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[–] wild_injun 1 points 65 points (+66|-1) ago 

you have an RV, your not homeless. You have a roof over your head where you can climate control. homeless is living under a bridge or in a culvert. you are jobless and i am sure you will find your way out.

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[–] TheTrigger 0 points 19 points (+19|-0) ago 

Exactly. Don't think of yourself as a homeless person; think of yourself as a regular person that temporarily doesn't have a permanent residence. There's a very subtle, and very important, difference in both these mindsets. One will lead you back to a nice, comfortable apartment— in due time. The other will lead you to finding a shaded spot under the nearest bridge.

That choice is up to you.

Sincerely,
someone who didn't have a permanent address a decade ago but is better-off than most people today.

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[–] ThisNameAlreadyTaken 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Lived in an RV for years. Other than needing a PO Box for mail delivery, it wasn't a major deal. I parked it in a trailer park and paid my monthly rent like everybody else.

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[–] MAGANator [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

It is a very strange situation to be in. I have always been industrious and self-motivated. However when I have tried to do freelancing instead of getting a steady paycheck I have always found the stress to be too much. The security of a steady paycheck, even if it is a shitty paycheck, is very comforting. The way I see it, the "hustle" is endless and gets you nowhere. Over the years, seeing homeless people, it's often crossed my mind that "There but for the grace of God go I."

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[–] wild_injun 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

apperantly straight from the horses mouth. this dude is right. it is a mind set thing.

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[–] 123_456 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Yeah, lots of people live in RVs in trailer parkers, but aren't considered homeless. It's just another way of living. Not that I am trying to trivialize his situation. Losing your jobs, it's tough.

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[–] pangaea 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

If someone sleeps in a small sedan are they homeless? I imagine that would still be a lot more comfortable than living under a bridge.

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[–] wild_injun 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

now you are just taking it too far. if youblive in a car not by choice. there are some problems.

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[–] HarveyKlinger 0 points 16 points (+16|-0) ago 

FYI, the very second you're not working you can legally apply for unemployment. It's not based on how long checks are coming but if you're actually working or not. So do that ASAP.

Would it be cheaper to shower with a gym membership or at truck stops that have showers? I honestly don't know. Don't forget, colleges (and community colleges) have showers and locker rooms and believe it or not, they never verify if you should be using them or not.

Take advantage of community services for food and clothes (not shelter) if you need it.

Sorry to hear about everything. Good luck and keep us posted.

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[–] HarveyKlinger 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Yikes! No wonder so many truckers are dirty!

My town shut off water in my neighborhood for almost a week a few years ago. I stopped at one of the community colleges on the way to work, showered, and continued on to work. I went there as an undergrad years earlier so I knew it pretty well but it worked for a week. :)

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[–] MAGANator [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Planet Fitness in this area [Southern New Mexico] has a $10/month deal. I used to be a member in a busy city where they had 24 hour facilities but not sure what is here. Truck Stop showers would be cost prohibitive unfortunately, but another comment on here mentions an app that lists the nearest truck parking which dovetails into your idea nicely. Simply having a place to park the beast without having to pay parking is a blessing. Thanks for your comment.

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[–] HorseIsDead 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

All of their gyms are 24 hour and you have access to all locations with a membership.

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[–] The_End_is_Near 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Rain barrels with tarps for water collection are great for showers.

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[–] lbruiser 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

You can check with public pool costs since they also have showers.

However planet fitness has pizza day, that can be a meal. Find out what day that is.

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[–] MAGANator [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Hey man what part of the country are you in? I am all the way in Southern New Mexico but I own 22 acres of land in the Poconos that I can barely pay taxes on. The 22 acres is mostly protected wetlands but there is 8000 square feet of land that I can legally develop. My long term plans were are to plant an Earthship there. I have always been interested in Solar Collectors, please share your info here in this thread so everyone can benefit. I have designed a few Thermosyphon Air Panels over the years but never needed to build one because electricity is so easy to either generate or steal. Any ideas are welcome, especially if they are lightweight builds that I could integrate into my RV.

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[–] MAGANator [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

This is really interesting. My favorite jobs have been out in the field. This might be exactly the ticket. Thanks for the heads up, I appreciate it!

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[–] Artofchoke 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I want to know more about this whole deal. You got a blog or Twitter?

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[–] ThisNameAlreadyTaken 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Sweet deal man. I wish I didn't have a mortgage. If you ever start a blog or something, post back here and we will follow you. I want to get off grid BAD.

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[–] HWY__395 0 points 12 points (+12|-0) ago 

If you didn't have the RV I would suggest to get a membership to a 24hr gym. A safe place to take a warm shower and store a few items is always a plus.

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[–] LetsBeNakedOutside 1 points 8 points (+9|-1) ago 

Look up workcamping - you already have a rig. Turn your RV into your biggest asset! You are portable!

I would say look at working at a National Park (they do things where you get free hookups for 10 hours/week working or whatever) but with this being Trump's America IDK if they can hire anyone?

Woofing, work camping and work stay are different things to google.

There are different YouTube channels about living full time in an RV and working - also blogs too. 'Keeping up with the Wynns' is one that comes to mind.

Have fun with this!

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[–] Summerofgeorge1 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

i just want to add, that you should NOT look into wwoofing. There is 0 dollars in it, no matter how it's done. The best you can get is a roof over your head and a meal, in exchange for fairly significant amount of work. Absolutely not worth it.

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[–] MAGANator [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Wat is Woofing?

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[–] Wowbagger 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago 

Sorry to hear you got canned. Never been homeless but I have been unemployed for an unpleasantly long stretch. My advice is that you should treat your job search like a full time job.

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[–] MAGANator [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

This is crucial advice. I spent around 30 minutes today uninstalling all my games and Steam. It was pretty tough, Long War 2 could be my full time job if I had a little bit less motivation.

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[–] Firevine 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

You won't have to pay rent!

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[–] AmaleksHairyAss 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Assuming you're in the US because you used freedom units:

If you can't find a job you're really going to hit the skids. Work 12 hours a day to find a job. Don't show desperation but apply EVERYWHERE. Apply both for jobs that match your resume and at every fast food place. Stay in touch with co-workers! You need those references. Don't burn any bridges and don't say anything bad abut your boss or the company that's firing you. Not even if you got fired for stopping your boss from raping his secretary.

Keep your records in order. Contact city, church, state, and federal organizations for whatever help you can get. At the same time use food kitchens and charity everywhere you can get it to save money. If you ever served in the US military the VA will help you. You can get free healthcare and possibly other benefits. Don't hesitate to apply and keep applying. Don't get discouraged at all the extra paperwork. Just keep it all in order and go through it. If they turn you down reapply. If they turn you down again reapply again. If they make it clear reapplying isn't helping appeal. If they turn down your appeal, appeal higher. You're not in a position to preserve your privacy. Don't forget to apply for an Obamaphone. Obviously, apply for food stamps. Low cost dental care can be found at places called "community clinics".

Consider the Mechanical Turk. You can earn $2-3 per hour, and that's enough to rent an apartment, especially with the help of state and local housing agencies.

And try to stay positive. Learn to enjoy free things like library books, parks, and boardgames.

Good luck.

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[–] MAGANator [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Thanks. I have already found a job I really want with a company I really want to work for. Fingers crossed.

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