Senior in Highschool, I want to live free... - Page 2 - Fiberglass RV


Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 04-04-2015, 02:54 PM   #15
Senior Member
 
Bob Miller's Avatar
 
Name: Bob
Trailer: 1973 Hunter Compact II
California
Posts: 7,912
FWIW: The overnight parking at WalMart (and otherplaces) changes a lot faster than a book can keep up with. There is a Yahoo site (walmartrving@yahoo.com) that tries to stay current and has a downloadable listing. Of note is that more and more WM's don't allow overnight parking and there are huge areas, such as SoCal, that are devoid of free parking sites.
__________________

__________________
Bob Miller is offline  
Old 04-04-2015, 02:55 PM   #16
Senior Member
 
Trailer: 2005 16 ft Scamp
Posts: 294
Hi Alex! Boy do I have a different message for you!

You can start traveling AND making money right out of high school to start fulfilling your dreams.

Go to Summer Jobs and Seasonal Jobs in Great Places | CoolWorks.com and find a job. For your first job (6-8 mo.) you will be living in a dorm, but you can save, save, save while there. You can work in awesome places like Yellowstone National Park, Lake Powell (this is a great one because they have an 8 mo. season) or a slew of other awesome places. While working, spend your off time building your business since you can do it from anywhere. Almost all of these jobs have free Wi-Fi, so you can save on paying for internet. And you just might meet people who could use your computer skills and be willing to pay for them. Rent is generally really cheap (in the neighborhood of $150-$200 per mo.) and that includes all utilities.

Be extremely frugal!!! I had a friend that worked for $9 hr and saved a little over $10,000 in one season! You CAN get you (if you sell your jeep) a nice little 6 cyl. used tow vehicle and a used 13' Scamp for that. All of my work camping jobs have had showers so a 13' will do you for another year of working when you can save up for a 16' trailer. If you pay attention to coolworks, you will see they have a place just for RV owners wanting to work for when you get your trailer.

I am currently working at Lake Powell, I have been doing this for seven years now and have traveled and worked in some of the most beautiful places in the country. I get PAID to do it!

Please feel free to message me if you find you have questions, I can look up the job offers you think you might like and tell you the +/- of them.

Better than sittin' in a freaking cubicle for 3-4 years!
__________________

__________________
Monica M is offline  
Old 04-04-2015, 03:06 PM   #17
Senior Member
 
Donna D.'s Avatar
 
Name: Donna D
Trailer: Escape 5.0 TA, 2014
Oregon
Posts: 24,433
How refreshing to read about a young person trying to pursue this goal. You can make it happen. It will take some planning and some reading. If you'd like to read about two folks who full-time (doing very similar work) boondock a LOT, check out Chris and Cherie's site. Granted they're in a vintage bus (now), but started out in a T@B trailer: Technomadia | Adventures in Nomadic Serendipity

Best of luck to you Alex. Gosh, I wish I knew then, what I know now... I would have followed my dreams an 'el of a lot earlier!

__________________
Donna D.
Ten Forward - 2014 Escape 5.0 TA
Double Yolk - 1988 16' Scamp Deluxe
Donna D. is online now  
Old 04-04-2015, 03:29 PM   #18
Senior Member
 
Trailer: 2005 16 ft Scamp
Posts: 294
Quote:
Originally Posted by Donna D. View Post

Best of luck to you Alex. Gosh, I wish I knew then, what I know now... I would have followed my dreams an 'el of a lot earlier!

Me too!!!
__________________
Monica M is offline  
Old 04-04-2015, 06:40 PM   #19
Senior Member
 
papa-t's Avatar
 
Name: Ted
Trailer: (Dark side)Crossroads Now
Glade Valley, North Carolina
Posts: 969
Good luck Alex. If you really want it. I say go for it. May take a little longer to work and save up the money but time is on your side.
__________________
“I have tried to live my life so that my family would love me and my friends would respect me. The others can do whatever the Hell they please!” —John Wayne
papa-t is offline  
Old 04-04-2015, 07:02 PM   #20
Senior Member
 
Glenn Baglo's Avatar
 
Name: Glenn ( second 'n' is silent )
Trailer: 2009 Escape 17B '08 RAV4 SPORT V6
British Columbia
Posts: 4,369
All the data says stay in school, earn more money over a lifetime. I don't think just a high school education cuts it anymore.
I'm not speaking from experience since I did okay and I never did get the two courses I needed for graduation. Web designer is one of those courses you see advertised on TV, suggesting that there are thousands upon thousands of web designers out there.
On the other hand, lots of baristas out there with BAs too.
__________________
What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone?
- Bertolt Brecht
Glenn Baglo is online now  
Old 04-04-2015, 09:44 PM   #21
Senior Member
 
Name: Ron
Trailer: 2015 Oliver Legacy Elite II - Hull #69
South Carolina
Posts: 356
Quote:
Originally Posted by Glenn Baglo View Post
All the data says stay in school, earn more money over a lifetime. I don't think just a high school education cuts it anymore.
I'm not speaking from experience since I did okay and I never did get the two courses I needed for graduation. Web designer is one of those courses you see advertised on TV, suggesting that there are thousands upon thousands of web designers out there.
On the other hand, lots of baristas out there with BAs too.
Wow, all these responses and only one voice of reason. I'll add to it.

Go to college kid. It's an invaluable experience and will pay dividends over your lifetime. You've got plenty of time for travel and adventure and little trailers.
__________________
2015 Oliver Legacy Elite II - Hull #69
Follow my blog - http://www.wincrasher.blogspot.com
Ron Merritt is offline  
Old 04-04-2015, 11:29 PM   #22
Senior Member
 
Mike Magee's Avatar
 
Name: Michael
Trailer: Li'l Hauley
Oklahoma
Posts: 5,145
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ron Merritt View Post
Wow, all these responses and only one voice of reason. I'll add to it.

Go to college kid. It's an invaluable experience and will pay dividends over your lifetime. You've got plenty of time for travel and adventure and little trailers.
I acknowledge that the conventional wisdom says 'go to college.' However, in today's economic climate I say 'not necessarily.' College has become prohibitively expensive, causing grads to come out saddled with a ridiculously heavy loan-repayment burden. Meanwhile, hardly anyone is advised to learn a trade, and consequently the roofers, carpenters, drywall hangers, plumbers, and such can make extremely good money with little or no special education.

My own son disregarded (thankfully) my advice to attend college. Instead, as a high school junior he enrolled in afternoon CAD (computer aided drafting) classes at the local tech school (which I foolishly thought was for the 'dumb' or 'underachiever' kids). He applied himself and impressed the instructor, so during autumn of his senior year the instructor recommended him to a company looking for a trainee, and he 'jobbed out' (regular high school in a.m., go to work in p.m., getting both school credits and hourly pay for the work). This led to a permanent position with a different company immediately after graduation. That company now calls him an engineer, pays his tuition to attend evening college classes, and pays him about $80K/year plus benefits.
__________________
How much time do we have left? 2 Chr. 7:14
Mike Magee is offline  
Old 04-05-2015, 12:13 AM   #23
Senior Member
 
Trailer: 2005 16 ft Scamp
Posts: 294
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ron Merritt View Post
Wow, all these responses and only one voice of reason. I'll add to it.

Go to college kid. It's an invaluable experience and will pay dividends over your lifetime. You've got plenty of time for travel and adventure and little trailers.
I did all the "right things". Went to college, got a career, owned a home...and was miserable. I fear he might be more miserable because he knows about and craves this life style.

If I had to do it all over again? I would have gone on the road, I believe traveling and meeting people and all the joys and difficulties of it may be more beneficial for some people. I was so shy!! I was so miserable! But I was doing what everybody told me to do. "Build your credit!" they said. "Get your degree!" they said. "Own a home, prepare for your old age!" they said. All for naught for me. It was done, I spent 25yrs working, in school, paying bills, paying off debt, borrowing money I didn't have just so I could have what everybody else had.

I gave away/sold it all and what a freaking relief! I also came out of my shell and am now the most social person I know!

"The Way" isn't for everybody. "Security" in my opinion, isn't really all that secure.

I say, follow your heart and your dreams!!! Be smart and you can be happy with almost nothing. I will whole heartily vouch for that.
__________________
Monica M is offline  
Old 04-05-2015, 02:26 AM   #24
Senior Member
 
Borrego Dave's Avatar
 
Name: Dave
Trailer: Casita SD17 2006
California
Posts: 2,924
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mike Magee View Post
I acknowledge that the conventional wisdom says 'go to college.' However, in today's economic climate I say 'not necessarily.' College has become prohibitively expensive, causing grads to come out saddled with a ridiculously heavy loan-repayment burden.
Interesting thread going here with multiple replies both pro and con. Reminds me of what I've said for almost fifty years, college is not for everyone. Some people just know what they want to be or do from an early age and a 4 year college may not be the way to get there. A vocational school for your interest may be best. Bottom line to me is you have to love whatever job you do, the money is secondary. Sure would have been hard to get up every morning hating the job. Hope the OP can find a way to follow her dream as she is one of the few that have a goal so early in life.
__________________
Borrego Dave is offline  
Old 04-05-2015, 08:10 AM   #25
Senior Member
 
Donna D.'s Avatar
 
Name: Donna D
Trailer: Escape 5.0 TA, 2014
Oregon
Posts: 24,433
If we had a crystal ball (that worked!) we'd all know what to do. I like so many others, did what I was told to do. I have a graduate degree, work for the same company for years, have a company pension (unheard of today), my 401K was tooting along. Then the crash of 2006. Financially, I would have done better if I would have thrown all my money under the mattress.

But you know what? I own an all-molded towable and even if the economy tanks again, I'll never need to sleep under a bridge. And to me, that's huge. If Alex buys a trailer, neither will he.

You can kinda tell, he will do well. Maybe not in his chosen field always and right away, but I bet he could get a job to get by. Employers like to hire people like him.
__________________
Donna D.
Ten Forward - 2014 Escape 5.0 TA
Double Yolk - 1988 16' Scamp Deluxe
Donna D. is online now  
Old 04-05-2015, 08:46 AM   #26
Senior Member
 
Bob Miller's Avatar
 
Name: Bob
Trailer: 1973 Hunter Compact II
California
Posts: 7,912
Quote: " Employers like to hire people like him."


Ya, but those employers are named McDonalds, Burger King and Wendy's. LOLOLOL


Seriously though, there is a lot to be said for spending a year or two in the real world between High school and College. At many colleges and universities, as few as 50% of entering freshmen finish a 4 year program. And there is even more to be said to the advantages of spending the first two years of college in a community college. Not to mention the maturity growth & $$$ benefits of some time in the military.


I know, I did all of the above and it worked well for moi.
BTW: G.I. Bill paid clear through Grad school.
__________________
Bob Miller is offline  
Old 04-05-2015, 09:10 AM   #27
Senior Member
 
Name: Huck
Trailer: ParkLiner
Virginia
Posts: 573
Knowing what I know now, this is what I would do if I was your age.

I'd work my butt off at a real job or 2 for the next 6 months and save as much money as possible. This will give you references to get jobs while on the road. I would also grow my programming business. You need references and sites to show future customers.

I would also build a demo site.

Over the 6 months, I would determine the minimum I need to make it for 1 year on the road. How much of a home/work space do you need? Would a van be a 1 year solution or do you really need a tow and trailer? What do you need for meals? AC? etc.

Since you will be working full-time and have some money saved up, time to get a small loan if necessary. It might be easier to get a car loan than an RV loan, so a van might be easier to finance. Maybe a van for the 1st year and then add a trailer later if you decide to stay on the road.

You might also check out Chris & Cherie at technomadia. They full-time and make a living on the road.

There are government campgrounds where you can volunteer 20-25 hours a week and get a free campsite with wifi and laundry. I think sometimes they even provide the trailer or room. Something like that would give you a place to stay, an opportunity to meet people, get experience, and give you plenty of time to work on your business, site see, etc.
__________________
Huck is offline  
Old 04-05-2015, 02:14 PM   #28
Member
 
Name: Bill
Trailer: In the market
Nevada
Posts: 79
in retrospect

1. Don't give up on your dream! Believe in yourself when nobody else does. Don't let anyone talk you out of it. You'll never regret it.
2. Anything worth having is worth working hard for.
3. Be resourceful, frugal, and flexible.
4. You are starting at the right place, this forum.
5. Good luck.
__________________

__________________
Chillywilly is offline  
Closed Thread


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
new family, want to buy our first 13/16 camper. we live in cincinnati, will travel ampline Wanted: Molded Fiberglass Travel Trailers 2 07-31-2012 10:06 PM
Golden Age Passports Replaced by New Interagency Senior/Access Recreat Adrian W General Chat 4 07-26-2008 01:50 AM
Senior, Disabled and Veterans Passes Pete Dumbleton General Chat 4 06-12-2008 04:00 AM
Free campsites or almost FREE Kevin K General Chat 2 10-24-2007 04:54 PM
FREE FREE JOHN PAUL EVANS Classified Archives 21 12-29-2006 11:25 AM

» Upcoming Events
No events scheduled in
the next 465 days.
» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:39 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.