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Old 04-29-2016, 09:29 AM   #1
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Full Time living in your area?

Starting a new thread asking: In the area you live, what are the rv parks, trailer parks, BLM land, etc that full timers can rent/set up on to live legally? From what I've found, especially around cities, there are often few to no places for full timers to set up legally, which is why many people stealth boondock and move around every night.

My area: Hampton Roads, VA (Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Portsmouth).
There are a few commercial campgrounds, but all are geared towards vacation campers and a few full timers that are willing to pay high monthly site rent. Prices aren't too bad in the winter months, but during the tourist season the prices go up significantly and the parks get full. Unless you own land in the farming areas of these cities, you can't live in an rv full time. There are some trailer parks in each city, but most are not in the safest parts of town and they are quickly disappearing as developers buy them up to build huge apartment complexes. The lack of affordable housing for the "working poor" is huge around here.
Stealth camping is hard too. You have to constantly move to avoid drawing attention of the police. Easier in a low profile van, but forget about it in a skoolie or rv, they just stick out too much.
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Old 04-29-2016, 09:56 AM   #2
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I think we're in a similar situation in the Atlanta area. There are certainly some state parks and a few commercial RV parks, but they are going to be pricey. There are some trailer parks once you look outside the perimeter, but I haven't looked into putting an RV in a trailer park. Is that commonly done? There's a military campground just north of me that has reasonable monthly rates - but of course, you would have to be military (active or retired) to stay there, and I doubt you could stay very long term.
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Check out BLM (Bureau of Land Management), Corp of Engineers Land and state parks. Many allow free to moderately priced unrestricted camping.
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I think we're in a similar situation in the Atlanta area. There are certainly some state parks and a few commercial RV parks, but they are going to be pricey. There are some trailer parks once you look outside the perimeter, but I haven't looked into putting an RV in a trailer park. Is that commonly done? There's a military campground just north of me that has reasonable monthly rates - but of course, you would have to be military (active or retired) to stay there, and I doubt you could stay very long term.
Hampton Roads, VA: I see rv's "permanently" mounted in the trailer parks around here. There are nice campgrounds at several of the bases here too, but I don't know the time limits and you do have to be active or retired military to be able to use them.
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Here in the mountains of Oregon there are bazillions of dead end logging roads. The timber companies are putting up a lot of gates on roads to stop access, but there's basically no way to gate all the roads and there's no way to patrol them all. Generally speaking as long as you're respectful to the land and don't over use one area you'll be ok. If someone comes by and asks you to move, just crank up and drive a few miles and you'll be on a different timber companies land.
There are official camp sites along just about any river. They do fill up during the summer but it's not that hard to find a space if you're not restricted to weekends. These are usually headwaters of rivers that more closely resemble creeks this high up in the mountains. The camp sites I think are about $5 or $7 per night, and there are limits to the number of days you can stay at one camp.
I prefer to find a shady wide spot in a logging road by a creek. There's lots of them. Just remember to park as far out of the way as possible in case logging trucks happen to come by while you're there.
Cities, forget about it. Maybe you can get away with stealth camping for a night before someone complains. The Walmart apparently allows 7 hours in their parking lot in town. It is nice to use some real porcelain thrones once in a while.
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Thanks Robin. I started this thread to see what's available in or near cities for those that full time but still have to work every day. I suspect the options will be limited throughout the U.S., but maybe there will be a few cities that have some cost effective options for full timers. It's cool that in the west there are millions of acres of public access land that you can camp on for free. The east coast isn't so lucky, probably because it was settled first and the west has always been "wild and open", not to mention all the desert in the west that has no farming value or water, so I guess they figure if you're brave enough to boondock on it then have at it.
I'm interested to see what other feedback we get from other cities/localities around the country.
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Bad part of Skoolies? We're neither fish nor fowl. According to most RV parks, if it's over 10 years old, no parking allowed. Plus, a Skoolie isn't an RV, according to them, despite what the title may say. Billings has an ordinance that prohibits camping on city streets, so that leaves anything outside of the city limits fair game. And, if you're parked on private property, that, too, is fair game.

The TRUE irony? KOA has it's corporate HQ, as well as KOA #1 here in town. The rates they set for in-season are absolutely obscene. The closest places to Billings that offer unlimited FREE parking are 50 miles away; one is on the Crow Nation reservation, the other is on the banks of the Musselshell River, where it routinely floods EVERY YEAR.
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The closest places to Billings that offer unlimited FREE parking are 50 miles away; one is on the Crow Nation reservation,
I would like to know more... is this the res to the south east of Billings? I was in Billings last summer for the BMW MOA rally and we passed through what I think was a crow res on the way there and back. I'd be game for parking on that res for free... I particularly enjoyed the town of Lodge Grass aka Greasy Grass...
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Actually, it's dead center on the Res. It's the Casino, just off I-90 to the north.
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I previously lived in the capitol city and the only place I ever saw a bus/RV was in a really crappy looking old trailer park. Here buses are considered cool, but they generally don't want to rent a spot in town to someone that lives in a bus.
You are talking about parking hooked up to facilities, possibly driving a second car to work? At some point the savings of living in a bus start to fade.
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