I have posted before, but I'll try again, as I've gotten no response. I have gone to a lot of sites like this and begining to think only those that need help go to them, and no one that's able to help bothers with us. But I'll try one last time. I was reading a lot of post on different pages and someone suggested instead of asking for money, ask for the items you need. So that's what I'll do.
I currently live in a 1978 20' long by 7 1/2' wide camper trailer. Very small. It has a kitchen, bedroom with a single bed, and a bathroom. I keep patching the roof, but it keeps springing new leaks. The bathroom ceiling needs replaced, and now it's leaking again above the bed and the dining booth.
I live in Kansas and it gets cold here. The wind blows almost every day. My furnance pilot blows out and I have to turn furnance off until it gets too cold then relight it and then when it heats up and burner goes out the wind blows the pilot out and I start all over.
I am a 60 yr old female on SSDI and SSI. I can meet my monthly rent and with Medicare Parts A B and D and Medicaid, I can get all my medical and medications. I get $114.00 a month foodstamps, and I manage to eat on that all month. I eat alot of the $1.00 TV Dinners and frozen Entrees. But what I'm not able to do is save enough to buy a better shaped, bigger camper. Only allowed to have $2000.00 savings and I save enough to pay my tags and insurance and personal property taxes every year, but that's all. To buy one around here would cost me between $7,000.00 and $10,000.00
Nights I'm having to sleep in my Ex-husbands camper in his recliner chair. On top of my other health problems I have recently developed severe Vertigo and unable to sleep lying down. I tried propping myself up with pillows, but in the night I slide down and am awakened with the room spinning and really nauseated. I have bben taking treatments to clear this up for 2 months but still unable to sleep lying down. There's no place to put a recliner in my camper -- no livingroom, and no place to put a adjustable bed, as my bed in narrower than a twin and built in over the fender, with water lines running under it.
So what do I need? I need a different camper. Not a new on, just a good, newer, used one. It needs to have a kitchen with a good working propane cook stove, refrigerator/freezer (propane/electric, either 2 or 3 way) , and table with at least 2 chairs (gives more room than the booth dinette like I have currently). It needs to have a good working water heater (best if elec/propane), AC and furnance that the pilot won't go out on it or has elec. start instead of a pilot. It also needs to have a livingroom (preferably on one end of it as it makes more room) that has a divan and room for a recliner chair. It needs to have a bathroom with a shower, stool and sink, and it needs to have a bedroom at the other end (with the bed running the length of the trailer not cross wise and that you can walk around both sides and the end of it) so that I could take it out eventually and get a free adjustable be (like a hospital bed from freecycle) so I could eventually sleep in a bed instead of a recliner. It can't have the bed in a slide out, as I'd not be able to put an adjustable bed in it. It needs to have a rubber type roof. The one I now have is Alunimum and the hail has dented it so bad it's where all my leaks come from.
It needs to be a minimum of 30' long, but 35' or longer would be much better. It'd be nice if it had a minimum of one slide-out in the livingroom and dining area but if it's made right and long enough it wouldn't need one. It can be a bumper pull type or a 5th wheel camper.
The reasons I live in a camper are: I only have lot rent to pay and it includes electric, water, trash, sewer, plus I pay for my propane. In Jan I'm able to apply for LIEP to help me pay for my propane. I get $657.00 a month from SSDI and SSI and to rent an apartment or house or even a mobile home around here would cost me a lot more per month plus the utilities.
I have friends that will help me skirt it to keep the wind from blowing under it, but thery can't afford to buy me a better camper. I can use the skirting they built for my current camper and just add to it. I can borrow a pick-up truck to come pick it up if it's in Kansas or no further than 100 miles inside the state lines of Mo., Ok., Ne, or Co. and my ex-husband will pay for the gas for me and a friend to go get it, and lone me his truck. He's a Semi truck driver and not home much anywhere, and I can't keep sleeping in his camper forever in his recliner. I'm not someone wanting this so I can travel around. I can't afford to do that and I can't afford to leave where my Drs. are or lose my Medicaid etc. Not crazy about traveling any more anyway. I did enough of that when I was working as I was an OTR truck driver for over 20 yrs.
There are more and more singles or couples who have gone to living in campers as it's cheaper than living in apartments or houses, less space to pay for heating, and keeps up from becoming homeless. So if anyone out there has a camper, that fits the above specs, and you're willing to donate it to me, I would be very grateful. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you