Originally Posted by dgorila1
Originally Posted by Moshart
Your new spot looks great. Do you have hookups there? How long do you usually stay in a spot like that?
Don't mean to be so nosy, but what you're doing now is what me and the husband would like to do in the future. How do you go about finding private properties to stay at? We've tried looking/asking on Craigslist but haven't found much. I'm thinking it must be the area we're in.
I was going to ask the same question (about how you find the properties). Looks like they are in the country. How do you find people willing to let you park on their property, and do they charge you? Do you have access to electric and water hookups, and how do you empty your tanks? I've been reading about your build since I joined......great info, especially since I've decided I want a flat nose. Safe travels!
In answer to the above questions, I have been lucky. Because of my years as a performer, I have made many friends. It is these friends that have offered me a place to park.
When I first arrived to Tenn., I met a guy who was a hippie type. He has a bus of his own. He enjoyed having people like me staying at his place. There I had electricity run to my 1966 Chevy camper via a heavy duty extension cord. There was a garage that had a toilet and shower. I paid rent and electrical there. I stayed there for a couple of years.
Then I got a job in an industrial section of town. The owner of the company wanted to have someone on the property during the evenings. He invited me to park there. I was there for five years. I had the keys to the shop where I used the shower and toilet. It was a big parking lot with a locked gate. It was quiet at night. I had electrical from a panel in one of the storage containers that I was parked next to. I did not pay rent or electricity there. I stayed there in a variety of trailers, the Class C Dodge, and my bus.
I lost my job, then went to live at a friend's property ( still in Tenn.) next to his metal shop building. I actually had to pay a lot for rent and electricity. There was a water spigot at the end of the driveway. ( I don't have my plumbing hooked up yet in the bus ). I use one gallon water jugs, 36 of them, for the dogs, cooking, and flushing the toilet. The toilet is hooked up to the waste tank. I empty the waste tank into the 22 gal tote tank and wheel it over to the stub out for the septic tank, and dump it in there. This friend is someone that I used to play music with. He had 15 acres in the country.
Having played at a lot of music festivals in Missouri, I made a lot of friends who are enamored with my musical abilities. I was invited to go to a friend's place to help him start his underground house project. I was there for three months. I paid for electricity and helped with internet costs as well. I dumped into the stub out. I had electricity from the garage. The building project came to a close. I left.
Now, I am at another friend's place at his request. It is 60 miles away from where I was. He has 20 acres. His parents live here as well. That is their house that I built the deck on to. My friend also has a little house that used to be a shop. I help them out with projects, and get paid some. I do not have to pay rent or electricity. Plus, my friend's mom insists that I eat over there every day. There are plenty of projects that have to be done before winter. My friend and his parents are very glad to have me living here. I have electricity from the barn that I am parked next to. I use my friend's shower and toilet.
As you can see, I have been lucky. I have many things that I could write about from living on the streets. It can be done. I will save that dissertation for people who want to know about "urban camping".
To summarize: If you want to live on private property, talk to friends first. Offer to help with projects. Offer to pay rent. Stay within the confines of your vehicle and yard. Don't wear out your welcome.
I am a single guy, and not much of a burden. I expect that if you have children, it might be difficult to live under those auspices.
If you are lucky enough to be working, and working in an industrial area, You might ask the boss if you could park there. For the boss, it is free security for the place. Some people spend a lot of money monthly to have security on their property.
I hope I have answered the key points to your questions. If you need more details, please feel free to ask specific questions. I have lots of answers. Also, if you intend to live on the streets, I have guidelines that work. Usually, stealth is the key to success in an urban environment. The best scenario is private property, though.
Oh, one more thing, my friend, Bob, has had good success at finding out of the way campgrounds and trailer parks where he has been able to do a little work to defray the rental cost. He has wintered over in a few of them.
Thanks for your inquiries.