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48pan

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Full time
« on: October 25, 2010, 06:07:23 PM »
Would any consider fulltiming in a TC?  Or am I just way out in left field?  Thanks for the input..  George

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Re: Full time
« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2010, 06:29:21 PM »
Ok, I'll bite - what's a "TC" ?
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Re: Full time
« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2010, 06:43:57 PM »
Since this is the Truck Camper section, I would say Truck Camper :)
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Re: Full time
« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2010, 06:47:15 PM »
Ok, duh.
 
In answer to the OP, when we worked in Death Valley, the campground hosts lived in a slide-in truck camper. They had a tent that they pitched for extra room when they were in one place for a long time. We also met a couple who traveled for 6 months at a time in a small, old Class B. And I believe the Church's, who write books on camping, started out as full-timers in a truck camper. So, yes, it can be done....just be ready for a lot of "closeness" :)
 
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Re: Full time
« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2010, 07:19:24 PM »
just food for thought.  I would think it would cut your cost of living down a bit.  ie. maint. fuel. Yes I understand the "closeness" issue and there are other things that can be done to minimize that ie. pup up canapy for sittin out side and shade.   Awnings and the like.  I just can't see sittin inside all the time.  Yes if you can swing it and money is no object then a class A is the way to go however not everyone can.  Then there is Travel trailer or fifth wheel..  any of those make a big footprint.  In my thinking truck camper takes up very little room and would cut the cost alot.  Plus you can bonedock anyplace.  Any other input from People that have Truck Campers?

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Re: Full time
« Reply #5 on: October 25, 2010, 10:16:56 PM »
We had a truck camper for 10 or so years.  We did weekend trips and a couple of 2 week trips.  I could not full time in one.  There is very limited storage and the holding tanks are not very big.  Plus when you want to run to the store or do a sightseeing event, you  have to take the truck and truck camper with you, so that means putting things away, unhooking and leaving your campsite etc. 

Regarding mileage, I don't think it would be much different than pulling a trailer behind the truck.  You are still dealing with weights and any weight will reduce your mileage.

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Re: Full time
« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2010, 05:55:09 AM »
We have met people in our travels, that full-time in TC's or small class B's.  Not very many, but there are those who do it.  Perhaps for cost considerations or perhaps they are on their way up to a bigger rig or down from a bigger one.  Yes, it can be done but requires even more sacrifices than bigger RV's.  Very well may work for you.  I think the theory is that two people who REALLY enjoy each other could live in almost anything and two people who barely get along would not be happy in a 45' bus.  Many adaptions in between.

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Re: Full time
« Reply #7 on: October 26, 2010, 07:10:20 AM »
I have ran into a few individuals that full time in a TC (that's Truck Camper, Wendy). It may be small but it certainly is cheap.

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Re: Full time
« Reply #8 on: October 26, 2010, 08:00:58 AM »
thanks very much for the input.  In the event we go this rout there will be an inclosed trailer along with to haul the 48 panhead and tools and what not as well to add storage.  Yes I see the advantages of both yet disadvantages.  I'm not going out there without the bike.  I've looked and looked at lots of options of toyhauling capability.  Just seems to Me and I maybe way off on this but, you can go alot more places in a p/u with a 12ft trailer then you can a 40ft with a trailer.  I've also thought about the holding tank issue as well.  That I just can't answer as for the T/C Truck Camper.  Hhmmm   The other thing is the "cost of living"  I'm on a fixed income and can't see how I can do it.  Ofcourse I'm bearly doing it now in a stick house and go no where or do anything.  I looked at the budget that a link was posted to and after deducting the things I would not have spent money on I still come up short.  Hhmm  yet when I think ok if I can stay out there at 25 dollars a night that's 750 a mo.  Cheaper then My mortgage by a far bit and I get to go where I want an see who I want.  If it's cold I can go where it's warm if it's warm I can go where its cold..  you all get the point your out there.

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Re: Full time
« Reply #9 on: October 26, 2010, 08:37:23 AM »
I have been full timing for 8 years and I have only paid $25 a night or more a handful of times. There are plenty of places to stay that are much cheaper. You don't really need full hookups all the time. There are some RV parks here in Florida that you can stay at for $400 per month with full hookups. I have seen places in Washington state for $300. I find it is much cheaper for me to live full time than rent an apartment.

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Re: Full time
« Reply #10 on: October 26, 2010, 08:56:22 AM »
seilerbird how do you find those places?  My "inlaws" Have a class A and they Pay alot to park it when they go on the road..  ofcourse they go somewhere and want to run everything an sit inside cuz it's hot outside kind of folks but, that's thier thing..  Yet they pay alot to park.  So the question is how do you find inexpensive places to stay that aren't "dumps"?

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Re: Full time
« Reply #11 on: October 26, 2010, 09:03:11 AM »
seilerbird how do you find those places?  My "inlaws" Have a class A and they Pay alot to park it when they go on the road..  ofcourse they go somewhere and want to run everything an sit inside cuz it's hot outside kind of folks but, that's thier thing..  Yet they pay alot to park.  So the question is how do you find inexpensive places to stay that aren't "dumps"?

I have been traveling the country for 8 years and I keep my eyes open. I stayed here about two weeks ago. This is not the most luxury park in existence, but it is clean, reasonable and right on the water. $400 per month off season or $500 per month in season. $1250 for three months in season. If I were going to live in an RV park I wouldn't hesitate to live here. Cedar Key is a wonderful little town, kinda like Key West was 70 years ago.

http://www.cedarkeyrv.com/rates.html

Here is the park I saw for $300 a month, however I might be wrong, it might only be $250. But it gets a lot of snow in the winter. Extremely pretty area. They don't publish rates online.

http://wildernessvillagervpark.com/

Have you been in the library and read my article on full timing?

http://www.rvforum.net/joomla/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=435:fulltimeprep&catid=29:fulltiming&Itemid=45

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Re: Full time
« Reply #12 on: October 26, 2010, 09:18:44 AM »
yes that was one of the first things I read here but, I will read it again and again probably..  Thank you for the insight and the links..

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Re: Full time
« Reply #13 on: October 26, 2010, 11:11:38 AM »
You can stay for a lot less than $25 a night. We average $5 per night. We do a lot of boondocking, we use national parks with our Golden Access pass (there's also a Golden Age pass if you're 62), we use Passport America to get half-off at campgrounds, we pick up coupons for free nights at RV shows. You can find campgrounds with weekly and monthly rates. And you can find workcamper jobs, some that pay money, some that give you a camp site in exchange for a certain number of hours of work. You have lots of options.
 
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Re: Full time
« Reply #14 on: October 26, 2010, 11:37:26 AM »
thanks Wendy that's helpful

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Re: Full time
« Reply #15 on: October 26, 2010, 12:16:32 PM »
In our 13+years of fulltiming, we have averaged $13.52/night for camping.  That includes daily, weekly, monthly, and even a few seasonal rents, and some, but not much, boondocking.
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Re: Full time
« Reply #16 on: October 26, 2010, 12:53:45 PM »
that works well for My budget..!!  Thanks

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Re: Full time
« Reply #17 on: October 26, 2010, 01:36:36 PM »
I don't know what I have averaged over the last 8 years but I would bet it is no more than $5 per night since I almost never use hookups. If you want to stay for free there is an excellent web site I have subscribed to the last few years http://overnightrvparking.com/. It costs $25 per year to access their database of 8000 potential sites. Mention my email (seilerbird at gmail  dot com) and we both get one extra month for free.

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Re: Full time
« Reply #18 on: October 31, 2010, 04:57:52 AM »
My wife and I find the camper rather cramped for long-term use.  There is little storage and two people bump into each other too much.  I don't know what the newer slide-out models would be like.  If I was going to full-time it, I'd probably go for a smaller bumper-pull trailer, a motorhome or a 5th wheel.  And the main thing I'd look for is ample storage space.
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Re: Full time
« Reply #19 on: October 31, 2010, 08:14:37 AM »
Having had every conceivable type of RV over the years. some of my best memories were in a truck & camper. I've gotten stuck on every beach in Mexico, and camped in beautiful places in the US that you could only dream of seeing in anything other than a good 4WD truck with a camper. 

I think the answer whether full-timing could work in a camper depends on what kind of RV'r you are.  To some, an RV is a place to sleep and cook, and being outside as often as possible is the goal.  To others, the "all the comforts of home" on the road is most attractive. From your comment that "I just can't see sittin inside all the time" it sounds like your part of the first group, and as such, I'll bet you could have a ball in a well-outfitted camper. 

Sue and I camped next to a professional Bass Fisherman a couple of months back who lives full time with his wife in an 11 1/2' Lance on a Chevy 1ton pulling his bass boat.  The camper had a Directv satellite, 4KW generator, solar panels everywhere, triple awnings, electric jacks, and a lot more.  He wasn't giving up much by going the truck/camper route.

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Re: Full time
« Reply #20 on: October 31, 2010, 10:08:04 AM »
We have had TC's, trailers, tents and a motorhome.  ONly FT'ed on the MH.  The TC we did spend a long time in and while we loved it, the FT thing would get old.  Eventually it is cold or rainy outside and you need to sit around inside, and the TC t is not easy.  Have done it, and didn't mind doing it, but there is minimum space. 

Our fav was the Alpenlite, slide out, dry bath, 4k genset, sat, HD TV, solar panels, 2 awnings.  Was really a nice rig, but to full time in it?  Questionable.  Then again, depends n what FT means to you.  Always warm outside?  Could do it, but in colder climates like what we do, it would be tough.  That and storage!
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Re: Full time
« Reply #21 on: November 30, 2010, 04:18:35 AM »
Sixty years ago I owned an 11 Ft Red Dale PU Camper. Our family (at that time wife with 5 kids) traveled with it about 6 weeks each year all over the Western U.S. We usually were only gone about 2 to 3 weeks at a time. We always brought a tent for the older boys to sleep  and we all enjoyed it.
We never were full timers though.
About a year ago I met an older gentleman in Rifle, Colorado who was living full time in a PU Camper. While visiting with him he told me that he had been living in his PU Camper for about 12 years. He stated that he had no regular income but he earned enough money to live by parking various places and working part time jobs. He was parked at a Wal-Mart store and he stated that he always parks at free places where he usually stays for a week to a month at a time. Obviously his is a special case but he seemed happy with the situation.
So, yes, under certain conditions, a person can live full time in a PU Camper.

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Re: Full time
« Reply #22 on: November 30, 2010, 02:04:43 PM »
Have you been in the library and read my article on full timing?
Very nice article but, you knew there was a but  :), I'm going to disagree with one minor point.   Your $50 safe is not fireproof.  There is no such thing as fireproof, just hours of fire resistance.  And for $50 it's probably not even fire resistant especially if it only has a key pad.

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Re: Full time
« Reply #23 on: February 15, 2011, 05:17:12 PM »
To answer the top question, I suppose there are many reasons, depending upon the person and conditions.

About a year ago, in Rifle, Colorado, I met an older gentleman who was living full time in his TC. While we visited he mentioned that he had a very, VERY, limited income. He had been living in his 10 year old Slide-in on a 10 year old Dodge PU. He was happy with it and stated that he would not live any different. He travels anywhere he wants, usually North in Summer and South in Winter. Since he has very little income, he always parks in free parking areas ( he was in a Wal-Mart lot when I met him) and he stated that he usually stays in one place a week or two or more before moving on. He stated that sometimes he even gets a short time, light job at the place he parks, such as policing up the area, or helping at some odd job, that helps his income. He stated that he usually asks about such a light job where ever he parks and about "half the time" he gets a job for a day or two.
His major cost of living is "food and a little fuel to travel to the next parking town".

In 1954, upon my discharge from the USAF, I bought a Red Dale Slide-in and for 8 years my wife and 5 small children taveled the Western States on three week vacations, weekends, and holidays. I also used it as a hunting camp every year for years even after I bought my first 5th Wheel RV. As our older boys grew we brought along a wall tent that the boys used for sleeping when we camped out on vacations, etc. All of our children are now grandparents and we still show photos of our camping trips to our Great Grandchildren from times when our own children camped with us in the TC. Those were times that we always enjoyed and would do it again.

Many years ago I competed in Rodeos and the TC was ideal to pull my horse trailer to a rodeo and live in it while at the show.
Many Rodeo contestants still do this today as anyone will notice when you go to your local rodeo every year.

 

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