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Old 11-06-2009, 02:16 PM
 
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This gentleman lost his job so he took what savings he had, bought a truck and RV and now he, his wife and their three children ages 8-12 travel around the US. I don't think he's doing this out of a selfish desire to see the country. Surely he knows what it will do to his children's social development, their confidence, their sense of security, etc. But what choice does he have with unemployment now at 10.2% and not likely to get better in the near future?

Is this the new reality for a large segment of the newly-disenfranchised--those who have lost their jobs or their homes or both? Will a large number of families be forced to take to the road like the Okies did during the Great Depression living in RV's and traveling from free campground to free campground? What will the social, economic and political repercussions be to this nation if millions of Americans are forced to become nomadic?

Dad lost his job, so this family lives on the road - TODAY People
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Old 11-06-2009, 02:22 PM
 
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Many people are living in their RV's here in Los Angeles for several years.
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Old 11-06-2009, 02:35 PM
 
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This gentleman lost his job so he took what savings he had, bought a truck and RV and now he, his wife and their three children ages 8-12 travel around the US. I don't think he's doing this out of a selfish desire to see the country. Surely he knows what it will do to his children's social development, their confidence, their sense of security, etc. But what choice does he have with unemployment now at 10.2% and not likely to get better in the near future?

Is this the new reality for a large segment of the newly-disenfranchised--those who have lost their jobs or their homes or both? Will a large number of families be forced to take to the road like the Okies did during the Great Depression living in RV's and traveling from free campground to free campground? What will the social, economic and political repercussions be to this nation if millions of Americans are forced to become nomadic?

Dad lost his job, so this family lives on the road - TODAY People
We've lived in a travel trailer for several months,...just the wife and I. It gets really close after a few months. I can't imagine having children to complicate logistics. But a Topkick and a forty-footer with slides is quite roomy.........
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Old 11-06-2009, 02:39 PM
 
Location: OB
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Driving through Imperial Valley CA recently and saw huge RV camps parked in the middle of the desert. They simply drove off the road and parked.

But is a Nomadic Lifestyle Our New Future? No.

Draw a parrellel between the Carter administration vs unemployment and Obama's admin and unemployment. Take solace that unemployment greatly improved and the economy in general once the pragmatic Carter was out of office.
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Old 11-06-2009, 02:46 PM
 
Location: SW Florida
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I've been prepping for this for a couple of years now. As I am self employed, there will still be plenty of work for my skill set, but in dwindling measures in any given area. The only solution is the ability to travel from one area to the next to keep a steady amount of work in the pipeline.

A Diesel truck with a slide in camper, outfitted to be as self sufficient as possible with solar panels, large capacity storage batteries, propane, genset, etc, and one can live very cheaply on the go. But the key is to think things thru carefully, think about what is absolutley necessary, think in terms of "sustainability" if you are going into this type of lifestyle. The costs of maintaining and fueling a large RV can put you in the poor house real fast.

I'm not at the point that I need to implement this way of life, and hope that I never will be. But it's good to have the option, if it becomes necessary..........
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Old 11-06-2009, 02:48 PM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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Well that is certainly a heck of a lot better than folks hopping state to state buying a new home because they don't "want to rent" and then juggling 2-3 mortgages.

Absurd..all in the name of vanity because renting has a stigma.
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Old 11-06-2009, 02:57 PM
 
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This gentleman lost his job so he took what savings he had, bought a truck and RV and now he, his wife and their three children ages 8-12 travel around the US. I don't think he's doing this out of a selfish desire to see the country. Surely he knows what it will do to his children's social development, their confidence, their sense of security, etc. But what choice does he have with unemployment now at 10.2% and not likely to get better in the near future?

Is this the new reality for a large segment of the newly-disenfranchised--those who have lost their jobs or their homes or both? Will a large number of families be forced to take to the road like the Okies did during the Great Depression living in RV's and traveling from free campground to free campground? What will the social, economic and political repercussions be to this nation if millions of Americans are forced to become nomadic?

Dad lost his job, so this family lives on the road - TODAY People
Don't worry, Cap & Trade will put a stop to this!
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