my man and I have been dreaming up our next move, our escape from the rather expensive rental market in this university town, and it looks like it might be a vintage travel trailer. older than the chateau, one we have in mind is a '71 Holiday Rambler, 26ft and in "excellent" condition. we're going to check it out tomorrow or saturday and i will regale you with tales of it's glory. finding the trailer will be the easy part, in the surrounding region there are literally thousands to choose from between craigslist and dealers. finding an awesome place to park it and full time live in it during the school year is proving to be the greater challenge. the rv park i called today that seemed very promising charges 495 a month (all utilities included, but still that's the cost of a small apartment)!! so far the only affordable options are the mobile home parks, and those which allow dogs are solidly in the dumpy category. i am pretty ok with it, seeing as i've lived in my van on the street and all... but S is less enthralled. he's fully on board with the financial side of it though. we would take out a loan from a family member to buy the trailer, fix it up, and pay off our credit card debt, and that loan would be paid off in 3 years. the loan payment plus the "lot rent" we pay for the trailer will cost almost half of our current housing + credit card payments, and being debt free (except student loans of course) in three years or less seems like a magical fairy tale land we very much want to inhabit.
anyone who still reads this blog full-timing in a vintage rig in a college town? :) i know nothing about the whole plumbing thing since the chateau had only a sink that drained onto the ground. it seems scary to have a shower, toilet, and sink that actually works like a sink with hot water and everything. how will i avoid all the possible pitfalls? i guess i probably won't, it's just not my nature.
i've been staying up way too late thinking about all this stuff. tonight is no exception.
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