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Know when to fold

May 17th, 2014 at 05:39 am

I've been thinking a lot since I've went to the dealership and stepped into the cargo van that I wanted to get. It's... small. I've mentioned this before, but now I am thinking that perhaps it is TOO small. I simply can not fit everything I want into a 3' x 7'....

So, at this point, I have basically two choices: Considering a bigger cargo van that is less stealthier, or considering sticking with a conventional dwelling like maybe a condo.

I can't risk putting all my faith into a less stealthy vehicle... I simply do not want to put all the money and energy into it only to have my employer decide that we can no longer do that....

The alternative is the much more expensive route of getting a condo/duplex/townhouse somewhere. I don't like paying for this route, but the upside is that I retain all the advantages that come with having such a dwelling.

So, at this point, I am not sure what to do. The only thing I can think of is to keep sleeping on it. I am still fine where I am, although to be honest, I am itching to move out. I want to finally move to having my own place to call home, but I am not sure where that would be.

I guess I will have to keep looking, but for now, I may have to give up the idea on vandwelling....

7 Responses to “Know when to fold”

  1. snafu Says:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKRY6dR7Ae4

    This guy has posted a series of video blogs about living full time in his older Class C, RV. You might find some ideas useful

  2. scfr Says:

    Have you considered other options like a small trailer (living in it either on a piece of land you buy or at a RV park near where you work)?

  3. LuckyRobin Says:

    Have you looked at conversion vans, the type that will originally seat 13? They seem bigger than cargo vans.

  4. creditcardfree Says:

    If you have to fold, I think nearly all of us would understand. Are you needing to move, or just want to lower expenses?

  5. Broken Arrow Says:

    snafu:
    Thank you, I'll have to look at it later when I have a chance.

    scfr:
    Yes. RV parks are expensive and are not worth it in the long term.

    Buying land, however, is much more affordable, though the ones that are workable for me will be in the neighborhood of $35k up front, along with property tax, and are zoned residential. Yes, I have specific needs haha. However, this is worth considering nonetheless.

    LuckyRobin:
    Yeah, those are unfortunately not stealthy and will definitely raise an eyebrow or two. The management is extremely conscientious about their public image. Once in a while wouldn't raise any suspicion, but if I was there all the time with it, then they are going to know for sure....

    creditcardfree:
    I am looking for ways to lower expenses period. As you can tell, I am willing to go to some lengths to do so. The trick I am finding is that I need something that is a workable, long-term solution. Think 30 years at least. When you think of it that way, I guess I really have no alternative but to consider traditional dwelling of some kind, and buying not renting....

    Still, it doesn't cost me anything to think about it at least. Big Grin

  6. Kiki Says:

    How about building on of those small houses built on trailers? They can be done for much less than 20k, would be built to your specifications, can be permanent or moved, provide water, showering, toilet, kitchen, living and sleeping spaces. I think they are great.

    Towable behind a car if necessary. May not be as under the radar as you are hoping for but a very small piece of land (or a relatives back or said yard, and it is doable. They take up a parking space in size.

  7. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    What about a studio apartment?

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