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Old 07-20-11, 09:30 PM   #1
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You know, to have your own place (sorta), while saving money to have an actual property to live in...

Or, just living in there, and having the road be your home. You know, Nomad ****...o.O

Just wondering.
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never mind.
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Still answering this.... you could tolerate it for about 6 months then you'd want to get the hell out of it forever.
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I think very few people could enjoy that lifestyle...If you love traveling everywhere, and don't mind driving a lot, it might not be so bad. But personally i'd get tired of it after a week probably lol
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Gas alone would probably kill you.
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You know, to have your own place (sorta), while saving money to have an actual property to live in...

Or, just living in there, and having the road be your home. You know, Nomad ****...o.O

Just wondering.
First of all, living aboard is fine if you are going to travel. Otherwise, you have to consider whether living in about 200 square feet suits you. You'll find that living in a camper or boat is probably more expensive per day than living in your home. There's a lot more maintenance involved, especially if you are taking your "house" across country or exploring our waterways.

I've had a motorhome and later a boat that was adequate vacationing space for two or three, but living aboard I wouldn't want to try on anything under about 50 feet. That's a good deal more space than even the largest motorcoaches, but some people do it regularly and have fun with it. I have a number of friends who live aboard their houseboats, sailing yachts, or who trailer/motorhome full time. They say there are a number of caveats you need to consider before "full timing".
  • Cut your personal possessions to a minimum and learn to live a considerably downsized lifestyle. There isn't room aboard for two dozen dress shirts and five suits. Learn to live in jeans and slacks. A blazer will work for "formal" wear. All cottons, although they require ironing, wear well and are comfortable in most climates. Forget leather shoes. Canvas cross-trainers or deck shoes are comfortable and can be washed as needed. A good pair of hiking boots are nice for exploring.

  • You need to get organized. That means everything from your toolbox to laundry supplies, hobby items and your pantry needs to pack a lot of utility into a small package. Two areas that are always cramped in camping vehicles or boats are galleys and heads (kitchens and bathrooms). There is about ten percent of the room available than you are probably used to in these small spaces. A typical center-bath trailer or motorhome has a bath that's about 18 square feet - and that includes sink and vanity, toilet, and shower. Pack that into a 3' by 6' space and you get the idea. Same thing for your galley. If you have 3 square feet of counter space or more than 4 cu ft in your refrigerator, you are living in luxury.

  • Learn to cook meals that are sized right - you won't have a lot of space to store leftovers. Although galley space is restricted at sea or on the road, there are plenty of cookbooks out there for road warriors that let you dine very well on a wide variety of dishes with just the facilities available.

  • Hygiene is going to be extremely important cooped up in a small space. Practice a "navy shower" running water ONLY when you are wetting yourself down or rinsing. It's off at all other times to conserve water and holding tank capacity. Do laundry regularly at local laundromats - bring your own soap, bleach, and softener. Scrub, sweep, and mop up the entire space every day. If your place doesn't sparkle, it'll stink.

  • A good laptop and tethered smartphone are invaluable for hobbies, e-mail, travel planning, and entertainment. Keep in touch with family and friends to avoid isolation. Get a streaming account for movies and favorite TV shows. If you like music, an mp3 player of some kind is a must. If you like to read, a tablet or a Kindle will let you carry a large library with you.

  • If you're not in a campground or marina where shore power, water, and sewer connections (or at least pump-outs) are available, you will need to conserve your utilities. A good generator and a fair propane capacity will let you enjoy your comforts for maybe four days before you have to replenish - if you are careful. When traveling off the grid, you need to monitor and plan your power and water consumption carefully.

  • Your toolbox should be adequate to make emergency repairs, but not much more - you're not going to do an engine swap out in the boonies anyway. Consider carrying critical hard-to-get spares for lights, engines, and accessories. A folding bicycle or electric scooter can provide short-range transport if you are living aboard a boat or motorhome that can't be moved independently of your living quarters. Why break camp to go get a loaf of bread?

  • Finally, before you make the big break, find out if it's really for you. Rent and RV and spend a week or two on board. Lock yourself in your bedroom for a similar time if an RV isn't available. Be sure you can deal with small spaces and occasional isolation, particularly if you have a wife or friend along with you. After a week of enforced "sharing" of a space, even the best of friends can become homicidal.
I've camped on long trips in both a boat and a motorhome and found it to be a lot of fun, but you have to know your limits. Stopping every three or four days for a motel room and a REAL shower, a good dinner and a wide bed is the perfect antidote to frayed nerves, and daily nature walks or exploring the local sights is a great way to cure "cabin fever". Don't hole up in your vehicle, but get out there and see what you are missing in that 200 sqft slice of paradise you call home.
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