hey alf! glad you met scouter dave, great guy. my weather rock gets hung from my awning
at every campsite so i can always have the current weather.
no as for long term or fulltiming
,,,i have been giving it a lot of thought.
first i would say most of us have to adjust our needs and wants a little bit to fit the space available. might not be able to fit that big screen plasma with surround sound in the camper. but i think all that stuff falls into place if its really what you want to do.
so since you still have to eat, bathe, wash clothing,,and such no matter where you are living,,, possible exception of not washing clothing if you stay at ,,,well,,,, naturist parks.
so the big difference you can make in cost if selection of where you stay.
personaly i am fine with dry camping
in state and federal forests and such. most of that is free. in michigan for example they call it dispersed camping, you hang a camp card gotten for free from the department of natural resources, and you have to be at least a mile from an official state camp ground . you can stay for up to 15 days. then you have to move.
when we travel i find truckstops, or as they are more often being called now, "travel centers" to be a good source of free overnighting. they are secure,,,if a touch noisey. and you can get a shower for a couple dollars and wash clothing and take care of all sorts of things. plus they often have a game room and television lounge to hang out it. even wifi to keep in touch with family.
of course theres the famous walmart rv parks,,,and miejers camping centers,lol. you can also stay at cabellas.
one thing a lot of folks don't know,,, most police departments will allow you to sleep over night in their parking lot, talk about security,lol.
just go in and say your traveliing and are just getting too tired and would it be ok to sleep for a bit . most are happy to let you.
some states let you sleep in roadside rest areas,,,,some don't so you have to check first.
another thing i have done is simply pull into a camper or rv dealer after closing. anyone that see's you there assumes your having trouble and are waiting for them to open, and usually leave you alone. i have even had a cop stop buy and bring me a sandwich thinking i was stuck.lol
of course these are things aimed at just getting you a spot for overnight sleeping while traveling.
mostly be flexable and adventurous.