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Old 07-05-2016, 03:03 PM   #15
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I hate to be a buzz kill but your best bet will likely be what mandolindave suggested. Almost no place in the land of the free will allow living in an RV. If your are hidden so nobody sees you doing it then you can get away with it. Getting power, a well and septic will bring authorities around and that is trouble. You could end up at your neighbors mercy as to code enforcement, beware! Where I live you can't have even park an RV where it can be seen from the street according to County law. If you find a place where I could live in my Airstream on a few acres let us know! I've always wanted to have a structure with glass walls on 2 or 3 sides, a laundry and bath room and a fireplace with sitting area that I could park my trailer inside. Maybe 35' X 25' with an insulated slab floor and good southern view.
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Old 07-05-2016, 03:51 PM   #16
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We kind of like the thinking and creativity that goes into the tiny house movement. But most are built on a trailer and we have often thought, why would one build a movable house instead of purchasing an RV.

Conversely, when you want a house, why would you build a trailer. A stick built house is easier to insulate, seal from water and vector intrusion, and change in size or configuration, if requirements change. Off grid solutions work in both applications, but it may well be easier to add sufficient solar to a house than a trailer.

So maybe you are looking at the problem the wrong way around. Find a lot with a house where you can store your AS. Or sell your AS and buy a house if that fits your budget better.

Chickens, goats, and dogs are the start of a good farm, But building a barn, chicken coop, and all the associated fencing is a lot of work. Finding a place with most of it done but needs repairs that you can implement with sweat equity may be more cost effective than building from scratch.

Good luck! Pat
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Want to live full time but with a twist.

Have you ever considered a private
very small Airstream only seasonal Resort?
Think about it. You could have Airstream neighbors during
Spring & Fall season if you want.
You might like the extra money too.

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Old 07-05-2016, 09:17 PM   #18
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Check with the Zoning board in the county where the land is located. Even though there may be no HOA or deed restrictions the county may prohibit you living in an RV on undeveloped property. Buncombe County (Asheville, NC) is one such county.
Asheville is home for us or it was. We moved to South Ga to take care of my mom who passed 4 months ago. While we love it there it's very pricy & overcrowded. Low paying jobs & the cost of living is HIGH!.

So we picked some where close & settled on Greenville. We're hoping that having a septic tank & utilities hooked up that we can do this.

It's not like we plan to have the place full of junk cars, etc. By the time we get done with it odds are it will be much nicer then what's around us.
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Conversely, when you want a house, why would you build a trailer. A stick built house is easier to insulate, seal from water and vector intrusion, and change in size or configuration, if requirements change. Off grid solutions work in both applications, but it may well be easier to add sufficient solar to a house than a trailer.

So maybe you are looking at the problem the wrong way around. Find a lot with a house where you can store your AS. Or sell your AS and buy a house if that fits your budget better.

Good luck! Pat
We are planning to put this house up for sale we're hoping to get 100K for it. We have went over different ideas even getting a storage shed & making it into a house. The stricter is there you just have to get it to residential codes to live in it. Too hot here! & too flat.
Missing the mountains badly!

Land tends to go for $3,500 an acre give or take. We're no strangers to hard work & don't mind putting up fences, etc. It's our dream once we sell this house & land to buy something that we can end up keeping $50/$60K to retire on. I'm pushing 49 here in Dec & my wife is 43...almost.

We don't want to be off the grid but we have talked about solar panels to help keep costs down. Work part time & sell goats milk & cheese good money in that area for that.


A decent house would take up most of not all of the money from selling the house here. Which would hurt our plans.
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Old 07-05-2016, 11:56 PM   #20
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To give you an idea of codes.

In Lake Wallenpaupack, Pennsylvania…you can't set up a tent.

In Chatham, New Jersey, you can't have a clothes line, or build a house with the garage facing the road. You need a permit to cut down a tree.

In Summit New Jersey, your garage has to be the same color as your house.

The whole building permit/inspection thing is a bit of a racquet, but if you have seen some of the shoddy work done on some houses, it becomes clear that there is a need.
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Out here in the west there's plenty of people living in mobile homes and RVs on land. But the closer you are into town, the more rules there are. They are trying to make Tiny Homes legal, luckily there is a builder in the area spearheading the efforts.

http://www.columbian.com/news/2016/m...lf-industries/

Funny it says county code does not allow mobile homes smaller than ~800 Sq ft - our actual ranch style home is only 900!
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Old 07-06-2016, 12:30 AM   #22
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Hi, If you plan to buy an Airstream to remodel. And add a roof, a mud room, and a laundry room. Wouldn't it be better and possibly cheaper to just buy a pre-fab house?
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Old 07-06-2016, 12:31 AM   #23
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My wife & I are wanting to live in an Airstream full-time. I've spent many years of my younger days living in an RV not an Airstream but various RV's. There is a twist though. Though out the years we've wanted to live/build a tiny home.

Once we do find one we want to gut it & buy some land & live in it. Our problem is that we can't find any laws saying that we can or can't not live in a RV on our land. We got enough time before we buy the land but no one can seem to help us find anything out regarding living in an RV on private land.

Been lurking just never posted.

Thank you in advance.

Depends on the location. Go to the zoning office where you intend to buy land and ask.

20 years ago I had 70 acres in Custer County Colorado, beautiful, put in septic and a well and was going to move my 5th wheel out there.

My father got sick. I went to take care of him. Ended up selling the property and the 5th wheel.

Now we home base out of a 55+ park in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. We have a newer park model we got for cheap. We're close to stores, health care, family.
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Hi, If you plan to buy an Airstream to remodel. And add a roof, a mud room, and a laundry room. Wouldn't it be better and possibly cheaper to just buy a pre-fab house?


We've looked at AS for around 4K they need work on the inside which is fine because we wanted to gut it anyhow. land would be the biggest cost even more so having to put in a septic tank, well, etc in. As I stated above land in that area goes for $3,500ish an acre.

IF we can find one with those on it then all the better. Getting a big enough storage building to have it all together was the idea. Mudroom, laundry room & storage for our bikes & hiking gear. IN the end we're going to look into the local zoning laws & hope that we can do this. If not then maybe building our own tiny home is the way to go.
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Read067 do you have a 1990 34' Excella or not?
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If you are dealing with a county like we have here in Fl. Your biggest drawback will be dealing with the local environmental protection dept. here they have more power than law enforcement and can enter your property without a warrant, meaning every little detail of your trailer setup will be scrutinized in complete detail. So be sure to check this out. Thanks, just trying to help.
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Airstreams are designed to roll, not to sit still.

They are not designed for permanent location, four season living accommodations. Any decent home builder can tell you why tiny houses are ill suited for that purpose as well. Although some small homes have a decent design.


It seems like you are getting the picture when you said that gearing up for your dream, could eat up the proceeds of your house. I'd bet your house is by far more comfortable than any RV.
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I hope you find the Airstream of your dreams. I wish you the best of luck.
Please, let your fellow Airstreamers know about your find.
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