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We r considering being snowbirds, and trying to see should we have a permanent summer homebase up in the northeast, and rent a RV pad in Florida during winter months. After looking at the RV pads down in Great Outdoors RV resort in Titusville, Fl and they cost an average of $50,000 , I say, may be I should find a couple of acres up in the northeast and build my own RV pad, complete with water, electric, and sewage hookup for may be $20,000 can that be done? And if I can do that up north, may be I can do that down in Florida too. 2 RV pads for the price of one . Have you guys have similar thoughts?


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I have a cousin here in the thumb area of michigan that has done that very thing. Bought a 5 acre plot put a pad for the 5th wheel and built a huge pole barn. Water, gas, and electric to both. We have all of that sides family parties there. I don't know about FL, but I see no reason why not.


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SoonToRetireNYC wrote:

We r considering being snowbirds, and trying to see should we have a permanent summer homebase up in the northeast, and rent a RV pad in Florida during winter months. After looking at the RV pads down in Great Outdoors RV resort in Titusville, Fl and they cost an average of $50,000 , I say, may be I should find a couple of acres up in the northeast and build my own RV pad, complete with water, electric, and sewage hookup for may be $20,000 can that be done? And if I can do that up north, may be I can do that down in Florida too. 2 RV pads for the price of one . Have you guys have similar thoughts?
All depends on Where in the northeast you're talking about, I'm guessing that anywhere near a city, (even a small one), you'll run into a lot of zoning, & environmental problems, some counties even have a size restriction, ie a lot must be at least 1/2 acre, some are even more restrictive in which case the land alone could be more than $20,000.
Thats not to say that it can't be done, but you'll need to do some serious studying on it. Again, the whole thing depends on Where.


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You are at the mercy of the zoning boards...

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Zoning and deed restrictions may be an issue. But I'll bet you can find a place out in the country somewhere. And even then it may be good to have a long driveway so you cannot be seen from a main road. I doubt you would find a half acre lot, to do it on. Might need more like 5 acres to make it work. I'd look for a private piece of land on a stream or river. You could get into trouble trying to get septic approval. But if classed as a mobile home, it might be do-able.

I have thought the same thing. But haven't looked into it yet. You can make an RV site to your exact liking.


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Some places might not allow you to have power on a site without building a house or doing something like that. It REALLY depends on your zoning and permit people. For example, you might have to put in septic before being allowed to drill a well and then put in "temporary" construction power. If you can identify an area you are interested in, you might want to check with a local building contractor for the skinny on what is allowed. I'd do that before trying the "official" route of checking with the government zoning and permit people -- although they are the final word on it.


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Depends on local ordinances and zoning laws


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In Illinois, you can put a mobile home on your own property if:

The lot is no smaller than five acres

You stated your primary occupation as "Farmer" on your last five federal income tax returns.




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While on vacation in Maine I met a guy that had property with a FW set up for the summer. He had water, electric and a septic system on his own land. He worked in Bar Harbor for the summer and lived in Florida for the winters. Sounds like a ideal way to retire.
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Zoning issues......biggest problem.

Finding large enough lot to put in septic.....lot of restrictions. $$

Source of water......has a well/drill a well/water allotment. $$$

Source of power.....power on lot/close to lot/miles away from lot. $$$$

Access to property...no road/dirt road/gravel road.....maintained/not maintained. $$$$$

If you find one that fits the bill and only costs $20,000 Buy TWO (We'll work out an agreement later to take the second one off your hands....hehe)

We look everywhere we travel for just what you have in mind....most of the time we find the land with no zoning/restriction problems but run into problems with well/septic/power.
Occasionally we find 'developed' land (well/septic/power on site) but run into zoning/restrictions (No RV....mobile home/manufactured home/site built home only).

It's a tough find......our other problem is I'm CHEAP (want 2 acres with well/septic/power on site for less than $25,000 HA)....still looking.

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