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Hi guys. It's been a while since I've been active here. I'm giving serious thought to selling the house, buying a travel trailer & joining something like the LDMA as an affordable alternative to the costs involved with a mortgage & a permanent dwelling. Are there any other possible clubs or organizations that I should consider? As things are now, I'm struggling to just meet the monthly obligations (bills). I couldn't even afford to get out & go panning/sluicing this summer. The only income I have right now is my meager S.S.

Maybe my thought process is flawed, but the idea of being able to live in one spot/area for a few months, then move to another, is very appealing...

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Send a PM to Dakota Slim.... he has been a free spirit nomad for years

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Personally, if in that boat, I would make a point of trying to find gold near casinos..

Call me silly, but I still remember getting an icechest full of shrimp cocktails and gorging- when they're 50cents you get an icechest full. I don't think anyone here needs me to tell them about all the cheap food(( some even good to eat :4chsmu1: )) where casinos are.

YOu could eat just once per day at buffets- just make sure to nap afterwards( sneak out an apple and some crackers for a snack later.)

Or rough it with a solar oven- no propane needed.

Spitballin: Maybe the casino's need a free beeping service to keep the lots "clean", as long as some of the trash is picked up , too.. YOu'ld be picking up nails and screws( and beeping goodies)- small stuff that might not make it into a sweeper truck's maw.

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Wife and I though about moving to Bullhead City, rents very cheap, But I got a good deal here in Mariposa, $450.00 a month for a dubble wide, and I've lived here for 16 years in this trailer now. To sick to walk to far, or move. Grubstake

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Some years ago we had a prospector that often opined on this and other issues. His name was "Hardrock" Hendricks. He warned about going whole hog into prospecting without a safety net. He said that one should at the very least have that SS check coming in. There was another couple named (IIRC) Ed and Joy Cole. They wandered around selling New 49'rs club memberships and general stuff at Gold Shows. They had sold the house in Anaheim CA and bought in Blythe (I "think") and used it as a base of operations. They also beeped, sluiced and generally hunted the elusive yellow metal. When I was a lot younger I had given this some thought. The New 49'rs was selling memberships for $300 down and $30 a month. They had claims in the Happy Camp CA area and Apache Junction AZ. Camping on the claims was totally allowed. Soooooo, I thought that since there was no rent (other than $30 a month) that was a good deal. Happy Camp until winter and AJ in the cold months. It sounds like fun but I thought better of it and stayed driving long haul truck. I did meet a guy at I-Bar that took quite a chance. He joined the LDMA and he also bought a detector (Infinium L&S) and a nice tent. He took a bus to Colombia and a cab to the bottom of I-Bar. He was stone broke but thought he could make it by prospecting. I've never seen him again.

It's a fun dream but it reminds me of what the other truckers used to say "If I had a million dollars I would keep trucking until it was all gone." It's a big jump but only you can make that decision. It's different as a hobby from what it is as a "business". If I find $10 worth of gold I'm happy since it's a hobby. If I found $40 as a business I would NOT be happy. The difference is the PRESSURE to succeed. Good luck.

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Forget LDMA as you must pay to stay everynight and annual fees now also. Cheaper to stay in a hotel. In days of old, when miners were bold, and environutz hadn't been invented, you stood a chance. Now with all the insanity in rules,regs,restrictions,permits,seasons and crankster gangsters + pot farmers, the boonies are NOT such a friendly place. Now in border states holy crappola one dangerous place also. Being alone has become dangerous so whatever you decide,walk softly and carry a big gun. OR turn your liability into a asset and rent a room out and use the cash,only cash, to do your thing.---John :old:

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The search for who we really are, what is right, what is wrong and why we do the things we do can be a lifelong challenge with no one size fits all (or even multiple choice) answers -- especially if self examination is deferred until late in life.

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Forget LDMA as you must pay to stay everynight and annual fees now also. Cheaper to stay in a hotel. In days of old, when miners were bold, and environutz hadn't been invented, you stood a chance. Now with all the insanity in rules,regs,restrictions,permits,seasons and crankster gangsters + pot farmers, the boonies are NOT such a friendly place. Now in border states holy crappola one dangerous place also. Being alone has become dangerous so whatever you decide,walk softly and carry a big gun. OR turn your liability into a asset and rent a room out and use the cash,only cash, to do your thing.---John :old:

Hmmm...I thought LDMA only charged if you were gonna use the hookups??? I better check again. The biggest gun I have is a 12 ga. but I generally carry an extreemely accurate .22 on my person.

Paratrooper...I've been driving truck for the past 14 years & can no longer do the 12-14 hr. days.

Thanks for the replies everybody...I have no misconceptions about making a LIVING "prospecting" ...my original plan was to dredge my claim in the summers for a supplement to S.S & that would have worked out great....that's not an option any longer due to our fine legislators in Sacramento... :grr01:

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Some years ago we had a prospector that often opined on this and other issues. His name was "Hardrock" Hendricks. He warned about going whole hog into prospecting without a safety net. He said that one should at the very least have that SS check coming in. There was another couple named (IIRC) Ed and Joy Cole. They wandered around selling New 49'rs club memberships and general stuff at Gold Shows. They had sold the house in Anaheim CA and bought in Blythe (I "think") and used it as a base of operations. They also beeped, sluiced and generally hunted the elusive yellow metal. When I was a lot younger I had given this some thought. The New 49'rs was selling memberships for $300 down and $30 a month. They had claims in the Happy Camp CA area and Apache Junction AZ. Camping on the claims was totally allowed. Soooooo, I thought that since there was no rent (other than $30 a month) that was a good deal. Happy Camp until winter and AJ in the cold months. It sounds like fun but I thought better of it and stayed driving long haul truck. I did meet a guy at I-Bar that took quite a chance. He joined the LDMA and he also bought a detector (Infinium L&S) and a nice tent. He took a bus to Colombia and a cab to the bottom of I-Bar. He was stone broke but thought he could make it by prospecting. I've never seen him again.

It's a fun dream but it reminds me of what the other truckers used to say "If I had a million dollars I would keep trucking until it was all gone." It's a big jump but only you can make that decision. It's different as a hobby from what it is as a "business". If I find $10 worth of gold I'm happy since it's a hobby. If I found $40 as a business I would NOT be happy. The difference is the PRESSURE to succeed. Good luck.

Your a wise man :)

You realize its tough.

Tom H.

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After driving longhaul truck for over 20 years, and 13 heart attacks, 11 stents and a 5X'S bypass, My wife sick, also. We thought about making the change to AZ. I want to really bad, but with 21 years of crap in the house, It would be just too! Hard to move. My wife would have to change all her DRS. and she has 5 difffernt ones . Just too much involved for us. On a different note my next door neighbor has a great motor home for sale pretty cheap, its an older model but has been fully restored. and is like new. Grubstake

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Sorry to hear about your health problems Grubstake & I can certainly relate to "years of collecting crap" :tisk-tisk: I'll probably be going with a pull behind trailer. I'm still not dead set on doing it immediatly , but I don't want to wait till I'm forced, before I sell the house, which is a certainty...maybe a year, maybe two or three, but a certainty nonetheless. I did get on the on-line chat with the LDMA & found out that the daily camp charges are only if you're using the electric/water hookups( $8-$12 a day) which would be do-able for me if that was the only space they had....otherwise it's free. Summers would probably still be spent in the area of my old claim (unless the FS gives me a time-out) because there's still a whole bunch of gold there.

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They say, retirement is the GOLDEN Years! Well the gold in my mind, has turned to lead in my A**. The DRS. Get most of my time now, the left overs are spent taking naps. Good luck on what you decide, there's no easy answer. Grubstake

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Ha!!! I nap nearly every day... :zzzzz: I'm not sure there is anything to decide...cost of living is steering the boat. My SS check doesn't cover even the mortgage payment. I tried to find a part time gig, but it seems like most places aren't really interested in experience & wisdom. :old: I don't want to end up in section 8 housing dodging gang bangers & crapping my pants. I think living out of a travel trailer in the boonies where I can scratch around for a little color as a supplement to the SS would be a great way to spend the rest of my days...Bet my JRT's will love me even more...

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Here in New Mexico you can camp free on blm as long as you move every 14 days. I have seen people camped right off the highway for months at a time though, and I have NEVER seen a blm person out here patrolling or harassing people. This area of New Mexico is pretty desolate and unpopulated though.

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Follow your heart and dream..,. even if its for a while. This way you can see if you can hack it.....otherwise you may regret you did not. Its seems to me like you all ready made up your mind :) Plenty of Nomads out there all ready....I would just research good and safe places to stay...and far from the border...Good Luck!

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Follow your heart and dream..,. even if its for a while. This way you can see if you can hack it.....otherwise you may regret you did not. Its seems to me like you all ready made up your mind :) Plenty of Nomads out there all ready....I would just research good and safe places to stay...and far from the border...Good Luck!

I can hack it... :thumbsupanim I used to quit my jobs at the beginning of dredge season & spend my summers dredging till Ca. put a moratorium on it...It's not so much following my heart & dream, because if it was affordable & I had enough cash to afford to be able to go hunting, fishing, mining AND stay in my house, I'd definetly want to keep the house...for the winter months...MAYBE... :idunno: OTOH, I've been looking at some of the local travel trailers for sale :yesss: much nicer than my house & I wouldn't have to spend any time clipping greens surrounding it...with satelite TV & internet access what's the drawback other than having to fork over $750 a month for a mortgage payment? I'd be able to move south for the winter & North in the summer...Maybe not enough storage for crap that I never use again?

I'm still struggling to see the drawbacks as related to being mobile??? OTOH, I'm seeing a whole lot of positives.

I'm also looking at changing my state of residence for vehicle fees & gun laws.... :tisk-tisk:

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Thanks for the plug Steve,

Middleforkminer, there are lots of nomads, or "escapees", out here. Obviously it depends on your situation but I escaped 10 years ago and have been very happy with my lifestyle. I started out with an old diesel pusher motorhome and a Samurai and recently purchased newer models of each. I use solar panels and 6 volt golf cart batteries for 99% of my electric.

The benefits of a motorhome with large fresh and waste water tanks are huge and you can find them for less than you would pay for a trailer that will wear out your truck. Samurais are inexpensive, light, reliable, easy to fix, economical and they go anywhere.

I just saw a 1995 Foretravel -- which is an unbelievable nice full timing coach -- on Craigslist in Sacramento for under 10K.

I have found a fair amount of gold but I have had other sources of income and I now collect social security.

You can do the math and compare costs. I sold my home and paid cash for my first motorhome, solar equipment and Samurai and I did the same when I recently upgraded. For the last 10 years I have had no electric bill, no mortgage, no rent, no property taxes, no water bill and no sewage bill. I migrate north and south every year and stay one step ahead of freezing cold and the searing heat.

Vehicle registration in AZ is very inexpensive btw.

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You have a leg up on me middlefork. I once had a dream of moving to AZ and make a go of it. But I see very few here actually find gold. Well enough gold to make a living on anyway. But on the other hand you got some experience. I think that's the main ingredient to find gold.

I can see myself now, prospecting and blowing dollars until i'm broke. Climbing into a cave cause i'm starving and have no water and then dieing a horrible death...Now if I had a buddy that knew what he was doing, i might change my mind.

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Thanks Dakota...I'm really not seeing any downside.

Make sure you have some money set aside for RV repairs. I worked at an RV dealership in Prescott. Saw several families vacations ruined because of blown transmissions and engine problems,and it's really hard when that is your only place to live. Sometimes even getting the right parts is a P.I.T.A. Right before I left there had to swap out a Ford V10 out of a coach. Cost to the customer...15K

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Thanks for the plug Steve,

Middleforkminer, there are lots of nomads, or "escapees", out here. Obviously it depends on your situation but I escaped 10 years ago and have been very happy with my lifestyle. I started out with an old diesel pusher motorhome and a Samurai and recently purchased newer models of each. I use solar panels and 6 volt golf cart batteries for 99% of my electric.

Hi Slim...I just got off the phone with an old partner of mine, he's been a gypsy type since I met him, & that was over 14 years ago. Says he'll never do it any other way. He got a motorhome not too long ago & was saying he's gonna go back to a trailer...he's also been using solar panels to good effect...it just makes too much sense to me to not do it. Next week, I may get hold of a realator & find out what I can realisticly expect to get for the house...I also left a message for one of my old co-workers to give me a call, becuse he already has 7-8 rentals in the area & should know what I can expect too....If I can pull this off, I'm gonna be one happy camper...literally. :yesss:

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As an update, I had a guy come by & look at the house. He offered a motor home as a trade for my equity, so I got my buddy who is pretty sharp on the MH thing to look at it & he was impressed...38' with a big slider. Right now, we have a tentative agreement but I still need to do a test drive & check out the transmission. (he needs to get it out of its cubbyhole) I don't expect any problems & I may even be out of the house by the end of the month... :yesss: I really wasn't expecting for everything to happen so fast...He's even gonna let me leave all the furniture & crap that I'd either have to take to the dump or sell....one of my buds has agreed to let me park it on a pad next to his house for a month or two until I'm ready to roll down the road. This is gonna get interesting real quick....I hope I'm ready for the very abrupt change in lifestyle that's about to happen... :Just_Cuz_06:

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