The past few months, I’ve been researching ways that I could live more cheaply. As cheaply as is possible.
So that has brought me to vintage trailer living, converted bus living, tiny homes, etc.
Today I’m going to show you some vintage trailers. I know most of you couldn’t see yourself living in one of these.
But under the right circumstances, I could.
Could I live in this little cutie? Absolutely. It seems pretty well entrenched. So I might imagine someone lives there full time.
If you live in one of these “tin cans” full time, you must make some sensible considerations. It would have to be well insulated. You would have to have a way to hook up to electricity, unless you’re solar powered. You would need a water source.
There are ways around all this. It is called off grid living. Many tiny home owners do it. It isn’t like living in a home where you turn on the water and you have it in abundance all the time.
You have to plan ahead and not use too much water. But then, isn’t that the way we should all live? Not taking any more than we need?
The other big consideration is where to park it. That is a big one. There are city codes to deal with. Unless someone just lets you live or rent a space on their land.
So let’s look at these little jewels.
When you refurbish one of these, you are keeping part of history alive. You are saving a little trailer from the land fill.
Many just want a cute little trailer to put in their back yard to look pretty. To use as guest quarters. To sell wares out of.
I’m looking for a way to live.
If I had a space like this to live in, first I would write down on a piece of paper what it is I need, and what I can live without.
For instance, if you live out of one, and work for yourself, you might need a desk to keep organized.
Most of these have the little formica-type tables, so there’s a place to eat and work on your computer.
Of course I’d need my bed, hopefully the full-sized one I have. I would need a small space in which to fix meals. And of course a place to use the bathroom and shower.
Those are my “must haves.”
Oh, and computer access!
Could I see myself living in this quaint little bohemian home? Yes. I think it is adorable. Bohemian yes. But also a wonderful use of a small space.
Look at this little gem. A red stove! Cute as a bug’s ear. I’m not sure I’d need a stove. I have my cooking set up.
So what you can live without, you can take out. And use that space for what you do need most.
Can I see my grandchildren visiting me here? Sure! They might think I was a gypsy or just plain poor. But who cares?
I love the outdoor space that is covered. If I lived in a vintage trailer, I would absolutely need an outdoor space. And so would the dogs.
Ideally, I’d like to find a space that I could build a small fence around. The space half of my patio now would suffice for outdoor space. Just as long as I could have room for a chair or two and for my container plants, I’m good.
It could just be in an empty spot somewhere. It could be on asphalt. It could be in a community of vintage trailers, if there is such a thing. I don’t really care.
One of my readers said her brother put a glorified shed in a parking lot. The company allow him to live there, and he’s happy as a clam.
There is a style of decorating for most everyone with a vintage trailer. You can paint and decorate it however you see fit.
Maybe an artist lives in this one. I wonder if there are artist colonies that allow these trailers to park where you could live full time. I’ll have to check on that.
Someone got very creative here. Don’t you just love when someone uses something that would end up in the trash and does something wonderful with it?
And though most of these little trailers start out with brown wood inside, I think I’d have to go with white paint. Just makes things look cleaner and bigger to me.
So could you do this? It would take a special person to say yes. Someone who wants to live quite simply.
But I’m into simplifying my life. Reducing all my costs for living.
I don’t need much. I could sell most of what I own. I could purge again.
Just imagine the freedom of no house payment. Going on the road to travel if that’s your heart’s desire?
Tomorrow I’ll have Part 2 of this series.
All photos came from my Pinterest board Vintage Trailers.