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Old 12-19-2014, 06:58 PM   #1
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Could you live in your RV for a couple of month and not go crazy?

The wife and I are talking down sizing of our home residence. We will be building a new house about half the size of our current house. Of course we have been working on a floor plan and getting ready to move forward.

We already own the land we plan to build on, but now we have to figure out how to move forward with the sale of our current house and start on the next house.

My thoughts are to take out a loan for the construction of the new house and get it started in hopes of listing the old house and maybe be finished about the time the old house would sell and close. I know that's a whole lot of hoping.

Her thoughts are to get our current house ready to list on the market and then do so. Once it sells and closes start construction on the new house without taking out a loan.

During the time between the sale of the old house and the completion of the new house her plan is to live in the 5th wheel. Now granted it should only take 2 to 3 months to complete the new house weather permitting. I just don't know if we could both adjust to living in such a confined area.

It would be interesting to day the least. Of course she says to keep it interesting we could make use of some of this time for RV road trips to break things up.

Which would you choose? Or would you ever consider living in your RV for a few months?

And yes I know that many fine RV'ers live in their rig full time, I'm just not sure its for us.

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Old 12-19-2014, 07:33 PM   #2
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For me the less debt or worry is the way I would go. After a fire my family will be in the RV with me. It's what you make of it.

You can make it an adventure unless doing sweat equity.

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Old 12-19-2014, 07:44 PM   #3
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When we retired and decided to move from Texas to NC, we cleaned out many years of junk, put the rest in storage and listed the house which sold in 10 days. We traveled a bit, then parked the camper in a relative's driveway and lived in it for 6 weeks until we found a house. For us, there was too much hassle and expense of taking out another loan while waiting for a house to sell.
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Old 12-19-2014, 07:55 PM   #4
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I think your decision shouldn't be based on if you could tolerate living in your fifth wheel for a few months. I think it should be based on if your stress tolerance and financial position could handle owning two houses at the same time. I am in the new house construction business. I see both ways all the time. I promise you, the new house build will be much more enjoyable without the constant and heavy feeling of wondering when your old house will sell.
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Old 12-19-2014, 07:57 PM   #5
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I think the end result would be worth the confined space for the period of time your looking at. :-}
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Old 12-19-2014, 08:01 PM   #6
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For me the less debt or worry is the way I would go. After a fire my family will be in the RV with me. It's what you make of it.

You can make it an adventure unless doing sweat equity.

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This option would be on top of the list for me too especially if it just the two of you living in the RV. During nicer weather months you can extend the living space to outdoors.
Great choice for "Living within my means" and camping for one...

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Old 12-19-2014, 08:13 PM   #7
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I think we could handle living in ours for 3 - 6 months under those circumstances. Don't get me wrong, we love RV'ing and look forward to the days where we can spend longer periods on the road but I still like the feeling of getting home and being able to "stretch out" a bit.
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Old 12-19-2014, 08:50 PM   #8
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We're in a similar situation. Closing on selling our current house in March, house we are buying isn't available till June of 2016! So, we are deciding whether to try and find a rental for 16-18 months, or live in the 5er? Note are little town is only 1200 people so rentals aren't easily come by. We are stutteringly considering the camper, with the thought of "camping" during the season by hooking up and moving around, but staying at a quiet fhu campground 15 minutes from our work and current home
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Old 12-19-2014, 08:54 PM   #9
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For me, as long as the weather was nice and we could sit outside, a few months would be fine. But up here in the cold season, being trapped inside for a long period of time would be tough.

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Yes. Everything but w/d.

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