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Old 05-28-2008, 12:29 AM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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the 67 bug didn't have a diesel, there was a very rare version in Europe with a Horizontally opposed air cooled diesel

There are a few conversions of A-C vans, but I'm not sure you could jam and in-line 4 cyl diesel in a bug, tho I think I saw someone fit one in a Karman Ghia.

You might just get a 'beater' rabbit, they are everywhere and good for retirees (fixed income). I've fit amazing qty of stuff in a rabbit while building homes, you can even sleep in them (beats sleeping under a bridge). Parts are VERY cheap and VERY available. I can still get brake wheel cyl, ball joints, timing belts, hoses and v-belts each under $7.

For the electric version check out the ev-pusher EV Pusher Trailer
Don't show this link to the FMVSS...

I actually think I could get a Scirocco 1.5 liter diesel to 75 mpg with a belly pan and fairing + going on a diet and driving 55mph

For the OP topic, I second the idea of living in a storage place (If zoning allows...) I'm looking to buy some commercial props to do just that... provide me passive income + and apartment for me when I'm in the area. Another cheap option is using a youth camp as a home base. I might 'donate' my equip to the right camp, then utilize a staff 'cabin' during 'off-season', and live in my Rabbit or under a bridge during camping season. Plan C could be fixing up a 'farmhouse' on a large farm that has several 'merged' farmsteads. There are many of those around, and the farmers would be happy to have someone guarding their fuel tanks and irrigation pipe from meth heads.

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Old 05-28-2008, 05:17 PM
 
Location: Oregon Coast
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Some cheaper areas I've found while looking around are Sweetwater, and Dell Rio in Texas. They are mostly houses there but on the cheaper side. Another place to look is all over the rust belt of the USA.
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Old 05-28-2008, 05:45 PM
 
Location: home...finally, home .
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Another place to look is all over the rust belt of the USA.

It's just the climate of the Rust Belt. Hot and humid in summer and freezing in winter.
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Old 05-28-2008, 10:57 PM
 
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JanB and forestbeekeeper...
you both need to write books!!!
I am fascinated...
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Old 05-29-2008, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Oxygen Ln. AZ
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Ditto. Thank you Janb and Forestbeekeeper. I would love to stay in AZ but I think property taxes will eventually do us in. We are in architecture so small space living does not concern us, in fact we love small spaces. We have options and I am so happy to have stumbled on this board.
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Old 05-29-2008, 11:31 AM
 
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Some cheaper areas I've found while looking around are Sweetwater, and Dell Rio in Texas. They are mostly houses there but on the cheaper side. Another place to look is all over the rust belt of the USA.
Do you really recommend living across from Ciudad Acunya?
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Old 05-29-2008, 02:51 PM
 
Location: DC Area, for now
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Do you really recommend living across from Ciudad Acunya?
I didn't think this thread was about good places - just cheap places.
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Old 05-29-2008, 05:37 PM
 
Location: home...finally, home .
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small space living does not concern us, in fact we love small spaces. We have options and I am so happy to have stumbled on this board.

I love small cozy spaces & I am glad to hear that I am in good company.
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Old 05-30-2008, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Oxygen Ln. AZ
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Nancy, we already have the kids fighting over our furniture. Our last home, if we are lucky enough to find affordable land, will probably be 900 square feet. We would love to stay in AZ, but land costs are insane here, almost if not more than CA. Homes are still reasonable, but not sure how long that will last after the market picks up again. Maybe WA is calling us.
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Old 05-30-2008, 02:37 PM
 
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If you buy a home or duplex or whatever with a small apartment, servants quarters or mother-in-law suite you can rent out the main house and stay in the small quarters. If it has a nice garage, all the better...
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