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Grey

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RV'ing in NH while scouting for permanent residence
« on: August 18, 2011, 12:32:48 pm »

We've decided to move to NH within 1 month.  That being said we're planning on staying somewhere (place yet to be determined) and scout from there.  One idea we had was to purchase an RV and scout from there.  How practical will the RV be in the winter is my question if we don't find something before winter begins to set in?

Other options are staying in a hotel or with someone else until we find something suitable but with two children, a dog and four cats that may prove to be difficult.  Thanks in advance.
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Re: RV'ing in NH while scouting for permanent residence
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2011, 01:13:57 pm »

You say you are moving in a month. Winter is months away. It generally doesn't even snow until late November...generally.  :o

It will get chilly in September and October, but you should be able to find a place to settle in less time than that.
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Re: RV'ing in NH while scouting for permanent residence
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2011, 01:31:36 pm »

You say you are moving in a month. Winter is months away. It generally doesn't even snow until late November...generally.  :o

It will get chilly in September and October, but you should be able to find a place to settle in less time than that.

Let me be more specific, I haven't spent any time in an RV.  If there is 2' of snow on the ground and 10 degrees outside, does this make the "living out of the RV" idea a bad one?  If the RV sites there are open in the winter then I would assume they take care of the plowing but I would assume they are closed.
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Re: RV'ing in NH while scouting for permanent residence
« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2011, 03:09:07 pm »

What you describe sounds challenging -  I don't think there are any RV parks in NH that are open year-round. Most RVs are not very well insulated, you would need to get one equipped for winter use and/or do a lot of insulation work. Also, for a family of four (plus pets), even the largest RV might still be a little small as a primary residence.

If you were totally dedicated to the idea, you could probably make it work, but it would probably be a lot easier to visit NH ahead of time to scout things out, get an apartment, line up a job, etc.
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Re: RV'ing in NH while scouting for permanent residence
« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2011, 04:09:36 pm »

What you describe sounds challenging -  I don't think there are any RV parks in NH that are open year-round. Most RVs are not very well insulated, you would need to get one equipped for winter use and/or do a lot of insulation work. Also, for a family of four (plus pets), even the largest RV might still be a little small as a primary residence.

If you were totally dedicated to the idea, you could probably make it work, but it would probably be a lot easier to visit NH ahead of time to scout things out, get an apartment, line up a job, etc.

I'm sure it would be a challenge.  That's the scariest part.  The cats would likely live elsewhere and the dog would be in and out.  We like the idea of scouting ahead of time but making multiple trips can get very expensive.  We attended  Porcfest and don't want to make any more trips than necessary.  Very long drive, 2K miles round trip.  I wouldn't imagine that any of the RV's that are in our price range are NH winter ready:)

Not having any where to park the RV is a pretty big deal if they aren't open year round.
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Re: RV'ing in NH while scouting for permanent residence
« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2011, 04:25:18 pm »

If you have enough $$ for security deposit and 1st month's rent - I am sure you could find an apartment fairly quickly. The pets will make it a little harder, but not impossible. Maybe just you comes ahead of time and finds a place and then you return and the whole family comes out. Not sure where you are moving from, but you can often get fairly cheap airfare into Manchester. OR, you find a month to month apartment prior online and tolerate that until you find a more permanent place.

RV as a plan in the colder months is not what I would do....not with pets and kids. If it were May, then it would work because you would have many months to get settled. The problem with the colder months is there are not many campgrounds open year round...that allows dogs....and then heating can get very expensive very fast...and then there is frozen water, etc. to contend with.
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Re: RV'ing in NH while scouting for permanent residence
« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2011, 05:54:11 pm »

If you have enough $$ for security deposit and 1st month's rent - I am sure you could find an apartment fairly quickly. The pets will make it a little harder, but not impossible. Maybe just you comes ahead of time and finds a place and then you return and the whole family comes out. Not sure where you are moving from, but you can often get fairly cheap airfare into Manchester. OR, you find a month to month apartment prior online and tolerate that until you find a more permanent place.




Starting to sound like the RV plan isn't the greatest. We've explored the temporary apt idea but from what we've found they do not allow "aggressive breeds" which our German Shepherd is considered.  Boarding could get expensive. Maybe a post for someone whom could accommodate him would be good.

We enjoy flying but without the molestation and radiation.
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Re: RV'ing in NH while scouting for permanent residence
« Reply #7 on: August 18, 2011, 07:39:06 pm »

It is likely to cost you more to heat an RV in the winter in NH than rent for an apartment.

Check out the seacoast.  Off-season rentals are quite reasonable.
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Re: RV'ing in NH while scouting for permanent residence
« Reply #8 on: August 19, 2011, 07:07:32 am »

Here's one that accepts large dogs (looks lIke it's probably pricy though): http://www.apartmenthomeliving.com/apartment-finder/Wellington-Hill-Manchester-NH-03104-271113.pdf
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Re: RV'ing in NH while scouting for permanent residence
« Reply #10 on: August 19, 2011, 08:54:55 am »

Here's one that accepts large dogs (looks lIke it's probably pricy though): http://www.apartmenthomeliving.com/apartment-finder/Wellington-Hill-Manchester-NH-03104-271113.pdf

We'll need something that is furnished and month to month.  So far it looks like CL is our best bet.  Thanks for your assistance!
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Re: RV'ing in NH while scouting for permanent residence
« Reply #12 on: August 19, 2011, 11:32:18 am »

We've decided to move to NH within 1 month.  

It may be tough to pull off if you have all those pets along with you, but the timing of when you plan to move aligns pretty closely with my Liberty Caravan. If you do drive across the country, we could try to hook up and travel together. Check out the website for the caravan (www.libertycaravan.org). The dates when I am planning the caravan for are from Sep 6 - 17 (or maybe just until the 14th as the date to arrive in NH), I will be driving from Utah for this move.


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Re: RV'ing in NH while scouting for permanent residence
« Reply #13 on: August 19, 2011, 11:34:09 am »

It might be warm enough that you could live in the RV for 3 or 4 weeks, so if you find somewhere to park it (but not live in for the winter) then the RV might still make sense.
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Re: RV'ing in NH while scouting for permanent residence
« Reply #14 on: August 19, 2011, 11:49:34 am »

http://forum.freestateproject.org/index.php?topic=23792.0

The cl ad is dead. For employment purposes we may try to stay closer to the seacoast as his is where most of the poker rooms are.
Thanks Joe.
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