Large family livin' small!

@Genipher (5166)
United States
September 7, 2017 6:35pm CST
There are a lot of crazy people in the world and, apparently, I'm one of them. And it's not just me...it's my family, too! You see, last month my husband was forced into getting a new job. The problem? With Hubby's first work day looming ever closer, we found ourselves scrambling for a place to live! We got qualified for a home loan, but couldn't get an accepted offer. We searched high and low for rentals to no avail. We asked friends if we could crash with them until something opened up, but nobody had the space for nine extra bodies. So we did what we had to do:. we sold most of our stuff and bought an R.V. We are currently living in a 31 foot home on wheels in our friends yard until we can either buy a plot of land or move the rig to a rental. If push comes to shove, we'll move on over to an R.V. park (though they seem a bit discriminatory against large families...) Many think we're nuts but I see it as an adventure! So whadd'ya think? Would you--or have you--ever resorted to living in a motorhome?
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@sol_cee (14386)
• Japan
8 Sep
What about the pets?
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@Genipher (5166)
• United States
8 Sep
The dog is with us, though she spends most of her time outside, playing with our friend's dog. I'd like to get a big enough piece of land or rental where she can continue running around outside. An added bonus to living in the country-ish is that the dog doesn't bark nearly as much. In town she was constantly howling at any person that walked past our fence!
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@sol_cee (14386)
• Japan
8 Sep
@Genipher and the rabbits?
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@Genipher (5166)
• United States
8 Sep
@sol_cee Oh, we got rid of them some time ago (after the buck got loose and ran away, we gave up on breeding bunnies). We also sold our 4 chickens. So now we just have the dog.
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@LadyDuck (152302)
• Switzerland
8 Sep
No we have never lived in a motor-home, this is not something common in the countries where I have lived. You cannot have permanent residency if you do not have an apartment or a house.
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@Genipher (5166)
• United States
12 Sep
I've found that to be a problem when trying to license the dog, register the kids for homeschooling, or getting a library card. I never realized how handy a residential address was!
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@LadyDuck (152302)
• Switzerland
12 Sep
@Genipher We could have not been able to obtain our documents here without a residential address. Even in my native country this gives plenty of problems.
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• United States
7 Sep
I dont think your nuts..I would do it my friend in a heartbeat..I have nothing of value to speak of anyway and hate to have things like a chain around my neck. Survivalist spirit here. Much blessings to you too on this new journey! I admire you and your family for being able to get up and go at a moments notice.
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@Genipher (5166)
• United States
8 Sep
Thank you! I've always leaned towards minimalism so having to move into a motorhome wasn't hard for me.
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• United States
8 Sep
@Genipher Welcome, hope the tide turns for you as well very soon for a stable place if that is what you so desire.
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@fishtiger58 (30344)
• Momence, Illinois
8 Sep
Hopefully that will never happen, but yes I would do whatever I had to do to keep a roof over my loved ones head.
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@Genipher (5166)
• United States
12 Sep
Gotta do what ya gotta do!
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@fishtiger58 (30344)
• Momence, Illinois
12 Sep
@Genipher yes indeed.
@JustBhem (32378)
• Davao, Philippines
8 Sep
How I love to experience that. If could have an RV I would like to live and travel across cities. But it's not allowed here in our country. I love to have my own space and RV is one of a good idea for me.
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@Genipher (5166)
• United States
12 Sep
I would love to travel to all the U.S. states with the kids one day..
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@JustBhem (32378)
• Davao, Philippines
12 Sep
@Genipher I want to experience that too in an RV.
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@shaggin (36666)
• United States
8 Sep
I don't think you are nuts! I think you are amazing at what you are doing for your family. You didn't call it all quits you are all together and safe in one place. This will be temporary and then things will be easier. Good luck to you!
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@Genipher (5166)
• United States
8 Sep
We had discussed hubby moving down and working while we waited until he found a rental but...we didn't want to break up the family.
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@shaggin (36666)
• United States
8 Sep
@Genipher That would be a tough choice but I think it's great you all stayed together!
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@Happy2BeMe (74680)
• Canada
8 Sep
I would do it. You did whay you had to do to have a place to live. There is nothing crazy about that.
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@Genipher (5166)
• United States
8 Sep
I'm glad we don't sound too crazy. My mom is usually pretty good about not "judging" the decisions my husband and I make, but when she heard what we had done she had a hard time biting her tongue. I think our friends, who truly love us, also think we made a foolish mistake. But we had no other options...
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@Happy2BeMe (74680)
• Canada
11 Sep
@Genipher some many think that but that was your only option.
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@just4him (113321)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
7 Sep
I've thought about it, but not yet. Good luck finding a new home.
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@Genipher (5166)
• United States
7 Sep
Thanks. I'm thinking this R.V. will be our home for a few years. We just need a good, permanent place to park it.
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@just4him (113321)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
8 Sep
@Genipher I hope you find one.
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@maezee (31964)
• United States
8 Sep
Do what you gotta do! I would probably do similar if I had a friend with a lot I could use.
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@Genipher (5166)
• United States
12 Sep
Our friends have been so loving about letting us stay on the property.
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@KrauseHome (35025)
• United States
8 Sep
At times, I think it would be interesting. Not sure if I had as big of family as yours I would want to do it. But if I could afford it as my husband and I get older, it would be nice to own one to be able to travel around in. I am not sure if I would want to permanently live in one, especially in an RV park.
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@Genipher (5166)
• United States
12 Sep
Yeah, I tend to think that an R.V. park would be full of sketchy characters. Traveling would be fun, if we could afford it. I'd love to see The Grand Canyon with the kids. And I've wanted to go to Legoland and The Creation Museum...
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@prashu228 (25820)
• India
8 Sep
Congratulations on your new home. It would be fun. Hope you enjoy
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@Genipher (5166)
• United States
12 Sep
Thanks!
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@Essjayd (1620)
8 Sep
I think it's awesome! I'm giving serious thought to selling up and going off in a campervan for a while.I've never lived in a motorhome but I did live in my van on weekdays for nearly 6 months a while back. Had to go away from home for work but couldn't find accommodation that would accept my dog! Wasn't going to put him in kennels so we lived in the van and came home at weekends. Saved a fortune as the accommodation allowance was paid in cash!! A gym membership for showers and a little creative thinking made it like an adventure rather than a chore. It would have been much easier in a campervan or motorhome though!
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@Genipher (5166)
• United States
12 Sep
The past few days I've discovered that campgrounds and R.V. parks aren't willing to take on an R.V. with 9 people in it. But you'd do quite well--and there seems to be some nice places out there for "vanning".
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@ilocosboy (34311)
• Philippines
8 Sep
That should be fun. Well, I have never live in RV but when I was a child my parents and us children always moved from one place to another house.
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@Genipher (5166)
• United States
8 Sep
We've moved about 9 times in the 14 years we've been married, so I know how that is!
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@Morleyhunt (19720)
• Canada
8 Sep
Seeing life as an adventure makes life so much more enjoyable. With five children....we built our own house. Living in a pop up tent trailer, dome tent and dining tent for a summer. Great memories. (Lots of headaches that summer, but we gave the kids some great memories)
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@Genipher (5166)
• United States
8 Sep
It sounds like y'all made some lovely memories. Our kids will definitely remember this forever!
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• Jacksonville, Florida
8 Sep
I don't think your crazy at all. Our family lived in a camper for a few months, it wasn't too bad. We can't afford an RV here, they are expensive! If your happy and your family is that's all that matters.
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@Genipher (5166)
• United States
8 Sep
Ours was spendy, too. It's going to take a long time to pay off.
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@Kandae11 (35967)
7 Sep
I have always liked the idea. - but not if I had a large family. In your case you didn't have much choice and if you are happy and willing to make it work , it will.
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@Genipher (5166)
• United States
8 Sep
We have no other choice but to MAKE it work. Hubby wasn't thrilled with the idea at first, but he likes it more than he thought he would. And the kids LOVE it!
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@marguicha (91976)
• Chile
8 Sep
I never hve lived in a motor home and this is not an option in my country. But I don´t think there´s any thing bad about it.
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@Genipher (5166)
• United States
8 Sep
For a couple or even a family with one or two kids, nobody blinks an eye. We're considered strange because we're doing it with 7 kids...
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@marguicha (91976)
• Chile
8 Sep
@Genipher I would consider you strange even while living in a mansion. I would have never been able to have so many children. I congratulate you!
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@Genipher (5166)
• United States
10 Sep
@marguicha I forget sometimes how strange our large family must seem to people. It seems so "normal" to me.
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@sishy7 (27653)
• Australia
8 Sep
I'd do anything to have all my family together... I'm sure something better will come up soon, but right now, this sounds like the best arrangement for you all... Have a grand adventure!
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@Genipher (5166)
• United States
12 Sep
Friends of friends JUST offered us a rental. We move in Oct. 1. Now we need to figure out what to do with the R.V...
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@sishy7 (27653)
• Australia
12 Sep
@Genipher That was quick! Sell it, maybe?
@GardenGerty (98163)
• United States
8 Sep
I have never done that but I wanted to when I first got married the first time.
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@Genipher (5166)
• United States
9 Sep
I mentioned it to hubby, in the past. I never imagined we'd ever really do it, though.
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@sharon6345 (121689)
• United States
8 Sep
I was homeless living in my car a few weeks. I got a rental an gave up that car.
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@Genipher (5166)
• United States
8 Sep
Living in a car would be even harder to do!
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