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Why I like living in a rural area, and can't ever have a HOA

Old 05-20-2017, 08:25 PM
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I moved another 25 minutes farther north and west from where I grew up to an even more rural part of NJ about 8 years ago now. I have been dating and a common question is would I entertain moving to a suburban, or urban area. No way! I finished a project today that I was laughing about thinking what a homeowners association would say.

I have a 1971 5-ton ex Army truck project that I have been working on. Today I finally got around to pulling the transmission that had no first gear. I thought maybe some of you would be interested. I was able to get it out by myself, but I will need a real trans jack and help to get the good one back in.
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Old 05-20-2017, 08:43 PM
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Looks like fun
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Old 05-20-2017, 08:51 PM
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Hoa lol
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Is that an M817? If it is, I'm envious. That's an awesome truck.
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Old 05-20-2017, 10:18 PM
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I actually considered moving back into my last suburban house in an HOA that is now a rental. Spent a few days there getting it ready for the next tenants and that was enough to convince me, "No way!"

My current home is for sale, but if it sells I'll buy another one in the middle of nowhere. By the way, I don't have the luxury of owning a Bobcat, so I have to use a one ton chain hoist strapped to a tree branch when I pull the power heads off my boat engines.
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Old 05-21-2017, 04:41 AM
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I here you!

Since I sold off my liveaboard and moved back ashore Ive been traveling/touring & site seeing on land but i so concur with OPs point.
Couldnt do urban/city life much less put up with these "community rules" which in my experiences are enforced on some yet others get over or don't have rules enforced on them?

On land I live on super gated communities "USA military bases campgrounds" and you'd think the rules, regulations & policies would be standardized???
Nope, I find it funny how differant they are at various places, makes for chaos when you factor in defendants espcially.

The diversity of people in these campgrounds in nothing like when serving much less in theater or combat zone, their conduct and expectations is quite another thing that makes boat community on water seem sane...

never a dull moment without drama at military campgrounds, this morning at ft Meade we had a drunken homeless guy, not a registered camper invade the TV lounge and dump his crockpot of food all over the carpet leaving a mess and sundays there is no staff, no campground host nobody to clean it up???

I need to move aboard a trawler or out middle Wyoming again...some of my fellow Americans and their act just don't get it to what I consider reasonable much less rational...
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Very cool truck!!!

On a side note, I would never be a lemming living in a HOA.
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I have both.... my Florida home is rural area on 5 acres and the other is in Tennessee, rural on 2 acres with a HOA. In Florida I have shit everywhere, RV, tractor, boat, trailers, 4 wheelers, old stuff .... you know typical rural residential.One neighbor has horses, other neighbors has stuff like me but a newer and nicer house. We shoot, keep lots of crap, don't complain, dogs run loose, chickens, rabbits, hogs etc. Everything is great!

The Tennessee HOA is kinda passive without a ton of rules. $550 a year. They maintain the roads, cut the easements, maintain a giant trash compactor, and have night time security. In addition they have/maintain a "snow road" entrance for residents... need a card to scan in. I'd say about 25% of the homes are seasonal rentals. I rent mine when not there. Try to spend 2 months in the spring and 2 months in the fall. I'm in TN now. No hunting in the community is the only "no" rule I see posted. Of course being in the mountains no one keeps stuff around... except motorcycles, cars or trucks. Hard to park anything.

Community pool, restaurant, and golf course... open to the public. Keeps some income flowing into the community I guess. It's OK for vacationing but I would be hard pressed to live there full time without some space to keep my stuff.
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5.3 acres, 3300 sq ft house, 2 ponds, 1500 per year in taxes, close to the best fishing grounds in the US, and NO HOA! I love ENC!
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Might I suggest dating women from Farmersonly.com
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When I move I always read any HOA docs permanently. Where I live now, basically the only rule is no chickens. Neighbors wanted fresh eggs, so they have ducks. Not all are bad, but many are ridiculous.
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God bless America!


Moving off my acre on south Tampa bay to a town home in the most densely populated island in the Caribbean
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Just saw a news segment about HOA's giving out fines now for traffic violations.
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A friend of mine just went over to his neighbors to tell them their goat was out in the middle of the road. When he knocked on their door a pig came to see what the noise was. Nice clean ranch house but critters everywhere!
Love it here!
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Originally Posted by beantownsouth View Post
Is that an M817? If it is, I'm envious. That's an awesome truck.
Yes it is, won it at auction at a local arsenal. I always wanted a M35/deuce and a half, and the 5-ton came up it looked very similar. When I got there to try and get it running to get home I was like WTF did I just buy. The 5 ton's are huge compared to the deuce. First gear didn't work, there were no brakes, tires were shot, standard stuff. I was able to use low range and second to get it onto my friend's equipment trailer... that was hairy.

I have a new trans, 6 new super single 48" wheels and tires, and all the brake/axle components to make it all nice. Soon it will be on the road.
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Originally Posted by Tingum View Post
A friend of mine just went over to his neighbors to tell them their goat was out in the middle of the road. When he knocked on their door a pig came to see what the noise was. Nice clean ranch house but critters everywhere!
Love it here!
Sounds like a perfect spot!
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Originally Posted by cobia 1 View Post
Might I suggest dating women from Farmersonly.com
Lol that thought has occurred to me. I should actually just test it out, why not?
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Originally Posted by TurboJoe View Post
Lol that thought has occurred to me. I should actually just test it out, why not?
Report back to the online dating thread after you do. The one drawback of living in BFE is finding a good woman who has all her teeth and weighs under 200.
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Old 05-23-2017, 09:57 AM
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Originally Posted by TurboJoe View Post
I moved another 25 minutes farther north and west from where I grew up to an even more rural part of NJ about 8 years ago now.
Where are you? I'm right outside of Sparta myself so very north/ west in the state.
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Originally Posted by Gtochris View Post
Where are you? I'm right outside of Sparta myself so very north/ west in the state.
I didn't realize there were rural parts of NJ. NJ = NYC = pavement, taxes, and high crime to me.

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