I have been thinking about purchasing a small piece of land here in Texas and parking my 5th wheel in my signature there during the winter time. If I do this, I will put in a small septic system and have water and electricity available. I think a small parking pad might also be a good idea or I could just have gravel hauled in.
I am just wondering if anyone else on this forum has done this or thought of doing it. If I can get the land/lot at a cheap enough price I think it would be wonderful. I do not want a lot of trees on the lot as I use a satelite dish for my television viewing.
If anyone has done this or thought of doing this, please let me know your thoughts.
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Don't know about Texas, but about a mile up the road from me (midcoast Maine) 2 retired couples developed a nice spot for themselves. One a fifth wheel the other a Class A. Water/sewer/power. Had a storage shed onsite and gravel pads and driveway. Flower beds and shrubs even! They wintered in Florida at a similar setup. Worked for them.
Yep, check local codes/ordinances. Some areas do not allow living in an RV.
Some areas has minimum standards that must be met for a septic system, such as a perc test of the soil, and no smaller than a 500 gallon tank. Keep in mind that if the system is not installed per code, it may make it nearly impossible to sell the property at a later date.
It CAN be done. It HAS been done. Yes, you CAN do it in Texas, IF you make yourself aware of all the codes, laws, rules, regulations, and ordinances that may apply, and comply with them.
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We have some property here in northern WI to do the same thing. However, the local codes say that the unit has to be removed Nov-Mar. Due to towing length laws (tandem towing), we have decided to go with a TC. We're now contemplating putting in a holding tank.
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We were full timing with out 5th wheel and we did put our RV on our own property in Wyoming.
Like mentioned in a previous post you need to check zoning to see if it is allowed. They can also tell you what is required for a septic, power, well driveway etc.
We put in a full RV hook up with 20. 30 and 50 amp electrical, septic, leach line, water well, gravel driveway, and gravel pad for the RV. We also built a 10 ft by 10 ft shed to store things in. Since it gets cold in Wyoming we installed heat tape on the water line faucet at the RV spot that is controlled by a switch in the breaker box.
That faucet is a freeze proof faucet but that is only when the faucet is of. When the faucet is on it can freeze. We then carry water hose with heat tape mounted on it. We rented a 120 gallon propane tank when we were here. They removed it for the winter months.
Since we were concerned about other people just pulling in and using the RV spot we worked with the power company and we could call them and give them turn off and turn on dates for the power. The septic tank permit cost of $75. All of the other permits were free. Just had to draw up a plan for them. Since out 5Ver was licensed they require a permit but that permit is free. If your RV is not licensed for the road then they put a value on the RV and adjust your property taxes.
It is not cheap putting in everything for the RV. I'm guessing about $25,000 to put everything in. Labor and supplies.
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We are building our summer/storage place in a small rural town who was more than happy to have us. Hook ups will be for two RV's. Since we are 40 miles from I-70 we may have friends stop by when traveling. Two sheds, one will have facilities, storage and a place for Joyce to do major art projects and one for my workshop. Water and sewer are city so we have no concerns there. Power will come to the sheds first and the shut off for the RV hookups will be there. Both the current sheriff and one deputy live in town so it's also reasonably secure. Will also have the larger shed rigged for heat so if we want to come back and visit the kids for Christmas we can leave the rig where it's warm.
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