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PHP87

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Fulltiming in an inexpensive RV Park year round?
« on: September 23, 2009, 01:56:40 AM »
Is anyone doing this - FT'ing in an inexpensive RV Park year round or 6 months out of the year?

I've seen some RV parks in Oregon that are inexpensive for long term stays and I'm wondering what that would be like and if it's been done.

I plan to retire in a few years and my 401k lost much of its value so SS will be my main source of income so I need to keep expenses low.

I plan to sell my car, buy a PU that is stout enough to haul a 5th wheel and then use the PU to run my errands and shop while the 5th wheel stays stationary for months at a time and is lived in, FT by just myself and my Cat.

A 25' 5th wheel will be plenty of space for me and kitty.

I've heard of people staying year round at RV Parks for $300.00 per month, with a FHU, plus the cost of electricity.

How much electricity would one person use FT?

Who has the lowest yearly budget while FT'ing in a RV Park and paying by the month/year? (No boondocking)

Thanks.

Pete,
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Re: Fulltiming in an inexpensive RV Park year round?
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2009, 09:03:17 AM »
Hi PHP87 and welcome to RV Forum.

Many, many people do what you describe. Snowbirds are one major category - they follow the seasons and stay wherever the weather is nice, usually 3-6 months at a time. $300 (or even less) a month is a common rate once you get away from major tourist destinations.  Electrical costs depends on local rates and your consumption, but $60-$80 per month is probably typical. Constant use  of a/c or electric heat and add quite a bit to that, though.
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PHP87

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Re: Fulltiming in an inexpensive RV Park year round?
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2009, 01:11:48 PM »
Hi Gary,

Thanks for the welcome and for your reply.

I would probably stay put for 6 months and maybe even year round if I found a decent RV Park that I liked.

I really don't need a place with a lot of amenities.

I currently live in the SF Bay Area and would like to remain somewhat close, so Oregon looks good, is inexpensive, and has a moderate climate although they do tend to get a lot of rain during the winter months.

I imagine that heading south for the winter would be more costly as there is more demand for RV park spaces in moderate winter climates.

Right now, I'm still in the planning and research stages and figuring out budget, location, etc...and am at least a year away from hitting the road and relocating.

There is an RV park a few miles from my home and renting a space year round there is currently $700.00 a month, not including electricity and that's with the full year lease discount, so relocating north would save me several hundred dollars a month.

I'm likely going to go with a 5th wheel or TT so I can drop it and use my PU/TV to run errands and shop.

Do 5th's/TT's hold up well to FT living or are they mainly designed just for occasional use?

I realize I'll have to budget money for maintenance as things do break and wear out, just like in a regular house.

I also have a few books from Amazon dot com on the way to learn/research and am using the various internet resources, but I find that forums like these always have the best information from people who have lived the life.

Apologies for all the questions. I realize most of these questions have already been asked and answered on the forum and it's just a matter of finding the threads.

Thanks again.
Pete,
Future FT'er.

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Re: Fulltiming in an inexpensive RV Park year round?
« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2009, 02:38:52 PM »
I moved back to the San Francisco area during the peak of the dot-com boom, and did exactly that.   Real estate values were at sky-high levels, and this spilled over to the prices being charged for rentals.   I couldn't afford to buy at those prices, so instead of giving all my money to a landlord I rented a space in a park and lived in my RV for several years.

When you're looking at a fulltime park, everything depends on the quality of the park management.   Good management makes for a good park.   Bad or indifferent management can lead to real problems with drugs and unsavory characters who only want a cheap place to hang out.  I stayed at three different parks during the 5 years I lived in my trailer and had nothing but good experiences.  They were all older parks, none of them fancy but they all had management that actively worked to keep the park clean and well run.   On the other hand, I drove through many others that I couldn't get out of fast enough.

RVs do well as long as the temperature remains above freezing.   Compared to a house, their insulation is slim or non-existant.   If you stay in an area where you'll have snow or below freezing temperatures, you'll have to winterize the house to avoid frozen plumbing and other problems.   That's why most fulltimers travel from north to south each year - to stay in the pleasant temperatures.


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« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2009, 03:45:23 PM »
If you're planning a trip to Oregon to scout possible parks, you might consider visiting the Timber Valley, Escapee (SKP) park in Sutherlin, Oregon.  The SKP organization has several different types of parks.  This one is a co-op park.  You will find some information on www.timbervalleyskp.com  The current buy-in price for a lot is $10,000.  You are guaranteed that amount back when you move elsewhere.   Our current yearly maintenance fee is $1,200.  Cable TV is provided free of charge, electricity is charged at .05 per kwh.  Propane cost varies, but is always much cheaper than the going local retail rate.  There is a huge clubhouse which houses a library, game room, a room used for dinners and other activities and a huge multi-purpose room with pool tables and a dance floor used primarily for line dancing and exercise classes.   There are 206 lots in the park.  The lots are 55' x 75'. 

After you see the place, if you are interested in someday becoming a leaseholder, it would be wise to get on the waiting list immediately.  There are currently 184 on the waiting list and the current waiting period is approximately six years.  To be placed on the waiting list you would write one check for a $1,000 refundable fee and another check for a non-refundable fee of $30.00.   You must be 50 years old to be placed on the list and be 55 or older when you receive your lot.  You can obtain more information by contacting the office at 541-459-4465.

Tom and I have had our lot for just over two years and love it!  We waited six year, two months and 9 days on the list.  If you want more information about the town or the area, just ask. 




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« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2009, 03:55:30 PM »
Ooops!  The electricity rate should be $.08 per kwh. 

I have had heat strokes in the past, so am particularly sensitive to heat and run our AC much more often than most people.  During our recent record July hot spell, our electric bill was $67.68.  The next month it was also unusually warm at times and our bill was $41.12. 

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Re: Fulltiming in an inexpensive RV Park year round?
« Reply #6 on: September 25, 2009, 08:12:14 PM »
Thanks.

I will be turning 50 in 6 months so it wouldn't hurt to get on the waiting list now, although I'm looking for something more budget friendly.

My plan is to retire in the next year or two, but to do so, I will have to live on a lower budget but will be able to save money which will allow me to upgrade to a better TT/5vr and/or a better RV Park.

I appreciate the posting of the cost of electricity as I was wondering what people are paying as FT'ers.

My other choice is to work for another 5 or so years and have more money put away, but the job market is really bad right now and looking for work and living in the SF Bay Area is not exactly finance friendly, so the plan is to retire early and live inexpensively for the next few years and save some money until I can cash out my 401k and then start SS when I'm 62

That's the plan for now.

Pete,
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Re: Fulltiming in an inexpensive RV Park year round?
« Reply #7 on: September 25, 2009, 08:23:18 PM »
Don't dispair. There's also work camping (paid positions in campgrounds, amusement parks, etc), volunteering in national and state parks for free hookup sites (usually no pay but sometimes a little per diem), seaonal jobs in the state and federal parks. Granted, it's not complete retirement but you can travel and have fun while you work.

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Re: Fulltiming in an inexpensive RV Park year round?
« Reply #8 on: September 25, 2009, 08:52:35 PM »
Don't dispair. There's also work camping (paid positions in campgrounds, amusement parks, etc), volunteering in national and state parks for free hookup sites (usually no pay but sometimes a little per diem), seaonal jobs in the state and federal parks. Granted, it's not complete retirement but you can travel and have fun while you work.

Wendy
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That's good to know as well.

Thanks for the tip.

My plan is to sell my household stuff, my cars and other assets and use that money + my savings to live on until I can cash out my 401k and then start collecting SS when I'm 62

I've heard of people living FT in a decent RV park year round on $1,000-$1,500 per month.
Pete,
Future FT'er.

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Re: Fulltiming in an inexpensive RV Park year round?
« Reply #9 on: September 26, 2009, 08:28:12 AM »
We are new to full timing, since January of this year. It's amazing on how little you really need to spend to live comfortably.  We retired, sold the house (broke even there), sold most everything in it, traded in the cars for the appropriate truck to pull our fifth wheel. Paid for the fifth wheel and truck with part of retirement pension. Paid all credit cards off. (Downsize & Simplify) With no bills except insurance and utilities it is amazing how little you need to live on. Of course, it depends on how lavish a life style you want. We just came back from traveling for 3 months and  plan to park for 6 months before we set out on a 6 month road trip.  Our home base is in Florida and the longer you stay at a park, the less your monthly rent is. We found a inexpensive park and stayed there for 5 months before we hit the road and love it there. You really need to check out all parks in the area you want to be based at and decide on what the most important amenities are for you. If you decide you need extra cash, there is always work camping or part time jobs available.  We are not sorry we chose this lifestyle at all. We're loving life!
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« Reply #10 on: September 26, 2009, 08:43:42 AM »
A subscription to Workamper News would give you an excellent overview of the various types of workamping opportunities out there.

http://www.workamper.com/

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« Reply #11 on: September 26, 2009, 08:48:37 AM »
The quality of life for a full timer does not depend as much on his income as his outgo. The more monthly bills you have the harder it is to get by. I have one bill, my $29 a  month union dues and I do extremely well full timing. I don't make much per month, but what I get is mine to spend as I see fit. I rarely stay in any one place for more that a week or two. The reason I am full timing is to see the country. I haven't worked since I started 7 years ago.

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Re: Fulltiming in an inexpensive RV Park year round?
« Reply #12 on: November 06, 2009, 09:01:51 PM »
To answer your question...yes, many people are living long term at inexpensive RV parks, including us!

Our monthly rent is $425 (we pay an extra $50 for 50amp service and since we have a washer/dryer).  This includes electric, water, and basic cable.  We are north of Houston.

We sold the house and everything in it.  Bought the RV and here we are over a year later, loving it.

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Re: Fulltiming in an inexpensive RV Park year round?
« Reply #13 on: November 07, 2009, 12:21:34 PM »
After you see the place, if you are interested in someday becoming a leaseholder, it would be wise to get on the waiting list immediately.  There are currently 184 on the waiting list and the current waiting period is approximately six years.
One thing you didn't mention is that you have to be a member of the Escapees RV Club to put your name on the list and to get a lot.  You also have to remain a member of the Escapees in order to stay there.  That's one of the reasons we became Lifetime members of the Escapees.  We have our name on the Hot List for Sutherlin and are getting close to getting our lot.  I'm surprised to hear that there are only 180 people on the Hot List...when we signed up, we were #234!
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Re: Fulltiming in an inexpensive RV Park year round?
« Reply #14 on: November 08, 2009, 07:07:45 AM »
There's a park in Needles, CA, that rented around $300 w/electric last year. Decent choice of groceries stores and restaurants. Nice ride to Bullhead city, or Lake Havassu. And not far from the Mojave National Preserve.

Sorry I can't think of the name.
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Re: Fulltiming in an inexpensive RV Park year round?
« Reply #15 on: November 08, 2009, 08:33:31 AM »
I know there are people who do it, but I would not want to be in the Southwest during the summer in an RV!
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« Reply #16 on: November 08, 2009, 09:34:06 AM »
Barb,

Is the name of the park the "Desert Rose", or something similar?

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Re: Fulltiming in an inexpensive RV Park year round?
« Reply #17 on: November 08, 2009, 02:34:39 PM »
There's a park in Needles, CA, that rented around $300 w/electric last year. Decent choice of groceries stores and restaurants. Nice ride to Bullhead city, or Lake Havassu. And not far from the Mojave National Preserve.

Sorry I can't think of the name.

When heading to QZ from an overnight in Mojave or Barstow en route, I sometimes spend the night in the Calizona RV park about 5 miles South of Needles on the CA 95. The overnight was $25 and the monthly $195 + Electric.

The park was full of Canadian Snowbirds. I guess several stayed there a few years back, spread the word, now it's almost full from Canada. It's close to the river, Bullhead, Lake Havasu, or only a few hours from beautiful downtown Quartzsite!  :)

A downside of Needles is that it is the Gasoline Ripoff capital of the West. Have never seen the prices less than $4.00 or $5.00. Earlier this year I noted the prices, then purchased in Bullhead for around $2.79.
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Re: Fulltiming in an inexpensive RV Park year round?
« Reply #18 on: November 08, 2009, 03:36:04 PM »
The weird thing about Needles is that you don't have to drive very far to get much, much cheaper gas. So how do they get away with such high prices?

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Re: Fulltiming in an inexpensive RV Park year round?
« Reply #19 on: November 08, 2009, 09:21:08 PM »
I think I remember a place called Desert Rose.  Up and down that road a bunch of times last winter.  Also the Calizona Park.  Check into CRA.  Membership parks right on the river.
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« Reply #20 on: November 10, 2009, 07:01:41 AM »
Marsha,
I don't think Desert Rose it it's name. Can't remember. We stay at Northshore the CRA park. 

For those who have camped there, and know the manager, Tony. He died this year. He will be missed.  :(  :(  :(

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Re: Fulltiming in an inexpensive RV Park year round?
« Reply #21 on: November 10, 2009, 05:48:11 PM »
Desert View?
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Re: Fulltiming in an inexpensive RV Park year round?
« Reply #22 on: August 14, 2013, 06:29:55 PM »
I know this is an old post how did it turn out...i am in the beginning phases of research before retirement

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« Reply #23 on: August 14, 2013, 06:35:42 PM »
The original poster hasn't been back for 4 years, so you're best off starting a new topic.
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Re: Fulltiming in an inexpensive RV Park year round?
« Reply #24 on: August 16, 2013, 02:09:47 AM »
hello,

 we FT in our TT sprinter 300KBS with our 2 dogs in a CG in FL, we are still working, so use truck to go work and leave TT at park. we pay $400 mo fee plus elec varies from $60 - $80. we have free cable, which we hooked up to cable box from comcast and pay $34 for box/internet.   since we pay annual, we got to pick our spot where we wanted too and we love the spot we took.  the park is like a ghost town since snowbirds are not here now. its busy for 1/2 yr and empty the other 1/2 of the  year.

   it is hot and humid now, and our A/C is holding up good, we have a 15K a/c.  during the cold times, we got a elec fireplace 5K btu and our TT has a 40K btu furnance lp which we supplement to our elec one if needed. 

  there were other parks cheaper than the one we are at, but the location here is perfect for us. work is few mins drive. 

 hope it works out great for you.


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Re: Fulltiming in an inexpensive RV Park year round?
« Reply #25 on: September 21, 2013, 01:17:30 AM »
Hi there,
I'm living year round at a RV park in Oregon and I love it! My space rent is $250 a month and it includes Cable, Internet, Electricity, garbage, and water with onsite showers, bathrooms, and laundry facilities. It's fantastic to have extra money at the end of the month!

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Re: Fulltiming in an inexpensive RV Park year round?
« Reply #26 on: September 21, 2013, 10:31:23 AM »
There are many creative ways to live fulltime in an RV on a tiny budget. Go small, go now... I didn't want to wait until I dropped dead, so I went now rather than later.

I live on a super efficient budget and mainly supplement it by workamping so that I have free rent and utilities part of the year.

There are also year round workamping opportunities where you trade part time work for free rent and so on. Plan ahead on workamping, the best situations are snapped up far in advance though last minute opportunities are always available too.

Every situation is drastically different so be prepared to be flexible and figure out what works for you.

At first I just grabbed what I could so I would have great references, now I am able to pick and choose more to my liking.
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« Reply #27 on: August 03, 2017, 10:16:14 PM »
Hi Eric
 I was wondering about parks in Oregon. Any information you have would be helpful. I have a 40 ft  5th wheel, Thank-you.

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« Reply #28 on: August 04, 2017, 07:18:31 AM »
We lived in our 5th wheel for a year before I retired from the AF. I worked at the RV park p/t in exchange for part of the rent. We also lived in our 5th wheel when I was a student at the University of Florida in Gainesville. We lived in a rundown mobile home park. Appearance wise it was crap but it was cheap and close enough to campus that I could ride my bicycle (not too often since I was 50 years old). My son lives in a park here in Delaware. He pays $550 per month which includes water. His electric is meteredand runs him about $30 mo.
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« Reply #29 on: August 04, 2017, 07:57:33 AM »
The Escapees RV Club owns eight RV parks located in AL, AZ, FL, MO, NM, TN, and TX (2). The monthly full hookup rates for members range from $225 to $480, depending on location. There are also eleven Escapees Co-Op parks that are independently owned by club member groups that set their own rates and rules for each park. The co-op parks are located in AZ (2), CA (2), FL, NV, NM, OR, and WA.

https://escapees.com/support/parking/rainbow-parks

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