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Old 01-23-2020, 06:39 PM   #1
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Full-Time Without a lot of Travel?

Does anyone live full-time in their RV at the same location permanently? Say for instance, you have a good job and you stay at a nice site that fits your needs & budget year round.

If you do, what are the benefits for staying in your RV and not moving into a stix & brix instead?

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Depends. What part of the country? Up north with lots of cold and/or snow. There are lots of folks that do it. But honestly a used mfg home or a park model could be a far better choice. More room, far better insulation, and a reasonable resale in the future.

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If you had the finances and want to stay in one place I think a house or mobile home would be a wiser choice. You'd have more room and better insulation for winter or summer.

You need to put your current living expenses against RV expenses to do a comparison. Everyone is different as to how much money they can spend on either. It really only depends on you and how you live and manage your money.
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Got relatives who lived in their diesel pusher for 5 years and most of it was camped at a military RV park in San Diego (Fiddler's Cove). Their RV spot was literally steps from the water, which explains why they stayed there. They did have to leave for one night each month; park rules.
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As full timers we travel, probably no more than two weeks to a month at one spot. What you are talking about is an alternative housing situation. Plenty of people do this, drive in to a RV park and you can find plenty of RVs that have not moved in years.

I love the vagabond lifestyle, have no intentions on stopping anytime soon, but when we do, we will buy another house or rent. I could not see living in an RV that does not move. I would rather have more square footage, my own personal living space, and amenities that come with a sticks and bricks.

If you are based in a cold or temperate area you spend more on heating. A RV roof is more likely to leak and if that happens it makes for a long winter. Long term rv parks tend to collect those down on their luck with out the resources to change their situation.

I have stayed at a few rv parks while traveling that allow long terms. I would suggest you go look at them before making a decision.
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Old 01-24-2020, 01:08 PM   #7
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Just look at the majority of "RV Parks" in Florida which have turned primarily into Camper Trailer Parks with permanent residents.
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I don't stay in the same location permanently, but I can understand why someone would. Very little maintenance, no moving expenses, no taxes, no worries about the impending housing bubble popping again, no HOA to deal with, you are still mobile so you can evacuate for hurricanes instead of just hoping for the best, etc. There are some down sides too, but I honestly don't think they outweigh the benefits.

Look up Tiny Houses. That's basically what those people are doing, but they also have well insulated places with all the amenities of a S&B, except the large floor plan of course. Most Tiny House people don't move. There are some that move around a lot, but they are the exception.
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Originally Posted by C5c5 View Post
Does anyone live full-time in their RV at the same location permanently? Say for instance, you have a good job and you stay at a nice site that fits your needs & budget year round.

If you do, what are the benefits for staying in your RV and not moving into a stix & brix instead?

RV definitely not. Mobile home maybe.

For people in your scenario with a good job I think it mostly depends on location. In Michigan I'm familiar with many mobile home parks (not RV parks) that are very nice and have mostly middle class people that are busy and don't care to spend time taking care of a home. Here in Oklahoma I have yet to find a Mobile home park that I would "choose" to live in. Ultimately for people that want to retire some day you have to plan on having assets with a pension if you're lucky. It's not likely a MH even in the best of places is going to be much of an asset over the long haul.
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Old 01-24-2020, 06:24 PM   #10
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So a follow up to this theoretical future scenario:

1. Fully paid off large RV with room space for my needs. (Already true in my case)
2. Own 5-10 rural acres private property (paid off) with electrical & water installed somewhere in southern US where codes would allow RV living. (Hope to happen in next 5 years)
3. No parents or children to take care of or leave a nest egg for (Not what I wanted, but that is how life turned out for me).

My short term job outlook is to be based out of a southern city and travel with my RV throughout the year from jobsite to jobsite every few months or so. After I tire of this and switch to just working "9-5" out of one place again, I wonder if Im better off just to continue living in my RV on some land for a while?

I still have 20 good years till retirement.

So that is why I was searching for some feedback on the good & bad of static RV living, at least for a few years.
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So basically your not paying property taxes. Or minimal property taxes. Me i would choose
an area that is temperate enough
to not bake in the summer or freeze in the winter. Hard to find
in the conus. perhaps hawaii.
There is alot of variables
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We have a lifetime lease on a lot at the Escapees Co-Op in Benson, AZ. We spend about 5-6 months parked during the winter here and then travel during the summer. Usually 3000 to 10,000 miles per season.

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