tips for living out of camper as an online college student

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1. Posted by bullwinkle4x4 (Budding Member 2 posts) 31w Star this if you like it!

Hello, happy to be new to this forum.
Ive been thinking about planning a long trip around the US for a few years now. Im currently a 23 year old mechanic and Ive been wanting to finish college for about 2 years now. How ever i work full time and feel like i dont have a lot of time for classes. Ive been wanting to get either a large van/shuttle bus, or a pull behind trailer and a reliable truck. Basically I want to travel to different cities in different states for a few months at a time while getting my degree online. Weather it be at a state park, rv parks, or camp sites and working to live there. I grew up doing usual labor work such as landscaping, mechanical repair, painting, ect. and pretty much jobs that are needed everywhere and can pay cash for short terms. Im really looking for advice as for good ways to stay for these periods. Also for living i was looking into large high top cargo/conversion vans or small shuttle buses. Something i know i can fix on the road. Im not looking for anything overly comfortable, more livable and reliable. (bed desk storage stove fridge) Something i can get parts for in a local auto parts store. Also have a hitch rack with a small motorcycle for running into town if i dont want drive the van. My second option is to get a truck and camper/enclosed trailer. Reason for these options is its difficult to find awd vans/buses for mountainous winter areas such as colorado. Where as with a 4x4 and an enclosed trailer, i feel like i can go more places and also have more open living space and have a vehicle to leave camp with out bringing camp. So far ive taken in expenses of insurance, gas, internet for school, and possible jobs. What other expenses do i need to expect? What supplies are essential? How much should i plan to save?

2. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 1140 posts) 31w Star this if you like it!

I used to be a Carny. Lived in a truck and camper for extended periods a long time ago. Sussing out where to take a shower was a big deal. There are chain 24 hr gym memberships now. That might be helpful. I'd personally go with a truck and camper, because then you have way more options for parking it.
-I'm not sure about the US but in Canada propane is cheaper, and that's the kind of vehicle I had because of it. Hard to fix on your own though.
-Get some heavy duty AC cords so if you find someone who will give you power for free, you have the ability to take them up on it.
-Might be good to get a small putt putt generator so you can have power when you need it. Can double a a jumper too.
-Like regular travellers, you should constantly be on the lookout for tools that do more than one thing. Everything you have should be a Spork.
- You're going to go a little nose deaf. Air the thing out whenever you can.

[ Edit: Edited on 11-Mar-2018, at 19:33 by Piecar ]

3. Posted by bullwinkle4x4 (Budding Member 2 posts) 31w Star this if you like it!

Thanks thats super helpful.

4. Posted by Piecar (Travel Guru 1140 posts) 31w Star this if you like it!

Added a couple of things, as I thought of them.

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6. Posted by Andrew Mack (Respected Member 395 posts) 30w Star this if you like it!

There are quite a few people doing that on YouTube.
Everything from Schoolies, RVs through to Vanlife, and everywhere from the states, through Europe, to Australia and NZ.