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Old 02-17-2013, 06:20 PM   #1
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This thread is quiet.

How about a rider-friendly place for RVers, tiny home folks, and wandering riders?

I am thinking something like this near a Texas border town:

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Old 02-18-2013, 05:49 AM   #2
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This thread is quiet.

How about a rider-friendly place for RVers, tiny home folks, and wandering riders?

I am thinking something like this near a Texas border town:

I think you're on to something...
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Old 02-18-2013, 10:04 AM   #3
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This thread is quiet.

How about a rider-friendly place for RVers, tiny home folks, and wandering riders?

I am thinking something like this near a Texas border town:

Have one of these places for summer, one for winter, along with a delivery service between the two for the towed homes. Long-term, reliable, predictable clients would be great.

And a clubhouse with big screen TV, pool table, pinball....

And a big common garage space.

And! And!
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Old 02-18-2013, 10:49 AM   #4
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I like the attractive RV park posted by PirateJohn -- would definitely not mind living in a place like that. I'd like to have covered and secure storage for my car / bike / tools, though. Throw a gate on the front of the carport, and a shed behind it, and I'd be good.

Reading more into the converted airstreams, I think it could work for me (I'm planning on living full-time in whatever I get). I'm thinking my best option is to buy some land and either build a small house and garage, or get a metal barn (30'x40') and a converted airstream. I've got some ideas floating around regarding what I'd build.

Not sure if this one was already posted, but here's a cool old garage conversion: http://tinyhousetalk.com/garage-conv...n-small-house/

It started life as a garage in France. Now it's a nice, modern home. What the pictures don't show, is that the front is a large, wooden, sliding door. The whole thing closes up into a neat little wooden box. I'd do the patio in something like paver stones, instead of wood, to give you a place to park; but overall, I like the design. I've been playing around with the "sleeping loft over top of a small bathroom" idea for a while, seeing how it can be worked into small designs to save space.



EDIT: Looked up the example given by PirateJohn. It's done by a company in Portland called "Ideabox". They do actually have small storage alongside the carport (so there goes the tool storage problem). Nice little places. The problem with that community, along with most others like it, is that it's 55+.

Why can't a 20-something, single guy want to live in a small trailer community?

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Old 02-18-2013, 11:03 AM   #5
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In my time full-timing I stayed in both, as I'm sure you have.
Oh yes! I have seen some very nice parks, and some that had the "party people" in attendance. ;)

I can think of two parks that were large enough to have both the trailer park folks and the folks in hundred thousand RVs and to keep them somewhat segregated at that.




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Old 02-18-2013, 11:18 AM   #6
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Have one of these places for summer, one for winter, along with a delivery service between the two for the towed homes. Long-term, reliable, predictable clients would be great.

And a clubhouse with big screen TV, pool table, pinball....

And a big common garage space.

And! And!
One has to have dreams, and to pursue those dreams. I am going to take a look at some property tomorrow with the idea of doing something like this.

This will be in a Texas border town so that takes care of the summer location. Another rider was shooting the breeze with me but he said that he had property in Arizona. My thoughts were that we needed to have some sort of association so that folks could go from one location to the other. Details pending, of course ;)

Anyway, seriously, if this location works for this project it should be a perfect gateway for riders going into Mexico. Not interested in Mexico? Cool, because there are plenty of paved and dirt Texas roads nearby.

I hadn't planned on a clubhouse but a friend with resort property in the mountains of TN (light bulb going off - maybe that's our summer connection!) told me that a club house is vital for such a project.

And secure storage for bikes, other vehicles, tools is very much a part of what I have in mind.

Your comments about having vehicles to move trailers is interesting. I just bought a Nissan UD truck that should be a good restoration project. It's a Class 5 truck - an F350, by comparison, is a Class 3. It's unique because it has a factory sleeper compartment. My deal with the owner involves enough spares to complete a second truck. I had never thought about getting back into truckin' but we should have the capacity to move pretty fair sized housing units if needed.




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Old 02-18-2013, 11:25 AM   #7
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EDIT: Looked up the example given by PirateJohn. It's done by a company in Portland called "Ideabox". They do actually have small storage alongside the carport (so there goes the tool storage problem). Nice little places. The problem with that community, along with most others like it, is that it's 55+.

Why can't a 20-something, single guy want to live in a small trailer community?

The 55 thing seems to be a zoning issue in parts of Texas. No one seems to want a trailer park, but they are more tolerant of retirement communities. There must be several hundred in the general McAllen-Brownsville area.

When I suggested that I wanted to have an RV park the realtor stuttered. I have since seen some photos of the area and thought WTF - what I want to do should be much nicer than what is currently there ;)

Anyway ... I am thinking that we can skirt some of the commercial and legal aspects if we organize an LLC or perhaps a non-profit.

And just FYI I will say it again - SECURE STORAGE OF BIKES AND TOOLS, AND AVAILABILITY OF WORKSHOPS will be a key to any project that I get involved in. That mirrors my interests too.

I am recovering from having the ex- girlfriend hire some people to steal about half of my tools, spare parts, and so forth and that will never happen again.


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One has to have dreams, and to pursue those dreams. I am going to take a look at some property tomorrow with the idea of doing something like this.

This will be in a Texas border town so that takes care of the summer location. Another rider was shooting the breeze with me but he said that he had property in Arizona. My thoughts were that we needed to have some sort of association so that folks could go from one location to the other. Details pending, of course ;)

Anyway, seriously, if this location works for this project it should be a perfect gateway for riders going into Mexico. Not interested in Mexico? Cool, because there are plenty of paved and dirt Texas roads nearby.

I hadn't planned on a clubhouse but a friend with resort property in the mountains of TN (light bulb going off - maybe that's our summer connection!) told me that a club house is vital for such a project.

And secure storage for bikes, other vehicles, tools is very much a part of what I have in mind.

Your comments about having vehicles to move trailers is interesting. I just bought a Nissan UD truck that should be a good restoration project. It's a Class 5 truck - an F350, by comparison, is a Class 3. It's unique because it has a factory sleeper compartment. My deal with the owner involves enough spares to complete a second truck. I had never thought about getting back into truckin' but we should have the capacity to move pretty fair sized housing units if needed.




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I've had semi-serious thoughts of setting up a compound for (mobile) tiny home dwellers. One barrier to entry to the mobile tiny home lifestyle is the expense of a truck capable of towing the home, which only gets used a few times a year. I think the option of "hiring out" the transpo would have some appeal.

I no longer live in my bus. I fell in love and now live in a house with a garage and a sweet woman or else I'd be all over something like this. (But I still have my bus in case she smartens up and kicks me out.)
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I've had semi-serious thoughts of setting up a compound for (mobile) tiny home dwellers. One barrier to entry to the mobile tiny home lifestyle is the expense of a truck capable of towing the home, which only gets used a few times a year. I think the option of "hiring out" the transpo would have some appeal.

I no longer live in my bus. I fell in love and now live in a house with a garage and a sweet woman or else I'd be all over something like this. (But I still have my bus in case she smartens up and kicks me out.)
I am not going to say a word about relationships except to say that the gal who was so enthusiastic about buying a K1200LT, and going riding and RVing is the same one that had a change of heart and who stole everything including my 30 year old racing bicycles.

So my advice is to keep the bus and keep your options open Amigo ;)



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A question for y'all:

I don't want to hijack this thread, and don't want to run afoul of any ADVRider rules.

What would be the best way to publicly discuss this sort of rider colony, or whatever you want to call it?

Take it to FB?

Start a new thread on ADVRider?

Other thoughts?


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Sounds good Adam!

Just FYI I see that you are in Northern Florida. I was in Jacksonville for 15 years and loved it, but had a sense that I needed to move and go somewhere different. The economic turndown in 2008 gave me the perfect reason to break my ties and to move.

If anyone wants to follow me at Facebook I think that if you do a search for PirateJohn that you will find me. If not, drop me a PM and I'll give y'all my full name.
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...the gal who was so enthusiastic about buying a K1200LT, and going riding and RVing is the same one that had a change of heart and who stole everything including my 30 year old racing bicycles....
Jeezus effin' christ that is cold. hope karma catches up..
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I am in St. Augustine. Currently handle insurance claims for an aviation carrier. I'll look for you over on FB.
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Facebook group seems like a good idea. I'd love to contribute. Depending on work, I'll either still be in Arizona (Phoenix-area, or possibly up in Flagstaff), or up in Colorado in the next couple years. The possibility of a move has me put off from buying land just yet.

I'm thinking the best route would be to set up an LLC. Run it like a "members only" RV park. Charge dues that cover maintenance / utilities. Offer commercial-grade towing for larger units. A couple concrete pads with hookups, and a good sized communal barn/garage for parts and tool storage.

And, I've got hookups for metal roofing, and pre-manufactured metal buildings.
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I am not going to say a word about relationships except to say that the gal who was so enthusiastic about buying a K1200LT, and going riding and RVing is the same one that had a change of heart and who stole everything including my 30 year old racing bicycles.

So my advice is to keep the bus and keep your options open Amigo ;)
I hear you re: Relationships. When they're good, they're oh-so-good; but when they go bad...
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