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Joe45

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    Boondocking, Art, Filmmaking, Photography...
  1. Your experience is interesting. The boondocking/fulltime camping saving money is what I thought as well. I found a campground near where I will go to school but it's about $750 per month plus electric. They will give me a 10% discount as a student, but still seems a bit high. But it's southern California so maybe it isn't high. My dog does the same thing when I'm gone for 8hrs: sleep on the sofa. Hell, she's on the sofa most of the time when I'm home-unless she is lying on the carpet, following me to the bathroom, or eating/drinking. In fact, going to school I think we'll have even more time together since I can walk her between classes and still go on walks and hikes. I agree that the FJ may be the biggest problem. I absolutely LOVE that vehicle, but it may have to go. The ideal setup seems to be a used Class C toyhauler-then I can use the garage for my workshop and eventually get a motorcycle and keep it in there. The stealth van may also be an option to start out in. My biggest concern is temperature and security for my dog. I am thinking that a couple of open hatches with those fantastic fans running on solar rechargeable batteries would be good. Also, painting the roof with that aluminum reflective stuff, or installing a roof rack with a wood base to provide a barrier between the sun and the metal roof. In addition, I was homeless and semi-homeless for almost a year. During that time Jedda and I slept in a little 1997 2 door Jeep Wrangler with a soft top in winter, at 7000 feet. It was miserable but the only other option was putting her in a kennel and me going to the homeless shelter, so I opted for staying with her. I agree that she'll be better off with me than with someone she doesn't know who has a 9-5. And so will I! I'll have to check out those things you mentioned for monitoring your vehicle. I guess they work with the smart phone? Did you find the feedback from the system reliable and real time? Thanks!
  2. No problem! I'm getting an MBA in Film Production. I am an artist, photographer, and videographer. I plan on full timing in an RV that will be both my home and traveling studio. If I am going to do a documentary or independent film, or sell my art, I can move around easily. The MBA simply broadens my prospects and can also allow me to get a part time at a college. The only difference between an MBA full timing and living in a house are that with the house I am stuck in one place and limited in opportunities, and with the RV I can move to where the next job is.
  3. Thanks for your input. Jedda has always been an indoor dog. When I leave for work now she's inside a good 8-9 hours. Every morning I throw the ball with her, and I take her hiking. But she is actually really mellow when inside and is a couch potato-and follows me everywhere. I don't see the difference between her vegging out while I'm gone on a sofa in the little 800 square foot cabin I am renting, and vegging out on a sofa in an RV-especially since I will walk her in between classes and every other time I can. I have thought of a stealth van too, and I don't think even that is a problem. My real concern are two things: temperature, and security. She has a very deep shepherd bark so I don't think anyone would be stupid enough to do anything when they hear that. With temperature, and an alarm/monitoring system, I think I can do it. I'm as attached to her as she is to me, and when I left her in daycare for almost two weeks my anxiety was awful. I couldn't get off the webcam! Also, I was homeless and semi-homeless for almost a year. During that time Jedda and I slept in a little 1997 2 door Jeep Wrangler with a soft top in winter, at 7000 feet. It was miserable but the only other option was putting her in a kennel and me going to the homeless shelter, so I opted for staying with her.
  4. Hello everyone. I hope this is the correct place to put this. I will be going to school (MBA) for a year in Escondido, CA and live in AZ. My school cost is pretty much covered, but the issue is rent. Quite expensive in that area. I have been considering boondocking, as this is my goal anyway-full timing in an RV. So here are my concerns and questions. Please let me know what you think, advise, etc. I have a dog-an 80lb shepherd mix. Very well trained, rarely barks, very housebroken... she is my best buddy and there is NO way I will give her to anyone else. I don't have an RV yet. I drive a Toyota FJ Cruiser (5,000lb tow rating). I would like a Class C motorhome, but unless it's a diesel it won't tow the 4,800lb FJ on a trailer (can't flat tow an FJC). So I am looking at alternatives. I have considered a travel trailer until I can afford perhaps a used diesel Super C. My concerns are leaving my dog in the trailer/rv while I am in class. From what I understand classes are in the afternoon/evening so I am thinking leaving some windows open with running fantastic fan vents on solar could work, along with perhaps an app on my phone to remotely monitor temperature in the camper. On days where I have to go to LA I can put Jedda in a doggie day care. Has anyone here done this? Any suggestions/advice? Thanks!
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