I am not sure if this is the right place to post this, but I figured I'd give it a shot and see what the group has to offer. My biggest life goal is to live away from the city in the country, and the main reasoning behind that is that livestyle is desireable to me - less codes/restrictions. I am a Ham radio operator, and have been for over 10 years, and I want a place I can put up antennas that aren't closely restricted. I also have a large interest in alternative energy and efficiency. Being out in the country would allow me to experiment with different methods and not have to worry about the city saying "no, you can't do that". I made the first leap in the direction of country living in that I positioned my career around it - I am a specialist in precision farming (GPS systems on farm equipment, mapping, etc). The next big leap is to plant myself on a plot of land in the country, pun intended. If not a permanent residence at least a place to start. That brings me to my topic - A co-worker and I were traveling to a site where we are installing a GPS reference station. Some of the sites we go to are upwards of 45 minutes to an hour to get to. We got on the subject of country living and how hard it would be to live in a camper/5th wheel on a few acres of land. My co-worker knows of someone that does this, at least for part of the year. They live right along the state route we take to get to some of our locations. My understanding of what these people do is they have a home in Florida for the colder months and live here in Ohio in their camper in the warmer months. Their camper is hooked up to utilities on a plot of land that is parceled off of family owned acreage - they have a pole that they plug in to with their electric and all. As to water and sewage I am not sure what they do, we pass by their property all the time and I've just seen the post from the road. How hard would it be to buy a few acres of land, put in a septic system, and run other utilities in order to live out of a camper? Again, one of my interests is alternative energy and I have several ideas for that including wind and other forms of electricity generation, as well as geothermal cooling. Has anyone done this? What tips can you share? How do you go about setting up for this? I would eventually like to build a "green" house but I think it would be less expensive right now to get a 5th wheel or bumper pull camper - plus I can move it around. If I build a house its pretty well set in place, unless I go with the trailer idea or the Tumbleweed house idea. I've spent a little bit of time this evening lurking over the site. There is a lot of information here and it seems like one of the better forums I have come across that is related to country living and alternative energy. Thanks for taking the time to read through! I know I'm not the only nut out here.