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Old 09-15-2008, 11:53 PM   #15
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Pull a seat or two out of the Van and sleep in there!

I highly advise considering joining Escapees and using them as a domicile, home base and mail address.
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Old 09-16-2008, 06:32 AM   #16
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cargo van, no seats ... why would I sleep in a van when I have a new Casita ? ... I already have home address, mailbox, etc ... don't need Escapees ... thanks anyway
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Old 09-16-2008, 06:50 AM   #17
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sorry, not awake yet ... I see your reasoning, you meant for me to sleep in my van while waiting on the Casita (I didn't catch that, at first) ... yes, I could do that, in fact, I have a brand-new mattress in the van now, still haven't tried it out, as more comfortable in the house ... g/f watches my P.O. Box, so mail not an issue, etc...
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Old 09-16-2008, 05:42 PM   #18
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I have often thought my "ideal" traveling rig might be a van or suburban pulling a Scamp or Casita sized trailer. I would rig up the van for sleeping and the trailer for everything else.

My wife and I have done it that way with our full size diesel Jimmy after removing the rear seat. We are both closer to five feet than six, so it works for us. Since she is an evening person and I am an early morning person, we can get quite a few extra miles in when needed.
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Old 09-17-2008, 01:05 AM   #19
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Any one considering fulltiming should understand that the mail address is not important for getting mail, it is important for Driver's License, Vehicle Registration, Insurance, State Taxes, and a whole raft of other stuf that stems from our society's presumption that real people have fixed addresses.

Jimmy, if you don't actually own any property in Calif and don't plan to actually spend much time physically in Calif, you might save a bundle of money on state income taxes, vehicle registration and insurance by legally changing your official domicile to Texas or South Dakota. Just a thought for you to consider. The factors are different for each of us as to what's best.
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Old 09-20-2008, 11:12 AM   #20
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I noticed on my recent trip quite a few people in SP's in the mid-west that appeared to be, maybe, homeless. It was all the stuff they had that made them appear to not be normal campers. I could be wrong but I don't think so.
This wasn't 1 or 2 sites but quite a few. Most were tenters also.
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Old 09-20-2008, 02:23 PM   #21
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I noticed on my recent trip quite a few people in SP's in the mid-west that appeared to be, maybe, homeless. It was all the stuff they had that made them appear to not be normal campers. I could be wrong but I don't think so.
This wasn't 1 or 2 sites but quite a few. Most were tenters also.
you're probably right ... whilst 'camping' in my van, (after my forest fire), I saw people living in their cars, almost everywhere I parked overnite ... I'm a retired trucker, have seen that before, but rarely, not to this current extent ...
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Old 09-20-2008, 09:32 PM   #22
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Here's a link to a recent article about a proposed "Car Camp" in the Seattle, WA area. The proposal looks like it's going through.
Car camps could house Seattle's homeless
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Old 09-20-2008, 09:37 PM   #23
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after the fires here in 03, RVs on the highway were a common sight after the evacs were lifted. You knew they were living there, and they did not seem to be moved along, but slowly the #s dwindled. I suspect after the displaced acquired more traditional housing.

With the impending loss of one of my pups, I can start thinking about moving the rig closer to work and fulltiming to save money and commute time.. coming home on weekends if I chose.

Having done the opposite recently (Living in the trailer for 3 days a week on weekends) I have a pretty good taste of what it would be like, and I have no problem with it at all. Without hook ups, no less, for me, it is not a difficult life. Water and waste storage/disposal is the only real inconvenience for me, and even then, it only takes a few minutes every few days. Certainly less time than maintaining a traditional house day to day.
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Certainly less time than maintaining a traditional house day to day.
Tell me about it, I just spent 8 hours working in my friggin' yard getting it ready for winter. Between the spring cleanup and the winter prep, I'm ready to get the chain saw out, then asphalt the whole yard! (The best tree is a stump )
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Tell me about it, I just spent 8 hours working in my friggin' yard
This is not to be confused with a "regular yard."



Ok, I'm off to my room....
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I actually knew folks in BulgeMobiles who carried weed-whackers and power blowers so they could keep their sites clean -- Takes all kinds...
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...I'm ready to get the chain saw out, then asphalt the whole yard!...
If you do, Donna, you'll be runnin' with some fine company. I once read that the NASA Rocket Guy, Werner Von Braun, hated yard work and paved his entire yard with green colored cement.
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paved his entire yard with green colored cement.
Then paint it white for winter... I like that idea
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