A couple months ago Hubby and I, sick of watching our money go down the drain while renting, bought a used camper and have been living in it ever since. We paid cash of course and it definitely needs some work. The first rainstorm we had we discovered a huge leak in the bedroom roof. We had to wait for a sunny day so that Hubby could reseal the whole roof. In the meantime we had tarps and bungee cords on the camper to keep it from leaking further. Now that we have the major issues fixed, we are working on making the interior more “homey”.
Our plan is to live in the camper for at least 2 years. That is our break even point with what we would have spent on rent vs paying cash for the rig. We have stayed at a couple different rv parks and never realized how common the lifestyle is. It seems that everyone I meet has a story about how they lived in an rv for a spell.
One thing we love about living in a house on wheels is the freedom it allows. If we dont like an area, park or even neighbor it is super easy to move to a new spot. Utilities and “rent” are super cheap compared to a house or apartment. We average about $50 on our electric bill (we do try and use as little energy as possible no matter where we live).
One of the downsides to living in an rv park is the rules. If you stay in a nicer park like we try to, there are a lot of rules! Our first week at our current park got us a lot of notes on our front door. I got scolded for drying my laundry on drying racks. My garden planters are not what they allow… say what? Etc. We try to roll with the punches but are getting more and more fed up. The freedom we thought we had is not exactly what we thought.
When we bought the camper, my aunt casually mentioned that they have an rv hook up on my grandparents property. My grandparents have acreage in Arkansas and put in an rv hook up site a few years back so that relatives with rvs could come visit. My aunt mentioned that we were welcome to move there any time. Recently Hubby and I decided that if we could get a job up there, we would go ahead and move. I am so excited to announce that last week Hubby was offered a job in the very same town as my aunt and uncle. At the first of the year we will be packing up our house on wheels and moving to my grandparents land.
This move will allow us to save money by not paying for a rental site AND have more freedom than we have now. Not to mention that we will be near family again! Living in Texas, we are hours away from Hubbys family and a plane flight away from mine. When we lived in Maryland before moving to Texas, we had absolutely no family there.
Stay tuned as we gear up to hit the road!