I think people should be able to live in a camper, or a tiny house, I live in a fifth wheel, this is my second one, this my twenth year living in a camper, I m seventy five , I live on social security, I could never afford an an apartment, I think every state should let people buy land to put there campers on to live in or a tiny home, you know life is really hard now, I would rather see people living in what they can afford, than a tent,or the streets.
I have been waiting for the perfect sweet spot of RV/ tiny home/modular and I found it. It is a park home (custom built for the spot it's in 13×24) technically an RV because it is 398 square feet. Brand new, fully insulated with a real roof it looks like a little house and I can move it when I buy a plot of land later. This made it able for me to stay in my current city and buy instead of rent.
As others have said it depends on what your needs are. Because I like to travel, my preference is some type of RV-camper because they are built to go at highway speeds whereas tiny homes have the aerodynamics of a billboard. Just about all campers have refrigerators, stove/oven and microwave pincluded in the purchase price. All self-contained campers have a fresh water tank, gray/black water tanks, builtin water pump, 12 volt lights, propane stove and furnace so they can be operated without any water/electric hookups for at least several days or several weeks on the larger campers. By adding solar and a generator, living off grid is easy. In addition, many campers have opposing slides outs that will give you a room over 13 feet wide but when closed the camper is back to 8 feet wide. Redundancy? Yes, most campers have refrigerators and water heaters that can run on either propane or 120 volts. An inverter can also be added to convert 12 volt battery power to 120 volts to run a TV or other small appliances. Inverters are included on some campers. Drinking water can be supplied by the on board tank/pump or just connect a drinking water approved hose to a water spicket. As for cold weather operation, many campers are rated for four seasons, they have holding tank heaters and furnace heat is ducted to plumping areas. I use to have a small cabin in the Colorado mountains but after 14 years I got tired of the same view then sold it and went with a 35 foot 5th wheel camper. Now just traveling around enjoying new views almost every day!
Tiny homes give you the feel of a permanent renovated home with all the amenities and comfort families can enjoy at 1/2 the price. Also, tiny homes can be larger than your typical tiny home but still smaller than your average brick and morter homes costing hundreds of thousands of dollars. They make great summer homes; all you need is the land.
I believe the Tiny home is best , built on a trailer is even much better! I like campers , but not the toxic materials they use !
Tons ofFor Melda Hyde in side of them
A cube van modified inside w living quarters.
-Not classified as a RV
-not classified as a tiny house on wheels.
We love our converted SCHOOL BUS also know as a "SKOOLIE"! Life on the road as been the best! We have driven our 40ft from Arkansas to Arizona, across the border to Mexico to Puerto Vallarta then to back to the states to experience the Rockies with family on July 4th, then drove to Yellowstone, The Badlands, Mt Rushmore and back to Arkansas!
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.
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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