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Old 02-22-2010, 03:13 PM   #1
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Finances may necessitate moving in...

We have a dog, a baby (14 months), and some debt. Finances may necessitate us moving into Stella the Airstream once it gets a little warmer, in lieu of an apartment or house for the summer, probably returning to conventional habitation in the fall. We could semi-permanently park in my best friend's rural yard and use her shower, tub, toilet and kitchen.

We have to pretty much stay put this summer; not enough vacation time to travel.

Do you think this will increase my love for the trailer, or make me swear off aluminum completely?
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Old 02-22-2010, 03:27 PM   #2
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As for the turn-on or turn-off? I can't answer this for anyone else, so I'd ask...What does your gut tell you?

Me personally I'd make it a family adventure with campfires, sleeping outside on some clear cool evenings. Maybe even keep a diary or start a blog of the adventure.

My personal thoughts are that a 22' with family will certainly be cozy but not unbearable. Though it would be nice if the plumbing and sewer connections could be hooked up for your stay.

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Old 02-22-2010, 03:48 PM   #3
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having the option to live in the hut is nice, even if very very tight.

given FREE space to park it might save money, but every OTHER financial cost of living item remains...

food, fuel, heating/cooling and so on...

and all those kiddo supplies.

considering WHERE the free parking might be relative to work/stores/town/laundry...

and what extra costs might appear relative to rv living...

it would be WISE to work out budgets for 2-3 living alternatives.

NOT having a regular address can cause issues too,

as can the wear/tear of FULL TIME life in an old stream, ON the stream.

otoh financial crisis can drive one to clarity and setting priorities right....

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We have a dog, a baby (14 months), and some debt....Do you think this will increase my love for the trailer, or make me swear off aluminum completely?
who knows...

but it SHOULD make you "swear off" dogs, babies and debt...

ok, keep the dog.

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Old 02-22-2010, 07:58 PM   #4
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Living where you can best optimize your finances is not, so it seems, a choice...but should be approached as a fact which you can meet...challenges?...yeah...adventure?...what you make of it...learning is best approached with an attitude that this, too, will pass...perhaps...you might just find that you'll like the extra freedom and choices you are presented with...ok, ok, sometimes you'll curse the obvious, but at least you have an aluminum tent, and the support for problems incurred in your venture can(and will) be covered by this forums source, somewhere. I wish you luck, and will be around for any support I can give...mike
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Old 02-23-2010, 01:00 AM   #5
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We have a dog, a baby (14 months), and some debt. Finances may necessitate us moving into Stella the Airstream once it gets a little warmer, in lieu of an apartment or house for the summer, probably returning to conventional habitation in the fall. We could semi-permanently park in my best friend's rural yard and use her shower, tub, toilet and kitchen.

We have to pretty much stay put this summer; not enough vacation time to travel.

Do you think this will increase my love for the trailer, or make me swear off aluminum completely?
Hi, it seems to me that you have access to all of the house except for a bedroom; Park your trailer on their property and rent a room if available. Otherwise use as much of your trailer as possible. [hook-ups?] Maybe do some house work or yard work to help best friend for use of space. Don't do anything that would cause you to lose best friend. If you can't afford to pay anything, then pay with help around the house. [I probably didn't need to tell you this]
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Old 02-23-2010, 04:07 AM   #6
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However you work out details with the friend, trailers of any size need outdoor living area. A screen room under the awning would be great, as would a ground covering that prevents the worst of dirt entering the trailer (wooden pallets with plywood overlay? cinder blocks?). Kitchen prep that can be done outdoors is a huge help to trailer living. Insects and other vermin are problematic. Afternoon shade is also recommended. Some sort of storage that keeps loose items from piling up may also be "friendly" (in other words, whatever makes for order in the eyes of a stranger; keeps a good-looking A/S the focus rather than odds & ends scattered about; even some wooden fence sections arranged in a square with a blue tarp roof under the fence tops). Broom, grass rake, etc.

The appearance of order (lack thereof) was a basis for criticism of the 1930's "Okies". Gypsy, vagrant, hippie: avoidance of looking poor (disorganized, slovenly), dirty (hygiene), unmannerly (loud), is a burden without conveniences. Takes more time, is harder to maintain, but I would argue, is an action (set of) louder than words in maintaining that, "I may be broke, but I ain't poor", (as the former is temporary).

Small ceremonies go a long ways. Get some pictures, too. It'll be a defining memory between old & new. There will never again be such an opportunity to think through what trailering means, and the constant upkeep that'll sharpen perception about how to use it. While a wall tent might actually be better in some regards, it sure is a pain to acquire all the furniture, kitchen equipment and the rest. Practically needs a full-time servant to keep afloat. The trailer makes it practical for we mortals. You won't (I'd guess) be focused on the privations for very long.
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Old 02-23-2010, 08:36 AM   #7
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14 month old child needs floor space, dog can be in a kennel outside of trailer or under.
Unless all of property is rock, grey water could be piped to a dry well. Turn off hw heater unless you can get more than 15 amps.
If you are only going to sleep in trailer you won't get the true feeling of trailers advantage over a tent. Without full bathroom, kitchen and entertainment use the trailer will be like a spare room separated from the house.
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Old 02-23-2010, 12:33 PM   #8
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Great advice so far.... years ago hubby and I found ourselves living in a trailer (a 1953 trailer with one bedroom) we had a one year old at the time. And 2 finicky cats. We made the bedroom the "baby's room" and we slept on a hide a bed in the living room. Having an outdoor area makes a lot of sense. We were in a little trailer park and hubby had a little metal shed where he could have a few of his tools, and a tiny workbench, we had an awning so we could enjoy the out of doors, and had some protection from the rain going in and out. It was crowded, but it was one of the best times in reality! It took all of an hour to clean the whole "house"... we downsized on so much even laundry and everything else seemed to be a piece of cake. We seemed to have more family time than when we were in a regular home.

I agree, make it an adventure and go for the best of what it has to offer! If your friends have an area where you can stay at one end of their property rather than stuck right next to their house, you will find that will be less of a strain on your friendship. No matter how good the friendship is, sometimes living in close contact can bring unexpected difficulties. Be sure you keep good communication with your friends at all times so if you unexpectedly break some unwritten rule of theirs they won't silently grumble at you.

Have fun, go camping! Pull out the trailer for a weekend now and then, if even for some place down the road 5 miles! You won't regret it.
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Old 02-23-2010, 12:39 PM   #9
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It was crowded, but it was one of the best times in reality! It took all of an hour to clean the whole "house"... we downsized on so much even laundry and everything else seemed to be a piece of cake. We seemed to have more family time than when we were in a regular home.
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Old 02-23-2010, 01:19 PM   #10
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I agree with everything said above. Look at it as an adventure, apply yourselves HARD to getting a more permanent living situation and tough it out. You will also discover the most efficient ways to do everything in your AS, which will make it easier once you are able to vacation again.

With a free place to park, it could be much, much, worse.

Keep your chin up and good luck to you.

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Keep in mind that there are a lot of people full-timing in RVs and TTs, and you are just joining them. Although it's a new adventure for you, there are a lot of resources for you to gather support from. Take a look at the threads under full-timing and you will find a plethora of great ideas for making this work out to your benefit.

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Old 02-23-2010, 03:29 PM   #12
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You will become a master at organization. Extending your living space outside will also help. There have been many good suggestions here. Good luck and I hope it works out grat for you!
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Old 02-26-2010, 07:26 PM   #13
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Thanks, everyone! I love the outdoor room area; got a great awning a couple summers ago and haven't camped enough in non-windy locales to enjoy it. We do have a scrap piece of carpet or two that we could layer up to make a nice floor area, once the snow melts and "mud season" abates. Couple chairs, outdoor side table, dog, kid, sweetie, sunset, frosty beverage... sounds pretty good!
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We have previously lived in a camper it was a SOB...pre airstream for us....this was after hurricane Katrina & Rita took our home. There were 4 us of living in a camper for 6 mths....and it really is not all that bad.....the bathroom/hot water heater was the biggest challenge I think....we used alot of plastic storage containers....and also used our outside living area....we had a small chest type freezer to help store our food and also we bought some of the plain....outdoor cement patio bricks to help with the mud issue....we hung up our camper lights on the canopy and it looked like we were just on a permant camping trip.
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