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Old 07-20-2010, 08:35 PM   #1
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Need opinion/thoughts on a park model trailer

Need opinion on a possible place to live. Been looking at park trailers because they are cheaper then a mobile home and have higher re-sale value.

Also there is little to nothing to rent in a 100 mile radius that is under 1500/m + utilities.

So I have a chance to buy either a brand new park model trailer

http://www.forestriverinc.com/nd/def...ries=VillaEsTT for 33k

Or a 2007 http://regina.kijiji.ca/c-cars-vehic...dIdZ217690791# for 25k.


I am considering these because quite literally we are running out of a place to live. Landlord giving us the boot, the bus is no where near livable. at this point it would be a glorified tent on wheels. So i was thinking of a park model trailer just for the fact that in a year or so i could still sell it if i want to and it should have good resale value compared to a mobile home etc.

what is your guy's opinions?
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Old 07-20-2010, 09:21 PM   #2
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Re: Need opinion/thoughts on a park model trailer

i would rent a cheap appartment to but any left start at 1500/month.

raw land. closest is half hour and starts at 75,000
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Old 07-20-2010, 09:25 PM   #3
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Re: Need opinion/thoughts on a park model trailer

Are you sure you want my opinion? 3 words- STICKS and STAPLES.
Well, everyone's different and has different standards of living. Personally, I'd rather live out of my teepee, albeit wheel-less. There are less places to set it up than there are places to park one of those, in general.
My teepee has a pretty good resale value, too! In fact, I'm pretty certain that I could get a good bit more for it than I originally paid.
On a more serious note- I hope you manage to find something comfortable and to your liking. Looking houselessness in the eyes is a pretty scary prospect for most.
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I'd hoof it out of there.
No kidding! What size chunk of land does 75K get you?
In the Rocky Mountain states, you can still find small parcels of land for 10K/acre, and thereabouts.
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Old 07-20-2010, 11:11 PM   #5
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Re: Need opinion/thoughts on a park model trailer

45k gets you 15 acres,
69k gets you 16 acres,
25k gets you an unserviced lot in a village,
or 65K for a 30~ year old mobile home on a 500/m rented lot
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Old 07-21-2010, 01:36 AM   #6
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Re: Need opinion/thoughts on a park model trailer

My opinion would be to go with what will cost you the least $$. Whether a used RV or used "park model" it will be worth far less than what you are paying for it. Get a decent CHEAP RV and sit in it while you finish the skoolie. Then dump the RV on eBay or whatever. Shoot, you really only need something nice enough to get it into a long term RV park... or mobile home park (they tend to be cheaper).
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i would rent a cheap appartment to but any left start at 1500/month.

raw land. closest is half hour and starts at 75,000
If you can get an interest-only loan at 6% interest that land would be $375/month, less with any down payment. A bit more if amortized over 30 years like a typical mortgage.
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Re: Need opinion/thoughts on a park model trailer

Just out of curiosity... what are you planning to do with your bus once it's converted? Are you staying in the area, leaving or what? If you are staying, then it may be to your advantage to find a chunk of land (or one with a trashed out "structure" that you can utilize the sewer/electric hookups). If you are leaving... then limit your cash outlay, finish the bus and leave! I read too many RV forums where folks are saying (been saying)... "can't wait to leave but can't leave until we sell the house... it's only been on the market for 5 years... and we've lower the asking price yet again". Don't put yourself in the position to be stuck someplace waiting for the "house" to sell.
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Lorna... Your advice is great

A parcel of land is the best future investment and conservation of money. If ya can find an old house on a an acre or two, you can rent out some space to some other person with your same needs. Frank Yep I live out of town.
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Re: Need opinion/thoughts on a park model trailer

well i looked at that land for 69K. has power and a well on site already. guess there was a house there and a yard but they got rid of it and turned it back to field. would be the best i think but once again we (girlfriend and I) do not want to latched down. As to why we dont want to buy a mobile home etc.

as for getting out of here.. I dunno how much of an option that is. family etc.

the bus. I want it to be the travel vehicle and weekend getaway to day at the beach bus. kinda why i want it to have a bathroom, some beds, and yet still have good seating capacity.

as of now it seems i can rent a room from a person for 550/m. then gonna try to get one of these park model trailers. something that is like home yet mobile and will have some decent resale value. Also something the bus can pull
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