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Old 02-21-2015, 09:33 PM   #1
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I've been full-timing in my 13' Scamp since October and although I love it, I'm still paying $1000/mo for an RV spot. I'm a travel RN, just graduated with my masters degree, and student loan payments are kicking in. I need to find creative places to look for less expensive parking so that I can put that money toward my horrendous student loan debt. Hook-ups aren't really necessary as I can install a solar system and have no issue hauling water. I've tried browsing Craigslist as well as posting want ads there. Curious if any of you have any other ideas of how to come across a less expensive (or free) place to park. I mean it's 13' long...where CAN'T it fit?! Thanks!
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Old 02-21-2015, 09:56 PM   #2
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Many full timers get a free site by working part time for the campground. There are various duties they may perform, such as in the office, grounds maintenance, cleaning, and such. Generally referred to as Camp Host or Work Campers. We winter in one campground in GA. There are 5 or 6 camping workers here. One is a single woman. We were talking with her today and she feels it is easier for a married couple to get campground jobs because that is only one site used but provides two workers.
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Old 02-21-2015, 10:07 PM   #3
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I can understand the desire to have two workers vs one. I wouldn't mind being a camp worker/host but most of those positions are spoken for (and on waiting lists) by retirees who are able to stay there more permanently. I've looked into property caretaking as well, but again, there is a requirement to be there the majority of the time. Since graduating, I'm hoping to travel extensively with medical mission and non-profits, so I wouldn't be available to agree to work exchange arrangements.
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Old 02-21-2015, 10:29 PM   #4
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Freecampsites.net is a useful, although somewhat limited, resource.

Walmarts, Cracker Barrels, and some other businesses allow campers to park in their lots, but of course these are very short term... a night or perhaps two.

Networking might help. Make friends, ask them if they know anyone who would let you park in their yard or on their property, or if they would put the word out among the people they know.

Do you always work in Utah? If not, what areas do you work in? Large cities or small towns, or what? Any national forest or BLM land nearby?
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Old 02-21-2015, 10:30 PM   #5
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You can stay on BLM land for free for a few weeks before needing to move on to another place. City & County parks are around $10.00/night. You could even check with the hospitals that you are working for to see if you could park (not set-up camp) some place on their property. Camping world, Cracker Barrel, Wal-Mart, are all free places to camp over night, then move on to the next.
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Old 02-22-2015, 10:11 AM   #6
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check out : https://www.boondockerswelcome.com/.
Cost is about $50 for 3 years.
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Old 02-22-2015, 12:01 PM   #7
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You could even check with the hospitals that you are working for to see if you could park (not set-up camp) some place on their property.
You might be surprised to find out just what all properties some institutions own besides the main building we usually think about. Also if you are on a mission or working for a non-profit somebody associated with them is sure to allow a clean, polite RN to park on their property. I would, and I have hookups and a dump.
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Old 02-22-2015, 12:09 PM   #8
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I have a family member who is single that house sits for employees at the hospital he works at he stays at their house for free and takes care of plants and animals and gets paid for it while they travel. I'm sure a number of people in the area that your in would be happy to have someone trustworthy stay on their property for free while they are away.
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Old 02-22-2015, 02:43 PM   #9
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Katie - Interesting thread - we're always looking for less expensive places to stay at. Some good ideas on this thread. It's neat to find someone else living fulltime in a 13' Scamp!
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Old 02-22-2015, 08:18 PM   #10
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free or close to

i was thinking perhaps , you could check with some churches , and such places . also if you post on this site were you are working , area .. maybe some members in the area would have better idea,s of places in that area ??????
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Katie - Interesting thread - we're always looking for less expensive places to stay at. Some good ideas on this thread. It's neat to find someone else living fulltime in a 13' Scamp!
Do you two know about the fulltimers organization, Escapees? They have some info on where to stay and their membership cost was lowered recently. Plenty of other information you might want from them also.
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Try this web site.

Map of Free Camping Areas | Go Camping for Free!
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Old 02-23-2015, 01:40 AM   #13
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If you join Escapees you can buy and download the Days End listing of free and low cost camping spots across the country. $30 to join and I think $10 to buy the listing. Most of these have a time limit on how long you can stay. The Day's End Directory
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Old 02-23-2015, 09:04 AM   #14
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Katie, that is pretty high rent! Where are you? First thing I'd do is shop around. Most places have monthly rates. I think the most I ever paid was in the Baltimore area and that was $550 plus power.

One thing you may consider is asking your coworkers that have single family homes if you could park in their driveway for few $ a month. Your Scamp can mostly get by on a regular 15 amp drop cord. You'll need a spigot for water and a sewer cleanout to dump your waste. Most homes have a sewer cleanout somewhere - look for a white PVC pipe with a cap sticking out of the ground. To keep it low profile, I wouldn't have all these things hooked up when you don't need them. Just for your once a week service, or whatever interval you need.

If not with a co-worker, you could jut put up a Craigslist ad looking for a space. Just put your requirements in the ad. You'd be surprised at the number a folks that would help you out for a couple hundred extra dollars a month. Of course, you need to be very cautious dealing with strangers this way, but you might luck out and find a retired couple in the suburbs that would like a "tenant".

Another idea I read about was a guy doing "house sitting". He stayed in his van in the driveway and didn't go in the house at all. He watched over it, watered the plants, etc. They actually paid him! He moved alot though.

Good luck!
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