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« on: February 16, 2018, 10:48:54 AM »
Hello! This is a long post, I apologize but if you have the time to read and give me feedback it'd be much appreciated. I'm seriously interested in the nomad life. I'm currently active duty military, stationed in the Pacific Northwest (USA). So I'm generally pretty stationary but I'm exhausted from rentals, roommates, paying rent while on deployment just to have a secure place to live when I get home, and potential transfer. This, mixed with my quarter life crisis and the realization that home buying and maintaining a rental is keeping me from nature and truly experiencing the geography in which I live, has made the mobile life incredibly appealing.
However. I'm having a hard time making a decision.
I don't really need any advice on military regulation or finances. Just the literal logistics of roughing it, working full time, and living in a place where it's pretty dark and cold for almost half the year.
Van conversions are appealing because they're simple, they're discreet so I'd be far more flexible with where I live and for how long and boondocking would be easier. However I'd rely on solar as my primary energy source, keeping me in the dark for half the year. I've considered renting a room during the winter(I bet I could monopolize on people who leave for vacation in the winter as a live in house-sitter) other con is, I already own a jeep wrangler which I'm desperately in love with. I'd prefer to not convert it to live in, it's simply too small, and it's heavy. I wouldn't be able to drive my living vehicle on base because I'll probably keep my firearm with me. I already own a gym membership, and base access, of course. So the only logistics is managing the jeep, and the winter months.

Getting a trailer to tow behind my wrangler is another option. However I'm heavily restricted on towing capacity(3500#). A lot of camp sites in the area accept trailers in RV lots but not for camp sites so my boondocking abilities would be restricted but not to as great an extent as an actual RV.

Or, of course, I can buy an RV and tow my jeep behind. The Winnebago view is one I've fallen in love with and there are plenty of RV parks here with long term rental options. It appeals to my lifestyle I'm currently living but definitely limited in my discretion, and it would be a purchase decided upon only due to the limiting factors of the above, because of the winter months and other issues of being totally off the grid.

I'm so open to options. I'm an aircraft electrician by trade, I get home from deployment in May so the decision might be made for me, as if I convert a van it could take me all summer, which would leave me to deal with renting or something during the winter, and I'd still have the jeep to mitigate. I've had very little luck finding people in my situation. I mostly feel like I'm so close to the trees right now it's hard to see the forest and I'm hoping there's some perspective someone can give me to help me make a decision  I haven't been able to see before. The people I work with and am friends with are totally not involved or interested in the life so it's hard to get any good conversation from them. I hope you can understand what it is I'm looking for. Thank you for your time!



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« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2018, 10:49:28 AM »
Hello! This is a long post, I apologize but if you have the time to read and give me feedback it'd be much appreciated. I'm seriously interested in the nomad life. I'm currently active duty military, stationed in the Pacific Northwest (USA). So I'm generally pretty stationary but I'm exhausted from rentals, roommates, paying rent while on deployment just to have a secure place to live when I get home, and potential transfer. This, mixed with my quarter life crisis and the realization that home buying and maintaining a rental is keeping me from nature and truly experiencing the geography in which I live, has made the mobile life incredibly appealing.
However. I'm having a hard time making a decision.
I don't really need any advice on military regulation or finances. Just the literal logistics of roughing it, working full time, and living in a place where it's pretty dark and cold for almost half the year.
Van conversions are appealing because they're simple, they're discreet so I'd be far more flexible with where I live and for how long and boondocking would be easier. However I'd rely on solar as my primary energy source, keeping me in the dark for half the year. I've considered renting a room during the winter(I bet I could monopolize on people who leave for vacation in the winter as a live in house-sitter) other con is, I already own a jeep wrangler which I'm desperately in love with. I'd prefer to not convert it to live in, it's simply too small, and it's heavy. I wouldn't be able to drive my living vehicle on base because I'll probably keep my firearm with me. I already own a gym membership, and base access, of course. So the only logistics is managing the jeep, and the winter months.

Getting a trailer to tow behind my wrangler is another option. However I'm heavily restricted on towing capacity(3500#). A lot of camp sites in the area accept trailers in RV lots but not for camp sites so my boondocking abilities would be restricted but not to as great an extent as an actual RV.

Or, of course, I can buy an RV and tow my jeep behind. The Winnebago view is one I've fallen in love with and there are plenty of RV parks here with long term rental options. It appeals to my lifestyle I'm currently living but definitely limited in my discretion, and it would be a purchase decided upon only due to the limiting factors of the above, because of the winter months and other issues of being totally off the grid.

I'm so open to options. I'm an aircraft electrician by trade, I get home from deployment in May so the decision might be made for me, as if I convert a van it could take me all summer, which would leave me to deal with renting or something during the winter, and I'd still have the jeep to mitigate. I've had very little luck finding people in my situation. I mostly feel like I'm so close to the trees right now it's hard to see the forest and I'm hoping there's some perspective someone can give me to help me make a decision  I haven't been able to see before. The people I work with and am friends with are totally not involved or interested in the life so it's hard to get any good conversation from them. I hope you can understand what it is I'm looking for. Thank you for your time!



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« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2018, 10:49:35 AM »
Hello! This is a long post, I apologize but if you have the time to read and give me feedback it'd be much appreciated. I'm seriously interested in the nomad life. I'm currently active duty military, stationed in the Pacific Northwest (USA). So I'm generally pretty stationary but I'm exhausted from rentals, roommates, paying rent while on deployment just to have a secure place to live when I get home, and potential transfer. This, mixed with my quarter life crisis and the realization that home buying and maintaining a rental is keeping me from nature and truly experiencing the geography in which I live, has made the mobile life incredibly appealing.
However. I'm having a hard time making a decision.
I don't really need any advice on military regulation or finances. Just the literal logistics of roughing it, working full time, and living in a place where it's pretty dark and cold for almost half the year.
Van conversions are appealing because they're simple, they're discreet so I'd be far more flexible with where I live and for how long and boondocking would be easier. However I'd rely on solar as my primary energy source, keeping me in the dark for half the year. I've considered renting a room during the winter(I bet I could monopolize on people who leave for vacation in the winter as a live in house-sitter) other con is, I already own a jeep wrangler which I'm desperately in love with. I'd prefer to not convert it to live in, it's simply too small, and it's heavy. I wouldn't be able to drive my living vehicle on base because I'll probably keep my firearm with me. I already own a gym membership, and base access, of course. So the only logistics is managing the jeep, and the winter months.

Getting a trailer to tow behind my wrangler is another option. However I'm heavily restricted on towing capacity(3500#). A lot of camp sites in the area accept trailers in RV lots but not for camp sites so my boondocking abilities would be restricted but not to as great an extent as an actual RV.

Or, of course, I can buy an RV and tow my jeep behind. The Winnebago view is one I've fallen in love with and there are plenty of RV parks here with long term rental options. It appeals to my lifestyle I'm currently living but definitely limited in my discretion, and it would be a purchase decided upon only due to the limiting factors of the above, because of the winter months and other issues of being totally off the grid.

I'm so open to options. I'm an aircraft electrician by trade, I get home from deployment in May so the decision might be made for me, as if I convert a van it could take me all summer, which would leave me to deal with renting or something during the winter, and I'd still have the jeep to mitigate. I've had very little luck finding people in my situation. I mostly feel like I'm so close to the trees right now it's hard to see the forest and I'm hoping there's some perspective someone can give me to help me make a decision  I haven't been able to see before. The people I work with and am friends with are totally not involved or interested in the life so it's hard to get any good conversation from them. I hope you can understand what it is I'm looking for. Thank you for your time!



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« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2018, 10:49:45 AM »
Hello! This is a long post, I apologize but if you have the time to read and give me feedback it'd be much appreciated. I'm seriously interested in the nomad life. I'm currently active duty military, stationed in the Pacific Northwest (USA). So I'm generally pretty stationary but I'm exhausted from rentals, roommates, paying rent while on deployment just to have a secure place to live when I get home, and potential transfer. This, mixed with my quarter life crisis and the realization that home buying and maintaining a rental is keeping me from nature and truly experiencing the geography in which I live, has made the mobile life incredibly appealing.
However. I'm having a hard time making a decision.
I don't really need any advice on military regulation or finances. Just the literal logistics of roughing it, working full time, and living in a place where it's pretty dark and cold for almost half the year.
Van conversions are appealing because they're simple, they're discreet so I'd be far more flexible with where I live and for how long and boondocking would be easier. However I'd rely on solar as my primary energy source, keeping me in the dark for half the year. I've considered renting a room during the winter(I bet I could monopolize on people who leave for vacation in the winter as a live in house-sitter) other con is, I already own a jeep wrangler which I'm desperately in love with. I'd prefer to not convert it to live in, it's simply too small, and it's heavy. I wouldn't be able to drive my living vehicle on base because I'll probably keep my firearm with me. I already own a gym membership, and base access, of course. So the only logistics is managing the jeep, and the winter months.

Getting a trailer to tow behind my wrangler is another option. However I'm heavily restricted on towing capacity(3500#). A lot of camp sites in the area accept trailers in RV lots but not for camp sites so my boondocking abilities would be restricted but not to as great an extent as an actual RV.

Or, of course, I can buy an RV and tow my jeep behind. The Winnebago view is one I've fallen in love with and there are plenty of RV parks here with long term rental options. It appeals to my lifestyle I'm currently living but definitely limited in my discretion, and it would be a purchase decided upon only due to the limiting factors of the above, because of the winter months and other issues of being totally off the grid.

I'm so open to options. I'm an aircraft electrician by trade, I get home from deployment in May so the decision might be made for me, as if I convert a van it could take me all summer, which would leave me to deal with renting or something during the winter, and I'd still have the jeep to mitigate. I've had very little luck finding people in my situation. I mostly feel like I'm so close to the trees right now it's hard to see the forest and I'm hoping there's some perspective someone can give me to help me make a decision  I haven't been able to see before. The people I work with and am friends with are totally not involved or interested in the life so it's hard to get any good conversation from them. I hope you can understand what it is I'm looking for. Thank you for your time!



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« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2018, 10:50:07 AM »
Hello! This is a long post, I apologize but if you have the time to read and give me feedback it'd be much appreciated. I'm seriously interested in the nomad life. I'm currently active duty military, stationed in the Pacific Northwest (USA). So I'm generally pretty stationary but I'm exhausted from rentals, roommates, paying rent while on deployment just to have a secure place to live when I get home, and potential transfer. This, mixed with my quarter life crisis and the realization that home buying and maintaining a rental is keeping me from nature and truly experiencing the geography in which I live, has made the mobile life incredibly appealing.
However. I'm having a hard time making a decision.
I don't really need any advice on military regulation or finances. Just the literal logistics of roughing it, working full time, and living in a place where it's pretty dark and cold for almost half the year.
Van conversions are appealing because they're simple, they're discreet so I'd be far more flexible with where I live and for how long and boondocking would be easier. However I'd rely on solar as my primary energy source, keeping me in the dark for half the year. I've considered renting a room during the winter(I bet I could monopolize on people who leave for vacation in the winter as a live in house-sitter) other con is, I already own a jeep wrangler which I'm desperately in love with. I'd prefer to not convert it to live in, it's simply too small, and it's heavy. I wouldn't be able to drive my living vehicle on base because I'll probably keep my firearm with me. I already own a gym membership, and base access, of course. So the only logistics is managing the jeep, and the winter months.

Getting a trailer to tow behind my wrangler is another option. However I'm heavily restricted on towing capacity(3500#). A lot of camp sites in the area accept trailers in RV lots but not for camp sites so my boondocking abilities would be restricted but not to as great an extent as an actual RV.

Or, of course, I can buy an RV and tow my jeep behind. The Winnebago view is one I've fallen in love with and there are plenty of RV parks here with long term rental options. It appeals to my lifestyle I'm currently living but definitely limited in my discretion, and it would be a purchase decided upon only due to the limiting factors of the above, because of the winter months and other issues of being totally off the grid.

I'm so open to options. I'm an aircraft electrician by trade, I get home from deployment in May so the decision might be made for me, as if I convert a van it could take me all summer, which would leave me to deal with renting or something during the winter, and I'd still have the jeep to mitigate. I've had very little luck finding people in my situation. I mostly feel like I'm so close to the trees right now it's hard to see the forest and I'm hoping there's some perspective someone can give me to help me make a decision  I haven't been able to see before. The people I work with and am friends with are totally not involved or interested in the life so it's hard to get any good conversation from them. I hope you can understand what it is I'm looking for. Thank you for your time!



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« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2018, 10:50:17 AM »
Hello! This is a long post, I apologize but if you have the time to read and give me feedback it'd be much appreciated. I'm seriously interested in the nomad life. I'm currently active duty military, stationed in the Pacific Northwest (USA). So I'm generally pretty stationary but I'm exhausted from rentals, roommates, paying rent while on deployment just to have a secure place to live when I get home, and potential transfer. This, mixed with my quarter life crisis and the realization that home buying and maintaining a rental is keeping me from nature and truly experiencing the geography in which I live, has made the mobile life incredibly appealing.
However. I'm having a hard time making a decision.
I don't really need any advice on military regulation or finances. Just the literal logistics of roughing it, working full time, and living in a place where it's pretty dark and cold for almost half the year.
Van conversions are appealing because they're simple, they're discreet so I'd be far more flexible with where I live and for how long and boondocking would be easier. However I'd rely on solar as my primary energy source, keeping me in the dark for half the year. I've considered renting a room during the winter(I bet I could monopolize on people who leave for vacation in the winter as a live in house-sitter) other con is, I already own a jeep wrangler which I'm desperately in love with. I'd prefer to not convert it to live in, it's simply too small, and it's heavy. I wouldn't be able to drive my living vehicle on base because I'll probably keep my firearm with me. I already own a gym membership, and base access, of course. So the only logistics is managing the jeep, and the winter months.

Getting a trailer to tow behind my wrangler is another option. However I'm heavily restricted on towing capacity(3500#). A lot of camp sites in the area accept trailers in RV lots but not for camp sites so my boondocking abilities would be restricted but not to as great an extent as an actual RV.

Or, of course, I can buy an RV and tow my jeep behind. The Winnebago view is one I've fallen in love with and there are plenty of RV parks here with long term rental options. It appeals to my lifestyle I'm currently living but definitely limited in my discretion, and it would be a purchase decided upon only due to the limiting factors of the above, because of the winter months and other issues of being totally off the grid.

I'm so open to options. I'm an aircraft electrician by trade, I get home from deployment in May so the decision might be made for me, as if I convert a van it could take me all summer, which would leave me to deal with renting or something during the winter, and I'd still have the jeep to mitigate. I've had very little luck finding people in my situation. I mostly feel like I'm so close to the trees right now it's hard to see the forest and I'm hoping there's some perspective someone can give me to help me make a decision  I haven't been able to see before. The people I work with and am friends with are totally not involved or interested in the life so it's hard to get any good conversation from them. I hope you can understand what it is I'm looking for. Thank you for your time!



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« Reply #6 on: February 16, 2018, 10:50:47 AM »
Hello! This is a long post, I apologize but if you have the time to read and give me feedback it'd be much appreciated. I'm seriously interested in the nomad life. I'm currently active duty military, stationed in the Pacific Northwest (USA). So I'm generally pretty stationary but I'm exhausted from rentals, roommates, paying rent while on deployment just to have a secure place to live when I get home, and potential transfer. This, mixed with my quarter life crisis and the realization that home buying and maintaining a rental is keeping me from nature and truly experiencing the geography in which I live, has made the mobile life incredibly appealing.
However. I'm having a hard time making a decision.
I don't really need any advice on military regulation or finances. Just the literal logistics of roughing it, working full time, and living in a place where it's pretty dark and cold for almost half the year.
Van conversions are appealing because they're simple, they're discreet so I'd be far more flexible with where I live and for how long and boondocking would be easier. However I'd rely on solar as my primary energy source, keeping me in the dark for half the year. I've considered renting a room during the winter(I bet I could monopolize on people who leave for vacation in the winter as a live in house-sitter) other con is, I already own a jeep wrangler which I'm desperately in love with. I'd prefer to not convert it to live in, it's simply too small, and it's heavy. I wouldn't be able to drive my living vehicle on base because I'll probably keep my firearm with me. I already own a gym membership, and base access, of course. So the only logistics is managing the jeep, and the winter months.

Getting a trailer to tow behind my wrangler is another option. However I'm heavily restricted on towing capacity(3500#). A lot of camp sites in the area accept trailers in RV lots but not for camp sites so my boondocking abilities would be restricted but not to as great an extent as an actual RV.

Or, of course, I can buy an RV and tow my jeep behind. The Winnebago view is one I've fallen in love with and there are plenty of RV parks here with long term rental options. It appeals to my lifestyle I'm currently living but definitely limited in my discretion, and it would be a purchase decided upon only due to the limiting factors of the above, because of the winter months and other issues of being totally off the grid.

I'm so open to options. I'm an aircraft electrician by trade, I get home from deployment in May so the decision might be made for me, as if I convert a van it could take me all summer, which would leave me to deal with renting or something during the winter, and I'd still have the jeep to mitigate. I've had very little luck finding people in my situation. I mostly feel like I'm so close to the trees right now it's hard to see the forest and I'm hoping there's some perspective someone can give me to help me make a decision  I haven't been able to see before. The people I work with and am friends with are totally not involved or interested in the life so it's hard to get any good conversation from them. I hope you can understand what it is I'm looking for. Thank you for your time!

Hello! This is a long post, I apologize but if you have the time to read and give me feedback it'd be much appreciated. I'm seriously interested in the nomad life. I'm currently active duty military, stationed in the Pacific Northwest (USA). So I'm generally pretty stationary but I'm exhausted from rentals, roommates, paying rent while on deployment just to have a secure place to live when I get home, and potential transfer. This, mixed with my quarter life crisis and the realization that home buying and maintaining a rental is keeping me from nature and truly experiencing the geography in which I live, has made the mobile life incredibly appealing.
However. I'm having a hard time making a decision.
I don't really need any advice on military regulation or finances. Just the literal logistics of roughing it, working full time, and living in a place where it's pretty dark and cold for almost half the year.
Van conversions are appealing because they're simple, they're discreet so I'd be far more flexible with where I live and for how long and boondocking would be easier. However I'd rely on solar as my primary energy source, keeping me in the dark for half the year. I've considered renting a room during the winter(I bet I could monopolize on people who leave for vacation in the winter as a live in house-sitter) other con is, I already own a jeep wrangler which I'm desperately in love with. I'd prefer to not convert it to live in, it's simply too small, and it's heavy. I wouldn't be able to drive my living vehicle on base because I'll probably keep my firearm with me. I already own a gym membership, and base access, of course. So the only logistics is managing the jeep, and the winter months.

Getting a trailer to tow behind my wrangler is another option. However I'm heavily restricted on towing capacity(3500#). A lot of camp sites in the area accept trailers in RV lots but not for camp sites so my boondocking abilities would be restricted but not to as great an extent as an actual RV.

Or, of course, I can buy an RV and tow my jeep behind. The Winnebago view is one I've fallen in love with and there are plenty of RV parks here with long term rental options. It appeals to my lifestyle I'm currently living but definitely limited in my discretion, and it would be a purchase decided upon only due to the limiting factors of the above, because of the winter months and other issues of being totally off the grid.

I'm so open to options. I'm an aircraft electrician by trade, I get home from deployment in May so the decision might be made for me, as if I convert a van it could take me all summer, which would leave me to deal with renting or something during the winter, and I'd still have the jeep to mitigate. I've had very little luck finding people in my situation. I mostly feel like I'm so close to the trees right now it's hard to see the forest and I'm hoping there's some perspective someone can give me to help me make a decision  I haven't been able to see before. The people I work with and am friends with are totally not involved or interested in the life so it's hard to get any good conversation from them. I hope you can understand what it is I'm looking for. Thank you for your time!



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« Reply #7 on: February 16, 2018, 10:51:26 AM »
Hello! This is a long post, I apologize but if you have the time to read and give me feedback it'd be much appreciated. I'm seriously interested in the nomad life. I'm currently active duty military, stationed in the Pacific Northwest (USA). So I'm generally pretty stationary but I'm exhausted from rentals, roommates, paying rent while on deployment just to have a secure place to live when I get home, and potential transfer. This, mixed with my quarter life crisis and the realization that home buying and maintaining a rental is keeping me from nature and truly experiencing the geography in which I live, has made the mobile life incredibly appealing.
However. I'm having a hard time making a decision.
I don't really need any advice on military regulation or finances. Just the literal logistics of roughing it, working full time, and living in a place where it's pretty dark and cold for almost half the year.
Van conversions are appealing because they're simple, they're discreet so I'd be far more flexible with where I live and for how long and boondocking would be easier. However I'd rely on solar as my primary energy source, keeping me in the dark for half the year. I've considered renting a room during the winter(I bet I could monopolize on people who leave for vacation in the winter as a live in house-sitter) other con is, I already own a jeep wrangler which I'm desperately in love with. I'd prefer to not convert it to live in, it's simply too small, and it's heavy. I wouldn't be able to drive my living vehicle on base because I'll probably keep my firearm with me. I already own a gym membership, and base access, of course. So the only logistics is managing the jeep, and the winter months.

Getting a trailer to tow behind my wrangler is another option. However I'm heavily restricted on towing capacity(3500#). A lot of camp sites in the area accept trailers in RV lots but not for camp sites so my boondocking abilities would be restricted but not to as great an extent as an actual RV.

Or, of course, I can buy an RV and tow my jeep behind. The Winnebago view is one I've fallen in love with and there are plenty of RV parks here with long term rental options. It appeals to my lifestyle I'm currently living but definitely limited in my discretion, and it would be a purchase decided upon only due to the limiting factors of the above, because of the winter months and other issues of being totally off the grid.

I'm so open to options. I'm an aircraft electrician by trade, I get home from deployment in May so the decision might be made for me, as if I convert a van it could take me all summer, which would leave me to deal with renting or something during the winter, and I'd still have the jeep to mitigate. I've had very little luck finding people in my situation. I mostly feel like I'm so close to the trees right now it's hard to see the forest and I'm hoping there's some perspective someone can give me to help me make a decision  I haven't been able to see before. The people I work with and am friends with are totally not involved or interested in the life so it's hard to get any good conversation from them. I hope you can understand what it is I'm looking for. Thank you for your time!



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« Reply #8 on: February 16, 2018, 10:51:54 AM »
Hello! This is a long post, I apologize but if you have the time to read and give me feedback it'd be much appreciated. I'm seriously interested in the nomad life. I'm currently active duty military, stationed in the Pacific Northwest (USA). So I'm generally pretty stationary but I'm exhausted from rentals, roommates, paying rent while on deployment just to have a secure place to live when I get home, and potential transfer. This, mixed with my quarter life crisis and the realization that home buying and maintaining a rental is keeping me from nature and truly experiencing the geography in which I live, has made the mobile life incredibly appealing.
However. I'm having a hard time making a decision.
I don't really need any advice on military regulation or finances. Just the literal logistics of roughing it, working full time, and living in a place where it's pretty dark and cold for almost half the year.
Van conversions are appealing because they're simple, they're discreet so I'd be far more flexible with where I live and for how long and boondocking would be easier. However I'd rely on solar as my primary energy source, keeping me in the dark for half the year. I've considered renting a room during the winter(I bet I could monopolize on people who leave for vacation in the winter as a live in house-sitter) other con is, I already own a jeep wrangler which I'm desperately in love with. I'd prefer to not convert it to live in, it's simply too small, and it's heavy. I wouldn't be able to drive my living vehicle on base because I'll probably keep my firearm with me. I already own a gym membership, and base access, of course. So the only logistics is managing the jeep, and the winter months.

Getting a trailer to tow behind my wrangler is another option. However I'm heavily restricted on towing capacity(3500#). A lot of camp sites in the area accept trailers in RV lots but not for camp sites so my boondocking abilities would be restricted but not to as great an extent as an actual RV.

Or, of course, I can buy an RV and tow my jeep behind. The Winnebago view is one I've fallen in love with and there are plenty of RV parks here with long term rental options. It appeals to my lifestyle I'm currently living but definitely limited in my discretion, and it would be a purchase decided upon only due to the limiting factors of the above, because of the winter months and other issues of being totally off the grid.

I'm so open to options. I'm an aircraft electrician by trade, I get home from deployment in May so the decision might be made for me, as if I convert a van it could take me all summer, which would leave me to deal with renting or something during the winter, and I'd still have the jeep to mitigate. I've had very little luck finding people in my situation. I mostly feel like I'm so close to the trees right now it's hard to see the forest and I'm hoping there's some perspective someone can give me to help me make a decision  I haven't been able to see before. The people I work with and am friends with are totally not involved or interested in the life so it's hard to get any good conversation from them. I hope you can understand what it is I'm looking for. Thank you for your time!



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« Reply #9 on: February 16, 2018, 10:52:16 AM »
Hello! This is a long post, I apologize but if you have the time to read and give me feedback it'd be much appreciated. I'm seriously interested in the nomad life. I'm currently active duty military, stationed in the Pacific Northwest (USA). So I'm generally pretty stationary but I'm exhausted from rentals, roommates, paying rent while on deployment just to have a secure place to live when I get home, and potential transfer. This, mixed with my quarter life crisis and the realization that home buying and maintaining a rental is keeping me from nature and truly experiencing the geography in which I live, has made the mobile life incredibly appealing.
However. I'm having a hard time making a decision.
I don't really need any advice on military regulation or finances. Just the literal logistics of roughing it, working full time, and living in a place where it's pretty dark and cold for almost half the year.
Van conversions are appealing because they're simple, they're discreet so I'd be far more flexible with where I live and for how long and boondocking would be easier. However I'd rely on solar as my primary energy source, keeping me in the dark for half the year. I've considered renting a room during the winter(I bet I could monopolize on people who leave for vacation in the winter as a live in house-sitter) other con is, I already own a jeep wrangler which I'm desperately in love with. I'd prefer to not convert it to live in, it's simply too small, and it's heavy. I wouldn't be able to drive my living vehicle on base because I'll probably keep my firearm with me. I already own a gym membership, and base access, of course. So the only logistics is managing the jeep, and the winter months.

Getting a trailer to tow behind my wrangler is another option. However I'm heavily restricted on towing capacity(3500#). A lot of camp sites in the area accept trailers in RV lots but not for camp sites so my boondocking abilities would be restricted but not to as great an extent as an actual RV.

Or, of course, I can buy an RV and tow my jeep behind. The Winnebago view is one I've fallen in love with and there are plenty of RV parks here with long term rental options. It appeals to my lifestyle I'm currently living but definitely limited in my discretion, and it would be a purchase decided upon only due to the limiting factors of the above, because of the winter months and other issues of being totally off the grid.

I'm so open to options. I'm an aircraft electrician by trade, I get home from deployment in May so the decision might be made for me, as if I convert a van it could take me all summer, which would leave me to deal with renting or something during the winter, and I'd still have the jeep to mitigate. I've had very little luck finding people in my situation. I mostly feel like I'm so close to the trees right now it's hard to see the forest and I'm hoping there's some perspective someone can give me to help me make a decision  I haven't been able to see before. The people I work with and am friends with are totally not involved or interested in the life so it's hard to get any good conversation from them. I hope you can understand what it is I'm looking for. Thank you for your time!

   

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« Reply #10 on: February 16, 2018, 11:26:56 AM »
Hello! This is a long post, I apologize but if you have the time to read and give me feedback it'd be much appreciated. I'm seriously interested in the nomad life. I'm currently active duty military, stationed in the Pacific Northwest (USA). So I'm generally pretty stationary but I'm exhausted from rentals, roommates, paying rent while on deployment just to have a secure place to live when I get home, and potential transfer. This, mixed with my quarter life crisis and the realization that home buying and maintaining a rental is keeping me from nature and truly experiencing the geography in which I live, has made the mobile life incredibly appealing.
However. I'm having a hard time making a decision.
I don't really need any advice on military regulation or finances. Just the literal logistics of roughing it, working full time, and living in a place where it's pretty dark and cold for almost half the year.
Van conversions are appealing because they're simple, they're discreet so I'd be far more flexible with where I live and for how long and boondocking would be easier. However I'd rely on solar as my primary energy source, keeping me in the dark for half the year. I've considered renting a room during the winter(I bet I could monopolize on people who leave for vacation in the winter as a live in house-sitter) other con is, I already own a jeep wrangler which I'm desperately in love with. I'd prefer to not convert it to live in, it's simply too small, and it's heavy. I wouldn't be able to drive my living vehicle on base because I'll probably keep my firearm with me. I already own a gym membership, and base access, of course. So the only logistics is managing the jeep, and the winter months.

Getting a trailer to tow behind my wrangler is another option. However I'm heavily restricted on towing capacity(3500#). A lot of camp sites in the area accept trailers in RV lots but not for camp sites so my boondocking abilities would be restricted but not to as great an extent as an actual RV.

Or, of course, I can buy an RV and tow my jeep behind. The Winnebago view is one I've fallen in love with and there are plenty of RV parks here with long term rental options. It appeals to my lifestyle I'm currently living but definitely limited in my discretion, and it would be a purchase decided upon only due to the limiting factors of the above, because of the winter months and other issues of being totally off the grid.

I'm so open to options. I'm an aircraft electrician by trade, I get home from deployment in May so the decision might be made for me, as if I convert a van it could take me all summer, which would leave me to deal with renting or something during the winter, and I'd still have the jeep to mitigate. I've had very little luck finding people in my situation. I mostly feel like I'm so close to the trees right now it's hard to see the forest and I'm hoping there's some perspective someone can give me to help me make a decision  I haven't been able to see before. The people I work with and am friends with are totally not involved or interested in the life so it's hard to get any good conversation from them. I hope you can understand what it is I'm looking for. Thank you for your time!

   

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« Reply #11 on: February 16, 2018, 11:27:08 AM »
Hello! This is a long post, I apologize but if you have the time to read and give me feedback it'd be much appreciated. I'm seriously interested in the nomad life. I'm currently active duty military, stationed in the Pacific Northwest (USA). So I'm generally pretty stationary but I'm exhausted from rentals, roommates, paying rent while on deployment just to have a secure place to live when I get home, and potential transfer. This, mixed with my quarter life crisis and the realization that home buying and maintaining a rental is keeping me from nature and truly experiencing the geography in which I live, has made the mobile life incredibly appealing.
However. I'm having a hard time making a decision.
I don't really need any advice on military regulation or finances. Just the literal logistics of roughing it, working full time, and living in a place where it's pretty dark and cold for almost half the year.
Van conversions are appealing because they're simple, they're discreet so I'd be far more flexible with where I live and for how long and boondocking would be easier. However I'd rely on solar as my primary energy source, keeping me in the dark for half the year. I've considered renting a room during the winter(I bet I could monopolize on people who leave for vacation in the winter as a live in house-sitter) other con is, I already own a jeep wrangler which I'm desperately in love with. I'd prefer to not convert it to live in, it's simply too small, and it's heavy. I wouldn't be able to drive my living vehicle on base because I'll probably keep my firearm with me. I already own a gym membership, and base access, of course. So the only logistics is managing the jeep, and the winter months.

Getting a trailer to tow behind my wrangler is another option. However I'm heavily restricted on towing capacity(3500#). A lot of camp sites in the area accept trailers in RV lots but not for camp sites so my boondocking abilities would be restricted but not to as great an extent as an actual RV.

Or, of course, I can buy an RV and tow my jeep behind. The Winnebago view is one I've fallen in love with and there are plenty of RV parks here with long term rental options. It appeals to my lifestyle I'm currently living but definitely limited in my discretion, and it would be a purchase decided upon only due to the limiting factors of the above, because of the winter months and other issues of being totally off the grid.

I'm so open to options. I'm an aircraft electrician by trade, I get home from deployment in May so the decision might be made for me, as if I convert a van it could take me all summer, which would leave me to deal with renting or something during the winter, and I'd still have the jeep to mitigate. I've had very little luck finding people in my situation. I mostly feel like I'm so close to the trees right now it's hard to see the forest and I'm hoping there's some perspective someone can give me to help me make a decision  I haven't been able to see before. The people I work with and am friends with are totally not involved or interested in the life so it's hard to get any good conversation from them. I hope you can understand what it is I'm looking for. Thank you for your time!

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« Reply #12 on: February 17, 2018, 11:39:34 AM »
Hello! This is a long post, I apologize but if you have the time to read and give me feedback it'd be much appreciated. I'm seriously interested in the nomad life. I'm currently active duty military, stationed in the Pacific Northwest (USA). So I'm generally pretty stationary but I'm exhausted from rentals, roommates, paying rent while on deployment just to have a secure place to live when I get home, and potential transfer. This, mixed with my quarter life crisis and the realization that home buying and maintaining a rental is keeping me from nature and truly experiencing the geography in which I live, has made the mobile life incredibly appealing.
However. I'm having a hard time making a decision.
I don't really need any advice on military regulation or finances. Just the literal logistics of roughing it, working full time, and living in a place where it's pretty dark and cold for almost half the year.
Van conversions are appealing because they're simple, they're discreet so I'd be far more flexible with where I live and for how long and boondocking would be easier. However I'd rely on solar as my primary energy source, keeping me in the dark for half the year. I've considered renting a room during the winter(I bet I could monopolize on people who leave for vacation in the winter as a live in house-sitter) other con is, I already own a jeep wrangler which I'm desperately in love with. I'd prefer to not convert it to live in, it's simply too small, and it's heavy. I wouldn't be able to drive my living vehicle on base because I'll probably keep my firearm with me. I already own a gym membership, and base access, of course. So the only logistics is managing the jeep, and the winter months.

Getting a trailer to tow behind my wrangler is another option. However I'm heavily restricted on towing capacity(3500#). A lot of camp sites in the area accept trailers in RV lots but not for camp sites so my boondocking abilities would be restricted but not to as great an extent as an actual RV.

Or, of course, I can buy an RV and tow my jeep behind. The Winnebago view is one I've fallen in love with and there are plenty of RV parks here with long term rental options. It appeals to my lifestyle I'm currently living but definitely limited in my discretion, and it would be a purchase decided upon only due to the limiting factors of the above, because of the winter months and other issues of being totally off the grid.

I'm so open to options. I'm an aircraft electrician by trade, I get home from deployment in May so the decision might be made for me, as if I convert a van it could take me all summer, which would leave me to deal with renting or something during the winter, and I'd still have the jeep to mitigate. I've had very little luck finding people in my situation. I mostly feel like I'm so close to the trees right now it's hard to see the forest and I'm hoping there's some perspective someone can give me to help me make a decision  I haven't been able to see before. The people I work with and am friends with are totally not involved or interested in the life so it's hard to get any good conversation from them. I hope you can understand what it is I'm looking for. Thank you for your time!



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« Reply #13 on: February 17, 2018, 11:40:10 AM »
Hello! This is a long post, I apologize but if you have the time to read and give me feedback it'd be much appreciated. I'm seriously interested in the nomad life. I'm currently active duty military, stationed in the Pacific Northwest (USA). So I'm generally pretty stationary but I'm exhausted from rentals, roommates, paying rent while on deployment just to have a secure place to live when I get home, and potential transfer. This, mixed with my quarter life crisis and the realization that home buying and maintaining a rental is keeping me from nature and truly experiencing the geography in which I live, has made the mobile life incredibly appealing.
However. I'm having a hard time making a decision.
I don't really need any advice on military regulation or finances. Just the literal logistics of roughing it, working full time, and living in a place where it's pretty dark and cold for almost half the year.
Van conversions are appealing because they're simple, they're discreet so I'd be far more flexible with where I live and for how long and boondocking would be easier. However I'd rely on solar as my primary energy source, keeping me in the dark for half the year. I've considered renting a room during the winter(I bet I could monopolize on people who leave for vacation in the winter as a live in house-sitter) other con is, I already own a jeep wrangler which I'm desperately in love with. I'd prefer to not convert it to live in, it's simply too small, and it's heavy. I wouldn't be able to drive my living vehicle on base because I'll probably keep my firearm with me. I already own a gym membership, and base access, of course. So the only logistics is managing the jeep, and the winter months.

Getting a trailer to tow behind my wrangler is another option. However I'm heavily restricted on towing capacity(3500#). A lot of camp sites in the area accept trailers in RV lots but not for camp sites so my boondocking abilities would be restricted but not to as great an extent as an actual RV.

Or, of course, I can buy an RV and tow my jeep behind. The Winnebago view is one I've fallen in love with and there are plenty of RV parks here with long term rental options. It appeals to my lifestyle I'm currently living but definitely limited in my discretion, and it would be a purchase decided upon only due to the limiting factors of the above, because of the winter months and other issues of being totally off the grid.

I'm so open to options. I'm an aircraft electrician by trade, I get home from deployment in May so the decision might be made for me, as if I convert a van it could take me all summer, which would leave me to deal with renting or something during the winter, and I'd still have the jeep to mitigate. I've had very little luck finding people in my situation. I mostly feel like I'm so close to the trees right now it's hard to see the forest and I'm hoping there's some perspective someone can give me to help me make a decision  I haven't been able to see before. The people I work with and am friends with are totally not involved or interested in the life so it's hard to get any good conversation from them. I hope you can understand what it is I'm looking for. Thank you for your time!



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« Reply #14 on: February 18, 2018, 04:54:28 AM »
Hello! This is a long post, I apologize but if you have the time to read and give me feedback it'd be much appreciated. I'm seriously interested in the nomad life. I'm currently active duty military, stationed in the Pacific Northwest (USA). So I'm generally pretty stationary but I'm exhausted from rentals, roommates, paying rent while on deployment just to have a secure place to live when I get home, and potential transfer. This, mixed with my quarter life crisis and the realization that home buying and maintaining a rental is keeping me from nature and truly experiencing the geography in which I live, has made the mobile life incredibly appealing.
However. I'm having a hard time making a decision.
I don't really need any advice on military regulation or finances. Just the literal logistics of roughing it, working full time, and living in a place where it's pretty dark and cold for almost half the year.
Van conversions are appealing because they're simple, they're discreet so I'd be far more flexible with where I live and for how long and boondocking would be easier. However I'd rely on solar as my primary energy source, keeping me in the dark for half the year. I've considered renting a room during the winter(I bet I could monopolize on people who leave for vacation in the winter as a live in house-sitter) other con is, I already own a jeep wrangler which I'm desperately in love with. I'd prefer to not convert it to live in, it's simply too small, and it's heavy. I wouldn't be able to drive my living vehicle on base because I'll probably keep my firearm with me. I already own a gym membership, and base access, of course. So the only logistics is managing the jeep, and the winter months.

Getting a trailer to tow behind my wrangler is another option. However I'm heavily restricted on towing capacity(3500#). A lot of camp sites in the area accept trailers in RV lots but not for camp sites so my boondocking abilities would be restricted but not to as great an extent as an actual RV.

Or, of course, I can buy an RV and tow my jeep behind. The Winnebago view is one I've fallen in love with and there are plenty of RV parks here with long term rental options. It appeals to my lifestyle I'm currently living but definitely limited in my discretion, and it would be a purchase decided upon only due to the limiting factors of the above, because of the winter months and other issues of being totally off the grid.

I'm so open to options. I'm an aircraft electrician by trade, I get home from deployment in May so the decision might be made for me, as if I convert a van it could take me all summer, which would leave me to deal with renting or something during the winter, and I'd still have the jeep to mitigate. I've had very little luck finding people in my situation. I mostly feel like I'm so close to the trees right now it's hard to see the forest and I'm hoping there's some perspective someone can give me to help me make a decision  I haven't been able to see before. The people I work with and am friends with are totally not involved or interested in the life so it's hard to get any good conversation from them. I hope you can understand what it is I'm looking for. Thank you for your time!



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