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Nomadic, RVing Mustachians unite!
« on: April 17, 2017, 10:53:54 AM »
There seems to be a growing number of us living in RV's part time, full time, travelling North America or planning to do so.

I have been wondering about a way for us to connect and possibly meet up on the road.

Here on the forum it's already easy to miss meetups, when you are stationairy.
With everyone all over the map AND moving all the time, I figured it's going to be even harder for us nomads.

I went ahead and created a group on RVillage, which lets you "check in" where you are
and see if other group members are nearby.
Join here: https://www.rvillage.com/group/2474/fire-mmm

I also created a Facebook group. Not all of us are big facebook fans,
but I wanted to give people options.
Join here:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/264644053996233/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

Let's see how this develops.
If you have better suggestions, or can think of an efficient way to create a group here on the forum, please let me know.

If you are a full time RVer / Nomad in North America or are planning on becoming one soon,
please feel free to join us!

Also, if you are a non-nomad and would like to offer your fellow MMM readers a driveway or RV gate to stay for a night or two, in order to meet more of your MMM board friends, feel free to post here as well.
I wish I had done that, when I still had my house. I would have loved to learn from visiting RVers.
« Last Edit: May 23, 2017, 10:33:49 AM by FrugalZony »
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Re: Nomadic, RVing Mustachians unite!
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2017, 03:33:49 PM »
Mods, can this one be pinned, please? :)

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Re: Nomadic, RVing Mustachians unite!
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2017, 08:48:24 PM »
Thanks for this. I was just thinking about this problem. Let's see how either of these solutions work
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Re: Nomadic, RVing Mustachians unite!
« Reply #3 on: April 18, 2017, 06:06:04 AM »
I signed up!  Hopefully the mod likes me enough that she will let me join...

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Re: Nomadic, RVing Mustachians unite!
« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2017, 10:32:49 AM »
I signed up!  Hopefully the mod likes me enough that she will let me join...
That Mod....don't even get me started on her....
But I'll put in a word for you fo sho ;)
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Re: Nomadic, RVing Mustachians unite!
« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2017, 02:46:36 PM »
We will be Full timers starting in Spring 2018.  I just joined the RVillage group but the Facebook link didn't work for me. 

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Re: Nomadic, RVing Mustachians unite!
« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2017, 03:05:49 PM »
Yay! A couple more months until I'm mobile and a little over a year until I'm permanently nomadic. Can I still join if I just have a pickup and eventually a trailer?

Facebook link didn't work for me either.

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Re: Nomadic, RVing Mustachians unite!
« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2017, 08:06:54 PM »
Try the Facebook link without the edit part at the end:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/264644053996233/
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Re: Nomadic, RVing Mustachians unite!
« Reply #8 on: April 19, 2017, 09:15:03 AM »
Thank you for creating these groups.  I have joined both.

I think the best thing about the RVillage site, is the

FIRE / MMM  Group Map

showing where everyone's current RV location is.

(However, you have to remember to change the drop-down default from "100 miles" to "All Members" to see everyone.)

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Re: Nomadic, RVing Mustachians unite!
« Reply #9 on: April 19, 2017, 10:20:32 AM »
Thank you all!
I am so glad to see, that there is interest and people are joining the groups.

I know some of you read many of the journals, so please feel free to cross post the links to folks that you know are RVing already
and or are planning to in the future.

I now wish, I had thought of this while I still had the house with the RV gate.
I could have hosted RVing Firees and picked their brains, LOL!
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Re: Nomadic, RVing Mustachians unite!
« Reply #10 on: May 01, 2017, 10:30:05 PM »
I am getting caught up! I've joined RVillage and asked for an invite to the group, am skipping FB for now. Thanks for setting these up!

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Re: Nomadic, RVing Mustachians unite!
« Reply #11 on: May 03, 2017, 01:32:00 PM »
Hi Everyone, I'm thinking about RVing and was wondering if anyone had a recommendation for trying it out without buying.  I looked around on the internet and it seems renting an RV is more costly then most hotels.  Thanks in advance!

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« Reply #12 on: May 03, 2017, 04:53:33 PM »
steverf941, someone on another thread mentioned this one: https://www.outdoorsy.co/   Seems to be only in the US, though, so useless to me, but it looked really good for folks there!

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« Reply #13 on: May 20, 2017, 06:20:50 PM »
Hi Everyone, I'm thinking about RVing and was wondering if anyone had a recommendation for trying it out without buying.  I looked around on the internet and it seems renting an RV is more costly then most hotels.  Thanks in advance!
During a get together earlier this year, I met a gal who makes a living, transferring RV's from manufacturers to dealers and such.
I don't recall the company she works for (but I can probably find out if you are interested).
She gets paid a fixed amount of money to take an RV say from IN to CA. She has to pay gas from that allowance, but she gets to stay in the RV and explore the country. She tows her own car and travels all over
You have to complete the relocation within a certain number of days, but she says it's usually plenty time to not get stressed.
Whenever she has decided on her next place to go, she goes on the website and finds a relocation going that way, makes some money in the process and gets to try out all kinds of rigs.

I know there are companies out there that let you relocate RV's for a discounted rental rate. But her deal sounds much better, LOL!

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« Reply #14 on: May 21, 2017, 01:05:20 PM »
I know there are companies out there that let you relocate RV's for a discounted rental rate.
I did an end-of-season RV repositioning a few years back.  It was fun.  I only had to pay for my fuel.

Also,
I met a gal who makes a living, transferring RV's from manufacturers to dealers and such.
I don't recall the company she works for (but I can probably find out if you are interested).
She gets paid a fixed amount of money to take an RV say from IN to CA.

I would be very interested in this.
If you could pass along the manufacturer info to me, I would appreciate it. 
Thanks.
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Re: Nomadic, RVing Mustachians unite!
« Reply #15 on: May 21, 2017, 02:07:43 PM »
FZ, where is she when she's not relocating an RV? Does she have a conventional dwelling as a permanent home base? And does she always do the relocations out of there or does she drive long distances to pick up?

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« Reply #16 on: May 21, 2017, 10:10:30 PM »
FZ, where is she when she's not relocating an RV? Does she have a conventional dwelling as a permanent home base? And does she always do the relocations out of there or does she drive long distances to pick up?

She had sold her home a while ago and was doing this full time. Not sure how long though. She sometimes seeks out relocations to cities where she has friends or family.
When I met her, she had just delivered an RV and was staying in her car for a few days.

She has to provide her own towing device for her car.
She did get a CDL so she'd have more selection of rigs to drive.

I know that some companies won't allow you to use the RV, but they expect you to stay in Motels (provide discounts). Obviously this would not be what you are looking for.
She specifically said that her company allows the use of the RVs.

I know there are companies out there that let you relocate RV's for a discounted rental rate.
I did an end-of-season RV repositioning a few years back.  It was fun.  I only had to pay for my fuel.

Also,
I met a gal who makes a living, transferring RV's from manufacturers to dealers and such.
I don't recall the company she works for (but I can probably find out if you are interested).
She gets paid a fixed amount of money to take an RV say from IN to CA.

I would be very interested in this.
If you could pass along the manufacturer info to me, I would appreciate it. 
Thanks.

Hi, I messaged her. Not sure how connected she is while on the road.
Once I hear back, I'll let you know.
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« Reply #17 on: May 22, 2017, 07:13:30 PM »
So far I have not heard from her, but from a joint connection I found out that the company she drives for is Horizon Transport
http://horizontransport.co/drive-away/

It appears they now require a CDL, but they'll help you get it.

Also, Bob Wells of Cheap RV living did an interview with her, so you can hear a bit more about her experience

Here's the video for that
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cpEV2HFSWTk&feature=youtu.be

Now in the video she tells a bit of a different story than she told me when we spoke in person regarding the use of the RV.
She still sleeps there (not in the bed, but on the Sofa) and her "cooking" is mostly salads from the grocery store.
She probably did not want to go on the record about "using" it.

From what it sounds now, if you want the full RV experience, as in cooking operating, hookups etc., this may not fit the bill. But it's still a good way to make a bit of money while experiencing different RVs, even if you don't get to try out all the functions.

I hope that helps.

For the full usage experience, one of the rental relocations at discounted rates may be a better option.

Also, while travelling we on occasion saw some super small RVs (mini van based) from a company called Jucy.
These may be more affordable and more manouverable.
Back in the days when I did tent camping out of a vehicle while road tripping in the US, I wish there had been that option.
They look compact, but comfortable
Here's the link for those
https://www.jucyusa.com/
« Last Edit: May 22, 2017, 07:19:44 PM by FrugalZony »
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« Reply #18 on: May 23, 2017, 12:55:08 AM »
Thanks a mil for all of that, FZ!

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« Reply #19 on: May 23, 2017, 09:15:51 PM »
Great video and info.  Thanks.
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« Reply #20 on: May 25, 2017, 07:40:27 AM »
Glad to see there is a thread started about RVing Mustachians. The Hawkingers are about to start a year in our 5th wheel trailer traveling Canada, the United States, and Mexico. We'll hope to connect with and meet Mustachians along the way! We'll check out the other social media connections that are being established as well. Ben and Amy

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« Reply #21 on: May 28, 2017, 05:21:59 PM »
Posting to follow as we have an RV and would also be open to meeting others.

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Re: Nomadic, RVing Mustachians unite!
« Reply #22 on: June 09, 2017, 08:06:48 PM »
A little early for me to be joining but we have the RV and we will retire next spring so definitely within the year will be fully nomadic.

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« Reply #23 on: June 09, 2017, 10:17:57 PM »
Guys, just join! Even if you are not nomadic yet, but are planning to be in the near future.
Also join, if you have a driveway or spot in your backyard, that you may be willing to open to nomadic MMM readers travelling through your city.
I wish I had done this, when I still had my RV gate.
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« Reply #24 on: June 10, 2017, 09:06:44 AM »
Hi everyone,

We are a long ways from being nomadic in an RV, but we would be interested in meeting travelling mustachians.  If you are heading through Western Canada, it is very likely we are on your route.

I have requested to join the FB group and will provide more info there. :)

Hope to see some of you on your travels!

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« Reply #25 on: June 11, 2017, 08:49:01 AM »
Glad to see folks joining in.  I'm on the RV Village site and group.  I don't do Facebook.  Feel free to contact me if you are in Northern Arizona.  I'm currently living in an RV park in Payson, AZ in my Class A.
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« Reply #26 on: June 14, 2017, 07:55:58 AM »
Not sure what everyone here is doing about mobile internet access, but have you all seen this: Family Motor-coach Association Unlimited Verizon Hotspot Plan ?

~$50 / month (plus need annual FMCA membership at ~$60) for unlimited mobile internet (I would pipe VOIP and text messages over that for most part I imagine). Seems like you can go up to 25 GB before they start slowing you down. No contract, no minimum period, and you get to keep the device. Price is guaranteed for 12 months, no idea on if deal will continue after that.

From our point of view, it's tempting, but we are in a fixed location until September for personal reasons (pregnancy) and so have limited need for this at least until September, or later. They list it as "limited quantities", not sure what that means. I'm tempted to get it in advance of September in case they run out, but I also don't like buying things I don't need yet.

Our current "solution" is a mix of Air Voice wireless plans, ranges from $20 - $30 / month for the two of us, but since we aren't working, we are fine with limited connectivity when off grid. This would be a step up in connectivity, but would also have a price increase, and we don't need it yet.. hmmm
Lifestyle inflation, you are quick.. :)

Only other major con, is no word on how well it works in Canada / Mexico, if at all
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« Reply #27 on: June 14, 2017, 08:54:19 AM »
I requested membership into the RVillage group. I am unfortunately not mobile yet, but the fiance and I are currently pricing out vans to convert into a camper we can move into to travel the country. Also unfortunately, not able to host anyone travelling through the area as I am quite confident that would violate the HOA in the rental we are currently in. Hope to see everyone on the road sometime next year!

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« Reply #28 on: June 14, 2017, 12:30:15 PM »
Thanks CanuckExpat for linking to this thread. I just joined both the RVillage and FB groups.

We did 6 months in an RV last year (for the winter we wanted to ski so we got a tiny apartment at a ski resort) and we're back on the road now. Our MMM thread is https://forum.mrmoneymustache.com/share-your-badassity/we-bought-our-rv-to-live-in and we blog about it at https://therecklesschoice.com.

We're currently at the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park in Colorado and heading down towards Telluride/Durango CO in the next couple weeks. Anybody around there have a driveway near there we could crash at for a few days?
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« Reply #29 on: June 15, 2017, 09:39:19 PM »
Not sure what everyone here is doing about mobile internet access, but have you all seen this: Family Motor-coach Association Unlimited Verizon Hotspot Plan ?



Hey CanuckExpat,

We purchased a ZTE Mobley ($99) and got on the connected car unlimited data (deprioritized after 22 gigs) hotspot for $20 a month (no contract and I have no other services with AT&T).  Even after taxes and fees it's about $22 a month.  It's supposed to be for a wifi hotspot in a car and plugs into the obd-II port on your car.  But with a obd-II to usb adapter it's now our home internet and mobile internet.  Download speeds at home have been on average about 18 mbs down and 13 mbs up.  It's been awesome but that's coverage dependent.  But it doesn't work in Canada or Mexico.  Finding one can be tricky.  It has a few flaws but has worked well for us.  Here is a link that talks about it
http://www.howardforums.com/showthread.php/1894167-Stand-alone-AT-amp-amp-T-Unlimited-ZTE-Mobley-Hotspot-now-only-20!!!!!
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« Reply #30 on: June 17, 2017, 09:28:49 AM »
I also have a Mobley, and have a usb cord I purchased from Amazon.  It works wonderfully everywhere but here in Payson where the towers are overloaded.  All AT&T tower devices have issues, so I don't hold that against the Mobley.  Up by Williams (AZ for those who don't know where I am) at a friend's place it worked very well.  He has expensive satellite internet that is metered so it is nice that I can take my own connection and not use his (and even offer to let him use mine!).

I tried to recommend this to another friend, but the AT&T store wouldn't order it and said that it is being replaced.  I assume (hope) that the Mobley will continue to work along side whatever they change to.  Not sure why they backed off the Mobley, it is awesome.
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« Reply #31 on: June 20, 2017, 12:47:23 AM »
That verizon FMCA plan did seem to be too good and was killed. I had heard about the Mobely in passing, will have to consider it if devices aren't hard to find. Our cell phones are already on AT&T network, so I wouldn't mind diversifying across to Verizon if possible
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