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    Question full-time tent living...anyone doing it?

    I've seen all kinds of blogs and websites written by folks who have decided to live
    full-time in RV's...
    and I find them interesting to read but as I/we are living on a fixed income that
    type of lifestyle is way out of our price range...

    love camping with a tent and saved up enough to buy a 9x12 kodiak canvas...
    want to try our hand at living full-time in a tent,traveling around this great
    country of ours and seeing what the country looks like outside of current location...
    before we are too old to do anymore traveling...

    long story short is there anyone out there(on this forum) that is living this kind
    of life, and would be willing to share their insights, trials, experiences here?

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    Default Re: full-time tent living...anyone doing it?

    I moved your thread here to "Campouts & Outings" from Off Topic. Your thread is perfect for this subject. Who knows as your journey continues and others respond you may get a sticky and always have a place to call home. lol
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    Hogsnapper - that was really good advice. I've often dreamt of just living in a tent and I assumed it would be less expensive. I had not thought of all the points you raised.
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    HOGSNAPPER--thank you for responding...I had already thought about some of the points you brought up...
    We already have the expense of doing laundry at the laundromat as we don't own washer/dryer so that expense
    is covered...hadn't thought about the added cost of insurance but that is a good point to consider...
    I think we have taken into consideration just about all the other points you mentioned...
    We rent a house and pay separate utilities but I think we could save/spend less money by camping
    and using solar whenever possible...the isolation part is not an issue as we both prefer to not be around
    folks that much...we also qualify for the senior park passes which will help with the entrance/camping fees at most
    federal park facilities...
    My housemate has lived in a primitive camp-like setup in the past for almost a year so he is familiar with that kind of life...
    Me, not so much, but I did try it for about 3 months...the camping part wasn't hard, but at that point in time
    I had to have work and that was a problem...now, since I'm disabled it's not as important...anyway, again thank you so
    much for shareing your knowlege...
    hope to be able to start this adventure within the next two/three months...still have some down-sizing to do household goods-wize
    starting to get antsy about getting out of here...plan to stay in south Texas for at least the first month or so to get used to the
    chanfe in routine, after that anywhere where it's warm for the winter...

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    RENO: didn't ignore your post,just got sidetracked with all the info that was posted...thanks for posting my query in the
    better topic area...hope it can become a sticky, I'll do my part as much as possible...have to learn a lot of things
    about blog writing/computer stuff...

    GLITTERHIKER: I was thinking the same thing about camping being less expensive than the real world...guess I'll find
    out first-hand in a few months...

    HOGSNAPPER:we've got several water jugs, both types(collapsible/rigid) and have looked at the drinking water hose...
    couldn't decide what size to get so have put that off for the moment...why did you decide on a 50'?
    One other question...are you familiar with a water filter that attaches directly to the water hose itself? one of the RVing blogs
    I'm reading recommended that type, not sure if it would work with our setup...I have heard of the Berkey and done some
    research into them...

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    Our setup so far:
    9x12 kodiak canvas tent, separate shade canopy, several tarps for both ground cloth and rain fly/shade
    coleman 2 burner propane stove---several small propane cylinders/ 1--20# cylinder
    Reliance 4 gal. beverage buddy, 6--1gal. water bottles/jugs, all refillable
    for sleeping: a cot and sleeping bag, extra blankets,etc for housemate
    I am using for the time being an air mattress, with a 3 inch foam mattress-(due to joint problems) on top of that,
    emergency blanket between the layers, sleeping bag with fleece insert and a few extra lightweight blankets if needed...
    haven't found a cot that's comfortable for me yet...I'm picky...
    we're also bringing a box fan, oil filled radiator type heater for chilly nights, when needed...
    cast iron cookware, general cooking utensils/enamelware dishes,etc.
    2 mid-sized coolers(lighter weight for us to carry), round cooler for drinks(can double for water storage,if needed)
    solar powered lantern, NOAA radio(multi-function), a couple of solar-powered yard lights,couple of flashlights
    personal gear(clothes/summer/winter) shoes/boots etc...

    Still need to get some water hoses/filters, and a shower setup... have a luggable loo already.

    If all goes according to plan, we should be starting this adventure sometime in October,camping in So. Texas, then
    maybe into New Mexico or Arizona during the winter, then work our way to Tennessee come spring...
    can't wait to get started...

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    In your first post you mentioned several blogs and websites that you read. Did you have any particular favorites? I like reading stuff like that. Here's an article that you might like. http://www.newsminer.com/view/full_s...-in-tent-ional
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    NEARLYWILD: there are quite a few blogs/websites on RV'ing...I'm only reading one right now til I get caught up
    to the current date..."RVSue and Canine Crew". sorry I don't know how to post links to anything, still new
    to computering...she's a single retired lady with 2 dogs and is living full-time in a 17' Casita... she's only been on the road
    1 year this month, but the places she's been to and the things she's experienced are really interesting...at least to me and about
    450 other folks who are following her...she posts just about everyday about the simple things and out of the way
    places she stays at...lots of boondocking, with solar power to boot..interesting read
    I'll take a look at the link you posted...thanks...
    When I first noticed people were writing blogs about camping I kept looking for ones from folks who were
    tent camping full-time...haven't found any yet, so I guess not many folks are that hardy or crazy enough to want to live in
    a tent year-round...
    since I'm on a fixed income and can't afford a motorhome/hardbody camper I am going to do what I can for as long
    as I can with my van and a tent...

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    I lived in a tent and a tipi off and on for several years. The tipi was for a couple years, the tent less so, but in the mix was a few years living off the back of my motorcycle, then out of the back of my truck. Much of those was simply sleeping out on the ground if the weather wasn't too bad, otherwise I'd set up a lean-to with a tarp when on the bike, or sleep in the back of the truck (with shell, and built in bed). It was a fantastic experience at the time. I loved it! Most of the time was in northern Az, so I had vast areas of public land to use, National Forest mainly. Doing it in places with more people and less wild places would be tougher, but doable.

    I'd be aware of security of your stuff, not leaving things in camp when you leave, and perhaps getting a small tool box/job box type affair for leaving things in. You can get looooong cables (try home depot) to lock it to a nearby tree. I never had troubles when I lived out, but it's more of a concern when you're closer to more people. I rarely left much in camp when I'd go to town though, except when I had land with the tipi set up on it.

    Cold weather camping isn't all bad, I enjoyed it much of the time when I was in the tipi or wall tent, even when it would get down around zero or colder. If I was sleeping out under the stars or in the back of my truck and it got that cold, the sleeping was good, but getting up wasn't much fun. Waking up to new snow is magical though, and going for a walk in the morning in new snow is a special time. The silence and hush of being in camp when it's snowing is very cool!

    I looks like you have a large enough tent to be comfortale in, that's important to long term happiness in my opinion. My wall tent has a stove jack, and I have a Sims folding wood stove. It works quite well, and doesn't take up much room when packed. If you're going to be in cold country, it's worth looking in to. The only tent I lke better than the wall tent is a tipi, I sure miss mine. Tipis aren't as easy to transport, but are much more comfortable. I loved being able to have a fire in it.

    I was in the mountains of the west, there is vast amounts of public land. I rarely ever stayed in developed campgrounds, just went out and found some two-track dirt road and scouted out a camp (National Forest maps, bought from outdoor stores or local ranger district offices are a great help in finding good areas. The local rangers can also often suggest good areas for dispersed camping). The rules in National Forests generally say you can stay 2 weeks in one spot, then have to move to reduce the impact on that spot. I was only told to move twice in many years of camping. In places with less public land, it wouldn't be as cheap to do.

    I think you're in for a great adventure. Keep enough padding to be truly comfortable. I slept on the ground so many years, I can't do it now unless I have a ton of padding.

    Will add pictures shortly, can't seem to get into my photobucket.

    Winter camp. Had a 7 mile snowshoe walk to get there, and it took an hour of shoveling with a snowshoe to get in to it.



    Still having trouble with photobucket. Will add more pics later.
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    MALAMUTE: Thank you for responding to my query...Sounds and looks like you've had an interesting adventure
    yourself...would enjoy knowing more about what your day to day routine was like...things like cooking, cleaning up...
    whatever you'd like to share...
    don't know that I'll (we) be adventuring into snow country, definately not set up for that at this point in time...maybe
    when we've had a little more experience under our belts, who's to say where we'll go...at this point we're looking at
    staying either in south Tx, or maybe head to AZ or NM for the winter months...southern parts...
    again THANKS for responding, and glad you decided to join our little group...look forward to reading more about
    your adventures,expertise, and suggestions...

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