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Old 09-16-2016, 12:57 PM   #29
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AirDavid, go to and search for land (not homes). You can specify an area, price range, size of lot, etc.

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Old 09-16-2016, 01:42 PM   #30
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I always had the dream to rent a large garage or shed and park the AS in there stating it is a "restoration project".

Then I would just live in it.

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Old 09-16-2016, 01:51 PM   #31
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There is a guy in New York State who tried that.

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I always had the dream to rent a large garage or shed and park the AS in there stating it is a "restoration project".

Then I would just live in it.
He had permission from the property owner who lived in a house there. He was well hidden, I think he got busted by posting videos on "off grid " living. He got evicted. ( No running water, no septic etc )

The other issue is people who worked hard to buy a nice house, sometimes take issue with people living in RVs, bringing the property values down. Then there is the municipalities, that like folks to pay taxes.
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Old 09-16-2016, 02:27 PM   #32
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I hate to be a buzzkill but just say "NO" to someone who thinks they will live cheap in an Airstream in a populated area like the Bay Area. The zoning laws will get you in trouble very quickly unless you are very good at flying under the radar. The number one $50 a day fine comes from not being hooked to a legal sewer. In the rural county where I live your trailer or camper is subject to a fine if it can even just be seen from the 3 main state highways in the county because the board of supervisors were worried about the "image" tourists might get. In an industrial area the little shop/garage spaces are subject to monthly inspections from code inspectors looking for pollution sources, supposedly. It is tough to live inexpensively in the USA nowadays. It can be done but is not easy. It seems that the powers that be hate the tiny house movement. I commend Mandolindave for being realistic and would be OK with him posting at a "5"! Just my 2 cents worth!
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Old 09-16-2016, 02:41 PM   #33
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To be clear…so I don't look like a snob

I am ALL FOR small affordable housing. Homes that could be heated or cooled for a few dollars a day. Homes that could be painted in a weekend for a hundred dollars worth of paint. It would be good for the environment, and carbon footprint and such.

I think the powers that be should make areas available for that. They actually kind of already do. New Jersey requires "well to do" municipalities, to provide a certain amount of low income housing. Some "well to do" towns pay other towns to take over their quota of low income housing. The whole " not in my backyard " mentality. The same with Wind Turbines, great for the environment, but people don't want to spoil their pretty views of the countryside.

One of the problems with it is the cost of police, firehouses, and education. Taxes have to pay for that. Who is gonna pick up the slack. Property taxes are already chasing me into homelessness.

Another problem is the need for jobs, medical care, and stores to be reasonably close to these areas.

Tough economy now….no easy answers .
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Old 09-16-2016, 03:17 PM   #34
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Interesting info,

Do you know what a learning experience is? A learning experience is one of those things that says "You know that thing that you just did? Don't do that."
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Old 09-16-2016, 04:25 PM   #35
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Thank you all for your input, the sarcasm is not offensive but I did forget how forums can be, LOTS of assumptions

I was basically just looking for other resources other than Craigslist to find long term living locations. Thank you to those that got that and gave valuable input.

The young couple that I talked about are already buyers, they are not "prospective buyers" they have the means and purchased last week but the spot they had picked out fell through so I'm trying to help them find something else.
Some options:

Many RV parks have long term leases available.
DNR land can be camped on for extended periods of time
How about a house sitting gig with parking rights?
Campground host?
Intentional community?
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Old 09-17-2016, 12:16 AM   #36
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As a realtor of 14 years I must say this thread was highly amusing. 😂😂
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Old 09-17-2016, 05:00 AM   #37
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Originally Posted by ckandmonair View Post
As a realtor of 14 years I must say this thread was highly amusing. 😂😂
Why do you find this thread highly amusing because you are a realtor.
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Old 09-17-2016, 05:04 AM   #38
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Probably finds it amusing because people actually think one can put a tiny home or trailer anywhere they want to and live in it. Not gonna happen in my neighborhood or yours if you are smart. If you don't understand why, well, you just will never understand.
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Old 09-17-2016, 06:06 AM   #39
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The tiny house thing is resurrecting the reason zoning started.
You are more correct than you might realize. I used to be an HGTV junkie but the tiny house propaganda has really turned me off. In my opinion, it has become an endless stream of happily-ever-after presentations that have questionable basis in reality. Most HGTV money shots (aka "reveals") do not show tiny houses with any obvious hook-ups to water, sewer, or electric, or even lawfully parked (I suspect, at least not beyond the filming permit). They build these custom units and find the prettiest natural staging area possible and they just set the unit out there for the 3 hours it takes them to do the shoot, implying that it's the destination in many cases. The whole basis of the show is supposedly sustainability via smaller living, but they don't bother to mention that their presentation itself is inherently unsustainable. That kind of practice results in the public developing unrealistic expectations.

Here's a screengrab from tinyhousegiantjourney, who got busted for violating code. This kind of outcome will only increase, and it irritates me because it casts a potentially bad light on those of us who are interested in the lowest-profile stealth camping in a vehicle rather than showboating a politically-correct lifestyle.
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You are so right!
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Old 09-17-2016, 08:26 AM   #41
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We had luck using Craigslist while living outside the Wichita, KS. area, found a 7 acre lot that previously had an old single wide trailer on it. (Water, electric & lagoon existing) With a little work we turned it into a perfect RV hideaway. Spots like this are rare because of city & county ordinances. We were lucky in that the land owner was very well "connected" AND the location was very private, despite being only miles from the city.
All major cities & counties have clear restrictions against a permanent placement of a trailer for living quarters. ( Short of being in an actual RV Park) Even some "rural" counties have these restrictions..... We are looking into some land in Northern Arizona ( Navajo Country) to use as a getaway for our Airstream vacations, and we're surprised to see limits on how long an RV could "legally" be placed on the property.
If your intention is to be anywhere within an hour of any major city, I think you have to be willing to tell a few white lies and look the other way when it comes to the zoning and city regulations. There really is no way around the rules. We always figured that if the regulators ever showed up and really raised enough stink, we could always just "hook-up" and drive off... 😀
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Old 09-17-2016, 09:01 AM   #42
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Adventure Advisor = salesman. LMAO, only in kalifornia.
Not just in Cali, AWCHIEF.
I met a guy in a park Rangers uniform here in Prescott Az, Said he was a camp ranger.
In asking for details, it turns out that's what they call sales folk at a nearby dealership ��

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