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Old 10-29-2018, 03:45 PM
 
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Meo:

Ive been looking at the cheaprvliving youtube videos.

We thought we had pucked our southern retirement locale, but there have arisen at least 2 more areas/states we are considering. One of which is your Az. ( where exactly not known but WARM).

We have thought about either van or rv living for a winter season in each of our 3 locations.

But his videos of late have turned "dark" in telling of problems RV ers are facing...not exactly a continuous ringing endorsement. As someone up post mentioned the few are ruining it for the masses once again.

Try the uhaul for a couple weeks and see how you like things. Especially bath room chores!!!! A cassette toilet sounds nice, but may not be your cup o tea. And a shower occasionally instead if daily or whenever you are sweaty and dirty may be hard to come by. I know YouTube videos have shown various ways people have created shower facilities in their vans.

Also, a cassette toilet, a battery powered shower, a cook stove, a heater, a possible a/c, battery pavks and solar etc, and all the stuff for camping CAN COST A LOT. Keep that in mind as you plan.
Simply buying a mess kit and a dish pan wont quite do it.

So do rebt a uhaul for a month, spend sparingly on camping supplies, and try travelling the state if az for a month. Youll quickly figure out what you need to get to replace the things you miss.

If his youtube videos are not on his website, try thise. There are plenty of other people posting videos about the good and bad of van/camper/rv living.

Best of luck to you, meo....

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Old 10-29-2018, 03:50 PM
 
Location: Old Hippie Heaven
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Meo:

Ive been looking at the cheaprvliving youtube videos.

We thought we had pucked our southern retirement locale, but there have arisen at least 2 more areas/states we are considering. One of which is your Az. ( where exactly not known but WARM).

We have thought about either van or rv living for a winter season in each of our 3 locations.

But his videos of late have turned "dark" in telling of problems RV ers are facing...not exactly a continuous ringing endorsement. As someone up post mentioned the few are ruining it for the masses once again.

Try the uhaul for a couple weeks and see how you like things. Especially bath room chores!!!! A cassette toilet sounds nice, but may not be your cup o tea. And a shower occasionally instead if daily or whenever you are sweaty and dirty may be hard to come by. I know YouTube videos have shown various ways people have created shower facilities in their vans.

Also, a cassette toilet, a battery powered shower, a cook stove, a heater, a possible a/c, battery pavks and solar etc, and all the stuff for camping CAN COST A LOT. Keep that in mind as you plan.
Simply buying a mess kit and a dish pan wont quite do it.

So do rebt a uhaul for a month, spend sparingly on camping supplies, and try travelling the state if az for a month. Youll quickly figure out what you need to get to replace the things you miss.

If his youtube videos are not on his website, try thise. There are plenty of other people posting videos about the good and bad of van/camper/rv living.

Best of luck to you, meo....

Yes, some people do spend a lot of money on their vans. But you don't *have* to. Think of the van as a metal tent with a bit more storage space. Bucket toilets, coolers, camp stoves, and battery lanterns function as well in a van as they do in a tent. And you can buy many of these things used.
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Old 10-29-2018, 03:54 PM
 
Location: The middle
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I think there is a thread on cheap rv living about outfitting a kia soul and a cube. Might be some good ideas there. My thoughts would be to explore and research the idea. If you are still interested, outfit your Cube and take some trips. That way you can keep your apartment while you decide if full timing is something you would like to pursue.
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Old 10-29-2018, 04:08 PM
 
Location: The middle
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I read this blog among others. I know you don't drive a Prius, but I think she has a lot of good ideas. Certainly plenty of experience.Suanne Online
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Old 10-29-2018, 06:38 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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It appeals to me in a lot of ways but, I am just now exploring. In many ways I think it sounds wonderful but...do I really want t do that?

I just may go to the rondevu this coming year, January 9-20, to find out.

Parts of me say, no way do I want to give up what I 'vs got. Parts of me say, think of the freedom, living under the stars, the closeness to nature.

I have actually thought about this myself. I've thought about the pros and cons, researched online, read blogs of people who are doing it, etc.. I would never want a big RV. Too big and cost prohibitive but a decent camper van would work. When my aunt died my cousin got hers and we did some nice trips in it. No bathroom but everything else. I don't think I'd want to do it on a permanent basis but a couple of months here and there might be okay. I have my house to consider. Don't want to sell it but maybe short term rental would work. Like six months at a time. Who knows? It's at least fun to think about and consider.
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Old 10-29-2018, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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Hi Meo --

I think you were very wise to renew your lease. I am actually surprised to hear you are unhappy! I saw one of your posts where you said you are enjoying life in Arizona.

In the Retirement Forum, I think the posters tend to generally run on the wealthier side, and may be naive about how little money some of us live on. Some of the comments tend to be arrogant.

My family and I live within a strict budget ourselves, so I do understand. But I NEVER take a chance on giving up a rent-subsidized apartment. It is a situation of demand and supply -- too many other people want them and it is a HUGE financial risk to give it up. Especially since the apartment is so nice and even has it's own w/d. Do you have to pay for electricity and water separately? If not, there is even more reason to stay in the apartment.

Purchasing a small RV and travelling around the country can be an adventure. But it comes with a price -- it takes quite a bit of gas to drive it around, and extra fuel to tow your car behind it. My daughter's in-law's just sold their home and are going to do this this winter. But it will take cold hard cash to pay for the lot rent in one place; they have several adult children and I think the other kids have farms/land and there will be no charge. But one is in MN and it is too cold for them to stay in the RV in the winter, so that will not work. You usually have to get the traditional Medicare, too, to cover out-of-state medical and that is more expensive too -- rather than a local Medicare Advantage plan. They only pay for emergency care if you are out of their jurisdiction.

Maybe, now that you have been there a year, you can start to put down some roots. Volunteer work at the animal shelter? Perhaps check out some of the local churches -- not just the service -- but going to Sunday School or a women's group -- that seems to be the only way to get to know people at a church. We switched churches 2 and a 1/2 years ago, and participating in the groups is the way we have met people.

Right now, because I have been sick for 3 months, I probably sound kind of negative. But I honestly did not anticipate getting sick like this at my age [62], and it is scary. As you know, I have my brother and husband to deal with, too. I start my IV meds tomorrow and I hope they help. I guess that makes me scared -- because it is taking so long to get better and I do not really know the timeline with my husband.

So, Meo, I am glad you did sign the lease. Wandering around pulling an RV only works for so long. Sooner or later you have to get something repaired and that is a big ticket expense. It can work if you are acting as a Camp Host and get free rent, but those spots are usually kept by the same people for a number of years.

I always enjoy reading your posts, Meo. Please keep them coming!

Sorry to hear you have been so sick. Hope they can get you better soon. I hate being sick so I can really sympathize.


You hit some good points about the RV thing. I've considered it myself but not sure I really want to do it. Especially full time. OTOH I think it could be fun. As long as I can still do my road trips I don't really care about RVing and it does cost a bunch.


And the Medicare thing... I have a local Medicare Advantage plan and that might be tough if I got really sick or injured out of the area. So many things to take into consideration.
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Old 10-29-2018, 07:31 PM
 
Location: Cochise county, AZ
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I would definitely take a road trip before doing anything. It may just be a dream but there's nothing wrong in dreaming.

My Cube looks small but I could realistically sleep in it. I'm not a tall person. I would like to meet some of the people who are making the videos. Gramkrackle for sure. And other ladies who are living the life.

It's nice to know there are ladies out there who are paving the road for others. Also, there are a lot who are just traveling when they can.

One thing I know for sure is that I want to explore this beautiful state.
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Old 10-29-2018, 11:48 PM
 
Location: SEE-ADDLE
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That's the only aspect that I'd say warrants thinking about. Even if that's AFTER taxes etc it's TOO much.
But shifting to an RV/Nomad isn't likely to help.
Though not yet retired, I very much identify with the OP. Though I live simply, half (plus $100) of my take-home income is for rent/home expenses. Beautiful but this is an expensive area. My main interest would also be to travel around with other people who enjoyed the great outdoors and living close to Nature.

I used to watch Bob and Cody on "CheapRVLiving" years ago when there were just a handful of nomads gathering in Quartzite. I never made it out for the rendezvous and not sure I would go now due to the size of the gathering. Not criticizing at all. Bob Wells has provided many folks with great alternative housing ideas whatever their budget.

I have lived in my SUV for a few weeks when in transition after selling my house. Part of me liked the freedom, and part of me missed having access to a really good hot shower. I'm glad I know I have the ability to do it if things ever came to that point of need. I, too, would not want the fuel expense of an RV or having to navigate it. But an RV would feel like a castle after living out of a truck.
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Old 10-30-2018, 07:53 AM
 
Location: Oregon Coast
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It appeals to me in a lot of ways but, I am just now exploring. In many ways I think it sounds wonderful but...do I really want t do that?

I just may go to the rondevu this coming year, January 9-20, to find out.

Parts of me say, no way do I want to give up what I 'vs got. Parts of me say, think of the freedom, living under the stars, the closeness to nature.
I have never understood the appeal of that event. I would be bored out of my mind, sitting in a parking lot of RVs and vans in the middle of the desert, sitting around campfires, getting drunk or high for 11 days. Don't people have any better place to travel to? To make it worse, they all make YouTube videos about it. So there are 10,000 videos of it. What a waste of YouTube bandwidth.

That said I have kind of been inspired by them to maybe replace my Honda Civic with a four wheel drive SUV and put a futon mattress in the back, so I can go out and easily camp in the backcountry. But RV events like that are not on my bucket list.
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Old 11-03-2018, 10:38 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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I am living the dream right now. At the moment I’m camped out in an extremely charming town in NW ARkansas. I have been on the road for three months now and I don’t know if I ever want to go home, wherever that is lol, since I went ahead and sold my house. For me the van is the best way to go because I can “stealth camp” pretty much anywhere I want to. I have camped in parking lots of stores, residential neighborhoods, casinos, mountaintops, overlooking lakes and rivers, national forestland, etc. I’ve paid for camping exactly 4 times on this trip and that was at national parks. I have gone several days in a row not spending any money at all since I fast for health occasionally. I have met some great people and have places I definitely want to go back to. My advice is to buy as little as possible to begin with and then see what you need. I started with too much and have pared down. Like I don’t really need a flashlight since my cell phone is always closer to hand. That sort of thing. OTOH, I really like fresh ground coffee so I have a small hand grinder. PM me if you like.
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