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Old 02-09-2010, 05:46 AM
 
Location: Went around the corner & now I'm lost!!!!
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I am considering working in the medical field as a traveler. The assignments last about 13 weeks at a time. I have never done this before so your advise would be very important to me. I already have a Sport Trac but would like to know which travel trailer would be best. What other expenses should be considered? Is RV space on a long term basis expensive? It would house only me and my large dog (Akita) so my space needs would be limited but must have commode and shower.
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Old 02-09-2010, 04:03 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
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Does the Company Not cover your Housing?? My gf DD does this. She spent a yr in HI they rented her an apt. 3 mos in Boston they put her in a Hotel. Yes she took her dog tho he was lots smaller than yours lol
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Old 02-10-2010, 02:46 AM
 
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Does the Company Not cover your Housing?? My gf DD does this. She spent a yr in HI they rented her an apt. 3 mos in Boston they put her in a Hotel. Yes she took her dog tho he was lots smaller than yours lol
Yes I can but with larger dogs it harder to find places to stay and some think the breed I have is aggressive... she is only if you try to do something to either her or myself . Also the stipend which they give can come to me and I can go camping since I love camping...more like a paid vacation. I've stayed in enough hotels; it gets kind of boring after awhile.
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Old 02-10-2010, 10:32 AM
 
Location: Wyoming
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Your Sport Trac isn't really capable of pulling a trailer large enough for full-time use. You'd be limited to very, very small, ultra-light travel trailers -- like this one. If you want to do this you'd be better off getting a 1-ton pickup -- maybe a 3/4 ton at the least, but I wouldn't even advise that.

Most people who live in their campers for extended times have heavy 5th wheels which will weigh 15,000 to 20,000 pounds loaded. (1-ton and larger truck category) The small weekender variety usually gross around 10,000 pounds. The cost of parking space by the month will vary depending on what part of the country, how nice you want the park to be and other things, but you'd normally be looking at $300 ($10/day) and up for extended stays. This usually includes electricity, water and sewer... maybe WiFi. You might be able to cut that price a little with club memberships, bargain shopping, etc., but not by much.

I usually send interested people like you to rv.net. Membership is free, and you'll find lots of advice and opinions. Escapes is another good one, mostly for full-time RVers. It has a smaller membership, but there are fewer flakes.
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Old 02-10-2010, 07:27 PM
 
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Your Sport Trac isn't really capable of pulling a trailer large enough for full-time use. You'd be limited to very, very small, ultra-light travel trailers -- like this one. If you want to do this you'd be better off getting a 1-ton pickup -- maybe a 3/4 ton at the least, but I wouldn't even advise that.

Most people who live in their campers for extended times have heavy 5th wheels which will weigh 15,000 to 20,000 pounds loaded. (1-ton and larger truck category) The small weekender variety usually gross around 10,000 pounds. The cost of parking space by the month will vary depending on what part of the country, how nice you want the park to be and other things, but you'd normally be looking at $300 ($10/day) and up for extended stays. This usually includes electricity, water and sewer... maybe WiFi. You might be able to cut that price a little with club memberships, bargain shopping, etc., but not by much.

I usually send interested people like you to rv.net. Membership is free, and you'll find lots of advice and opinions. Escapes is another good one, mostly for full-time RVers. It has a smaller membership, but there are fewer flakes.
The smaller trailer you suggested would be more my size. I would only be using it for sleeping and bathing through the week. I am not picky. I lived in the luxurious to rickety places so I can be very flexible with my living condition as long as it is clean. The time spent will be in the 13 weeks on then 13 weeks off to go and work close to home. I will check out the rv site and I'll watch out for the falling flakes
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Old 02-12-2010, 07:42 PM
 
Location: Wyoming
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Just check out the hauling and towing limits of your tow vehicle, then find the GVWR of the trailer. I believe even the small ultra-light that I linked to was a little over the max towing weight of your Sport Trac -- which might be doable if you pack lightly, but it's the absolute maximum.
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Old 02-13-2010, 01:56 AM
 
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Just check out the hauling and towing limits of your tow vehicle, then find the GVWR of the trailer. I believe even the small ultra-light that I linked to was a little over the max towing weight of your Sport Trac -- which might be doable if you pack lightly, but it's the absolute maximum.
Will do!
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Old 02-14-2010, 01:37 PM
 
Location: Floyd Co, VA
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Don't know what kind of $$$$$ you're willing to spend but here is another alternative:

Roadtrek Motorhome, RV Camper Van, Class B Motor Homes

I met a couple of folks who had them and thought they were the cats pajamas.
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Old 02-16-2010, 06:56 AM
 
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Don't know what kind of $$$$$ you're willing to spend but here is another alternative:

Roadtrek Motorhome, RV Camper Van, Class B Motor Homes

I met a couple of folks who had them and thought they were the cats pajamas.
An very extraordinary SUV/van but pricey but...Cat pajamas???

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Old 02-16-2010, 08:41 AM
 
Location: Floyd Co, VA
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An very extraordinary SUV/van but pricey but...Cat pajamas???
Yeah, even the used ones are a big chunk of change. Be nice though if one could afford it.

OK, I'm old. Means cool, hip, fabulous.... (kinda like yourself )

Urban Dictionary: cats pajamas
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