This is my first post, so excuse a newby while I introduce myself.
I suppose that we qualify as hillbillies.
I left Southern California in 1967
because there were too many people and too many rules.
We have lived in the hilly, Northwest Alabama woods since 1978. We bought a small place just off of a country road, over the hill and back off the road about a quarter mile.
I make a living while working out of our AS MH.
Our neighbors do not complain about our 1979, 28' Excella, because the only time they see it, it is running down the highway.
It is used as a mobile office, and has logged 60K+ miles in the last three (3) years. My experience is that these things are not cheap to operate if you run them a lot, but it sure beats living in motels and eating in quick food places.
Two (2) years ago we replaced the refrigerator, tires, wheel covers, and had the steering system overhauled.
Last year we went through the suspension system, cooling system(s), cruise control, and air conditioner.
This year, I overhauled the 454, and the transmission, and replaced the rear end with a late model, P-30, rear end. The gear ratios were different, and I've mounted a GPS on the dash for a speedometer. By monitoring the tachometer, vacuum gauge and GPS, I can get about 8.5 to 9.0 gallons per mile at 60 mph.
Next year it will be new tires again.
Once, my spouse mentioned that with the money that I have spent on the AS, MH I could have bought a new RV. My response was; Yeah, you're right, but I would not have what I wanted.
Happy in the hills