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Active Duty Looking for Full Time RV 2 years 5 months ago #16664

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Hello Everyone,
I am currently a single Active Duty Naval Officer stationed in Japan and thinking about when I go back to the states going full time in an RV. I would like to know if any active duty can answer some questions for me about living full time in an RV while on active duty. I love the outdoors and love the simple lifestyle.

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Michael

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Active Duty Looking for Full Time RV 2 years 5 months ago #16665

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Hi Michael,

Welcome to the site!

The only advice I have on living full time in an RV while being on active duty is... don't plan on living in the base campgrounds and RV Parks. All military services have regulations against living in recreational facilities. You'll need to get an RV Park in the local community. However, it can still be a very economical way of living.
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Active Duty Looking for Full Time RV 2 years 5 months ago #16666

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Larryf,
Thanks for the reply. I was under the assumption one could stay at military campgrounds but may have to leave for a certain period of time before being able to come back in. I will start to expand and make sure there is a commercial park where I can stay now. Thanks again!

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Michael

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Active Duty Looking for Full Time RV 2 years 5 months ago #16667

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Don't mean to disagree with Larry, but many campgrounds do allow active duty to stay. Many now do enforce the 179/180 day rule - after that time period you must leave for 30 days. Three examples are Manatee Cove (FL), Joint Base Charleston (SC), Raccoon Creek (FL). Seems like there is no real consistency.

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JJnLilly wrote: Don't mean to disagree with Larry, but many campgrounds do allow active duty to stay. Many now do enforce the 179/180 day rule - after that time period you must leave for 30 days. Three examples are Manatee Cove (FL), Joint Base Charleston (SC), Raccoon Creek (FL). Seems like there is no real consistency.

Many installations "do" allow active duty to stay in the RV Park, but it is against the regulations.

Funny how you referenced three USAF installations. Air Force Instruction 34-110, section 3.12. specifically states "Air Force campgrounds were developed for, and will be managed to support, recreational camping purposes. They are not to be used as a place to live for personnel assigned to or working on an installation."

Here's the USAF Instruction
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Active Duty Looking for Full Time RV 2 years 5 months ago #16669

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Oh, I agree Larry, but some installations have their own interruptions. Last year at MasDill the FSS Commander said that the "Command" review does not rule out active duty using athe facility, as long as they abide by the same rules as others - ie 179/180 days and out.

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Active Duty Looking for Full Time RV 2 years 5 months ago #16670

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Thanks for all the great information. This is is a blessing. Also, I may be goin going to Newport RI for a year stint at the War College. I’m worried about the cold temps and being in the RV. Are some RV manufacturers better for cold weather? I’ve seen some artic packages on the Internet. Can you live in freezing temps and have running water and such in the RV?

Thanks a million!

Michael

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Active Duty Looking for Full Time RV 1 year 5 months ago #17073

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Hi there
Yes there are some requirements but if your stationed at a location where there are facilities then if they can they will make allowances. It all depends on the availability of space.Lije Nellis AFB they do allow it to take ace but they have a abundance of space.
Just check prior to going to the BASE
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