Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Living Car Free Do you live car free or car light? Do you prefer to use alternative transportation (bicycles, walking, other human-powered or public transportation) for everyday activities whenever possible? Discuss your lifestyle here.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 04-06-07, 10:04 AM   #1
eofelis 
The Rock Cycle
Thread Starter
 
eofelis's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Western Colorado
Bikes: Salsa Vaya Ti, Specialized Ruby, Gunnar Sport, Motobecane Fantom CXX, Jamis Dragon, Novara Randonee x2
Posts: 1,655
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Living house-free

This may go against the grain of this car-free forum, but there are some interesting stories of simple living and being resourceful.

http://cheaprvliving.com/index.html
__________________
Gunnar Sport
Specialized Ruby
Salsa Vaya Ti
Novara Randonee x2
Motobecane Fantom CXX
Jamis Dragon
eofelis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-07, 12:07 PM   #2
c0urt
moving target
 
c0urt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: birmingham, al
Bikes: a masi speciale, and a kuota k-factor.
Posts: 2,828
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 8 Post(s)
I lived in a self storage unit in orlando for a bit.
c0urt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-07, 12:08 PM   #3
C Law
Too Much Crazy
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: NY
Bikes: A bunch
Posts: 3,631
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
aka being homeless?
C Law is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-07, 12:12 PM   #4
Blue Jays
Banned
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: United States
Bikes: roadbikes and full-suspension mountainbikes
Posts: 1,926
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
One compromise is to just obtain a really tiny house and find a way to make it work with your lifestyle.
Blue Jays is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-07, 12:12 PM   #5
WishYouWasMe
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Bikes:
Posts: 158
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by c0urt
I lived in a self storage unit in orlando for a bit.
taking "self" storage to a whole new level
WishYouWasMe is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-07, 12:13 PM   #6
Nightshade
Humvee of bikes =Worksman
 
Nightshade's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Bikes:
Posts: 5,363
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Curt Kurt
aka being homeless?
The line between living in an RV and being homeless is razor thin at best.

A house is "roots" that has worth even without all of the modern amenities.

There are folk's who live in rolling palaces called "coaches" but those are
so expensive that only millionaires can play.
__________________
My preferred bicycle brand is.......WORKSMAN CYCLES
I dislike clipless pedals on any city bike since I feel they are unsafe.

Originally Posted by krazygluon
Steel: nearly a thousand years of metallurgical development
Aluminum: barely a hundred, which one would you rather have under your butt at 30mph?
Nightshade is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-07, 12:14 PM   #7
wahoonc
Senior Member
 
wahoonc's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: On the road-USA
Bikes: Giant Excursion, Raleigh Sports, Raleigh R.S.W. Compact, Motobecane? and about 20 more! OMG
Posts: 16,687
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I lived in a pickup camper in the woods for about 9 months and I currently "live" in motel rooms about 290 days a year and I have spent more than a few nights in the cab of my truck during Katrina.

Aaron
__________________
Webshots is bailing out, if you find any of my posts with corrupt picture files and want to see them corrected please let me know. :(

ISO: A late 1980's Giant Iguana MTB frameset (or complete bike) 23" Red with yellow graphics.

"Cycling should be a way of life, not a hobby.
RIDE, YOU FOOL, RIDE!"
_Nicodemus

"Steel: nearly a thousand years of metallurgical development
Aluminum: barely a hundred
Which one would you rather have under your butt at 30mph?"
_krazygluon
wahoonc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-07, 12:20 PM   #8
deputyjones
Striving for Fredness
 
deputyjones's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: West Michigan
Bikes: Old Giant Rincon
Posts: 1,190
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Tightwad
A house is "roots" that has worth even without all of the modern amenities.
I agree. The compromise my wife and I have made was to buy a small, very old house, with modernized furnace, windows, roof, insulation, etc., in the city we live in that is close enough to walk or bike to everything we need.

It would be hard to be a part of any real community in our society living this way. Ask the gypsies, they have made their own but are ostracized from every other one.
deputyjones is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-07, 02:11 PM   #9
jamesdenver
jim anchower
 
jamesdenver's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 1,118
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Even though I own a townhome I've kept my address at a local Mail Boxes Etcetera for seven years now. To me it's invaluable. To creditors it looks better to have a long term address, I have have packages delivered there and not outside my door while at work, and I can travel for a few weeks without dealing with mail.

Anyone considering traveling long term (or living house-free) should consider it.

Anyway I love traveling, but as the above poster mentioned there's something special and comforting about having a neigbhorhood to return to.
jamesdenver is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-07, 02:24 PM   #10
Artkansas 
Pedaled too far.
 
Artkansas's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: La Petite Roche
Bikes:
Posts: 12,858
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by eofelis
This may go against the grain of this car-free forum, but there are some interesting stories of simple living and being resourceful.

http://cheaprvliving.com/index.html
One fellow mentioned that his costs were about $1,000.00 a month. Heck, my apartment and all my bills are less than that.

I agree with James Denver about having a stable P.O. box. Mine is at the post office though. When I move to a new city the very first thing I do is get a P.O. Box so that I can start moving all my mail to the new city even before I move myself and I have a stable address no matter how often I move within the city.
Artkansas is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-06-07, 11:13 PM   #11
Dahon.Steve
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: New Jersey
Bikes:
Posts: 6,826
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 23 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Artkansas
One fellow mentioned that his costs were about $1,000.00 a month. Heck, my apartment and all my bills are less than that.
Agreed.

I live on about 1K a month plus this includes heat and water. Living in the back of a van would get pretty cold in the winter and an oven during the summer. Then you have to worry about bathing.
Dahon.Steve is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-07-07, 12:10 AM   #12
wheel
Senior Member
 
wheel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Crystal MN
Bikes:
Posts: 2,147
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I thought about house free.
Some ways around it.
Go to college, My college has a little cooking area, showers, gym, internet lab.
for 179 dollars for 4 months. Plus you attend a class for 3 hours every week. There are also college clubs you can join. My college is open till 10pm.
no one will kick you out for stuyding who knows you live there.

I think it would be neat to try.
wheel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-07-07, 08:58 AM   #13
cerewa
put our Heads Together
 
cerewa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: southeast pennsylvania
Bikes: a mountain bike with a cargo box on the back and aero bars on the front. an old well-worn dahon folding bike
Posts: 3,155
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Artkansas
One fellow mentioned that his costs were about $1,000.00 a month. Heck, my apartment and all my bills are less than that.
I don't live house-free but I think my monthly budget is under $650 a month. I'm pretty sure that right now I can't beat the $500 per month they use on the site in post#1 as a really frugal budget, though.
cerewa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-07-07, 09:21 AM   #14
I-Like-To-Bike
Been Around Awhile
 
I-Like-To-Bike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Burlington Iowa
Bikes: Vaterland and Ragazzi
Posts: 23,520
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by c0urt
I lived in a self storage unit in orlando for a bit.
That's one way. Here are some more ways to be house free: How simply do you live?

Probably car-free too!
I-Like-To-Bike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-07-07, 09:28 AM   #15
LandLuger
bicyclist
 
LandLuger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 383
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by wheel
I thought about house free.
Some ways around it.
Go to college, My college has a little cooking area, showers, gym, internet lab.
for 179 dollars for 4 months. Plus you attend a class for 3 hours every week. There are also college clubs you can join. My college is open till 10pm.
no one will kick you out for stuyding who knows you live there.

I think it would be neat to try.
Your suggestion reminds me of that college student who spent his vacation living in Walmart. It was remarkable how many days he remained undiscovered.
LandLuger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-07-07, 01:02 PM   #16
531phile 
I'm Carbon Curious
 
531phile's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 2,195
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Sure it would be cool to save money on rent and all, but what about the quality of life? A lot of these post involve breaking the law by living in a storage garage.
531phile is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-07-07, 01:06 PM   #17
531phile 
I'm Carbon Curious
 
531phile's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 2,195
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
For city dwellers: Here's the downside for living in a RV.

A lot of times the cost of paying for the trailer park is almost the same amount as paying for rent for a small studio. Also, if you don't want to live in a trailer park, then you will have to wake up early a few nights a week to repark your RV to avoid getting ticketed.

also, what do you do with your RV when you want to go on vacation overseas?

Too many hassles. Doesn't seem worth it to me.
531phile is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-07-07, 01:22 PM   #18
Curiouswill
Senior Member
 
Curiouswill's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Great Falls, MT
Bikes: 2002? Cannondale Warrior 400r
Posts: 204
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Cool, I'm currently car-free but soon my step-uncle should be done fixing up my car and give me his humongous van in exchange for the small car. I'm planning to try and move into the van when my lease expire in Feb 2008. Hopefully I'll still be able to afford the trip across america that I have been trying to plan for. (see sig for info)
Curiouswill is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-07-07, 02:58 PM   #19
bmclaughlin807
Crankenstein
 
bmclaughlin807's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Spokane
Bikes: Novara Randonee (TankerBelle)
Posts: 4,038
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I can park a van or small RV for $27 a month in a secured storage area near where I work. I found out the price when I had to store my truck after it was hit by a drunk driver while parked (legally) on the side of the road. After the damage the truck is no longer legal to park on the side of the road or in my condo complex... so I needed storage space while I sort out the insurance issues.

The lot has a gated entrance with a keycode pad.

Dunno how they'd feel about someone living in a vehicle stored there, but it would really take care of the overseas vacations, etc.
__________________
"There is no greater wonder than the way the face and character of a woman fit so perfectly in a man's mind, and stay there, and he could never tell you why. It just seems it was the thing he most wanted." Robert Louis Stevenson
bmclaughlin807 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-07-07, 03:25 PM   #20
cosmo starr
Senior Member
 
cosmo starr's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Dallas
Bikes:
Posts: 498
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
you can have a 'home' without having a house
cosmo starr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-07-07, 03:30 PM   #21
CommuterRun
Conservative Hippie
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Wakulla Co. FL
Bikes:
Posts: 4,271
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I know a guy that lives in a broken down van, rides a nice road bike and has a small pick/up for work only.
CommuterRun is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-07-07, 03:47 PM   #22
Horse
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Bikes:
Posts: 65
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
...

Last edited by Horse; 04-18-07 at 10:18 AM.
Horse is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-07-07, 05:33 PM   #23
Robert C
Senior Member
 
Robert C's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Salt lake, UT
Bikes: This list got too long: several ‘bents, an urban utility e-bike, and a dahon D7 that my daughter has absconded with.
Posts: 1,563
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 35 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Horse
I met this guy once and took some pictures of his bike/home. He seems to be happy with it. I question some of his design ideas; however, it works for him. I used to see him a lot along I5 in CA
Robert C is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-07-07, 08:13 PM   #24
AverageCommuter
..
 
Join Date: May 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 349
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
The university library that I work for is only closed 4 hours on weeknights. We don't kick people out for sleeping, only for being disruptive. So all you'd have to do is go find something to keep you occupied in the wee hours of the morning and then come on back in. We've had people who virtually live there for a while from time to time. They've never been any trouble.
AverageCommuter is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-08-07, 06:43 AM   #25
bike2math
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Texas
Bikes:
Posts: 959
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
When I was going to school in Boston it seemed like once a semester they'd find a student living in Harvards library.
bike2math is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:57 AM.