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 1/12/2012 9:48 PM
 

I'm going to buy my first RV in about a month. I'm moving from NJ to FL and I'm planning to live in the RV for at least 3 months.

Money is a major concern (I don't have any) so I will probably be staying at state parks and dry docking for most of the time.

I'm worried about security and I'm wondering if anyone can give me some advice about how to stay safe. I have a dog, but he's a 12 year old Shih-tzu who hides when he hears loud noises, so he actually needs protection instead providing it. I am planning to get another dog for protection, but it will be about a year before I can count on the pup to help.

I know enough that I should park in more populated areas and try to stay inside the vehicle after dark so people don't know how many are in the RV, but I know there are more things I haven't considered or security issues that women need to consider.

I've seen the security cameras that are used for backing up a vehicle and I'm wondering if they can be converted so I can monitor the outside of the vehicle while I am in bed.

For security -- I would think getting a class C vehicle would be better than a trailer. My fear is I will be woken up by the vehicle moving while I am sleeping in the trailer. If I have an RV that is one self- contained unit.

Any advice anyone could give would be greatly appreciated.

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 1/12/2012 10:38 PM
 

Welcome Echo so good to see a new face

we will try and answer your questions I will give you my intake and hopefully others will come on and do the same

I travel with my husband so it's totally different than doing it by yourself but there are several on here that travel by theirself. One needs to be aware of there surroundings but not be obsessed with it...and I think that most would say that they feel saver in a motor home than in a trailer...know one gal that travels by herself and she stays off by herself as well way off the beaten path..not for everyone though. if you are going to be staying in areas because they are cheaper will need to spend some money to be somewhat comfortable like possibly a generator or solar panels ...not totally a have to but sure makes dry camping nicer... we did have a camera that was hooked up so we could look outside and see who was at the door but think we wiped it out going into a site with lots of trees and was too small for our rig it felt good to know that it was there but rarely used it and it's been damaged and not repaired for several years now.. I'm going to let others weigh in on the topic but want to once again say welcome

sheila

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 1/13/2012 12:02 AM
 

Welcome to the forum. I don't full time but will try to answer some of your questions. I have had a motorhome for about 25 years and I know when I first started with my kids we were afraid. I think after you travel for a while you will get over that. When someone would move at night it would wake me up but doesn't anymore. I'm not the bravest person but never have had a problem. There have been times I have pulled into a campground and didn't like the looks of it and moved on. Usually places that let people live there. If you feel something isn't right you can move on. My husband doesn't want to travel or camp so now I camp with my sister sometimes.

I haven't camped in Florida very much but from what I have read it is expensive. Some people stay at Walmarts or truck stops for overnight stops but you can't stay there long term. Some Walmarts won't let you stay overnight because of local laws. I wouldn't feel safe just parking on a street somewhere. There are laws against that in some cities.

I don't travel with a dog. A dog might make you feel safer but you also have to walk them at all hours of the day and night. If you are camped without electricity in hot weather you can't leave a pet in an RV. They are like cars, they get very hot very fast if the air conditioner isn't running. When I travel I can stop to use the bathroom or fix a meal without getting out.

Hope this helps.

Martha

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 1/13/2012 6:17 AM
 

I really appreciate the responses. I'm getting close to buying the RV and I'm trying to picture myself living in it. I do a lot of cross country travel alone, and there have been times when I've had to sleep in the car. I feel safer in a WalMart parking lot than camping in the woods, but I think that's because I'm from the NY metro and concrete is more familiar than trees.

I have some really dumb questions and feel free to laugh. I don't know anyone who owns an RV, so I don't have anyone to ask.

I want to use the RV to live in (temporarily) but primarily for business. I'm planning to do flea markets and sell those personalized mugs and print custom t-shirts and baseball caps. I'm planning to buy an generator/inverter just for this. I know what generators are, but how difficult is it to use them? I'm thinking about dedicating a generator to the back bedroom for the equipment, but also to keep that room cold/warm for the pups when I go out.

I want to convert the back bedroom to a photography studio and a recording studio. That means adding insulation and then sheet rocking over it. Here's my really dumb question: can I drill holes in the walls for the sheet rock and also to put in spot lights?

If I get a trailer instead of an RV with an engine (what is the correct wording for this?) how hard is it to hook the trailer up to a pick up truck? Is it something I can safely do alone?

I hope these aren't too many questions. I am so pleased to find this forum. I've felt really isolated and doing research via Google isn't the same as getting personal responses.

I really appreciate the encouragement and advice.

Lorrie

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 1/13/2012 10:52 AM
 

Let me see if I can answer some of your questions. I don't know where you are planning on putting a generator if you get a travel trailer but you can't run it inside. The fumes will kill you. I have seen trailers that have a generator that has been installed in an outside compartment or on a rack on the back. The compartment has to be sealed so that it vents to the outside. It takes a big generator to run an air conditioner, so big that you couldn't move it alone. Two of the smaller generators can be hooked together and I think that will give you enough power to run the air conditioner. If you use a generator in a trailer or a motor home be sure you have a working carbon monoxide detector. Most motor homes come with a generator that will run what ever is installed. You just have to be careful and not run two big electric users at the same time or you will trip a breaker. If you want to run the microwave you have to turn off the air conditioner.

Travel trailers and motor homes are built with a limited amount of weight that you can add. By the time you load your belongings you are about at the limit that you can add. The axles and tires would be over loaded if you added sheet rock. The walls are only about 2 inches thick. Some have wood 2x2's in the walls and some have aluminum.

About the only experience I have with trailers is a 5th wheel hauling horses. A 5th wheel is the one that hooks up in the bed of a truck. Most people that have bumper pull trailers have sway bars to help control the trailer. I think the 5th wheels are easier to control. You have to be sure your truck can pull and stop what ever you get. Don't let a salesman tell you your vehicle can pull what he's selling. With the internet you can research the weight and carring capacity of any RV and the weight you can pull with your truck. You can learn to hook up a trailer alone, a lot of women do it.

Martha

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 1/13/2012 10:22 PM
 

There are several women that we both know that travel a lone and do really well and all of them have different RV's you need to figure out what your needs are and what mets your needs best...my husband just suggested that a class c motor home might be best in learning to drive it as it would be much like driving a car...but it wouldn't have a lot of extra room but maybe depending upon the weight you could tow a trailer for your business it would not have windows (I'm picturing something like a u haul or something of that nature) just a thought.

Sounds like you have lots of ideas come back and bounce them off of us we might not be able to help but if we can we will for sure tell you our thoughts

sheila

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 1/17/2012 9:28 PM
 

Hello and welcome to the forum.


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