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Old 03-23-2014, 07:39 AM   #15
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We own another property about 30 miles from us. No electric or water, but it is 80 acres with a 23 acre pond. It also has a large shed where we store the AS in the winter. We camp there as often as we can in the summer. The dogs love it and there good fishing if you like to fish. The only down side is the property tax.
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Old 03-23-2014, 07:40 AM   #16
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I think we should all buy one piece of property, 2 acres or so, and offer it to other 'Streamers as a camping site. Sort of an extension to our "Courtesy Parking" thread.
No charge if you have a property to offer others, and perhaps a small fee if you don't have a property to share...
Sort of like this idea.
https://www.boondockerswelcome.com/
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Old 03-23-2014, 09:32 AM   #17
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Old 03-23-2014, 11:10 AM   #18
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I went about it the opposite way.
I bought the land and needed someplace to stay when I went up there.
I had an old slide in pickup camper for a few years and then was able to upgrade to my AS.
I would likely go crazy if I couldn't get away from the city here on occasion. But even when I can't get away I stay sane knowing I have a place to go when the time comes.
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Old 03-23-2014, 10:47 PM   #19
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We plan to do this on some flood plane property near us. It can have a pad and electric but no buildings.

As for where to look, check out Mentone, Al. Beautiful country, good land prices and great views. We almost bought property there before we moved West.
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Old 03-24-2014, 05:56 AM   #20
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Old 03-24-2014, 07:12 AM   #21
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I have 10.5 acres with my Airstream sitting in a barn. I just got back yesterday from there. We plan on building an apartment in the barn and living in the airstream while we build. My airstream looks out from two barn doors at a 1 acre pond. I was getting all the details for septic, electric and water last weekend. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$, but you got to do what you got to do.

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Old 03-24-2014, 08:05 AM   #22
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It would be great if there were "time shares" for RVers where you could purchase however many weeks a year and however many locations you wanted.
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Old 03-24-2014, 11:23 AM   #23
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It would be great if there were "time shares" for RVers where you could purchase however many weeks a year and however many locations you wanted.
.... I call that...."campgrounds" .....
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Old 03-24-2014, 07:41 PM   #24
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.... I call that...."campgrounds" .....

Ok, ok...I guess I was having a senior moment!! LOL!!
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Old 03-24-2014, 09:15 PM   #25
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Many alternatives to consider on the spectrum from

- campground day rates
- campground weekly/monthly rates
- campground seasonal sites
- coop type seasonal sites that you buy into including...
- the many Airstream-only coop campgrounds focused on seasonal usage
- various seasonal and coop campgrounds where the lack of a suitable road network means that the trailer must be more or less permanently parked
- the owned freestanding location with its own building(s) that is suitable for boondocking
- the owned freestanding location with only a parking pad

Owned freestanding locations (not part of a campground or RV coop) are costly and maintenance intensive and pose various zoning problems in many jurisdictions. The cost of adding a driveway, pad, electric, water, and sewer to unimproved property is considerable. There are a growing number of legal regulatory and zoning barriers to the practice of the 1950s 1960s and 1970s of creative low-cost water, wastewater, and power systems, making these less attractive than they once were.

If your main goal is consistency of experience and guaranteed site availability there are many campgrounds that offer seasonal sites that are far less expensive than developing an unimproved site.

If your goal is seclusion and independence and cost is not a concern then full speed ahead... get to know your local backhoe contractor, well driller, and real estate attorney... You may find that in many cases it's more practical to repurpose a lot with a modest cabin, which may be torn down or left standing as your tastes and the local regulatory climate dictate
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Old 03-25-2014, 04:47 AM   #26
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Interesting thoughts, Jammer. Helpful, and realistic.... I wonder if there are other resources we haven't thought of that could be useful, especially when boondocking. Michigan has a land trust conservancy, and although camping is not usually permitted on these properties, many of them have a parking spot for use when exploring, and I would bet that the monitoring organization would permit an overnight stay if permission was requested.


My hopes are more for boondocking than seasonal or long-term stay.
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Old 03-25-2014, 05:36 PM   #27
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We have vacation property in the Eastern Sierra near the town of Lone Pine. We are getting ready to put an rv pad and rv carport, access road and utilities so we can park our AS on it to use on long week ends.

It's a four hour drive from So Cal where we live and long term we will be building a home for retirement in about ten years.

We have retired neighbors who will keep an eye on the tin can so we can leave it there between trips.

I would suggest you check the local building codes. In Inyo Co. we had to sign documents showing that it would be used only for vacation use and not full time use.

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Old 03-25-2014, 06:47 PM   #28
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Where I grew up river lots ate common. That is basically river front land in the flood plain that floods in the winter and is great in the spring/summer. They are around 10 to 25k usually and almost everyone brings a rv down for the summer. I wish we had those here in the coastal areas. It would prob work in some of the marsh areas that couldn't support a home. Would love to have a weekend river lot within a hours drive or two. Maybe if I ever move back...
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