I’ve been researching ways to live more cheaply. This is the first installment in my series on Living Simply Part 1.
In my research I found that some people live in small vintage trailers, converted buses and tiny homes. Some even live in yurts.
Yurt: a tent-like dwelling consisting of a cylindrical wall of poles in a lattice arrangement with a conical roof of poles, both covered by felt or skins.
Select Group Of Vintage Trailers:
Today I’m going to show you a select group of vintage trailers I found on Pinterest.
Could I live in this little cutie? Absolutely. It seems pretty well entrenched in its spot. So I might imagine someone lives there full time.
If you are considering living in a vintage trailer full time, you must make some sensible considerations.
- It would need to be well insulated
- You would have to find 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. But it isn’t like living in a home where you turn on the water and you always have it in abundance.
You have to plan ahead. But then, isn’t that the way we should all live? Not using any more than we need?
Where To Park Your Trailer:
The other big consideration is where to park it. That is a big one. There are city codes to deal with. Unless someone lets you live or rent a space on their land, you’d have to reckon with this problem.
So let’s look at some of 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.
Backyard Guesthouse Or Permanent Home:
Many just want a cute little trailer to put in their back yard. To perhaps use as guest quarters or a home office.
Nothing wrong with that. But some need them as permanent homes.
If you’re interested in possibly living full-time in a vintage trailer you need to ask yourself some questions first.
Writing Down Your Essential Needs:
I’d start by getting a piece of paper and writing down what you absolutely would need and what you could live without.
So I’d approach it like this: what you can live without, you can take out. And use that space for what you do need most.
For instance, if you live out of a vintage trailer and work for yourself, you might need a small office space in order to keep yourself organized and on task.
If you work via computer, you would have to have an internet connection. I’d check out the internet companies in the region where you’re interesting in living.
Could I see myself living in this quaint little bohemian home? Yes, I think it is adorable. And what a wonderful use of such a small outdoor space.
Look at this little gem. It has a red stove and is cute as can be. The wall behind the stove and sink has also been painted red. It integrates the space.
I love this covered outdoor space as well, though it doesn’t look as permanent as the other one.
If I lived in a vintage trailer, I would absolutely want an outdoor space for container gardening and seating.
One of my readers told me her brother lives in a glorified shed in a parking lot. The company he works for allows him to live there, and he loves it.
Good tip! One could always ask.
There is a style of decorating for everyone when it comes to choosing a vintage trailer. You can paint and decorate it however you see fit. Inside and out.
This one has a whimsical style.
Maybe an artist lives in this one.
I wonder if there are artist colonies that would allow these vintage trailers a place to park full time? You could check into something like that.
Someone got very creative with this cute trailer. Don’t you just love when someone uses something that would probably otherwise end up in the trash?
These license plates are a great way to cover the outer part of a piece of furniture.
And though most of these little trailers seem to start out with brown wood paneling and cabinets inside, I think I’d have to go with white paint. White just makes things look cleaner and brighter to me.
A clean slate, so to speak.
Could You Make This Transition In Lifestyle:
So could you live in a vintage trailer?
It would take a special kind of person to say yes. Someone who wants to live quite simply. And who is willing to pare down their belongings in order to make it work.
Just imagine the freedom of having no house payment. Imagine 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.