September 1, 2012

RVs & Text Books

“You are never too old to set another goal 

or to dream a new dream.”
- C.S. Lewis

It's Saturday evening, the first of a three day Labor Day weekend. I feel like I've been very productive today, applying to a few environmental education jobs as well as the United Nations and Peace Corp (just because, I guess). I also spent some quality time looking for cheap motor homes on Craig's List and Camping World, which is always fun.

One of the great things about living in my car was that if I wanted to leave an area I could just go. I didn't have a car payment so if I was out of work for a while I always had place to sleep and I knew no one was going to tow me away (at least not for lack of money). Now that I'm looking at RVs I'm realizing that it will force me into gainful employment for at least the next few years, which I'm not a huge fan of. Some of the coolest jobs I've had paid the least and I really don't want to be forced into a well paying office job.

Speaking of well paying jobs, I made $64 dollars today! When I worked at the University of Massachusetts I was charged with sorting the mail and distributing it to faculty and staff. It's pretty common for textbook publishers to send a copy of new textbooks to professors and graduate students, just to see if they want to use the book in their class (ie: make their students each buy the newest edition). I guess the publishers didn't update their mailing lists that often because we would get books for faculty that didn't work at the University anymore. Some of those books I put out for free, but I ended up saving a bunch of them to read later. This summer has been nuts and I didn't get around to looking at most of them so I posted seven on Amazon and voila! $480 in the last 1 1/2 weeks. Not bad at all.


  1. I hope that you realize that an RV also costs a boat load of money to maintain, about 5-10 what your car costs

    1. An RV can cost a lot, especially if you get a cheap but poorly maintained out. I'm looking at maintenance costs + monthly payments as a deal because it will still be less than rent and I'll walk away with something at the end.

    2. Correct Ashley. I have thought that you might go that route sooner or later. Hope you find something suitable. For a single person it doesn't need to be huge. And a small RV is much easier to heat as well.

  2. I was glad to see that reference to camping world. I haven't seen that site before. They have some decent deals I think. Better then Craigs list for the most part.

  3. A Class B may be the ticket for you. Larger than your car but small enough to park anywhere. Plus all the conveniences of home. Good luck to you!

  4. Cranky ape .com has amazing deals sometimes


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