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Bumpyroad

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Posted: 08/13/20 06:02am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

joelc wrote:

We have a 1 Acre zoned Agriculture lot in NC that we installed a pad, shed with washer drier and all RV hook ups. The only problem is we must stay 6mo on and 6 mo off.Actually, no longer than 6 months on lot. It is fenced in for privacy. Our neighbor was good enough to check the RV and keep the dehumidifier filter clean. We hired someone to cut the lawn.


I can see that 6 months or whatever establishing residency but what other reason is there? I mean, can you "camp" 7 months and of course you are then a resident and then must change car tags, etc.
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You want a "hunting camp"... at least that was what everyone called that in the oldy days.

A bunch of acres, and either a flat spot for a camper or a small cabin on it.

A friend of mine bought 10 acres with a cabin on it in southern Vermont. Great spot... near the southern border so only a couple hours to get to it, withing reasonable distance of stores, but far enough in the woods driving up dirt road not much more than logging roads so you do very much feel like you are out in the woods away from everything. Cabin doesn't have electricity, but previous owner ran propane lines in it for lights, refrig, and stove. Just attach a 20 or 30lb tank outside the cabin. A very old hand dug well up the hill from the cabin provides gravity fed water, so it has running water - which allows it to have a real toilet! There is a "backup" outhouse that we use during dry seasons when the well is low on water.

He has owned that a little over ten years now. We've had fun up there. We have helped him with brush clearing, cutting trees / firewood, mowing the lawn areas. Now, he is tired of it and wants to sell, but due to location and no utilities (and no power lines anywhere near it) he has had no offers. Two other similar cabins in the area have been for sale for 15 years, but they only have 3-5 acres of land each.

My friend had wanted to buy land "out there" forever, and finally did it. But... working on it everytime he was up there, the same place everytime, and he is just a "do it once, on to another thing" type of guy.

Down the road a ways from his cabin is a small bit of land that two guys bought and put two travel trailers on. It is truly a "hunting camp", as they basically only stay there during hunting season. I don't know what arrangement they have with each other, but every fall they return there for a couple weeks to hunt. Not a bad setup - they have electric, being near power lines, and the small bit of land is easy to maintain and low property tax. They are in the middle of good hunting land, so a 5 minute drive up a variety of dirt roads puts them in prime areas.

Hard to tell what is better - an actual cabin or a camper on land.

Watch out for zoning laws and property taxes. Where my friends place is in Vermont, the small town's only source of budget money is property taxes - so they are surprisingly high if you are not a full time resident (I don't know how it all works). And the town hall checks up on property, especially that owned by out of staters.

Zoning / building codes - just because everyone in the area ignores any codes, that doesn't mean they don't exist. Long time property owners are probably "grandfathered" regarding codes, but new owners and/or new construction may be required to follow codes / laws. It may not be a problem, until a bank researches the property for a loan or you want to sell the property.

My son, who is doing well with his career, has sort of debated buying our friend's cabin and land... but he realizes the work involved, and is not sure yet.

I look at a cabin and land similar to a boat or a pool.... Great when a friend owns it!

Wife and I have looked around a bit, but haven't found what we want. My friend's place is great, but it is actually a very hilly area with few flat areas (no place for our camper when we go up there), and not as much acreage as we would like.

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dedmiston wrote:


Honestly, pouring a relatively modest amount of money into your RV for increased battery capacity, inverter capacity, solar, and lots of fresh/waste water capacity is pretty attainable for most people, and then your options for boondocking are practically unlimited.

Agreed. After looking at parcels, this is pretty much what I came up with.


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Posted: 08/13/20 11:20am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Very doable.
And if you have trustworthy RVing friends who think likewise, you can share your properties with each other.

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ppine wrote:

When you run out of access to public land, then buying your own parcel is a viable idea. I never liked the idea of going to the same place all the time. It is why I will never buy a second home for recreation.

Camping or having an RV allows for discovery and new places and experiences which is the whole point of going out there if you ask me.


x2! Our vacation home has wheels, so we can vacation in different places. Our country and the world is too big to go to the same place all the time.


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Own 10 acres in Potter county PA. 5 acres in in northern Vermont and 5 acres in northern Nevada all with water, electric and septic.


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It sure is nice to have a place to call home.

* This post was edited 08/14/20 03:30am by Gulfcoast *

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I was going to purchase some land to do this but decided against it. For me it was cost land, well, septic, power and taxes. I ended up with a site at a seasonal campground where I write one check and everything is taken care of.

I think it's funny all the responses about wanting to go different places. I'm not chained to my seasonal spot and can travel. I'm guaranteed a prime lakefront spot every year.

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I have never wanted to go to the same place all the time.

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We didn't buy our mini farm for actually camping . However with the pandemic it has served us well as a get away. We have a RV shelter , covered patio , 2 shops, well, & septic that is sized for a small house.
We have a small vineyard, garden, fruit trees , & a lot of flowers planted. It's about 10 miles from our small town so we spend a lot of time there. Keep the 5er plugged up & air/heat on so we work a while, nap awhile. We can hookup & go if we want/need to as we keep a good food supply & we have our RV clothes. Just stop for perishables.
We keep bird feeders out & lots of different species abound. We even have a big dead hollow tree with a huge honeybee population. I don't mind going often to the same place.

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