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3 days ago  
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3 days ago  
They're not for camping - they're for residing in.

We're all broke. Or fast going broke.
 
3 days ago  
Good luck finding an open campground.
 
3 days ago  

Cafe Threads: They're not for camping - they're for residing in.
We're all broke. Or fast going broke.


Don't worry, they do. All over the place.
It used to be called "camping." Now it's called "RV parking."

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/go the fark home, if you don't even know how to camp.
 
3 days ago  

Cafe Threads: They're not for camping - they're for residing in.

We're all broke. Or fast going broke.


This. people are hedging their bets against homelessness.
 
3 days ago  

cryinoutloud: Cafe Threads: They're not for camping - they're for residing in.
We're all broke. Or fast going broke.

Don't worry, they do. All over the place.
It used to be called "camping." Now it's called "RV parking."

[Fark user image image 325x488]
/go the fark home, if you don't even know how to camp.


Did you respond to the wrong poster?
 
3 days ago  

akya: Cafe Threads: They're not for camping - they're for residing in.

We're all broke. Or fast going broke.

This. people are hedging their bets against homelessness.


This so much!

Myself, I have an offer for my car, but it's literally the last thing I own and my only bed if anything happens to my housemate.
 
3 days ago  

akya: Cafe Threads: They're not for camping - they're for residing in.

We're all broke. Or fast going broke.

This. people are hedging their bets against homelessness.


Plenty of people buy them and put them on land they bought. My neighbors bought 100 acres for a decent price. They're saving up to build a cabin and guest cabin. They bought a used 2014 30ft travel trailer, put a concrete pad in to support the utilities (live hookups), and bought a cover for the trailer to protect it during the winter months.

We used a travel trailer for years until I could build the cabin one spring/summer.
 
3 days ago  

inglixthemad: Plenty of people buy them and put them on land they bought.


Which is a certain steady ebb and flow year-round. But the fact that sales have skyrocketed in the last couple of months surely points to other causes.

And since people AREN'T spending money they don't have to right now, I'm thinking that maybe they think they DO have to spend their money on this because it'll be their future home.
 
3 days ago  

Cafe Threads: inglixthemad: Plenty of people buy them and put them on land they bought.

Which is a certain steady ebb and flow year-round. But the fact that sales have skyrocketed in the last couple of months surely points to other causes.

And since people AREN'T spending money they don't have to right now, I'm thinking that maybe they think they DO have to spend their money on this because it'll be their future home.


Or a home for close relatives. I was going to add in the future, but the future is here.
 
3 days ago  
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See ya in the Walmart parking lot!
 
3 days ago  

cryinoutloud: Cafe Threads: They're not for camping - they're for residing in.
We're all broke. Or fast going broke.

Don't worry, they do. All over the place.
It used to be called "camping." Now it's called "RV parking."

[Fark user image image 325x488]
/go the fark home, if you don't even know how to camp.


I know how to camp just fine, thank you. I backpack and have a 400 mile kayak/camp trip planned for next spring.  I've backcountry camped in just about every environ found in the contiguous US.  The wife is one up on me, having backpacked in Gates of the Arctic NP prior to meeting.

And we also have a little teardrop trailer, because we're getting older and our backs hurt a lot of the time and being damp for a week straight isn't as fun as it was when I was 20. So where practicable we like having a hard roof and not sleeping on the ground.
 
3 days ago  
My wife has started talking about getting a camper. Apparently you can get a very nice one for less than 200,000. But it looks like a bus, and I imagine that I'd have to get a CDL just to drive it.

There's also the problem of parking it here at the house.

But if I were retired, I'd look into it. Hitch up a car trailer in the back and drive back and forth across this country until I ran out of money and went out in a blaze of glory somewhere near Abilene, it sounds like the American Dream.
 
3 days ago  
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Oooh! Camp!
 
3 days ago  
I did SERE training, so that was sufficient "camping" for my lifetime.

However, I would love to do up the inside of a van to make a comfortable tiny home and take it on some long road trips with my dogs.

Hell, I might even visit my parents, if only because I could stay in the van and leave immediately after my dad said something racist and disappointing, or my mom starts loudly proclaiming that I need to birth her a grandchild.
 
3 days ago  

We Ate the Necco Wafers: My wife has started talking about getting a camper. Apparently you can get a very nice one for less than 200,000. But it looks like a bus, and I imagine that I'd have to get a CDL just to drive it.

There's also the problem of parking it here at the house.

But if I were retired, I'd look into it. Hitch up a car trailer in the back and drive back and forth across this country until I ran out of money and went out in a blaze of glory somewhere near Abilene, it sounds like the American Dream.


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3 days ago  

lizyrd: cryinoutloud: Cafe Threads: They're not for camping - they're for residing in.
We're all broke. Or fast going broke.

Don't worry, they do. All over the place.
It used to be called "camping." Now it's called "RV parking."

[Fark user image image 325x488]
/go the fark home, if you don't even know how to camp.

I know how to camp just fine, thank you. I backpack and have a 400 mile kayak/camp trip planned for next spring.  I've backcountry camped in just about every environ found in the contiguous US.  The wife is one up on me, having backpacked in Gates of the Arctic NP prior to meeting.

And we also have a little teardrop trailer, because we're getting older and our backs hurt a lot of the time and being damp for a week straight isn't as fun as it was when I was 20. So where practicable we like having a hard roof and not sleeping on the ground.


What kind of teardrop? I've hiked and backpacked a bunch, and spent more than my share of time in a lean to. A small teardrop may be in my future...at some point at least.
 
3 days ago  
I used to have an RV a long time ago. I eventually have it away after the kids left the nest and the maintenance and storage got to be a pain.

Now we just rent one from rvshare or outdoorsy. All the benefits of a new rv without any of the headaches.

This last weekend we rented a cabin. So easy even a caveman can do it.
 
3 days ago  
Just traded a Honda Shadow for a 20 foot prowler trailer so I'm getting a kick out of this thread, etc...
 
3 days ago  

Farkage: lizyrd: cryinoutloud: Cafe Threads: They're not for camping - they're for residing in.
We're all broke. Or fast going broke.

Don't worry, they do. All over the place.
It used to be called "camping." Now it's called "RV parking."

[Fark user image image 325x488]
/go the fark home, if you don't even know how to camp.

I know how to camp just fine, thank you. I backpack and have a 400 mile kayak/camp trip planned for next spring.  I've backcountry camped in just about every environ found in the contiguous US.  The wife is one up on me, having backpacked in Gates of the Arctic NP prior to meeting.

And we also have a little teardrop trailer, because we're getting older and our backs hurt a lot of the time and being damp for a week straight isn't as fun as it was when I was 20. So where practicable we like having a hard roof and not sleeping on the ground.

What kind of teardrop? I've hiked and backpacked a bunch, and spent more than my share of time in a lean to. A small teardrop may be in my future...at some point at least.


It's made by a company called nucamp, model is t@g.  Just a queen bed, a couple cabinets, and a little outdoor kitchenette. No shiatter, we figure we'll either be where a restroom is available or where we'd be digging a hole if we were tenting.  She's been everywhere from Acadia to Yellowstone.

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3 days ago  

lizyrd: Farkage: lizyrd: cryinoutloud: Cafe Threads: They're not for camping - they're for residing in.
We're all broke. Or fast going broke.

Don't worry, they do. All over the place.
It used to be called "camping." Now it's called "RV parking."

[Fark user image image 325x488]
/go the fark home, if you don't even know how to camp.

I know how to camp just fine, thank you. I backpack and have a 400 mile kayak/camp trip planned for next spring.  I've backcountry camped in just about every environ found in the contiguous US.  The wife is one up on me, having backpacked in Gates of the Arctic NP prior to meeting.

And we also have a little teardrop trailer, because we're getting older and our backs hurt a lot of the time and being damp for a week straight isn't as fun as it was when I was 20. So where practicable we like having a hard roof and not sleeping on the ground.

What kind of teardrop? I've hiked and backpacked a bunch, and spent more than my share of time in a lean to. A small teardrop may be in my future...at some point at least.

It's made by a company called nucamp, model is t@g.  Just a queen bed, a couple cabinets, and a little outdoor kitchenette. No shiatter, we figure we'll either be where a restroom is available or where we'd be digging a hole if we were tenting.  She's been everywhere from Acadia to Yellowstone.

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I bought the Tab 320 as I wanted the shower and holding tank.  I travel with a fairly large dog and it's just easier than finding a hotel that is cool with a dog and I don't have to worry about housekeeping letting him out if I go somewhere without him.  It's small, fairly easy to pull and I can stand up in it.  Well in the middle of it lol
I'm quite pleased with it.
 
3 days ago  
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3 days ago  
I really want to get one of these, but we don't have a decent place to store it where we live.  Plus we have cats and chickens, so we aren't able to take advantage of this whole remote working thing and set up far-far away. 

https://taxaoutdoors.com/habitats/cri​c​ket/
 
3 days ago  

BlueBox: lizyrd: Farkage: lizyrd: cryinoutloud: Cafe Threads: They're not for camping - they're for residing in.
We're all broke. Or fast going broke.

Don't worry, they do. All over the place.
It used to be called "camping." Now it's called "RV parking."

[Fark user image image 325x488]
/go the fark home, if you don't even know how to camp.

I know how to camp just fine, thank you. I backpack and have a 400 mile kayak/camp trip planned for next spring.  I've backcountry camped in just about every environ found in the contiguous US.  The wife is one up on me, having backpacked in Gates of the Arctic NP prior to meeting.

And we also have a little teardrop trailer, because we're getting older and our backs hurt a lot of the time and being damp for a week straight isn't as fun as it was when I was 20. So where practicable we like having a hard roof and not sleeping on the ground.

What kind of teardrop? I've hiked and backpacked a bunch, and spent more than my share of time in a lean to. A small teardrop may be in my future...at some point at least.

It's made by a company called nucamp, model is t@g.  Just a queen bed, a couple cabinets, and a little outdoor kitchenette. No shiatter, we figure we'll either be where a restroom is available or where we'd be digging a hole if we were tenting.  She's been everywhere from Acadia to Yellowstone.

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I bought the Tab 320 as I wanted the shower and holding tank.  I travel with a fairly large dog and it's just easier than finding a hotel that is cool with a dog and I don't have to worry about housekeeping letting him out if I go somewhere without him.  It's small, fairly easy to pull and I can stand up in it.  Well in the middle of it lol
I'm quite pleased with it.


They definitely make a quality product, very impressed with how ours has held up given some of the places we've dragged it.

We've contemplated stepping up to some kind of walk-in, either a Tab or one of those A-frame hard side popups.  The last dog didn't really like camping; just sat there looking at us with a miserable "why are we here?" look on his face.  So he went to my parents when we went adventuring. We have a big dumb lab now who loves it. Some floor space for him to bed down would be nice.

We settled on getting a cap for my work truck and making him a bedroom. He's done okay with it on backyard practice runs; but haven't had the chance to do it for real cause COVID.
 
3 days ago  

lizyrd: BlueBox:

They definitely make a quality product, very impressed with how ours has held up given some of the places we've dragged it.

We've contemplated stepping up to some kind of walk-in, either a Tab or one of those A-frame hard side popups.  The last dog didn't really like camping; just sat there looking at us with a miserable "why are we here?" look on his face.  So he went to my parents when we went adventuring. We have a big dumb lab now who loves it. Some floor space for him to bed down would be nice.

We settled on getting a cap for my work truck and making him a bedroom. He's done okay with it on backyard practice runs; but haven't had the chance to do it for real cause COVID.

Axle's spot he chose is in front is under the table between here and the shower door.  I wish I had checked out the model with the stove and sink outside under the door that opens clam shell like.  I'll never cook inside something that small anyway so it might be better to have it out of the way.  I'd rather grill or use a Coleman type stove.

When I got this I was just looking at renting one of the A one's.  Then I noticed this one at what seemed a really good price.  My new neighbor works in the parts of that place so I checked with him and pulled the trigger.  A funny part of the story is the salesman showing me inside.  Finally he asked I'd mind if he just talked from the door.  I was like you don't really fit well.  He said "it's tough on someone 6'7" lol
 
3 days ago  

Cafe Threads: They're not for camping - they're for residing in.

We're all broke. Or fast going broke.


My Sister in law and her husband GTFO of NYC when shiat started to hit the fan up there (both got laid off and cases were starting to skyrocket). They bought land last year in upstate NY with a dilapidated house on it that they've been slowly working on since last summer. No where near complete enough to live in - so they bought an RV that they parked on the property to live in for the time being. Not ideal but it is what it is. I imagine there a lot of people who probably did something similar.
 
3 days ago  
I'm the business manager at a small rv store, and I can tell you that sales are through the roof without looking at any official reports. We ended June with about 3x the sales of last June. I was run off my feet all month, and we've already sold 7 RV's that will be delivered in July. The bad news is that we're quickly running out of inventory, so the monster paycheck I earned in June may have to last for a while.
 
3 days ago  

We Ate the Necco Wafers: But it looks like a bus, and I imagine that I'd have to get a CDL just to drive it.


You can just get a bus and camp in that. I started this project before the world fell apart, and now we're camping in it:

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3 days ago  
So just wait 2 years when everyone is desperate to sell off their road yachts for half the price
 
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kkinnison: So just wait 2 years when everyone is desperate to sell off their road yachts for half the price


I'll be ready .
 
3 days ago  

We Ate the Necco Wafers: My wife has started talking about getting a camper. Apparently you can get a very nice one for less than 200,000. But it looks like a bus, and I imagine that I'd have to get a CDL just to drive it.

There's also the problem of parking it here at the house.

But if I were retired, I'd look into it. Hitch up a car trailer in the back and drive back and forth across this country until I ran out of money and went out in a blaze of glory somewhere near Abilene, it sounds like the American Dream.


Some states require an endorsement, but a commercial driver license (CDL) is not required to drive a privately owned vehicle.

As someone who has owned rvs and travel trailers, and traveled all over North America, I strongly suggest you try it before you buy it.

No matter how nice they are new, after a few years, they all leak.
 
3 days ago  

Cafe Threads: They're not for camping - they're for residing in.

We're all broke. Or fast going broke.


thank you

you have to spell it out for some farkers.

shanty towns.
 
3 days ago  

Cafe Threads: akya: Cafe Threads: They're not for camping - they're for residing in.

We're all broke. Or fast going broke.

This. people are hedging their bets against homelessness.

This so much!

Myself, I have an offer for my car, but it's literally the last thing I own and my only bed if anything happens to my housemate.


Socialism/State Capitalism for the richest 1% and big business.

Free market capitalism for everyone else.

Murca
 
3 days ago  

Ennzie: I'm the business manager at a small rv store, and I can tell you that sales are through the roof without looking at any official reports. We ended June with about 3x the sales of last June. I was run off my feet all month, and we've already sold 7 RV's that will be delivered in July. The bad news is that we're quickly running out of inventory, so the monster paycheck I earned in June may have to last for a while.



driving and crying on their way to their new shanty towns like they had during the 30's great depression.
 
3 days ago  

Spaceballer: We Ate the Necco Wafers: My wife has started talking about getting a camper. Apparently you can get a very nice one for less than 200,000. But it looks like a bus, and I imagine that I'd have to get a CDL just to drive it.

There's also the problem of parking it here at the house.

But if I were retired, I'd look into it. Hitch up a car trailer in the back and drive back and forth across this country until I ran out of money and went out in a blaze of glory somewhere near Abilene, it sounds like the American Dream.

Some states require an endorsement, but a commercial driver license (CDL) is not required to drive a privately owned vehicle.

As someone who has owned rvs and travel trailers, and traveled all over North America, I strongly suggest you try it before you buy it.

No matter how nice they are new, after a few years, they all leak.


and then, the wallet starts leaking.
 
3 days ago  

kkinnison: So just wait 2 years when everyone is desperate to sell off their road yachts for half the price


This is a good idea.  Those RVs lose value faster than cars.

Figure close to 30% just driving it off the lot.
 
3 days ago  

akya: Cafe Threads: They're not for camping - they're for residing in.

We're all broke. Or fast going broke.

This. people are hedging their bets against homelessness.



My money is on the older set wanting to travel without as much exposure to hotels and public restrooms so more of them are buying campers/RVs. See the biggest ball of twine in Minnesota while still managing risk levels.

I mean, some people must be buying RVs to live in but I doubt it's SO many more than last year that dealer sales have tripled from that alone. RVs are expensive and don't last like a house does, it's mostly older folks with disposable income who buy them.
 
3 days ago  

zeaper12: kkinnison: So just wait 2 years when everyone is desperate to sell off their road yachts for half the price

This is a good idea.  Those RVs lose value faster than cars.

Figure close to 30% just driving it off the lot.


I pulled a 2018 off the lot that had never been sold for 16k and a "new" 2019 listed at 24k was sitting right next to it.  I bought the cheap one. That Amish built interior was cool.  Still is.  You can tell Home Depot didn't just drop off a bunch of "parts" to be assembled.
 
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You heard the nice man, let's get campy boys!

 
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You heard the nice man, let's get campy boys!


He looks like he just saw all the dog hair in my camper and is saying "hard pass" lol
 
2 days ago  

Cafe Threads: They're not for camping - they're for residing in.

We're all broke. Or fast going broke.


Maybe you
 
2 days ago  
I have been planning on getting a Pop-up trailer for next summer.  Looks like I won't be getting a deal...
 
2 days ago  

lizyrd: Farkage: lizyrd: cryinoutloud: Cafe Threads: They're not for camping - they're for residing in.
We're all broke. Or fast going broke.

Don't worry, they do. All over the place.
It used to be called "camping." Now it's called "RV parking."

[Fark user image image 325x488]
/go the fark home, if you don't even know how to camp.

I know how to camp just fine, thank you. I backpack and have a 400 mile kayak/camp trip planned for next spring.  I've backcountry camped in just about every environ found in the contiguous US.  The wife is one up on me, having backpacked in Gates of the Arctic NP prior to meeting.

And we also have a little teardrop trailer, because we're getting older and our backs hurt a lot of the time and being damp for a week straight isn't as fun as it was when I was 20. So where practicable we like having a hard roof and not sleeping on the ground.

What kind of teardrop? I've hiked and backpacked a bunch, and spent more than my share of time in a lean to. A small teardrop may be in my future...at some point at least.

It's made by a company called nucamp, model is t@g.  Just a queen bed, a couple cabinets, and a little outdoor kitchenette. No shiatter, we figure we'll either be where a restroom is available or where we'd be digging a hole if we were tenting.  She's been everywhere from Acadia to Yellowstone.

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That's about all I'd need or want. I have no future interest in glamping, and would rather be outside if I had the option. A softer bed than a roll up pad might be nice though!
 
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