Hi Ani! Welcome to IRV2. We live in our RV and I can honestly say I don't miss any of the "things" associated with a house. We are traveling and sometimes working wherever life takes us. I love that we decide where we want to go and we just drive our house there. I hope you can find your piece of land with a stream on it.
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Old 04-04-2012, 07:07 AM   #6
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Welcome aboard and hop you enjoy the site. You and my wife should start a club on the clothes, shoes, purses, jewelry. Sometime I think I need at least a 10 x20 trailer behind the coach just for that. lol I'm sure you'll get the info your looking for here and hope all works out for you.
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Old 04-04-2012, 03:57 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by 450Donn View Post
That is the whole reason to own an RV To get rid of the trappings of life and pare down to a more simplistic life style. You are still stuck in the mode of a large house. Not that that's a bad thing, just not synonymous with RV living. You need to curb your spending habit's and survive on minimal spending......
Thank you for your return ~ but I think you missed what I was saying and asking ~ I love my RV life and Ive learned to live on less; and I know I dont need as much anymore which is wonderful ...but the only exception I wont eliminate my love of clothes.
I stated above, I know I could live on less there but dont want to LOL Believe me ~ I had a truck load of giveaways and consignment done when I moved..and what I have now is manageble with the bins I mentioned above and I do take donations when I go on my treasure finds some out / some in.
I only mentioned it because I wondered if there were likewise RVrs out there with any real advice and suggestions; and to share in the changes one has done to go from House living to RV living. Still would love to share on that
Anyhoo on "curbing my spending and living minimal"? I shop at Goodwill, thrift stores and Dollar tree...and do save enough by shopping thrifty to put away $ each month towards my dream property. The last time I stepped in a retail shop or shopping mall was around Christmas for presents. My finds are truly treasures and is half the fun of the hunt
I think Id love to be on the road and visit all the quaint shops...donating and finding new treasures, maybe bartering or selling as well. But for now ...its the goal of a piece of property. And then maybe a smaller RV to travel in from there ....

I did get some valuable advice ~ really a reminder about ~ "Vacumme storage bags"! Wonderful ... I had totally forgot about those. Sweaters, coats ..seasonal clothing can now be condensed and put away in waterproof, bug proof bags; and stored compactly away. I was so elated too ..because now my extra blankets and sheets also are compacted and ready to change out when needed. Love it!
Another advised on getting the outside enclosure that surrounds the area under the hookup of my 5th wheel..for a mini like garage. Pallets that are given away for a raised floor for plastic stackable bins. This I'll need to follow up on but much appreciated advise. Thanks!!

Look forward to more info and exhanges ~ anyone have a 27ft drivable RV? Thats the size or a bit smaller Im looking for when I decide to travel rv and would love to know the ins/outs of a driving kind. Im 5ft tall and think that size might be managable for me. Well Happy RV'g til next time (planted for mobile)
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