Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Is There A Camper In Your Future? (w/pic)

-
Click image to enlarge.

The photo above is of a local private canmpground. There are several in my area, and even this time of year, quite a few folks seem to be using them. Considering how tough the times are for the poorer class, I have to wonder how many folks are living there full time. The owner of this one says that he suspects that one guy, but only one, is doing so in his campground. Since the sites don't have water or sewer, that would be illegal, so he doesn't like the idea that he may have to ask the fellow to move on, if he ever finds out for sure.

I've been reading, on the internet, about folks moving into campers for year around living to cut expenses. At one end of the spectrum, you have folks with an untowable camping trailer with a tarp over the roof, kept on a friend's property. At the other end, you have better-off folks with a motor coach who own a northern lot and a southern lot, both with a shed roof to pull the coach under and with full utility hook-ups. Winter is spent down south, summer - up north. Most camper-dwellers fall somewhere between the two extremes.

Whether a person parks on the land of a friend, or at a low-priced campground, it IS an alternative to paying ridiculous property taxes for a home full of "stuff." If the camper is in towable condition, you also have the option of moving away from dangerous weather, or dangerous social conditions. Of course, that means that you have to maintaain a vehicle capable of towing the thing. Just one more thing to think about. © 2015
-

10 comments:

M. Silvius said...

We have a bunch of those campgrounds like that about 5 miles south of here. Most camper trailers are there permanently parked cheek to jowl. They are owned and occupied in the summer months by the Quebecois that hang out in their banana hammocks down on Old Orchard Beach. I do my best to stay away from the area lest I see something that can't be unseen.

Sunnybrook Farm said...

How about an old school bus with a wood stove?

Lady Locust said...

Some folks like the liberty of being able to visit friends and family in various areas of the country certain times of the year. I have some friends who do this. They make it to g-kids events as well as nieces and nephews etc. They love it. Not sure I could do that unless I had to.

Gorges Smythe said...

lol - "Unseeing" things can be difficult indeed, Michael!

My sister and her late husband did that for a few years, SF, and I think it's a good option.

I think you'd have to learn on-line banking, LL.

Euripides said...

Living in Arizona, we have thousands of happy campers who live here during the winter. We call them snow birds for obvious reasons. It doesn't look like a bad way to live.

Brian said...

We have folks born into that life over here.. They followed seasonal work in the early days..
Now the work has changed, but the life remains the same...
A few poor souls have to take to the road when circumstances change.. But fortunately that is pretty seldom...;b

Gorges Smythe said...

Euripides, the owners of a local business that I deal with do the same thing. They have dependable relatives that help run it all year so, after Christmas, they head to Florida for four months.

Brian, SOME of the folks doing it these days actually have pretty good jobs; they just don't want to give all their income to others, including the government.

Gary in Bama said...

George for a lot of retired folks it a good option.Around here a lot with power water and cable on a lake can be had for 450$ month.If you have a low S.S.you still have extra to live on if you have a camper on lot.P.S. Most are great folks we camped at one with 60 full timers last summer.

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

Some of the people who camp here are following jobs around. The KOA always seems to have a few and there are some trailer parks that also have camping spots.

Gorges Smythe said...

Gary, one retirement age lady that I know is considering putting one on her own land and selling her house, just to save property taxes.

Yes, Kathy, a lot of the oilfield workers around here are living in campers through the week and then going home on the weekends, if they're close enough.