It’s a little bit like camping — on steroids. As reported by Palm Springs Life, huge homes sit on wheels and stretch at least 30-feet long.

They are parked on 40- by 120-foot lots next to casitas, swimming pools and elaborate outdoor barbecue areas with built-in, flat screen TVs. The lots are surrounded by a two-mile-long lake that residents can navigate by electric boat. There is a nine-hole golf course, three tennis courts, and a restaurant inside of a 10,000-square-foot clubhouse.

Actually, it is less like camping and more like spending your days in a country club. Take away the enormous motor homes — which cost between $150,000 to more than $1 million — that are parked all around the 80-acre site and replace them with condos, and you would have your standard, high-end community in California’s Coachella Valley .

Most people who spend the season at Indio’s Motorcoach Country Club have the means to live in a huge gated estate, so why do they instead choose to live, at least part of the year, in their vehicles?

“Why would you live in a long tin can,” joked longtime Mortorcoach Country Club resident Jan Hagen. “It’s the camaraderie, the friendliness of the people, and the activities.”

Hagen doesn’t just wave to his neighbors when he steps outside to get his mail — he knows them as friends.

“During the season, you’re not in your coach very much so you see people and a camaraderie develops,” Hagen said. “It makes a big difference … just the nature of living outside.”

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