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    The Rock Cycle eofelis's Avatar
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    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
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    I lived in a self storage unit in orlando for a bit.
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    aka being homeless?

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    One compromise is to just obtain a really tiny house and find a way to make it work with your lifestyle.

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    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

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    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.
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    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.

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    "Steel: nearly a thousand years of metallurgical development
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    Which one would you rather have under your butt at 30mph?"
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    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.
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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.
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    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.
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    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!

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

    Quote Originally Posted by avner View Post
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    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)

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    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.
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    you can have a 'home' without having a house

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    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.

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    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

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    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.

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    When I was going to school in Boston it seemed like once a semester they'd find a student living in Harvards library.

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