Most of the RVer’s on the RV forums own it. While a lot of it is exaggerated… there is a basis in reality for a lot of it. I did think it was funny, the name of the RV rental outfits is… I RV (also the name of an RV forum… IRV2). And when you see the girl in the movie reading a book called “RVing for Dummies”… there REALLY is such a book. As a “busnut” I loved seeing the vintage Flxible (it’s not spelled with an “E”).
Wanderlodge is no longer made by BlueBird. David’s cousin used to work at the Ft Valley Bluebird plant (where our bus was made).
Vending on government property requires a special permit… You are not allowed to vend or solicit or sell anything in any rest area that I have ever been in.
RV was hilarious I’m not a big fan of Robin Williams some of his stuff is ok but We loved this movie enough to buy it.
but it’s a dry heat 🙂
Hell, I been in Medford, Or. when it was 105 plus Had the tanker picking up peach’s- to Beechnut in NY
To many years ago.
OP stated was dreaming. Been to and seen to many places thriving.
OP wanted ideas and places.,so here goes. Cabo MX for Tequila Festival. Oh forgot Marlin Fishing too. Great Tacos. Flat top comes in handy here. Jamaica, fish anything. Puerto Rico anything RUM. Pour some on the Flat Top and flare up. Site for some. I would be in Brazil for Festival. Granted How do I get there, easy. Barges. Drive on and go. Their food laws are nothing compared to ours. The sausages you could acquire and fruits veggies to complement is mind boggling. Just me.
RV the movie… yes we do watch the “newbies” and laugh at them! But we will help if you ask nicely! RV renters are soooo funny! It’s as good as watching tenters who can’t set up a tent!
If you’ve never seen it the movie Lost in America directed and co-written by Albert Brooks is about a yuppie couple that decide to drop out and go on the road full time in a R.V.. I really enjoyed it came out back in the 80’s very funny movie.
We started in March 2009 in Franklin NC on the street. We were also setting up at a racetrack in Toccoa GA. We were living in Franklin at the time and I had grown up there part-time. The guy who managed the racetrack was an old friend of ours.
On July 3rd, 2009 we left NC for Socorro, NM (one of my daughters lives here and kept wanting us out here). That is not a good time of year to travel. Temps were over 100. NM is very lenient on rules. An open hot dog cart is okay. The winds are fierce on the umbrellas. It’s why we roofed over our cart. In NM we sold on the street plus picked up the occasional local events. Our last event was on the last Saturday in Oct. We saw snow on the closer mountains and it was time to leave. We headed out to South TX for the winter. the first week of Nov 2009.
Rockport/Aransas Pass/Portland communities are FOOD CART UNFRIENDLY! Corpus was where we got permitted and they are tough… TX rules are tough and you need to be able to pass TX or CA rules if you are traveling. The people in Corpus are not food vendor folks. they do not buy. We almost starved. We barely made it back to NM. I got a job working front desk at a hotel AGAIN. “WINTER TEXANS” DO NOT SPEND THEIR MONEY! For that matter, NONE of the RVing snowbirds spend their money. They hoard it away getting by on as little as possible so that they can pay for their site rentals and fuel. Forget about the beach. They changed the rules the winter we got down there. Beach is a special ($150) permit, good for Sat/Sun, and no one buys anyway. Spring breakers only buy booze. They pile up in the hotel rooms and on the beach (free boondocking camping) and spend their $$ on drugs and booze. The wind blows hard all the time. It’s not like the East Coast FL beaches I grew up on in FL. We ended up in a Flea Market on weekends. Street sales were really BAD. It’s the only place that we have had $0 days (and we had lots of them). TX is why we are completely enclosed and have triple bowl sink plus a hand wash on our cart. I also now have a Food Manager certificate (To travel cross country, get either a ServeSafe or one from these folks http://www.nrfsp.com http://www.nrfsp.com/ you just need to make sure it’s good in the states you plan on serving in. Also I had to let the TX Comptroller (sales tax) sit on $500 because we are “transients”. You need food vendor insurance in TX. Ours was a little over $500 for a year and we got it thru Scottsdale Insurance Group out of AZ. We got a refund when we canceled it to go back to NM.
We left TX on June 1, 2010 to head back to NM. This year we have still worked the street, worked more local events and have picked up an onsite auction outfit that we do two Saturdays a month. Socorro is a small town and we rarely have $100 days but the site rent is cheap ($350 includes electric/water/sewer/cable). Downside is we are 70 miles from the nearest Sam’s Club (Corpus had a Sam’s Club right there in town… it was great). As a traveler, you will find Sam’s Clubs to be your only consistent supplier. My suggestion would be to try and locate to smaller towns near a larger town with Sam’s Clubs. We buy our stock from Sam’s & Wal-Mart.
I pay all my sales taxes online.
If possible, set up your cart to be a mobile kitchen (ours is). This way you do not need a commissary. Corpus required a commissary but there were no commissaries so all “carts” had to be “kitchens”. The NM HD really likes our new setup. (BTW, our $250 NM annual permit lets us set up all over the state in NM… that’s the kind of permitting you want).
I think that takes care of the food vendor end… Now for the RV side!
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flat and humid with lots of people, insects, and reptiles. Let me think about it.
you’d love the Oregon Coast during the summer, and thousands drive by on 101.
well now, that sounds cool. We don’t have many non-interstate
Bill, I always said you needed to spend more time in Florida.
Although your idea sounds fantastic, I would think getting HD approval on the road could be a nightmare if you planned on more than two or three cities/counties in a year! (Inspection and approval might take longer than you planned to stay in that location.)
well now, that sounds cool. We don’t have many non-interstate
Mr Voss maybe I should clarify. In Fl. there are places that carts and trucks do well. These places are out in the ‘boonies’ so to speak of. They grab the traveler and truckers like crazy. Anybody that has driven US27 from North of the I 75 crossing to South Bay knows that any turn off has a vendor. More people stopping than you can imagine. Had some great Jamaican Meat pies the closer to I 75 the first and better spot. Tx has rest areas with just picnic tables. I am not talking Interstate Highways. 95% of my travels involved backroads and the Highway Patrol to county and locals all stated there was a need for such. My wife can proclaim that we as a caravan ,18 vehicles , on a two lane highway in LA. stopped to indulged in a locally made boudin shop. Road was 18 ft. wide and my load was 20 ft wide. We have shut more roads down to eat than most. We shut a road done in Fl to get Boiled Peanuts. You get off the beaten path and offer all the best- coffee , snacks , meals to whatever they will drive out of there way to get there.
I am not saying run illegal. get your Lic. and permits but try it. I have seen it work everywhere. Have seen Boiled Peanut stands you cannot get into for all the space is taken. Different areas, different times of the year, different foods.
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