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Desert Captain

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Posted: 07/25/21 11:15am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

One of the primary reasons we moved up to Payson {at 5,000'} was to find a property where I could store all of our toys {24' class C, car, truck, Rzr, Can Am Spyder and my cargo trailer} at home. We have two driveways that total 80 yards {55 and 25} and a second {free standing} garage on our .57 ac lot. Beyond the obvious convenience I am saving $125 a month vs paying for storage. While we have yet to experience any power failures in the year we have been here we have the 4KW genset always available should we need it.

I widened one driveway 3' X 24' to enchance the parking pad for the motorhome and hired an electrician to add a dedicated 30 amp box adjacent the pad so the coach has AC 24/7. Now our smallish {1,400 square foot} 3 bedroom 2 bath house has become a 4/5 bedroom 3 bath abode as we can easily sleep 2 - 4 folks out in the coach if the rest of the house fills up... which we have done a couple of times.

Now before and after any trip we can do our prep, clean up and any general maintenance at our convenience. At our last home the HOA dictated how long {not very} we could keep the coach out in front as it had to be parked on our residential street which was a serious PITA.

About the only potential natural disaster that we might someday be subject too would be a forrest fire. If a fire commences anywhere near us we will go into full bail out prep mode. I can load all of our valuables from the safe to a large plastic tub in minutes. The coach is kept fully fueled {gas and LP} with half a tank of water that can be supplemented very quickly. Restocking the frig/freezer can be easily done.

I can hook up the cargo trailer to the coach and load our Can Am for use as a toad in about 20 minutes... turn the key and we are down the road and completely self contained for a couple of weeks. Our primary/most likely initial bail out area would be down the Beeline {Highway 87} 45 minutes to Roosevelt Lake where there are hundreds of sites. We could also head north on the Beeline or east on 260 depending on the weather and the location of the fire. Our best friends in Angel Fire NM {which is just an 8 hour drive from our house} put in a nice RV pad with hookups on their 2.5 ac slice of heaven so we will have that as a backup/longer term escape.

Here is a shot of our coach awaiting our next adventure:

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rockhillmanor

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Posted: 07/25/21 02:16pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My mantra was if I decided to buy in Florida after rv'ing?

Was to keep RV in case of power outage and evacuation due to hurricane.
That meant finding a home and property that allowed parking of RV on property.
Found it all in Florida! Although I don't have to shovel snow anymore I have used the RV for 3 hurricanes so far!!


We must be willing to get rid of the life we've planned,
so as to have the life that is waiting for us.


loralli23

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I agree that RV's has useful functions other than camping

jjrbus

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The RV is our
hurricane escape pod and life support system. Only ran from one hurricane with it so far. I would not mind the hurricane. It is the week or so afterwards with no gas, electric, internet etc.

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