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Old 07-25-2008, 08:36 PM
 
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i have a long time to think about this, i'm starting college in January but after the first 2 years, maybe even 4 years, i want to move to CA. but i know the housing out there so crazy expensive. if i owned a camper type home would that be a good alternative?
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Old 07-25-2008, 08:44 PM
 
Location: Chicagoland
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This question is better suited for the California forum.
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Old 07-25-2008, 10:06 PM
 
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i'm new to this site and any sites like it, so i just posted it, but thanks!
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Old 07-26-2008, 10:18 AM
 
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i have a long time to think about this, i'm starting college in January but after the first 2 years, maybe even 4 years, i want to move to CA. but i know the housing out there so crazy expensive. if i owned a camper type home would that be a good alternative?
I had the same idea last year. Then I had problems with the vehicle on the way out there. Think about what you'd do if the vehicle needs work or has to be junked. What would you do with any 'stuff' you have?

My thought is travel as light as possible. Minimal belongings and nothing valuable---nothing! You may have to get a shopping cart to carry your belongings in.

Also, I was told the police in California chase away and ticket repeat offenders of people living in cars against city ordinances. Check it out with others.

If you want to go camper do so. Just think about any scenarios that might pop up and how you would handle them. Would you stick with the vehicle and try and get it fixed or could you walk away and cut your loses as I did?

My own story involves having work tools, tech equipment and a dog in a vehicle that had to be dumped. I had a back up plan.

good luck with whatever you decide to do.


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Old 07-26-2008, 10:54 AM
 
Location: Baywood Park
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any idea where you want to live in CA?
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Old 07-26-2008, 11:31 AM
 
Location: Mission Viejo, CA
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Where would you plan on parking the motorhome? There aren't many RV park in the central areas of Los Angeles. Most RV parks are on the outskirts. There may be a mobile home park with a few long term spots for RV also. I'm not sure what LA's rules are, but many cities do not allow RV's to be parked on city streets for a sustained amount of time. You should look into where you are going to park it.

The nice RV parks are not cheap either. For example, Golden Shores RV Park is a very clean and nice place in Long Beach but the monthly rates are from $700-$1,300 per month. That is on top of the payment you are making for the RV and then sooner or later you could of just rented an apartment.
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Old 07-26-2008, 11:32 AM
 
Location: California
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There are plenty of camp grounds where you could stay but if your talking about a motorhome or truck camper you would need a second vehicle to get around, I don't know how much these places charge for rent either, it could be fun.
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Old 06-19-2013, 07:19 PM
 
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Best thing you can get is a gently used class c or a good travel trailer. If you don't buy a junker it will last a long time
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Old 06-19-2013, 11:34 PM
 
Location: Retired in Redding, CA!
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I knew a young man who went to college with my daughter in Santa Barbara who lived in his small truck/camper. He got a Gold's Gym membership for showering.

I think bathroom facilities would be the biggest hassle, but easier for a man, I think.

Also, weather would be a big consideration.

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Old 06-20-2013, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Under the Redwoods
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It's doable, but depending on what area you want to be in, it can be very difficult and not really a way to live cheap. As was mentioned, some places the space rent is as much as a small studio. And not all areas have high rent either. California is a big state and not all places will they hunt street campers down and bother you as long as you are not being a nuisance or sit in one place too long.
Also, consider that many RV parks that allow extended stays (1 month or more) will not allow RV/campers that are beyond a certain age. Some make exceptions if the rig is exceptionally well kept on the outside. State parks don't have this 'rule' but you can only stay in those parks for a maximum of two weeks.
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