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Old 04-24-2016, 08:18 PM   #15
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It's actually against the law in most of "The Land of The Free" to live in a travel trailer except in a licensed camp ground! In fact it's against the law to live cheaply in general in the USA! There are very few places left that don't have zoning laws! There is a bill in Congress to make it illegal to life full time in an RV Nationwide! In the county I live in there are a lot of vacation homes and the Sheriff has a special squad that checks the nooks and crannies for squatters in said homes. I guess there is enough of a problem with dishonest people or just plain poor people that the taxpayers feel like it's worth paying the cops to snoop. That being said, my ideal home would be a barn with lots of windows and RV hookups that I could pull my trailer into and live there; then have my stuff secure when I'm gone. Sort of like the Texas Airstream places. I suspect that it would be hard to find a place to have a set-up like this and be legal but I would like to start something like a "Trailer Ranch" with a group of people where someone was always around when I was out on the road. I think to do what you are thinking about would require a big enough parcel to hide your camp from prying eyes and have good neighbors that will not steal your stuff. Hopefully you could find that situation not too far from where you live. The best thing would be to have a carport in your own backyard and good neighbors. It might be wise to just wait until you retire before buying a trailer? Or move to a place with a big enough yard to keep a trailer?
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Old 04-24-2016, 08:27 PM   #16
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I pay about $100 a month to store the trailer in covered storage in California. Probably a lot cheaper by half anywhere else in the US for the same. Thats a lot less than a mortgage payment for land, and bare land is not deductible.

I also second the concern with theft. At least a storage yard is fenced, gated and video secured.
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Old 04-24-2016, 08:34 PM   #17
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Yes go buy some land and but your trailer on if you want. Could make a nice little front deck and every thing, run power. Haul it out of there when you want to travel. It's done all the time, you could over think every thing for sure, will it help?
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Old 04-24-2016, 08:38 PM   #18
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Plot in the country

I would like to mention that the plot in the country takes upkeep. We live on a 20 acre plot, 7 of which we maintain as orchard and yard / park, the remainder is leased to a neighboring farmer. I have a $22,000.00 commercial mower and an irrigation gun for maintenance. Then there's fuel for the mower + annual maintenance cost for the mower, electrical for the irrigation gun. Then, there is fertilizer and other sprays. Now the biggest investment: time. In the Spring, I can be mowing every 3-4 days until Summer, when it slacks off to once a week. Each mow session is 6-9 hours depending upon how thick and fast the grass is growing ( many trees to mow around). This means we do not travel in the Spring or early Summer. The place is beautiful, but as I age, I am wondering when it will be too much.
So, be sure to balance in just how "pretty" you want to keep your storage plot. Also, your State / County may have requirements on grass height, as in fire risk.
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Old 04-24-2016, 08:43 PM   #19
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My house is on a fairly big lot, which I like for many reasons, but I had not contemplated buying an Airstream when I bought the house. Luckily, there is a street that runs behind it, so I was able to construct a pad to store the Airstream that is accessible from the street that runs behind the house.

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It is a big advantage to have the AS right next to the house, for security, accessibility, and heck, I just enjoy having the thing around. Rather than buying land somewhere and storing the AS on it, why not move somewhere that has enough land where you can have your house and AS in the same place?


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Old 04-25-2016, 09:51 AM   #20
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I am not sure we are ready to commit to live on the Airstream fulltime. We just moved to a condo downtown and really enjoy that. While we had the boat, we enjoyed having a "weekend getaway". That is what we are aiming for with this plan.

I guess if I could find a park I liked it would be better. We found one in Sarasota but the lots were very small and between $80-100K each. Ouch. I can get 10-20 acres of land for that kind of money. But living in the park definitely mitigates the security issues.

Decisions, decisions...
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Old 04-25-2016, 11:40 AM   #21
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2.5 acres in Colorado and AS barn

HOA covenants preclude us parking our trailer outside on our acreage, but love having a barn to work on, and store two Airstreams inside. Love living here first, with storage for the trailers only a secondary benefit.
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Old 04-25-2016, 11:50 AM   #22
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Not sure where to post this, so I'll ask it here. Mods, please move if this belongs somewhere else.

So my wife and I are thinking of buying an Airstream. We are about 15 years from retirement, so this would be for weekend use. I'm not exactly the social type, but I do enjoy having something to do on weekends. We just sold our 38' boat after 15 years.

Which brings me to my question. We do not want to store it in a storage place. We want to store it somewhere we can use it on weekends. We've seen some parks but are not very impressed. I was wondering about the option of purchasing a lot of land somewhere, 5-10 acres, and setting it up to keep my trailer there. Anyone here do that? I realize there are issues such as electric and water that need to be resolved, but the prospect of owning land interests me a lot. I was wondering what the sage minds of the forum have to say about that.
You might consider a place in Florida called Paradise Park. Some of the folks in our local Airstream Club unit own lots there. I don't know exactly where it is but understand it is somewhere Ne of Tampa in the "middle of nowhere". We occasionally see ads on our bulletin board for sale by older Airstreamers who are no longer able to travel. There typically are carport type structures, paved pads, storage rooms, grounds maintenance, full hookups and year round security. There is probably some sort of annual or monthly fee to pay
for the amenities. Just a thought....
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Old 04-25-2016, 11:56 AM   #23
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Top of Georgia AS campground. You can store it there and use it whenever you want to. About seven hours from Gainesville, a little farther for you. Open all year.
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Old 04-25-2016, 11:56 AM   #24
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ZB, I live in Idaho, but kept my old 12 acre tract in Alachua County where I spend two months of the year. Based on leaving my 20ft AS on the land a couple of times for the winter (i.e., leave it late October-early November and fly back to ID, then do the reverse in March) is suggest the following: Park it on a concrete slab (to protect the tires from contact with soil and minimize rodent damage...have a roof over it (to keep leaves etc out of the vents and AC), but allow air flow.....have it fully insured (in case of vandalism etc)....and remove the batteries and chain/lock the tires (deter theft). Depending on location, it may be worth to hang a sign stating "No valuables inside". If you can find a location with friendly, trustworthy neighbors, that much the better. So far this has worked for me during a couple of years. It gives me a place to stay while on the land, and lets me take Daisy wherever I wanted the rest of the time. Good luck. jon
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Old 04-25-2016, 12:01 PM   #25
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I own several farms besides one I live on. One we have set up for camping riding motorcycles etc.in timber but would never leave there as vandalism and trespassers would destroy AS, plus poachers in deer season even tho dnr keeps watch, this place. Made fire pit had fire wood stored, destroyed and stole wood, so only thing we do is keep mowed and pick up trash dumped. This a small town 90 miles SW of Chgo. influence but still problems. There aren't any buildings on property as vandals destroyed many years ago, plus creek North side, RR tracks South farms on E. and W. sides nearest houses 1 mile, that person watches when drives by
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You might consider a place in Florida called Paradise Park. Some of the folks in our local Airstream Club unit own lots there. I don't know exactly where it is but understand it is somewhere Ne of Tampa in the "middle of nowhere". We occasionally see ads on our bulletin board for sale by older Airstreamers who are no longer able to travel. There typically are carport type structures, paved pads, storage rooms, grounds maintenance, full hookups and year round security. There is probably some sort of annual or monthly fee to pay
for the amenities. Just a thought....
Thanks for the suggestion,

http://www.paradisepark.us/

I have a few years before I qualify, but I may look into this as a potential option. Looks nice.

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ZB...I just re-read some of the responses...a lot of them pretty negative. My experience has been positive. I like having my AS as a temporary homebase, and love working on my land. So weigh the negatives (many justified) against the positives (many not mentioned). jon
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In considering this option I of course researched renting and purchasing in an RV Park. RV Parks that sell rather than rent are not as common. Here is what I found in Florida (and one in Alabama but right across the border) in case this helps someone else.

Holiday Cove
11900 Cortez Rd. West, Cortez, FL 34215
http://www.holidaycoverv.com/florida...s-for-sale.htm

River Ranch
3400 River Ranch Blvd., River Ranch FL 33867
(863) 692-1116
http://www.riverranchrv.com/rental-lots/

Silver Palms RV Resort
4143 Highway 441 South, Okeechobee, Florida 34974
http://www.silverpalmsrv.com/rv-lots-sale/

(various)
http://eliteresorts.com/ownership/
Elite Resorts at Citrus Valley
16246 Citrus Parkway
Clermont, Florida 34714

Paradise Park (55+ and over)
46900 Bermont Road, Punta Gorda, Florida
http://www.paradisepark.us/

IN ALABAMA: (7 hours in car from Tampa)
Bella Terra of Gulf Shores
101 Viabella Terra
Foley, Alabama 36535
https://www.bellaterrarvresort.com/resale/
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