When we bought our RV we honestly had not done any research on where to park it. First we looked (googled) for RV parks which was not entirely encouraging. Not many parks are online and google maps seemed to show a vacuum around where we wanted to live. The selection on craigslist was also limited. Our best shot was a park over the mountains at $435/month which would result in a one hour commute for me anda two hour commute for DW. Our second best shot was a park in the delta (great fishing!) with more commuting at $400/month.

We also considered putting a post on craigslist to find someone who would let us park in their backyard.

Well, while RV parks hae yet to join the world wide web, they are in the phone book or various campground directories. Getting the book out of the library revealed more choices but with the same problem. Also, many parks have maximum stays of three weeks and moving every other week amongst a limited number of places would get old very quickly. More annoyingly, many has blanket regulations against pets.

However, we had been looking for the wrong places. Instead DW got the idea of searching for mobile home parks. Those mobile home parks, where people supply their own trailers, also have a section for RV fulltimers in most cases. The fulltimers are typically contractors that move somewhere and live there for several months while finishing a job. I can’t say that a pre-tenure research career is much different.

As you can see here there are plenty of choices when it comes to mobile home park. So we started driving around and made some calls. The process was similar to renting a house or an apartment, credit check, references, deposit, blood sample or colonoscopy (your choice, just kidding), and all that jazz. Problem solved. So instead of paying $25/day in an RV park, we’re paying half that on a long term contract.

Originally posted 2008-09-13 09:57:58.