Surprise! Our house sold MUCH sooner than we anticipated. As such, we now have to concentrate on moving and finding an interim place to stay while we finish the bus. Thankfully, we live next to the best neighbors in the world. Without them, we wouldn’t have made it this far, since we have full use of their tools and shop to make all of our custom pieces. These same good people are allowing us to park our bus in their yard while we finish up. By far, the hardest thing about all of this is leaving them. They are dear friends and I can’t imagine not living next door to them and shouting, “Good morning, neighbor!” across the yards.
We were hopeful to find a quiet, safe, cute mobile home park to stay in with our bus. Ant works here in town as a Youth Pastor. It has been the only steady and available work we have been able to find the last couple of years. We have looked. There does not seem to be anything, even out of state. For this reason, and many others, we are not about to leave the area and the only work we have been able to find in this economy, even if it is marginal monetary remediation. That’s why we needed the bus in the first place. So, we have been looking for a local spot.
As the close of our house drew closer, we stepped up efforts to find a place and it is not looking well. Every respectable place we have called within 20 miles is full. No spaces. It’s possible something could open up in the next few months, but it will take a miracle. Apparently, we aren’t the only family down-sizing. We were offered to stay on a piece of property that Ant’s mom owns as “caretakers.” The idea seemed promising as we would have a large property to continue gardening and keeping chickens, and we would pay only a small rent. However, after combing through zoning laws and several calls to regional planning to try to find a loophole, we concluded that there is no legal way to live on your own property or someone else’s in an RV (The ONLY exception is if you have an active permit to build a permanent structure on the property). *sigh*
This lead to a drive out to some nearby RV parks a town away to see what they had to offer. There were two we were considering and both were about 18 miles from the church where Ant works. Not ideal. Difficult with only one vehicle. That means that the kids and I would be stuck at the RV park all day unless we went with Ant to work and I used that day to do my shopping and visit with friends and family that live in our old town. It’s not so bad.
One of the RV parks is HUGE. It is nestled in a canyon and has more green than I’ve seen the entire time I’ve lived in the desert, I think. There are many “monthly/permanent” residents, many with kids. I was incredibly excited to see cute fences, landscaping and even vegetable gardening in the surrounding area around the permanent RVs. I would not have thought that was a possibility in an RV park. After driving around the grassy park, which is 260 acres, has 2 pools, play areas, hiking, a creek, mountain views, clubhouses and events, I was sold. This is where I want to park the bus. Ant is not convinced. It will be a 30 minute commute for him everyday and that makes it difficult for him to be as available to the teens as he has been. Rent is $500/month and includes utilities (even WiFi!). This is considerably less than we were paying our mortgage and utilities and will fit nicely in the budget, but then there will be an increase in Fuel because of the commute. For now, we are still hoping something more local will turn up.
Here are some photos of progress. Still a lot more to do.