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Campers, Caravans, Trailers, RVs - Back to the Future & Beyond.


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Here in the USA outdoor recreation & RVs are more popular than ever.

Covid has created an entire class of people who live on wheels. The rich live well on wheels wherever they go...

& the poor...well...they just live on the street.

I'll add a bit of what I'm seeing around my city and on the interweb.

But first...a fun little blast from the past when women knew what to do while men BBQ'd. 🙂

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Addiction running rampant. Hopelessness beyond comprehension. And inept, corrupt, ignorant government. Criminal media and ignorant FB robot voters.

 

Honestly.... I see no real potential for things to improve, probably in my lifetime. That is why I will be bailing out of here as soon as possible.

I hope to get a van at some point and fit it out. But I won't be staying anywhere near those unfortunate souls. And it will be a secondary hangout, not my primary residence.

Stay small, stay comfortable, stay safe, and stay flexible - is my motto.

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4 hours ago, Glasseye said:

I hope to get a van at some point and fit it out. But I won't be staying anywhere near those unfortunate souls. And it will be a secondary hangout, not my primary residence.

Stay small, stay comfortable, stay safe, and stay flexible - is my motto.

Yep. US is going to hell in a hen basket. 🐥 California's been sliding into the ocean for years.

I like this size. Being a big guy I need a little room to stretch out. With gas at $4-5/gallon I'd find a nice spot to park it and relax.

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11 minutes ago, forcebwithu said:

Wonder what the backstory is to this. Odd that you have a late model truck, in fairly good condition, with garbage dumped on it and parked up with POS mobile home.

Once the luck is gone & the mind follows... anything can happen.... just a little worse in the time of plague 2021.

The occupant stuck his head out at one point to speak with the city worker. Looked one half rat. 🐀

He's been parked squatting there - a major thoroughfare -- for at least a week. Probably why he got away with it. Nobody gives a shit as there's hundreds like it parked around the city (in allowed areas).

Smelled like Patpong 2 early in the morning...really bad.

In this photo you can just see the red trailer in the left center:

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1 hour ago, forcebwithu said:

POS mobile home.

Worth almost $20K new -- watch the vdo blow -- cool rig.
Just need a diesel van (for the toys and solar setup) to tow it.

https://www.rvtrader.com/Heartland-Terry-Classic-Travel-Trailer/rvs-for-sale?type=Travel Trailer|198073&make=Heartland|196665456&model=TERRY CLASSIC|764971311

 

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5 hours ago, lazarus said:

Worth almost $20K new -- watch the vdo blow -- cool rig.
Just need a diesel van (for the toys and solar setup) to tow it.

https://www.rvtrader.com/Heartland-Terry-Classic-Travel-Trailer/rvs-for-sale?type=Travel Trailer|198073&make=Heartland|196665456&model=TERRY CLASSIC|764971311

 

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Friendly guy....lol

 

That type of trailer not really my cup of tea, but pretty cool....I like the adjustable bed. Cuz  face it.... Most days we typically switch between the couch and the bed for - reading, t.v. watching, and computer. Whatever I end up with I need a comfortable primary nest spot (couch type or good quality recliner situation) that I can test out and make sure I am comfortable with over a period of a few hours.

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To be honest, at $20k or so, if someone already had a vehicle to tow and hook up to it, something like that could probably pay for itself after a year if you lived in it full time.

It's not exactly cramped, offers decent accomodation, as good as any Condo might with the added bonus of mobility.

Would it be possible to find an area, park up and just live there for weeks on end without any hassle?.

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22 minutes ago, Glasseye said:

...That type of trailer not really my cup of tea, but pretty cool....I like the adjustable bed. Cuz  face it.... Most days we typically switch between the couch and the bed for - reading, t.v. watching, and computer. Whatever I end up with I need a comfortable primary nest spot (couch type or good quality recliner situation) that I can test out and make sure I am comfortable with over a period of a few hours.

Tom Hanks just sold his..."unique Airstream 34-foot travel trailer from the 1992 model year, bought new in the days before Airstreams would become wildly popular in all shapes and sizes. The sales price was $235,000, including buyer premiums, especially notable since the Airstream was not lavishly equipped as a new one that size would be."

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/20/business/tom-hanks-car-auction.html?surface=most-popular&fellback=false&req_id=842709945&algo=bandit-all-surfaces-variants-uh-last-24h&variant=3_bandit-all-surfaces-variants-uh-last-24h&pool=pool/91fcf81c-4fb0-49ff-bd57-a24647c85ea1&imp_id=367324615

 

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I remember back in the 60's my family did a lot of road trips (both short and long). Looking back actually it kind of amazes me how many miles (and hours) we put on the road when I was a kid.

So, when driving it was always cool (and a break from the extreme boredom) to see an Airstream. Even Dad would get a little excited. I don't know how many times I heard him say, "Oh wow, those Airstreams are by far the best." or "Man, I'd really like to get one of those Airstreams".

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51 minutes ago, Butch said:

To be honest, at $20k or so, if someone already had a vehicle to tow and hook up to it, something like that could probably pay for itself after a year if you lived in it full time.

It's not exactly cramped, offers decent accomodation, as good as any Condo might with the added bonus of mobility.

Would it be possible to find an area, park up and just live there for weeks on end without any hassle?.

Quite a few camping areas around the US allow for daily, weekly and monthly rentals. I mostly tent camped and did daily rentals, but for a couple of years in July for this event I rented a camper for the week and stayed at Two Creeks Campground for the week. :default_es0cw:

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On 8/22/2021 at 1:54 AM, Butch said:

To be honest, at $20k or so, if someone already had a vehicle to tow and hook up to it, something like that could probably pay for itself after a year if you lived in it full time.

It's not exactly cramped, offers decent accomodation, as good as any Condo might with the added bonus of mobility.

Would it be possible to find an area, park up and just live there for weeks on end without any hassle?.

Plenty of place to park & relax. Lots of people doing it...not just for leisure but also as migrant workers.

 

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57 minutes ago, lazarus said:

coast cruiser

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All that you would need with a set up like that is - perhaps a little canopy type cover that could provide some shade (and a little wind protection), a comfortable folding/reclining lawn chair, a small grill and a cooler (with a 12-pack of IPA). 

 

A good solid baseball bat near by. Could always have a Remington .12 gauge, and a Glock .40 tucked away in a hidden compartment in case some anti-vaxxer zombie happened to stumble into your area. Absolute heaven IMO.

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On 8/22/2021 at 10:46 AM, forcebwithu said:

Quite a few camping areas around the US allow for daily, weekly and monthly rentals. I mostly tent camped and did daily rentals, but for a couple of years in July for this event I rented a camper for the week and stayed at Two Creeks Campground for the week. :default_es0cw:

Did you walk around bollock naked all week at that campsite? 🧐

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I still think I can find a very good, reasonable miles, good condition Toyota (full size) van for around $10 k. Have fitted out nicely for $10-15 k (in Thailand, labor is a fraction of what it is in the West.). I think going that route compared to some of these new fangled jobs that are going for over $100 k is very doable - and could be close in comparison in quality.

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