Originally Posted by mandolindave
First of all. Thumbs up for tracking down the thread and responding back to us.
Quitting a full time job?? In these times??
It's hard to determine how risky your plan is without knowing all of your personal finances, like, Potential Rental income from your house, your savings, your combined employment incomes. property tax, house insurance. So you will have to do the math. You'll still have house repairs and maintenance. Will you need a storage space ? You should make a budget, knowing how much you have, how much will be coming in, and what your costs will be. I realize being a stay at home/trailer mom would be a major plus for you and the kids.
Here are some ball park cost numbers for you to put into your equation. Too many variables to be exact.
#1 Tow vehicle $ 15K- 30K
#2 Road Ready Trailer $ 15K- 30K
#3 Annual Living on the road $ 15K- 30K
My numbers may seem high to you, but you may not be taking things into account. After you buy a tow vehicle, you need to buy hitch, brake controller, transmission cooler and wiring, then have them installed. After you buy a trailer, you usually need new tires, brakes, bearings, and batteries.
You will have to go south for about 5 months out of the year. Read some threads on wintering in an Airstream from someone who has. Monthly campground rates are high in Florida. And I think Steve under estimated how much gas for heat you will use in the cold months.
Wintered in Indiana this last winter, living full time in our 30' Classic. This year, we did not have sustained below zero temps like the previous year. We added bubble wrap in the windows to reduce heat loss, added weather strip to the door, sealed the exhaust fans. We had to buy a heated water hose, 12' ran around $75 at Camping World. The Classic has the water connection in a side door access panel, under the aluminum in the dark gray band, which needed to be heated by a 100 watt incandescent bulb, as the heated hose would not bend sharp enough to keep the door closed, so a short, nonheated hose was needed. Also, there is a faucet to connect a hose to the black tank flush in the compartment which also had to be protected. Even so, we used a 40# tank a week most of the winter. That is about 11 gallons, at about $ 3.50 a gallon. This was with using the heat pump on days with temps above 40, and using electric space heaters to supplement the furnace, which we set a 64 or so. Cooking helped, especially when baking bread or such, but still, it got pricey in the coldest months.
Add to that RV antifreeze for the shower drain, and a bag of rock salt to help the black tank valve keep from freezing. The gray tank was left open, as even with a heated hose and a heated compartment, the few nights below 15 degrees, we kept water trickling to be safe .
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