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Old 04-03-2011, 01:46 PM   #841
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I am not familiar with RV'ing in Baja so maybe things are different there
baja is much more rural than mainland mexico.
i've never taken my RV down there, but i've stayed @ kiki's in san felipe & i noticed a lot of nice motorhomes there...
apparently, kiki's has 30-amp service, too:
http://www.ontheroadin.com/baja/baja...ns_de_kiki.htm
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Old 04-04-2011, 03:19 AM   #842
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I'd think for the least pain in the ass way to tow a car, would be to get a Jeep Wrangler. It's so short I'd think that it would be easy to tow. Also it's a 4wd if you ever need that and a convertible for when the weather is nice. I've noticed it seem to be the most common towed car on the back of RV's since I've been paying attention.





I am wondering with the rising gas prices, how does this effect you guys who RV all the time? If gas goes to $5 or $6 permanently, do you think you will be able to continue your lifestyle?
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Old 04-04-2011, 08:00 AM   #843
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Old 04-04-2011, 08:26 AM   #844
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I am wondering with the rising gas prices, how does this effect you guys who RV all the time? If gas goes to $5 or $6 permanently, do you think you will be able to continue your lifestyle?
The key is to not have to move much. Usually, I'm in one place for at least 3-6 months. I was in San Jose for 20 mos, though I did take two trips while there... one up to Sand Mountain in Nevada, another down to SoCal. Once finally in SoCal a few months later, I stayed there the whole four months. Then I was in Reno for three months while between jobs, then in Oregon for five, and now I've been back in SoCal since end of November... though I did just take the trailer up to Death Valley for the nOOb Rally. Fun, but dang that was costly. $135 to fill up on the way back and I wasn't even home yet. I try to take it as easy as I can when taking the trailer anywhere, to maximize fuel economy. More often than not I'm in the 9-10 mpg range, but there are times when I can get up to 11-12 if there's no headwind and I take it very easy on the hills. Not bad for a 16,000 lb trailer I guess.

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Current? Things don't get this bad from one guy in just a couple of years.....but we digress...
That's true... look at who was technically running the country for the previous two years (2006+), i.e. congress. But that's a topic for a whole 'nother thread. :)

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Old 05-06-2011, 04:37 PM   #845
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Wife and I have set a date, 6/12/12. By that time we should have a years wages saved and no bills. We are telling our bosses to screw off and we are doing the same. I have noticed all this talk about RVs..what about simple tents?
We have a number of ideas, and exploring the US, canada, mexico and beyond are in the top of the list. Doing it slowly and cheaply.
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Old 05-07-2011, 05:20 AM   #846
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Good luck. :) Make it India instead and your money will last three or four times longer. Six months visa, then out for two months before re-entering.
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Old 05-07-2011, 04:23 PM   #847
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Wife and I have set a date, 6/12/12. By that time we should have a years wages saved and no bills. We are telling our bosses to screw off and we are doing the same. I have noticed all this talk about RVs..what about simple tents?
We have a number of ideas, and exploring the US, canada, mexico and beyond are in the top of the list. Doing it slowly and cheaply.
I vote for getting a simple van, like a bare-bones Astro van, bringing a foam pad, table, cookstove, lawn chairs, hammock and a tent. You can sleep in the van if you need to; otherwise just set up an awning and live outside.

Can I come?
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Old 05-07-2011, 04:44 PM   #848
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I vote for getting a simple van, like a bare-bones Astro van, bringing a foam pad, table, cookstove, lawn chairs, hammock and a tent. You can sleep in the van if you need to; otherwise just set up an awning and live outside.

Can I come?
Then there is gas price, repairs, insurance, and so on. I could do that with my jeep Need it on the cheap. If we keep expenses down to under $500mo...we can go for over 4 years.
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Good luck. :) Make it India instead and your money will last three or four times longer. Six months visa, then out for two months before re-entering.
India and Malasia are on the top. Let say I did go there, where could I live? What type of lifestyle could be expected?
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Old 05-08-2011, 03:31 AM   #850
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I haven't done India but have done Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia not to mention Nepal quite a bit. Not only are the expenses much more reasonable than mexico and central america, the food and the locals are much better. Only my opinion of course.
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And anybody that thinks it was the present administration that has brought on our economic woes hasn't done enough research.
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Old 05-08-2011, 04:52 AM   #852
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You could make a lightweight trailer and put one of these tents on top:

http://www.top-tent.com/mombasaprodpage.htm
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You could make a lightweight trailer and put one of these tents on top:

http://www.top-tent.com/mombasaprodpage.htm
$ equivalent to 3 months of freedom
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Old 05-08-2011, 11:56 AM   #854
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Raven...I waz gonna suggest a Kwik-Kamp trailer like mine...
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and as you can see that I can pull it behind my bike as well (altho this waz my old bike in the pic). It sets up in 1 minute, has a queen size BED in it, a full 6'6" stand-up changing area, and the cargo capacity is phoenominal!!! We absolutely love it!!!

...but after your last comment...I guess that even this may be more $$$ than you're willing to part with.
(I've found used ones on CL for $1500-$2000ish)

I've often thought about a long-term life in it...but the wife likes being home and playing in her garden as well...so I hafta settle for long distance touring.
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Old 05-24-2011, 12:51 PM   #855
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How to Leave some of it behind.

Interesting thread, and real easy to get off topic since the idea of separated ourselves from the collective insanity of our mass expectations is so attractive. It looks like the question for most is ďHow?Ē, as in how to pay for it. You can plan, save a pile, and spend it as long as it lasts, then work some more. Or work, scrounge and live off the land. Planning and saving is not for some folks.
There is another option, and that is to take it with you; your income that is.
Six years ago, pissed off at being laid off again and at the mercy of someone else for my well being, I started a small mobile embroidery business that sells to dog, cat and horse shows. Could be anything. Iím not getting rich (Want to make a small fortune in embroidery? Start with a large one.) but it is sustaining and satisfies a lot of my inner wants for creativity, technical excellence, computer design. It is the most satisfying thing I have ever done professionally.
We travel around towing the business behind a motorhome and it puts fuel in the rig, food on the table and the occasional splurge on fun. And I can ride all over the country between shows. Itís currently on ice while I get my home ready to sell and I miss the freedom terribly.
The point is that if you really want to, youíll figure out a way. Iím college educated and spent 35 years working for someone else. I was settled. That didnít help me be satisfied. Stuff didnít help me be satisfied.. By all accounts this should be the last thing youíd expect me to do. Except I did it. When the pain gets deep enough, you will find a way. Now I donít give a damn about owing anything, itís all a means to an end.
I remember sitting around with a group of 20 years younger than me folks in the campground of a state fair, sharing hopes and lies, washing the day away with a beer. Listening to the Sunglasses guy talk about how he positioned his helpers around the gates and how certain products did better than others. Hearing the Jewelry guy talk about scoring some great turquoise for his next project and dickering price points. Listening to the Elephant Ear kid talk about heading for Cambodia after the season, like usual. And being astounded at the variety of underground economy going on around me and realizing a bit humbly that with all my expectations I was now a Carny and on equal footing with these folk. And it was good. Most of this activity was invisible to most of the hard working folk we met that day; people who would never know the deep satisfaction of wrestling a living on your own and walking away owing no man an apology for the days work. Pure entrepenurial capitalism. On my schedule.
So I canít toss the traces completely. Iím currently trying to convince my wife that we should work the USA for 6 months, store the rig, and go to South America for the other six. Make your money here, spend it there. Keep a bike in each place. She is one of those wide eyed villagers who canít believe that you came from that direction and are heading in this one, ďDonít you know those people are dangerous and canít be trusted, this is the only safe place, you were lucky to arrive aliveĒ. Same thing the folks at the last three villages said. Fortunately she also mulls things over until they become her idea, then itís, ďWhat are you waiting for, letís go!Ē Just waitiníÖ
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