posted on Jul, 19 2013 @ 09:07 AM
I looked into this while I lived in Florida for a time, I was laid off for the 2nd time in 10 years and realized my unemployment could be used to
purchase "An Out" from having to rent or purchase a place to live by buying an RV or a sailboat, since my employment situation was unstable it
seemed a good idea to remedy my living situation on a more permanent temporary basis, if that makes sense.
Anyway, I did a lot of research and found that there are a whole bunch of cheap boats and RV's out there that people in the same situation as I were
trying to get rid of because paying for storage, maintenance, marina fees, and so on, these things are expensive to maintain, be warned.
I opted for an RV, a big aluminum canoe, a bunch of camping gear and a good bicycle and trailer about $3000 in total cost. The RV is still in Florida
in a secure location being used to store my stuff I left behind, I think somebody "procured " my canoe...I ended up riding my bicycle from Florida
to Wisconsin and learned that there is no problem setting up camp almost anywhere as long as you tear down and head down the road after getting a rest
overnight. Had no problem with any but one person over a 2 month period and nearly 2000 miles distance.
Anyway, conversion vans are nice, but will command a higher price than an older RV because they are smaller and more people would feel comfortable
enough to drive them, RV's, being much larger, are more likely to intimidate your average motorist who drove an accord or whatever. Sailboats can be
had for around $100 a foot I found, but maintenance becomes a really big issue, and doing cobble jobs while in deep water is a pretty scary prospect,
registration and required coast guard safety gear can be expensive too, canvas is expensive but that is one thing you can repair yourself, the
humidity a boat is constantly exposed to makes it a stinky place to live....
I looked at a lot of boats that were big enough to live aboard and found many people stripped motors and running gear and just lived in them on the
dock, which really renders the boat worthless and costs loads to restore to running trim, and then you have marina fees. There are websites which
offer FREE BOATS, but most boats offered for free have been falling into disrepair and will be given away or scrapped, there are occasionally some
that are seaworthy and semi-well maintained though, I just never got lucky enough to find one in time.
Prepare for the absolute worst case scenario first, then use what you have left as far a tradable resources/money to go forward from there. I left
everything behind because it just seemed like the right thing to do, there have been less than easy times because of my choice, but then what choices
don't have their downside consequences?.
Make life an adventure, or lay down and die. The last thing on a man's mind is always the last thing he does.