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Recession Prompts Year-Round RV Living

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March 31, 2009 by   4 Comments

Recreational vehicles are used for fun and travel, but the recession is changing things. The economy is forcing some people out of their neighborhoods and into RVs, according to KTVN-TV, Reno, Nev. 

“Thankfully we had this and it was paid for,” says Gene Stewart of his new home, an RV.

Stewart used to do home construction in California, but when people stopped building, his business folded. Soon, the house was gone and much of his other stuff. 

Stewart used to make $140,000 a year; now he’s making about $16 an hour — and lives in an RV park.

“I have a job,” Stewart says. “I just started last Friday.”

Stewart, his wife and granddaughter have lived at Camp-N-Town RV Park in Carson City since November.

“There are a lot of folks here that are in a similar boat as us,” Stewart says.

An older pick-up replaced the new truck Stewart had until it was recently repossessed. 

One day on a new job gives him hope for the future. But, there’s no telling how long Camp-N-Town will be the place to call home. 

“A lot of them have to live in them because there’s no other way they can afford to live,” says Ivan Lipere.

Things are changing at Camp-N-Town RV Park as people are experiencing changes of their own. 

“We used to have a lot of people travel overnight.”

In the 31 years Lipere’s owned the park, he’s seen plenty of things come and go. But, year-round residents aren’t anything he’s encountered before. 

“Never. This has happened in the last say, 10 years,” says Lipere. But, in the last two years it’s gotten worse.”

For the last three years Nicole Grampp and her husband have called Camp-N-Town home. 

“We were looking into buying a home and we decided to live moderately,” says Grampp. “And be able to save up enough money so that we could have a substantial down payment to get some property.”

The economy started to sour and things changed. Her parents helped the couple buy an RV and Grampp couldn’t be happier. 

“We own it, so we don’t have to worry about getting kicked out of it or something. There’s no payments, we just pay our space rent,” Grampp explains.

Monthly rent at Camp-N-Town starts at $275 — an economical choice when money isn’t flooding in. 

Grampp adds, “Now we kind of have neighbors that are staying.”

Lipere says his park is nearly three quarters full, practically unheard of for winter and spring months.

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4 Responses to “Recession Prompts Year-Round RV Living”

  1. JT on April 1st, 2009 5:05 am

    It’s the sign of the times we are currently in. I hope to someday be able to full time, however; I’m hoping it’s on my terms. If not, then I guess I’ll start it early and go from there. I wish everyone good luck.

  2. BC on April 6th, 2009 12:51 pm

    I hope all works out for Mr. Stewart and his family. However, if he was making $140K per year until last summer, and has already lost his pickup truck and his house, he must have accrued a very high amount of debt over the years – as in living well beyond his means.

  3. WS on December 25th, 2010 6:47 pm

    I may be moving to rural Nevada. I am thinking of buying a used RV to live in. What should one look for in RV – - like are some insulated better than others? I will be in winter temps that average 25 degrees for part of the night and perhaps zero. Summers might hit 104 degrees. I definately will want an air conditioning system. unit too.

  4. WS on December 25th, 2010 6:48 pm

    I may be moving to rural Nevada. I am thinking of buying a used RV to live in. What should one look for in RV – - like are some insulated better than others? I will be in winter temps that average 25 degrees for part of the night and perhaps zero. Summers might hit 104 degrees. I definately will want an air conditioning system. unit too. Also, what is to prevent someone from driving off with your RV while you are at work??

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