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Alternative Housing In A Bad Economy

Posted 35 months ago|5 comments|562 views
Could this be your new home?
Written by
Dwayne Johnson

It is no secret that Americans are having a hard time keeping up the upkeep and mortgage payments for the Mac Mansions we bought in the nineties. So what is a hardworking, red blooded patriot to do when the enemy he faces is not a foreign invader, big government or corporate greed but his own inability to say no to his own foolish runaway credit spending, hmm? The answer my friend is not blowing in the wind, nope it is right in his own budget. The answer is down size. Americans spend a large percentage of our annual budget on food. We spend it on eat out meals and in prepackaged concoctions. The thought of growing what we eat in those oversized front and backyards of ours just doesn't seem to reach our thick skulls.

Which is just the same anyway because what we need to do is sell those suburban monstrosities, if we can (cause what lunatic would buy them?) and take our show on the road. This action, desperate as it may seem, is more in accordance with our fast pace, foodie lifestyles. The way I see it, we have become a foodservice industry society pocking and dotting our towns with a menagerie, albeit boring and repetitive menagerie, of eateries that feed our high fat, high salt, high carb, high corn sugar sensibilities.

But lest you think this rant is about Americans and our poor dietary choices let me direct your attention to the core of this discussion. Fellow Americans as I just said; it is time to take this show on the road. You see along with all the eateries a caravan culture of sorts has developed. Look in the parking lot of almost any retail establishment and you will notice a recreational vehicle or two parked in its parking lot. "What are they doing there?" you ask. The answer is simple. The owners of these RV's have come to a point in their lives where they have been forced to see the reality of their economic situation and they did just what I advised. They down sized. Yes, granted that the economy may have twisted their hand a bit but the result is the same as having actually experienced an epiphany, so that the visionary and the average Joe are both equally moved to action.

The trend to live in a van, converted box truck, camper, RV, Recreational Trailer, Park Model, Tiny Home on Wheels, Mobile Home or even a shipping container is a necessity of circumstance. Nobody wants to continue to pay out the wazoo for something they can't afford. When money is tight prioritizing not only saves money but also helps us to keep our sanity. Let's face it selling any and all belongings that don't fit in our alternative living arrangements and taking to the streets might be our last card to play.
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The Cypress Gang
The Cypress Gang
35 months ago: Does that mean I can stop mowing my yard?
Altruist
Altruist
Eugene, OR
35 months ago: I think that RV's are a good alternative to the McMansions. Many of the homeless are forced to live this way. Still things could be improved. Gas costs a lot, and you need to run the generator for power.

Warning! If you are thinking about illegally tapping into the power from your local street lights, most of those street light systems are higher voltage. (270V-480V.) It is dangerous to tap, and you can fry or burn down your van.

Many RV's are converting to natural gas which costs 40% of what gas costs.

Another big improvement would be all LED lights to reduce your electricity demand and thin film photovoltaics on the roof to recharge the batteries so you wouldn't need a generator. As long as we are wishing, how about a plug in hybrid engine? Most RV's don't need all that power except starting and going up those steep hills. If you could tap the electric motor to help in those cases you could get by with a little 4 cylinder or maybe Fords 3 cylinder engine. Finally instead of a holding tank with chemicals how about a composting toilet so you wouldn't need a dump station. http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0...
Dwayne Johnson
Dwayne Johnson
35 months ago: I'm being facetious. Nobody is going to cram themselves into a porta-potty with a motor and wheels unless they can make money from it or they lost their home. Cypress, keep mowing your grass or get a goat. It can give you milk and meat whereas your lawnmower isn't edible.
The Cypress Gang
The Cypress Gang
35 months ago: Really? You sure? What about those OccupyWHATEVER folk that are working on 3 week underwear?
sunny2
sunny2
34 months ago: Dwayne there was a simpler time when family backyards had fruit trees and had vegetable gardens. We had apple trees, plums, cherries, grapes, mulberries, peaches, and figs and not in a real big space. We had a nice size vegetable garden, too. It provided quite a bit, especially in the summer time. We didn't just plant grass to keep up with the Jones'. We should take a lesson from those times. We still hadn't gone so far 35 or more years ago, and things weren't done in a rat race. It was a more slower pace of life where people were friends and shared. People are raising chickens for eggs and food at this time which is catching on. They will find a way.
There was a young 14 year-old kid that lived in our neighborhood. In his backyard in had a tree house that was equipped with all the comforts of home, including a phone which he had wired. His tree house was weather proofed and comfortable, and he didn't pay taxes. This boy was ingenuous. Today, you will see that several web sites construct tree houses which run simple to elaborate.
With a little ingenuity people, don't have to take to the streets and live in containors or tents.

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