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ronharmless

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Posted: 02/17/21 06:58am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just my opinion and you can take it or leave it; but, unless you are given or already own a late model, high quality, 4 season RV, you are not going to save money living in a RV in a RV Park. It would be cheaper and better to rent an apartment or small house. If it was a mobile home, possibly (they are built to different standards than a RV).

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I agree with ron. Do the math carefully. You may be saving nothing with RV living in a campground vs. an apartment or single room. Heating the RV will be a challenge.


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ronharmless wrote:

Just my opinion and you can take it or leave it; but, unless you are given or already own a late model, high quality, 4 season RV, you are not going to save money living in a RV in a RV Park. It would be cheaper and better to rent an apartment or small house. If it was a mobile home, possibly (they are built to different standards than a RV).

What he said.
If you can’t afford an apartment in Kalamath Falls, you can’t afford a full time RV and campsite.
You also do not sound capable of what’s required to full time RV.
Sounds like your style of RVing will be more akin to downtown Portland.

I would suggest the best plan of action, find the most economical apartment or room for rent and concentrate your efforts on making more money and saving more money, not cluttering you the world with another junker RV that the taxpayers will ultimately pay to recycle on their dime and not yours.


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A medium size flat screen TV is maybe 50 watts (unless it's a plasma screen--they're power hungry). A laptop is maybe 75 watts, though they vary a lot and the actual power consumption is quite dependent on how heavily loaded the CPU is and how bright the screen is. A PS4 is around 75-150 watts (modern consoles are pretty power hungry, relatively speaking). A phone charger is a few watts, and a cable modem not much more. All told, it sounds like your electronics are running maybe 200-250 watts, or a couple of amps. That's not at all likely to be the least bit problematic in any campground with hookups.





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Be prepared for high noise levels (RV furnaces and air conditioners) with drafty conditions in winter. RVs don't have many square feet, so opening the door lets out a huge percentage of the climate controlled air.

When you find out what RV parks charge, you may be shocked.


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YeeYeeHaircut wrote:

I don't exactly plan to get far out into nature, just a temporary home until I can save enough to get something else but live there for a while. I will definitley ask about it and see if I can find out with hookups like that in regards to the net - thank you.


ronharmless wrote:

Just my opinion and you can take it or leave it; but, unless you are given or already own a late model, high quality, 4 season RV, you are not going to save money living in a RV in a RV Park. It would be cheaper and better to rent an apartment or small house. If it was a mobile home, possibly (they are built to different standards than a RV).


YeeYee, I have to agree with Ron..

Folks often get on this forum with the notion they will save a lot of money by living in a RV in a park setting, paying for a lot. Parks with electric/sewer/water are not cheap rent.. Would not be too surprised that you will get prices well above $800-$1200 per month as many RV parks tend to charge $50-$100 night in season, some reduce the price out of season but I suspect you may be hard pressed to find one below $30 per night or $900..

You are not going to "save" money living in a RV, especially if you have to buy one, then pay the monthly lot rent..

Your profile states Oregon.. Your gonna get cold and wet, living in a RV in the winter time is going to eat you out what remaining money that you didn't have leftover from paying the lot rent..

Very few RVs are designed for "four season" use, they have little to almost zero insulation from the floor to the roof, single pane windows.. Your going to have to adapt to a completely different lifestyle that includes not heating to any roasting temps above 60F..

Even that temp will use 30 lbs of propane in only a few days, I would not be surprised if you use two 30lb cylinders in less than a week.. Depending on the current cost of propane that could be as much as $60 per week or $240 a month and you are only heating a couple of hundred square feet and freezing at the same time.. You might save some money by leasing 100 lb propane tanks but often they will want money upfront or you to buy them..

Something else to consider, many "parks" are seasonal in cold weather states, they CLOSE during the winter and for good reason, it is difficult to keep the water systems from freezing, costs a lot to install and run heat tapes in the winter.. If they don't close, they may turn off the water to the park except for a bathhouse.

For example, I did a search for RV parks in Klamath Oregon area..

Rocky Port..

HERE is only open Open Mar 15 - Nov 30..

Last Year's Rate was $37 to $46 per day..

HERE is a search which found 10 RV parks in your area..

Then you will have the holding tanks to deal with, unless it has insulated and heating pads on the holding tanks, freeze ups of the tanks is a real issue to deal with and not to mention YOU will have to dump even the toilet tank known as "blackwater"..

Do yourself a favor, find a small apartment, in the end, it will be cheaper and much nicer than attempting living in a RV during the winter.

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Yep, many are fooled by media and tv shows about RV fulltime living being cheaper than more traditional living choices. The reality is that rarely is it much cheaper.


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I agree with the above about the cost. It isn't necessarily a whole lot cheaper to live in an RV. We do it for the freedom and adventure.

Anyway, the internet situation: I would get something like this

https://www.amazon.com/MOFI4500-4GXeLTE-SIM7-COMBO-Upgraded-Antenna-T-Mobile-Verizon/dp/B089NYWJYK

or

https://www.mobilemusthave.com/Pepwave-MAX-BR1-MINI-wLTE-Advance-Modem-GEN-2-Hardware-100MB-Support_p_16.html

You can just take a sim from your phone and put it in the MoFi (Pepwave is an option too, that's what I got) and share the internet connection as if your phone was creating the data.

Basically if you use your "hotspot" on your phone you'll be throttled and it'll generally be very slow. With the above device, it's not a hotspot so the data won't be throttled.

Do some research on it, there are a lot of RV'rs on youtube that cover these devices, plans and connection options.

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