So I was actually looking into small DIY houses (some call them sheds or shacks) as a second option to the insanely steep pricing of home ownership
and property rental, but the issue always comes down to "where are you going to build this shack?". Land itself may be somewhat cheap (depending on
the area), but there are building codes and other laws to take into consideration. One cannot simply venture into the woods and be left alone... or
This topic brought me to people that were living full time in their RVs and loving every minute of it. These people ranged from singles to retired
folks to entire families that now have the freedom to live basically wherever they want. They have no housing payment, no rent, no building codes, no
lawn requirements, etc. The most they need to pay for is gas, food, entertainment and, if they so choose, about $150-200 a month to stay in an RV
park. Of course you don't really need gas if you're going to park in one of these lots, so it's really either one or the other.
So where do people park when they're not in one of these parks? There is one method that many use which is called "stealth parking". Now I don't
support this idea (I personally wouldn't want to be woken up at 2 am by a nosy security guard), but believe it or not, a lot of them simply park at
Walmart or hotel parking lots for the night. It seems that some don't even mind because it brings in business. Of course others are not so eager to
have 15 RVs lined up in their parking lot, but it seems this is also common practice with truckers as well. But I'm sure we've all come across the
random RV in the Walmart parking lot and never really thought much of it. God knows how long he's been there.
With that said, the above should really only be used if you're moving from one place to another. I don't really see a way that you could live in a
parking lot for a long period of time without eventually being kicked out. The other option is simply driving deep into the woods and staying as long
as you want. Nobody is really going to bother you that far out, but of course you no longer have access to hospitals, food stores, or possibly even
cell phone signals. Some may prefer this. I personally think the RV camp is the best idea. In most parks the price usually includes water, electric,
cable, wifi, etc. For $200 a month, you can't really beat it and these parks are all over the country.
So let's get into the RVs themselves and their pricing. You're probably going to want to look into used RVs because most new ones will probably run
you close to the price of a new house. I've seen new RVs over $100,000. But for the sake of getting by, used class C RVs (late 90s usually) can be
purchased for as little as $5,000-15,000. There are 3 types which include:
Class A Motorhomes
Class A motorhomes are the largest. They are the RVs most people think of when you use the term RV. Although different than Class A motorhomes,
Bus Conversions are also large (and can be luxurious) and they are the rigs most often associated with stars and athletes that travel over the road
from city to city.
Class B Motorhomes
Class B motorhomes are the smallest and are built on a van chassis. Although there are full-timers in Class Bs, they are generally too small to
live in for long periods of time.
Class C Motorhomes
Class C motorhomes are also built on a van chassis and are often referred to as mini-motorhomes although they can be as long as many of the Class
As. They are distinguished by an extended section over the cab which usually contains an extra bed.
Of course there are many other options available when considering this life style including tents, vans, buses and boats.
There is a ton of information on this subject and a lot of people doing this right now as we speak. I think that as the economy continues to get worse
and more people end up losing their jobs and their homes, we're going to see a lot more people start to "think outside the box". Sure, this won't
be for everyone, but it is option B for those that think they can make it work especially on a fixed income or with an internet business. Solar
panels, satellite dish, wifi, triple A, all of these things can be incorporated into this lifestyle as to not lose the luxuries of home while on the
What are your thoughts? I'll leave some links to more information as well as some youtube videos of full timers below.
Urban stealth camping
Full Time RV Family
Cooking breakfast at Walmart
Living in an RV - Deep in the woods