RVing on a Limited Income

by Scott
(Sacramento)

I am 43 years old and on a ssdi income of only 1000 a month . I'm getting some back pay . and going to buy an older model rv. Any suggestion? I'll probably stay on the west coast mostly. Sometimes going to Tennessee to see my girlfriends family. She and her 8 year old daughter will be traveling with me. Thanks for any input .. Scott


Scott, thank you for your question. I'm not sure if I can be much help, but will try. I believe your situation is do-able but challenging. Think creatively and keep an open mind. You never know what will show up as a possibility.

If you are traveling with your girlfriend's 8-year old daughter, you're limited to areas where there is a school unless she is being home-schooled. If the latter, the most inexpensive places to stay, at least in the winter months, are Quartzsite and "The Slabs," which are in the Salton Sea area. Read thru' the suggestions at www.rv-adventuring.com/frugal-rver.html and see if any of those will help. If you're able to work, you may find some volunteer positions in state or national parks.

Best of luck. Susan

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Nov 03, 2015
The Slabs, Saltion Sea, CA
by: HiWay Flyer

I just wanted to comment on the mention of The Slabs, Salton Sea, CA. This is not a good place, especially for children.
There's a community there of drugs, theft, visiting biker gangs, ex-felons, strange homeless people, garbage dumps, open cesspits and no potable water (one needs to go to the town of Niland, CA for water and fuel). It's a squatters' paradise.
Yes, snowbirds still use it but one must become familiar with it's "flavor".
Be sure to Google it and see what goes on there...the State of CA is also taking a hard look at the community there, so there could be changes coming.
Just wanted to share this-Please be careful.

Oct 20, 2015
rv life style
by: Pauline

You can really get creative and do a lot of foil pocket meals. they are real inexpensive and are really good. Enjoy your adventure. We are out there doing the same and maybe will meet up some time.

Jun 14, 2015
RVing on limited income
by: Sue

My husband and I travelled the U.S. And used "Harvest Hosts" . For $40 a year you get a list of farms and wineries where you can spend one or two nights for free. We used this about 20 times and it was great! We also stayed on some Walmart and Homedepot parking lots. You have to be self contained though. Your trip sounds exciting! Have fun!

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