There is a significant group of RV travelers that are full timers; they have given up their stick built homes and live in their rigs all the time. Although everyone needs a home base on paper for things like taxes, drivers' licenses and doctors, after some time on the move, most full timers look for a home base that provides a bit more homeyness.
We visited an Open House at Retama Village, a development that provides that home base for RV'ers in various stages of their lives. In some ways Retama is like other campgrounds around here. It has a club house for activities and lovely swimming pool. But nearly everyone staying here owns their site outright.
For folks that only plan to stay in the winter, the casita lots provide a nice spot to park with a casita on site. These small buildings, generally 12'x20', could be just a storage shed, but most site owners have decorated them lavishly, imparting a bit of their own personality and background to the decor. RV'ers especially enjoy having a chance to decorate, because RV's are sold fully decorated and provide little free wall or floor space for the owners to add their own touches. During the open house, many owners opened their casitas and showed off the results of their hard work and creativity. In some cases they had managed to fit bedroom, bath room, and living room inside.
For those with a bit more money the coach homes are small homes ranging from 800 - 1500 square feet with an attached enclosed tall garage for their rigs. These garages have electricity, water, and sewer and an owner could live in the RV as easily as in the home. The owners of the coach homes, generally travel less and use these double living set ups to accommodate visiting friends and family. Some had turned the space between the house and garage into outdoor oases of tranquility.
And for those who decided to leave the road entirely, Retama also had regular two and three bedroom homes.
Some owners rent their casita sites when they are not here and some bought extra sites as a rental investment. So folks like us who are always looking for that perfect place to live and spend some time and try Retama on for size.