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    Going to join the deer camp. Now the question camper 20k or build a cabin water and electric already there camp doesn’t care which way I go. Thoughts advice input ideas thank you.

  • #2
    Well sir, I have some I-deers!

    How 'bout sumpin' in between?

    A camper, to me, is a money sink!
    Regardless of what you pay, you'll never get your money back. Repairs ain't cheap. 10 years down the road, it's a hunk of junk.

    My thoughts are a portable building like you can get at Lowe's you can skid up on a flat bed trailer.
    You're not looking for the Taj Mahal. You just need a place to sleep dry, get out of the wet, change clothes, and can warm with a simple heat source.

    Slide it off your trailer. If you leave the camp, come-a-long it back up on the trailer.

    Now, that's what I'd do.

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    • #3
      Nice condition late model campers are out there for much less than 20k. Building a cabin on a lease is a commitment of its own, on the off chance you don't stick with the lease you should figure out which option will take the least hit if you bail out.

      You might want to consider an Amish shed type deal, some of those come in cabin layouts. Less work involved getting it in place and can be moved down the line as well.


      I'm bias toward a camper, had a popup for 5 years then upgraded to a self contained which we've had since 2014.

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      • #4
        I like the idea of an Amish built shed. Can be delivered from a truck and probably removed if you decide to leave the lease. Won't break the bank and you can finish the inside as you want. Does the place have outhouses?

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        • #5
          Every camper I’ve looked at over three years old stinks to high hell. And I wouldn’t sleep in it.

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          • #6
            And my wife is going to with me so she needs somewhere to decent to hang out and she going to want to cook.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by fitch270 View Post
              Nice condition late model campers are out there for much less than 20k. Building a cabin on a lease is a commitment of its own, on the off chance you don't stick with the lease you should figure out which option will take the least hit if you bail out.

              You might want to consider an Amish shed type deal, some of those come in cabin layouts. Less work involved getting it in place and can be moved down the line as well.


              I'm bias toward a camper, had a popup for 5 years then upgraded to a self contained which we've had since 2014.
              What is an "Amish shed"? We have Mennonites down here. They have tractors and drive cars! LOL!

              Ok! I get it. An "Amish Shed" is basically what we call a "portable building" down here.
              The ones I saw online run about $5/$7k.

              Well, I built my home, so I wouldn't pay that much. It's cheaper to "DIY" if you know what material to buy.

              In THAT case, I have some "other" I-deers! LOL!
              On most public highways, you can pull a trailer up to 8×40 without any kind of permit.

              'dawg, I know you're pressed for time so a DIY portable camper isn't on your agenda.
              Hope you find something you can work with.

              Look at these:

              https://www.tinyhomebuilders.com/tin...etplace/search

              They do come small enough to pull with a 1 ton pick up without permits.
              Last edited by FirstBubba; 05-26-2020, 07:46 PM.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Milldawg View Post
                Every camper I’ve looked at over three years old stinks to high hell. And I wouldn’t sleep in it.
                All depends on the previous owners, we're non-smokers and the dogs are only allowed in their crates on the rare occasion they need to be inside. Ours smells mostly like new still, we use dryer sheets to keep mice out in the off season. Try checking with a few RV dealers, they should know how to properly prep one for resale.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by FirstBubba View Post

                  What is an "Amish shed"? We have Mennonites down here. They have tractors and drive cars! LOL!

                  Ok! I get it. An "Amish Shed" is basically what we call a "portable building" down here.
                  The ones I saw online run about $5/$7k.

                  Well, I built my home, so I wouldn't pay that much. It's cheaper to "DIY" if you know what material to buy.

                  In THAT case, I have some "other" I-deers! LOL!
                  On most public highways, you can pull a trailer up to 8×40 without any kind of permit.

                  'dawg, I know you're pressed for time so a DIY portable camper isn't on your agenda.
                  Hope you find something you can work with.

                  Look at these:

                  https://www.tinyhomebuilders.com/tin...etplace/search

                  They do come small enough to pull with a 1 ton pick up without permits.
                  Around here you can build something a little sturdier for the same money, but they are very popular just the same. Anything built over 144 sq ft needs a building permit, people buy these bigger and don't bother with the permit as far as I know.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by fitch270 View Post

                    Around here you can build something a little sturdier for the same money, but they are very popular just the same. Anything built over 144 sq ft needs a building permit, people buy these bigger and don't bother with the permit as far as I know.
                    Where I am in OK, the only permit was for the lagoon (septic system).
                    Just pour concrete and start driving nails.

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                    • #11
                      Were it my decision it would be a small prefab building like bubba and Fitch suggested. You could do a lot of finishing work in one to make a neat cabin and still have less invested in it than you could have in a camper.

                      What are your wife's desires on the matter?

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                      • #12
                        I definitely would NOT invest in a permanent structure. You may not like the crowd or landlord may turn into a jerk or sell to a jerk who makes your life miserable. If you decide to leave you can't take it with you. My brother and I bought a very nice used 19 foot tandem axel trailer with all the amenities for $5K. Fits my needs perfectly. I would not advise buying new. Depreciation is worse than vehicles. Motor homes are too expensive and terrible expensive to feed and maintain. Buy a used trailer a couple years old and leave it there if landlord is agreeable.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Milldawg View Post
                          Every camper I’ve looked at over three years old stinks to high hell. And I wouldn’t sleep in it.
                          The camper we bought was 1988 Terry. Cat or something had clawed one curtain. Other than that it was like new. No odor whatsoever. It was in great shape. Maybe stored under cover. It has required some maintenance (like any home) but I'm quite handy. Keep looking. Only foam beds in this trailer but I sleep like a baby nonetheless ... even with two dogs piled on.

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                          • #14
                            You will have less trouble with a cabin roof than a unprotected trailer roof and the shingles will last longer. Exception would be a curved roof like a Winnebago.

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                            • #15
                              Buddy of mine bought a covered utility trailer and turned it into a small camper for the very reason you're looking for. A portable lease structure.

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