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edwin251

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Jan 11, 2022
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Is there any advice for my friend who is tired of rising rental properties. His rent for a 3000 sq ft house went from 1500.00 per month to 1,700.00 per month. He just bought a 2021 keystone 291ubh 30 ft travel trailer with bunk beds and intends for his wife, son who is 10 and daughter is 4 years old, one 11 year old dog and one 12 year old cat. The rv park is real nice with pool and rent will be appox 820.00 and he is planning on renting a 8x16 pod to store needed items near by and can store items they need in the pod. They will go to the pod often to get kids clothes etc. They home school the kids. Does this sound do able? I wonder if he has lost his mind or am I too stuck in the mud?? His family appears to be looking forward to it... Any opinions??
 

Russellvh

RVF Supporter
Joined
Nov 18, 2021
Messages
123
Location
Home based out of the Colony, Texas
RV Year
2022
RV Make
Forest River
RV Model
Wildcat Fifth-wheel
RV Length
36.5
TOW/TOAD
2019 Ford F-250.
Fulltimer
Yes
First thought. Some states limit how long you can “camp” in an RV Park.
Be sure to plan school “field trips”. Gonna be tight quarters but it can be done.
 

TheLooks

RVF Supporter
Joined
Jun 30, 2021
Messages
113
Location
Harrison, TN
RV Year
2011
RV Make
Jayco
RV Model
26 BH
RV Length
29 ft
Fulltimer
No
Rents are going nuts here. My sister in law is going to take a 1 bdrm apartment for $1200/month plus utilities......It is more then our house payment. I would think the climate where he is doing this would have some bearing on it.
 

FL-JOE

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Joined
Nov 15, 2019
Messages
1,135
Location
Frostproof, Florida
RV Year
2021
RV Make
Heartland
RV Model
Cyclone 4006
RV Length
44
TOW/TOAD
2021 F350 DRW
Fulltimer
Yes
Is there any advice for my friend who is tired of rising rental properties. His rent for a 3000 sq ft house went from 1500.00 per month to 1,700.00 per month. He just bought a 2021 keystone 291ubh 30 ft travel trailer with bunk beds and intends for his wife, son who is 10 and daughter is 4 years old, one 11 year old dog and one 12 year old cat. The rv park is real nice with pool and rent will be appox 820.00 and he is planning on renting a 8x16 pod to store needed items near by and can store items they need in the pod. They will go to the pod often to get kids clothes etc. They home school the kids. Does this sound do able? I wonder if he has lost his mind or am I too stuck in the mud?? His family appears to be looking forward to it... Any opinions??
What your friend is doing is the trend in many large metro areas across the U.S. About 3 years ago we were trying to book a camp site around Denver and/or Ft. Collins. We were extremely limited and everything was taken. While camped in the area we spoke to numerous younger folks who had given up on the regular housing market and were living in RVs full time. As we traveled the next couple of years we began to notice this around the larger metro areas. I suspect it won't be long before this trend will drive the price of camp sites up in some areas of the U.S.
 

hellosarah

Newbie
Joined
Aug 20, 2022
Messages
5
Location
Houston
RV Year
1972
RV Make
Vintage
Fulltimer
Yes
Overall — yes, doable/worth a try!
It'll be a change and an adventure.

I've been FT for about 2 years (w/ my grumpy old cat who loves her spot at her window + a 2nd adult human).
We've met more than a few families that are similar to your friend, @edwin251. Both FT at a semi-permanent location and more transient on the road.

The general sentiments seem positive.
Any transition can be especially difficult on kids/families but there are more resources than ever — including lot of people talking about variations of this lifestyle online — Facebook groups, social media hashtags, online forums, meetups.

Having the ability to reduce financial stress is probably really helpful for everyone's mental health.

As for the preverbal mud, I think it's subjective. (y) Sure there's good reason for caution and serious concern. You can have a little mud on your shoes while being a supportive friend. Even better that you're doing some work to be informed.
 

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