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Old 02-26-2010, 08:48 PM   #15
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have fun,,, hope your finances improve,,, might be a sweet adventure,,, happy trails,,, donna
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Old 02-26-2010, 09:55 PM   #16
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Hey Stella,
Mud season=pallets...and, you can carpet them...once dried, ya gotta pull them puppies loose, but exercise is exercise...a bit of gravel(we got ours a 5 gal bucket at a time from the river bank) will fill in those pesky 'gullets' in no time...I'd be glad to tell you about CHEAP living in SW Arizona(with dump/water station available) if you are willing to relocate from Sept 15 to Apr 15...about $0.85 /day, plus food, propane, gas...PM me, or just continue on this channel...mike
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Old 06-24-2010, 12:22 PM   #17
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I am going to throw in my .02 starting back in 2007 I wound up moving into my camper because of financial reasons, I had just lost my job a friend let me park it at their home. Initially I was using thier spare bathroom, and was doing all my cooking in the trailer because I did not have a sewer hookup, there was a fairly steep slope leading away from where the trailer was parked and I let my grey water run down it.

Even though I was hardly ever there, I know the lack of privacy really put a strain on my friends, after a year I wound up moving the trailer to a better spot and hooking up the sewer so I did not have to use their bathroom any more, and I no longer had a need to go in their house.

I didn't move out of that trailer until march of this year and here are some of the things I learned along the way.

1. Spray foam is your best friend! If you are full timing it in your trailer you need to plug or patch any hole in it that you can find regardless of how small. It stops air flow and it keeps the rodents and insects out.

2. Keep your kitchen clean! I would use paper plates and cups instead of having dishes to leave in the sink, if I used a knife or any other utensils I would clean them right away. There is nothing more disgusting than finding a mouse in your sink having a nice little feast off the knife you just made dinner with. Not leaving food out prevents this.

3. Store food in plastic containers: There is nothing more frustrating than being broke and going in to pull a box of cereal out of the cupboard to find out that over night a mouse burrowed a hole through the back of the box and not only did it spill everywhere when you picked it up, but you just threw away 4 bucks and a few days worth of breakfast.

4. Store dirty clothes in plastic containers, mice will eat holes right in them.

5. Build bucket traps and place them near your trailer as a diversion to mice. A bucket trap is built by taking a 5 gallon bucket and running a rod through it from side to side about 5" from the top, then you put 2 pop cans with the ends cut off over the rod to make them able to free spin. Then drill another 1" hole just above the rod so mice can get in, fill the bucket 1/2 full of water, then hang a cup of peanut butter off to the side of the bucket on the same level as the rod. Mice will enter the bucket, attempt to reach the peanut butter and will fall off of the cans into the water and drown.

I used these style traps because we were having such a problem being next to some farm land, every time they would mow the field we would be hit by a swarm of mice and rats. I was always setting traps, but the problem with a spring trap is that you have to set them after every use, the bucket trap is good for 50-100 mice.

6. I had my 100 lb German Shepherd in the trailer with me up until some one killed him in November of 08, I raised another Shepherd living in the trailer, it want an issue at all once I took pound posts and built a fence around the trailer so I could just let him outside without having to worry about where he was going.

7. don't waste any time, hook up your sewer line, it gets really old in a hurry having to get dressed if you have to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night, this will be greatly compounded if you have kids. You can get the materials for a 100' run of pipe for less than 200.00. and that is if you run 4" just make sure it has a 1" in 10' downward slope.\

8. Build a small shed and put a household water heater in it and bypass the rv unit in your trailer, having a 40 or 50 gallon hot water heater will make life one heck of a lot more livable. There is nothing worse than coming home from a long hard day getting in the shower and running out of hot water when you are tired and dirty.

I would pitch it to your friend like you are setting up a rv camping spot on their property that they can use long after you are gone if anyone comes to visit, and having it will be something that adds value to their property, because if they ever sell thier home it is something that will help attract some one who owns a rv or travel trailer because the hookups and plugins for it are already there so they wont have to worry about dumping their tanks before or after they come home.

Consider this, you can hire a dump truck for about 85.00 an hour, and a dump box full of 1 1/2" road mix will go for between 30 and 100.00 depending on where you are. most dump trucks will haul between 13 and 15 cubic yards, that is enough to gravel an area roughly 20x40 feet 4-6" deep.

Also, look at getting a bigger propane tank, you will be glad you did, especially if you run a household gas fired water heater. Nothing sucks more than running out of propane half way through dinner.

I hope this helps you figure things out, also I will mention I didnt do this in an airstream, I wish I could have, I was living in an el cheapo POS that was 25' long with a terrible floor plan layout.

If you have any questions feel free to shoot them at me.
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7. don't waste any time, hook up your sewer line,
8. Build a small shed and put a household water heater in it

30 and 100.00 depending on where you are. most dump trucks will haul between 13 and 15 cubic yards, that is enough to gravel an area roughly 20x40 feet 4-6" deep.

I would pitch it to your friend like you are setting up a rv camping spot on their property that they can use long after you are gone

If you have any questions feel free to shoot them at me.
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Was it hard getting permits for all the property improvements? Or were you without zoning laws?
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Was it hard getting permits for all the property improvements? Or were you without zoning laws?
I believe it was under the "its behind a privacy fence, what they cant see wont hurt them" zoning rule.
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