A trailer is the best selection here in California - especially with the recent fire. Your hook up the trailer and evacuate, Plus you will have a place to live after.
Let's face it!!!
A renovated retrofitted vintage camper is recycling to the utmost.
It's better for the environment than it sitting in a field rotting away.
It can be better for the environment if suitable vintage parts also sitting in a field rotting away can be found and used.
In the end, it can take add so much to the enviroment while taking little away from it, except rusting rotting parts which aren't good for it anyway.
I like the movability of an RV. We debated on tiny home verses RV and chose a new 34' Keystone Outback and never looked back. Very comfortable gor living in and with 3 sliders it is very roomy and even has a king bed.
Seriously... a tiny home is a lot like a "mobile home" that is smaller and easier to move but holds its value like a mobile home...depreciation is slower than a campers and motor homes but none the less it depreciates over time unlike a home on a foundation
A used/new motorhome with at least 2 slideouts has a full kitchen with full pantry and two door refrigerator, living room, dining area, full bath, two tv's, sleeps 6 and has a full master bedroom with a queen size bed and plenty closets. The basement storage areas have abundant use . Best of all there is no need to hire someone or purchase a vehicle to tow the unit to a new location. Just hop into the cab start the engine and motivate to where ever you wish to settle down.
Living in something 6'8" wide for even a month would drive me crazy. Old 14'x 20' hunting cabin makes excellent home for one. I love truck-camper combo but cost of fuel is a killer on fixed income.
Coming across this late...
I think that it's a balance of current needs and responsibilities (cost of living, quality, sustainability) and potential situations (durability, ease of upkeep/repair, accessibility when injured or aging, room for family, ease to sell).
We often get lost in maximizing our present life, without properly considering the future. Either your home must adapt to all your needs, or you must plan to replace it at the right time--or you'll be stuck with two. Nobody wants a surplus of discarded, rotting "homes" lying around, giving the movement a bad name.
Don't over think it. Everyone's needs are different. Budgets vary. Personally, I like to be self reliant, and do things on the cheap. There are so many options with old vans. You can blend in to a degree as well. It's not for everyone, but I like mobility, ease of use. Truck stops are your friend in the cold months (just don't eat the food). Stay healthy. See the Country, not the inside of your camper. :). But to each their own. Live and let live!
In my mind this is a strange poll. The Traditional trailer/5th wheel/motorhome is used for primarily one reason and it is to be fairly mobile. The traditional tiny house is not very mobile (typically a park and forget for a year or more). Thus you can not compare the two because the fit two different needs.
I live in a 16ft Airstream trailer. As a nomad who doesn't like to stay in the same spot for more than a couple of weeks at a time, it is perfect for me, especially since I have the ability to move south as soon as the weather becomes too chilly here in Quebec, Canada. I would definitely go tiny house if I ever decided to settle down in any location, for the insulation alone. Condensation and mild can be very hard to manage in an RV in some climates, especially with more than one person living (and showering!) in it...
I own a 21ft ALJO travel trailer. It is 20 years old. I found it for sale along side a road. I paid 4000 dollars for it. I added some storage lockers to it and it is comfortable and is sufficient for my needs.It is fully self contained and 100% legal. I have been in some parks where it is the smallest RV in the park, but I just think that I paid 4K not 250K for it. It is not my primary home but I have spent much time with it parked alongside a 70 year old house at Lake Tahoe that I am bringing up 21st century codes. I did spend a year in Great Briton and France in a 26ft. sailboat, so I know about downsizing and keeping it small.
there is no best; better is what's better for you. if you have a lot to plunk down on and vegetate, tiny house. for the superior insulation and the ability to tweak it to your needs.
for me, a Class B motorhome. I have minimal needs and want the ability to guerrilla camp anywhere. I can tow a car hauler behind. not for everybody, but if everybody was the same it would get real boring