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WandaLust2

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Geocritter wrote:

My budgets very slim,.... but now that it's just me and no money to speak of except for social security, ....


I don't think you're going to be able to do all that traveling on your SS check. Live in a MH yes. Travel as much as you plant to - I doubt it.

There was a divorced woman we knew who lived full time in an old small 15.5 Sunline and was perfectly happy. She could pull it with almost anything. She only had the possessions she needed plus a small box of books.

The larger the MH, the less places you will fit with it.


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WandaLust2 (cute handle!),

Actually, I've been earning a small amount of money consulting, something I can do anywhere thanks to the internet. I research and write for a large petroleum industry publisher. It's not making me rich, but it helps pay the bills. I've been an avid reader my entire life and I'm hoping to get some magazine articles published. Several years ago I had a hobby of selling things on eBay, after a few months the hobby earned me about $500 a month. I have a fairly good eye for what will resell at a descent price when exposed to a large market. In college I used to buy and sell automobiles, it was how I provided myself with transportation and beer money. In other words, I know how to hustle.

I am taking a closer look at the smaller MH's for that one size fits all parking spaces aspect.

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I am sorry your wife can not enjoy this adventure wtih you.

I would stay 28-32 ft. in that range. It means you can fit 'easily' into sites. If it is only you, and you lived without problems in a small TT long ago, I would stay on the smaller side.

It eats up a 'bit' less fuel, you fit in sites, less to clean inside and more.

just be sure to get a floorplan that fits YOU. one that moves easily and has what you want. no rush. find yourself a nice shorter MH and go have fun!!

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Yep, just one more vote for: go with what feels like it'll work for you.

I'm a solo traveler as well and I'll be full-timing in a 17' travel trailer (I am smaller) as of next month. Am already living in it now and it works well for me. See I'm not much of a fixer-uper type and the smaller it is the less stuff that there is to break. It also takes less time to clean...


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I would try to keep things simple to keep maintenance costs down, not everything automatic. Trailers keep costs down, not two motor vehicles to insure, you can change a flat tire yourself etc. Then I would check out the Loners On Wheels website, mostly retires folks with chapters in every state. Having company will make a huge difference.

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Posted: 08/10/12 10:08am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi Steve,
You know it just depends on the camping that you want to do. If you plan on staying mostly at private parks, go big, but if you are thinking about heading for the woods, go smaller. If it were just me, I would look at a Class B or truck camper
We just purchased a repo 2001 TT for under $5000. It was in rough condition and needed a lot of TLC but the only new thing we had to buy was a new toilet. Its 29 foot. There are deals out there but you just have to find them.


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First of all go with a floor plan that works for you. Second, get the biggest rig that fits that criteria. In addition I suggest going for a higher end rig as it may be better built and have better insulation.

We have not had any problems getting our mid-sized MH into anyplace we wanted. To keep costs down we dry camp whenever it's convenient or practical. Our average campground fees for the last running 12 months is $10 per day. This summer we are volunteering as camp hosts in exchange for a FHU site at Yellowstone.


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Since you're a geologist and can do repairs, etc. you would have absolutely no problem volunteering in national parks, wildlife refuges, etc. I think it would be very good for you. It would give you a purpose, you'll meet some great folks and you'll get a free campsite. The parks have a volunteer coordinator so check out their individual web sites and also volunteer.gov is a good site. Good luck!


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Geocritter wrote:

With the added costs of the larger MH in campground fees, worse fuel mileage, and maybe being denied access to NP campground’s should I be looking at a 30’ MH?


The savings in fuel cost between a 25 ft. model and a 35 ft. model probably wouldn't buy you a cup of coffee after a 1,000 mile trip. Whether you're pushing a bill board down the highway or towing it against the wind the frontal area facing the wind makes more difference than the length of what your driving.

I also have not run across a campground that charges more rent for a longer RV. Not saying there's not any parks that charge by the foot just saying I've never seen one. I can't imagine getting "denied" but you will run across places where it's just impossible to get into but for every one you can't get into there's a thousand more that you can. Just call ahead and confirm before you go.


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If you can find an older model in your price range that has at least one slide, I would seriously consider it (considering it is in good enough condition,etc). Just one slide give you so much more room and I think you'd enjoy it a lot more.


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