There is a reason it is called subsistence farming.
You are assuming that what you can grow will generate enough income to pay your rent and electric at minimum. And yet to do that, you need growing skills, crop knowledge, and a network of buyers.
I don't know about Texas, but in Virginia, it will run you about $3000 for a septic field, $3000 for a deep water well, and depending on how far you are from the grid, $1000 for hook up to power. And in this scenario, you won't own any of it. You are better off buying your own acre of land somewhere to set all this up; you will then be able to sell it when your dream changes. And the mortgage would probably be cheaper than the rent.
FYI - Western Slope No Fee is a group with an agenda that promotes half truths as gospel to fulfill their agenda - getting rid of any and all fees on public land.
What is not taken into consideration is the building, maintenance, and upkeep for these places. If there is a parking lot, someone has to keep it clear, keep it clean, and keep it safe. If there is a toilet, it has to be emptied and maintained. Is it fair to charge everyone for its use, or just those that use it? Also, not just a toilet is required. In the bill, to potentially charge a day use fee, a site MUST have four of: toilet, developed parking, a picnic table, interpretive materials, AND routine presence of agency personnel. But, these are the same requirements CURRENTLY in place - those passed in 1995 and again in 2005 as FLREA.
Additionally, the word ALLOW is much different than the word IMPOSE. Just because a fee CAN be implemented, doesn't mean it WILL be implemented. Currently, there are many locations that CAN charge a fee and don't.
Logging and mining companies pay for leases for land they use - they pay a fee.
Despite what WSNF states on their website, this FLREA update does not allow BLM or NFS to charge for undeveloped areas, walking or boating through an area, and the use of overlooks.
I am not for this particular rewriting of FLREA. However, WSNF is an agenda driven organization that twists reality to suit their agenda. Nothing they state can be taken at face value. If you are really concerned about Fees, please read FLREA and the proposed update rather than just taking someone else's word for it.
For example, prior to the banning of logging on National Forest a few years ago by the then administration, the Forest Service obtained a major portion of revenue from logging, mining, and grazing fees.
Logging is banned in National Parks, not National Forests.
In Atlanta? I wouldn't think there is much of a winter.
We lived in Maryland. We waited until the first long hard freeze to winterize - as early as November or as late as January. We kept the tanks and water lines dry and put antifreeze in the traps. Our first season, we winterized/dewinterized four times(antifreeze in the entire system). It got old quick. But on those trips, we took drinking water in jugs.
We can view different channels on the Pathway X2 when two receivers are hooked up. But, they must be on the same satellite.
The advantages of the Pathway are: it has a larger dish and so has an easier time finding/connecting to satellites, and it can find both eastern and western arc satellites, which is good in some locations.
We used the Pathway for 7 months from Florida to Idaho and everywhere in between. If we had problems getting western arc because of trees or other blockage, we could often get the eastern arc. We were even able to get some reception under fairly heavy tree cover.
We now have a Winegard Road Trip Mission on our new rig (it came with it). The Pathway X2 gets better reception with less issues even with a clear sky. So we kept our Pathway and will use it when needed.
The problem with plugging your shore power into an inverter is that anything that is plugged in will begin to draw power unless you turn it off first. That includes fridge, water heater, cell phone chargers, laptops, lamps, you name it. We ended up with an inverter for the front tv and sat receiver and we heated water on the stove for coffee in the morning, pouring it through the coffee maker ourselves.
We did this AFTER we had installed 420 watts of solar and had 320AH of battery because while 320 amp hours sounds like a lot, it goes fast. If you are using batteries all evening, there won't be enough left to power a keurig; the AMP draw will take the inverter below its safety margin and set off alarm bells. Really unpleasant before morning coffee.
On our last tt we had the same thing. Essentially, food froze in the fridge if it was all the way up, but it took a day or two. We kept it near the middle most of the time.
If you fridge is parked where direct sunlight hits the back, move it all the way up. If your fridge is parked where it doesn't get above 50 degrees, move it all the way down. In between, its a crapshoot. But ours worked rather well.
to be exact:
"Starting Sept. 15, any group taking organized, rim-to-rim or extended day-hiking and running trips in the inner Canyon will have to pay for $175 for a permit."
Note the key word "Organized"
What happened is that a guy "organized" a rim to rim hike and charged people for it.
And, people in general seem to have been born in barns. They leave trash all over the trail with no regard for who has to clean it up. They are too lazy to clean up after themselves.
Don't complain about the government charging fees, complain about the lazy, dirty, people who take advantage of something for nothing that ruin for the rest of us.
We full timed in a tt for seven months before switching to a class A. We chose the tt over a 5er because we did not want a bigger truck and we liked having our truck bed available. We went from a diesel truck to a gas MH.
Based on our experience and only our experience, a MH is much easier, even with a toad if you move frequently. If you stay put more - a week to a month, a 5er or tt is better.
With the tt/5er set up you, essentially, have to go from camp spot to camp spot where you can unhook your tow vehicle and then go out and see sites or whatever else you want to do. Yes, you can stop in places with large parking lots but you have to make sure everything you want is there as you *usually* can't drop your tt/5er and come back later.
With a motorhome/toad set up, you can unhook your toad in a parking lot and go site see, shop, whatever. You don't have to find a campground first to unhook.
Motorhomes are better set up for moving; tt/5ers are better set up for stopping. tt/5ers typically have more space for their length than MH. MH allow one to access everything while moving.
It really just depends on how you travel. We were really committed to keeping our truck and tt. The space was more than enough, the storage excellent, and we really loved our truck. But, once we got out on the road, we realized life would be much much easier with a MH.
I have found several spots and added them as listings to the site.
I love boondocking! On the East Coast, we boondocked at Walmarts and Foxwoods Resort and Casino.
It can be very rewarding - adds to the adventure and saves money.
nothing within 500 miles of our lat/lon on that site. East Coast must be pretty tough to find a boondocking site. maybe I look at some local farms etc and ask permission.
In Maryland, about the only place to boondock is in the state forests. But, they now charge $10 per night as they maintain the sites. Some are easier to get to than others. Some are definitely tent only.
Maryland State Forests
On the road map for Green Ridge State Forest, you will see tiny little numbers. These are sites. Best check the road before hauling in a tt or anything larger.
The alternative is to head over to George Washington National Forest.
Hmmm. She found about 2,600 people out of the estimated 1,000,000 that fulltime. And, she assumed that all of them were down on their luck, all of them didn't want to work, and all of them were living in an rv because they couldn't afford anything else.
Here is a response to her article.
I was at Buccaneer this past February and the water park was closed. The beach wasn't that great either, especially when compared to Fort Pickens. Just an FYI, Waveland, MS (where Buccaneer is located) was where Hurricane Katrina made landfall and the town was almost wiped off the map. One can see rebuilding everywhere but there are a lot of empty lots (for sale even), too. Not much in the town - walmart, the casino, a few restaurants. For a nine year old in February, not much to do.
A lot of the touristy things are closed or have limited hours during the winter - it is a lot colder there than further south. We saw 40s and 50s with an occasional day in the 60s.
You can get 2014's cheaper when the 2015's start shipping. Just like with cars, manufacturers offer dealers rebates to get rid of their old stock. For example, Fleetwood is now shipping 2015s and so they are closing out the 2014s. We got an amazing deal on our 2014 Bounder recently. A few years ago, we got a great deal on a Jayco tt (More than 35% off MSRP on both).
But, you've made me think that we might need to look into Florida as our domicile. I really worry about getting health insurance coverage for myself that we can afford. I have hypertension, but it is well controlled with medication. Don't go to the doctor real often, but often enough -- maybe 4 times a year.
The great thing about health insurance now is that it doesn't matter if you have hypertension. Both DH and I have pre-existing conditions. Until the ACA, I could not get health insurance unless it was group health through work. Now, the only thing they want to know is how old I am and if I smoke. Premiums will vary depending on your age. But, companies can no longer base it on your previous health issues (you don't get a 'good driver discount).
If your gross income is below about $63K for a couple, you are probably eligible for subsidies. There is a lot more paperwork to go with it, but for many people, it is worth the time.
In Texas, you could use the Escapees for your address and mail service. You don't have to return once per year (I think it is eery couple of years or so) but check their website for better information. A lot of people really love Texas for their home base and many spend winters there.
Just an FYI.
At this time, there is no specified discount in FLREA. Currently, seniors do get a 50% discount. There is no change in the new updated FLREA Congress is attempting to pass. Congress or the Secretary of the Interior, at any time since FLREA passed, could have changed the discount %.
However, currently, concessionaires are NOT required to honor the discount. This new FLREA is requiring them to honor the discount.
"the Secretary shall
require concessionaires operating federally owned campgrounds
and day use facilities on Federal recreational lands and waters
to accept a recreational pass issued under this title or
section 4 of the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965
(16 U.S.C. 460l-6a) for discounted or free use, as applicable."
So, this is a good thing, not a bad thing.
You can't take everything Western Slope No Fee prints at face value. They have an agenda and will manipulate facts to get people to follow them.
It is very rare, almost never happens, that drivers whom I went out of my way to help,
ever toot their horn or wave.
Strange that the truckers have time to blink their clearance lights
when you signal that it is OK to cut back in,
others, I guess are too self important
to indulge in a simple courtesy!
Just an FYI, I don't honk at anyone unless metal on metal contact is imminent. To thank you? Umm, no. Horns are for warning people. Unless they are on vw bugs. Those sound kind of happy.
If I wave, you won't see it anyway. Between the tinted glass in my back window, and the tinted glass on my cap, no one can see inside the truck anyway.
Less than two weeks ago, I drove 95 north for 800 miles. I must have flashed my lights at 50 semis. How many "thank yous?" Maybe 10 on a generous count. Trucks sometimes do and sometimes don't. Just like car people do. Well, except the ones that are "self important."
I may have misunderstood your post but Fort Pickens has hookups, water and electric (no sewer). We were there this summer. It is a great campground right across from the beach.
You are absolutely right! I was having a brain gas attack. I think I remember no power because it went out while we were there - so much rain our site was under water. But it was still so beautiful we are ready to go back. thanks!