Thank you for the information on Escapees. I’d heard of them but didn’t know that’s what they did. I’ll have to research where they’re located because I hope to get residency in South Dakota. Some states are cracking down on residency requirements because they feel a little taken advantage of that they’re being used for the benefits but don’t get the benefit of a live in resident in return. As a result, I understand that there have been some crackdowns on mail forwarding companies.
Yes, I did search the archives. Any time I go to a forum, I spend hours reading the archives and the rules before posting. I joined this site 9 days ago and, according to my profile, have read 99 topics and 685 posts, for a total of 12 hours. Four hours of that reading was before I even posted an introduction. And the introduction was a day before I asked any questions.
When I posted my questions on CRL, I also commented that I performed a search but that the search didn’t answer the points I was looking for. It didn’t matter. I was met with hostility. “Did you do some searching? The answers are there.”
“You couldn’t have looked too hard because I found the answer in one minute.” But the answer they reluctantly provided wasn’t the answer. It was THEIR careless reading of the question and eagerness to display their superiority and prove me wrong. I didn’t appreciate it.
Some answers took major digging. Some of the responses were old and sometimes information changes. It’s unreasonable to require that a new person completely exhausts an entire website full of forum archives, hundreds of videos, blogs, guest articles and more before they are “allowed” to ask a question safely. To be blunt, it’s just rude and egotistical. If the old-timers on a forum are only willing to answer new questions… then they’re not very willing to help and are only there for themselves. (That’s okay, too, as long as I learn that, I let them have it their way.)
Sorry, but that forum was more of a good ol’ boys club than a help site. All different types of people are interested in van life and some of them are looking for encouragement and interaction while they start down the road to van life. On CRL forum, those folks were met with “Be here our way or not at all.”
One thing van dwellers can confirm is that they will be answering the same questions over and over again for years to come by curious folks and people interested in learning more. Patience and grace are part of the process because everyone is different. To respond with clear and present frustration, impatience and barking accomplishes what? How does that make anyone want to get involved? It put me right off CheapRVLiving website and videos. You don’t treat people that way. After one week of constantly witnessing, and experiencing this, I was happy to just let them have their website for themselves. (Because I don’t know what they might be going through either.) Sadly, many other new members never posted again either.