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  1. I just bought 1972 Scotty Highlander an it is in really in good shape . I’m just not sure what to do if I should keep it original or paint it . If i was to sale would it hurt the value of it ?

  2. We have bought a class C sold our home cause mama died and dad needs ft care. We took him on a 2 week adventure but the last 3 days of the trip his Parkinson’s kicked in pretty bad… anyway..the owners manual says it’s not for living in .

    Very confusing..but people live in the koa long you think it’s just propaganda from the mfg..Jayco?

  3. Howdy.. This post is a couple of years old, but just finding it, I'm wondering what you decided to do? I'm a few months away from retirement and I've thought about doing the same thing. We have grown kids living in Southern States (we live in Northern Michigan) and we've thought a lot about buying a small piece of property down there and buying a vintage trailer to use as our vacation home. We do have a vintage Sunline travel trailer, but it's really small. Way too small to live in, but we do plan on using it to start traveling after the 1st of the year. All these trailers you have pictures are just too cute! I love the Bohemian one.. It looks so comfy. There's all these new composting toilets, solar shower systems, solar power. So many ways to do this, if we can just figure it all out. I hope you've found your answers by now and are living the dream! Bless ya…

  4. I see this post is one year old and somehow I missed seeing it. I am very interested in small space living, and I do believe I could live in a tiny house or trailer. I think it would help me focus on what is important in life, which is not redecorating and buying "stuff".

  5. we have one that we've been working on restoring for YEARS~
    I'm almost over it completely, and have just about given up on ever camping in the dern thing.
    So living in it.
    Sure! if some one pulled up to the house and just gave me a finished one.. licensed and tagged and ready to go~!
    It will never happen.

  6. I really enjoyed your post! I'm planning on retiring in a travel trailer. I live the retro/vintage look, but after going through several of the small vintage trailers, I realize that I need a slide out. If you decide to go the small house build out, make sure you check the laws. Most areas require permits and property taxes. Looking forward to seeing more posts about your adventures!

  7. I know older women who live in vintage campers and do it full time. I've got a 1985 19' with twin beds, kitchen, bathroom, and dining area that makes into a double bed. I've also got a 1967 Scotty that needs a bit of work but is still cute as a button.
    Don't discount the ready made buildings that can be converted into a small cottage. A 12×24' building was built, delivered and set up for less than $5K and cost less than $100 to put in electricity and is now used as a garage. When I move, I'm buy another to be used as weekend rental income for farm stay and am considering yet another for a studio to teach fiber/textile arts.
    If you're handy, it doesn't cost the earth to buy one, have it delivered and do a lot of the finish work yourself.

  8. I love the pictures! I don't know if I'd live in a trailer, but I've had to downsize as I'm renting a small place while my Cottage's electricity is being redone and I thought it would be a nightmare, but really it isn't, so maybe it's only a question of being used to it?

  9. I love these that have the little porch built on. Like the quaintest little vacation home. I love mine and decorate just like I do the house.

  10. I haven't been by to visit you for awhile, Brenda. Shelia told me you were posting about living in a vintage trailer and I hurried right over to see what you had to share. Yes, I could absolutely live in a vintage trailer – and I would in a heartbeat if the circumstances were right. You've been given a lot of information and opinions. I know vintage trailers inside and out because we are just finishing the restoration of my little, vintage trailer. I belong to Sisters On The Fly and another girls camping group. My little trailer is teeny, tiny and it's just for adventures. I love it so much but I would never live in it because it doesn't have a bathroom. I'm one who has a porta-potty that needs to be dealt with often but that's not true of all vintage trailers. Many of my friends have vintage trailers that are just a bit bigger than mine and they have cute, little bathrooms that would be just fine for daily living. My advice would be to keep doing your research and know what you are looking for. There are vintage trailers everywhere out there – some are ready to move into and others require a lot of work, often total restoration almost from the ground up. I think a vintage-y trailer would be perfect for you if you find the right one. There's no doubt you will make it your cute, little cottage home and you can find one that meets your needs. My vintage trailer, Daffodil, has her own blog that chronicles her journey. You can find it at My main blog ( has pictures and tales of adventures with other vintage trailers. If you stop by, look under 'vintage trailers' and you can see what other gals have done with theirs. I wish you the best in your search for simple living. We are thinking that the future might hold a smaller, simpler home for us when the right time comes. My heart longs for small and simple. I'll be back often to travel this journey as you share it here.

  11. Loved seeing all of the pictures of these beautiful trailers. They have been on my mind lately since seeing a few at the Country Living Fair a couple of weeks ago. Great ideas and a simpler life sounds very appealing!

  12. These are so cute! I love the way they are decorating the little trailers now!
    So I've read all the comments here and you are getting a lot of advice…But you seem very wise so I know you'll make the right decision for YOU. I've read about, and also know, so many women who live alone and have a difficult time making it financially. It's got to be hard…But you've made your home so adorable so wherever you live, it will be amazing, I'm sure!

    1. I could not agree more. These all look wonderful and possibly a great solution for your Brenda. As with anything in life there could be challenges but definitely something that could be done. I've no doubt that if this what you decide is best for you and your babies that you can make it happen and be very happy. Wishing you nothing but the best Brenda!

  13. Brenda, the pictures are as cute as can be! It sounds good, but for me I would want a laundry room attached with a washer, dryer and small freezer along with a room for a desk, computer and books……I guess I'm more one for a tiny house.

  14. I think the smaller homes are wonderful. The Hubster and I have talked about living like this several times, since we have no children at home. I do believe there are several "tiny home" parks specifically for people who are ready to downsize and live life more fully!

  15. Be very careful what you wish for, Brenda. Buying a used camper is like buying a used car, you never know quite what you are getting.
    Avoid the FEMA trailers from Katrina – the news was full of reports of people who lived in them getting very sick from the formaldehyde that was sprayed in for insulation, don't you remember?
    You would have to have good carpenter/electrician/plumber skills to fix up and to do the upkeep on a camper. Sure, you could do the decorating inside and out but you need the skills I mentioned more.
    Scott Burns, who writes articles for the Dallas Morning News, recently had info about camper living where you purchase a camper and move it to a RV park but also said there is a better way where you move it into a park that lets you own the lot you put it on – you buy shares in the park, then you know your monthly contribution will not increase. He said that sometimes people are moving out or die and therefore you can purchase their trailer and the shares they own in the park.
    I think the reader who told you that most tiny and/or antique trailers are owned by people with a lot of money who can afford the reconditioning and cute fixes, etc. is right.
    There has to be a better way to live and you need an income to stay/live where you are at so get a job like at a daycare or babysit children in their own homes somewhere close to you. You love your grandchildren, so why not other children? You would perhaps learn empathy and compassion. I don't mean any of this in a mean way; it is just an observation and a try at helping. Good luck!

    1. I don't know if you've ever experienced a life with anxiety. I do not have Aspergers ( I hope I spelled that right) as Brenda does but I have been living with depression and anxiety for almost eight years now. I would never begin to assume that I understand all of the daily issues that Brenda must deal with because of her diagnosis but I do know how just depression and anxiety affects my own life.

      To suggest that someone with these health issues should get a job in a daycare or as a babysitter is just laughable. I apologize for sounding rude but there is absolutely no way someone with these conditions could easily handle such a job. And to learn empathy and compassion? Just because someone has health issues that keep them from being able to socialize as you or anyone else might call normal doesn't mean they have no empathy and compassion. Let's show a little compassion to those of us who deal with these issues on a daily basis.

      I assure you being able to not leave your home – having a panic or anxiety attack out of nowhere – being annoyed or stimulated by too much noise such as children or cars or music or the sound of voices – dealing with depression on top of the anxiety – the list goes on and on and on. Not being able to do something as simply driving yourself a few miles to the grocery store. And I have a loving husband to help me. Brenda is dealing with all of this alone.

      Until you've lived with these sort of issues please don't assume or suggest that someone who does live with these issues could handle a normal job or that they need to learn empathy and compassion. Trust me those of us who live this way every single day do not find it enjoyable. Most of us would give anything to live a normal life but it's just not in the cards for us. And we all do the best that we can each and every day of our lives to function and lead a productive, happy life. Please do not judge or assume unless you've walked in our shoes.

  16. Talk about a Cozy Little House, that's it. I can totally see you living in one of these, and if all you had to pay was rent (someone mentioned around $350/mo) that's so doable. I can just see it when you finish redo-ing it.

  17. I love this post Brenda..I have dreamed of living this way..I had a vintage Scotty camper years ago and regret getting rid of it..I would so love having it in my back yard as a sweet little space of my own..Knowing how you take any space and make it your own..I have no doubt that you could make it work..I also know that you are a smart lady who would look into every aspect of living this way before making a decision..The Bohemian camper is to-die-for…I'm off to look for part two since I am late at reading this…

  18. These are adorable! My oldest son was disabled and his energy level was low as well as having difficulty moving around. He was tired of living in noise apartments so he purchased an older (1990's) 20' travel trailer and lived in it about five years before his death. He absolutely loved it. It had its own bathroom (an absolute necessity!), kitchen, bedroom area, etc. and he found it fit his needs and that of his kitty very well. He "parked" it in an RV park with full hookups (water, sewer, electric). The park also had a laundry area, a beautiful pool area and game room and his neighbors were friendly and nice. And the rent was much cheaper than an apartment. I would suggest moving to a warmer climate so living is easier.

    My husband and I lived on a 44' sailboat in San Diego at a marina for five years. We, too, loved it. We sold our house in New England and moved to San Diego. We got rid of everything except family memorabilia and found we had all the necessities of life. It just takes a different perspective on what is "necessary" for living.

    A small trailer might be a wonderful choice for you but be careful when you buy and make sure it is from a reputable dealer or someone with knowledge of used trailers goes with you to check it out. Last year we purchased an older 5th wheel (about 30') with a slide in the living room to use when we retire next year (planning ahead) and it will be more than sufficient for our travel needs or even to live in for an extended time if we desire to do that.

  19. I absolutely could live in one of these! I've even told my son, the one who is my neighbor, that if I were someday left alone I would love to live in a small trailer like this on the property because I could never keep up the house and acreage we have now. And I would so much rather still live in the country than in a noisy apartment building. So yes, either a small trailer or a very tiny house would be ideal.

  20. I think you would have to move far away from Oklahoma to live in one because with tornadoes it would be extremely risky. I know there are many trailer parks for people who are 55+ in Florida, Arizona, etc. that are inexpensive and adorable and your monthly expenses would be minimal. Most of these parks are extremely safe and they have lots of amenities like shuffleboard, clubhouse, pool, exercise rooms, libraries, etc. where you could socialize if you wanted to, or not. You would be surrounded by folks in your own age bracket and situation and if you needed help there would be plenty of people to help you. I used to own a double-wide in Florida as a vacation home and I would have stayed there forever except for the fact that my daughter and grandson had to move in with us so we could not stay in a senior community. You could find a small one-bedroom mobile home with a patio and screened porch. As I said before, I think to live the lifestyle you are looking for you are going to have to get out of Oklahoma. If you go to and put in mobile homes in the search in different states you can see many places.

  21. They are all adorable and I think you have a good workable idea here.. NOW, from a construction perspective I have a list of DONT"S for you and they are very important to follow~! I'll write you an email or call and we can go over the list of DO's and DO NOT's.. I want this to work FOR you, not against you- as once the investment is made- the money is gone ..

  22. Such pretty little homes, I especially liked the last picture. It would be a very cosy way to live with your pups……and nice if you had some grass and greenery around too.
    Happy weekend.
    Helen xox

  23. Brenda this is a very sensible way to live for those of us women that are alone in life without much income. In my town we have three permanent rv parks where many live in these campers and rv's. I think you and the pups would be very happy and your living expenses would be very low. You can find a lot of information online. With your amazing decorating skills it would be a new Cozy Little home!

  24. My husband and I live in our 30 ft fifth wheel. We did this so we could finish our home with no mortgage. But…I love RV living so much I really don't care if we finish the house or not! I have everything I need. You have to get creative when it comes to storage, but it works just fine. We stay on our own property and take off when ever the mood strikes. We call that hitch itch! It is amazingly freeing not having so much to care for. I never thought this kind of living would appeal to me! But I am hooked.
    Brenda, if you look you can find an RV to fit your needs. It may not be "vintage", but it will be yours! I say go for it! You can customize it to fit your needs ( and the pupsters!) There are some RV parks that are reasonable and not trashy.Our experience is that RV people tend to be very friendly and helpful. I hope you do some research and find something that works for you. Good luck!

  25. Well those are adorable. My father has one that he spends the summer in every year. Nothing fancy, but cozy, and lots of fun for him and the dog. If it is not too old or too new, you could find one just the right price, and doll it up the way you like it. The trick will be finding a place to park. Some parks are just for seniors, and that may be good, because you can keep it there for as long as you like, some are a bit more affordable then others, but there can be a time limit. xoxo Su

  26. I have a customer who showed me the slide out RV she is restoring. It 10 years old. The new roof coating cost 6000.00. I had a top of the line 3-Dimensional new roof put on a two bed room house 15 years ago and the cost was 2500.00. I've been looking at those darling vintage campers for ten years and have done a lot of research on them. The restored ones, that have had the wooden shells replaced because they all leaked eventually, cost around 20.000.00. I don't want to be the wet-blanket here, but I'd rent a trailer for a year and see if you like it. I think you'd be better off buying an insulated house trailer or a small house. In the long run, a small house would be a better investment. Ten years from now I think you'd be happier in a house, and the trailer will have lost its value just when you are becoming a "senior citizen". I think those darling little trailers are toys for people with money. One would have to have money to restore one. A really cute little house just sold across the street from me for 40,000. I don't know for sure, Brenda, but you and I are not that far apart in our situations and I'm going to find a small house with low taxes. It won't be around here but I'll move to that state alone and start the next adventure when I leave here. It will be scary but I'll do it. Actually, I'll do it with bells on!

  27. Danny and I have a 5Th Wheel. We lived in it FULL TIME for almost 5 years. He'd recently sold his house…I'd just moved to Florida FULL TIME After My son died.
    It was perfect for us and a cat. Or almost perfect.
    We are in the Cracker House. The RV was here until we finally moved it to the old shop to be f the weather.
    The roof needs to be replaced.
    I miss it. It WAS /IS Ours.

  28. I HAVE one of these Little Beauties! I purchased it two yrs ago from Craigslist….as soon as it was posted! They are hard to come by, but you can say, after looking for so long, I was in the right spot at the right time. It's a 1976 – 13' Tag A Long. The lady was asking $750, and let us have it for $600.
    We totally renovated it and we r e lucky there wasn't any major damage. I think one of these 'Little Beauties' would be perfect for you. I know of people who park theirs permanently at Mobile home sites and pay a fee…also some people park theirs on someone's property and pay a monthly fee for use of utilities. I've met some 'Sisters' from 'Sisters On The Fly'…they are Amazing Women, with Little Vintage Campers to die for! I told my hubby one day I'm going to follow their Caravan on one of their journeys. Oh, BTW, Mine has a Bathroom, (no shower) !

  29. Every single trailer is fantastic. I would love to have one, but I don't really like the idea of always being on the road.

    Speaking of using less water, we just checked our water bill and we have reduced our water consumption by 40% since this time last year!

  30. Small trailers are very cute. Some are large enough for a small bathroom. I have relatives with a good sized travel trailer and it's very nice. However, I wouldn't consider living in one in Tornado Alley 🙁

  31. These are so cute….but where is the potty.. I don't think that I could walk to the potty in weather, hot, cold rainy…. I think the weather would be the part i would worry about the most……I live in IL and we have crazy storms and tornadoes……I wouldn't want to be in one of these in a tornado!

  32. We lived in a 27 ft. trailer when we got married in 1974. My mother-in-law fixed it all up-it was pretty cute!

  33. These trailers are so cute! I could live in one for a week-end, but not as a full time home. I know myself too well and can already envision bumping my knee getting into or out of the table seating and stubbing my toe every time I turn around. I think I could have lived in one when I was younger, but as I have aged I am simply less agile on my feet. I think a one bedroom apartment of even an efficiency apartment would suit my clumsy self better. xox

  34. We have a 24 foot 5th wheel. It has a full slide out, so it it 11 feet wide instead of 8. We bought it new, so I got to pick out the colors and floorplan. It has a split bath, with the tub/shower and toilet together in a little room, and the sink vanity in the hall, next to the closet. It has a queen size bed that you can walk around. It has quite a lot of storage. I would have no trouble living in it full time. It would be harder for two to live that way, but possible, if you spent lots of time outside. We have had it for about 15 years. If I did live in it I would probably paint the interior and make it seem more like a home than an RV. You can buy new or newer RVs with extra insulation, better windows, and larger heated tanks and water lines. If you live in one full time, you insulate all around underneath. I have seen them with decks, little added entry rooms, car ports, yards, storage buildings. Where we live there are trailer parks that rent RV spaces by the month, and people live there permanently. And RVs are like cars, they depreciate, so used ones are reasonably priced. I love the vintage campers, but they take a lot of work, just about everything in them need replaced. It is something for you to think about.

  35. I would LOVE to get my hands on a vintage trailer to redo. As a family if 4 living in one full time is not an option but I would love to have one to take on camping trips. I don't do tents! What fun I would have reamping an old camper!

  36. These are so cute. Not sure my hubby and I could live in one but a smaller house would be great. Can't wait for part 2.

  37. There's a place here in town that sells new and used trailers and they check them over to make sure everything is is great shape and then they sell them. There are some very nice ones for a very small amount of money, many around $2,000 – $3,000.00. Obviously they aren't huge but they do have a stand up shower, toilet and sink, very important!!

  38. Hello Brenda,
    I enjoy your blog so much. Usually I am a quiet reader and do not post anything. I have some information that you may be interested in.
    Have you ever heard of a place in southern California called Slab City? You should check it out, it may interest you quite a bit.
    Prayers and good thoughts for healing and a prosperous future for you and your pupsters.

  39. We have several people living in these small ones in a park nearby. I lived in like a 32' one when I first got married and he was in the service. It had the shower and toilet, and the permanent bedroom. Love the one w/the fixed bed and the table in front of it. I can so see you in one of these. Yes, you'll need somebody to ck it out for you! Find out how much park rentals are monthly in your area.

  40. I agree with Marta and Daisy – Sisters on the Fly is a great group in eastern Washington state. The Vintage Bag Lady's blog shows all of her "glamping" trips which she does every month and her little trailer is DARLING.Though vintage is cute, I would go for a bit larger/newer (70's and 80's) travel trailer that has a little bathroom. They are very compact but work great. Also be sure to have it checked for any leakage that may have gone into the walls and caused mold. Also, there is a blog called "Tiny House Blog" that showcases tiny house living all over the US. I could go this way myself if I was alone. With hubby… don't think it would work! If I ever end up alone, this will be the way to go….. have your own little trailer (newer or course) and it could be decorated just like the vintage trailers to a T. They all look so cozy and inviting. I've seen a newer trailer (1980's) decorated up just like these. It might be a little hard to live in something as small as a vintage trailer with 2 doggies. And Craigs List usually has alot of trailers in the $5000 price range that are in very good condition. Just check for ones that have been well kept. On Craigs List, you can also find people who have a little parcel of land with a hookup area for your trailer, so you can live on a little bit of acreage and sometimes have a garden, etc. That is the way to go as they are usually cheaper than RV parks and you live more secluded and have more room. Tiny houses are neat but pretty spendy. Good luck and have fun looking!

  41. Check out sisters on the fly if you want to see super little trailers. It's a big organization of just women with adorable trailers…and they have a trailer for sale section.

  42. If you decide to go this route, check over the trailer very, very well. You want to make sure everything works and that there is no termite damage. Could be a fun way to see the country if you have a vehicle that will tow it.

  43. Brenda, I love the trailers you found. I heard them called glampers somewhere and these fit that name. I'm not sure I could live that small, but I want to try it and find out. I like the older "canned ham" trailer styles, but I definitely need a bathroom in-home. I also have three little dogs. We could be so cozy. I'm excited to follow what you finally decide on. Sandra

  44. Maybe you could contact RV dealers and ask where they take their OLD campers that they know will not make good deals or trades. They go to auctions or maybe they take they elsewhere, but the whole idea is that maybe they could steer you to a good source to get one CHEAP. Another idea might be FEMA?? They have them ( or had) them from Katrina and other disasters, right? What do they do with them when they are done using them?? Finally, I wonder if the Thrift stores or other places might know of good places to get them, since some people donate them for tax write offs, and they may be able to tall you where you could look. Of course, there is always the junk/steel yards to consider as well. Good luck!

  45. I've been fascinated by tiny homes, rv-living, and van-living for years. I also love teardrop campers but those are not for full-time living.

    I think I could live in a camper. I'd have to move to a milder climate though. New England is too darn cold to not live in a normal home.

    I love how ladies decorate their campers nowadays. So cute and pretty and light. The befores and afters are incredible. I could spend hours checking out blogs about cure little trailers.

    I wonder where is the best place to go in regards to weather and cost-of-living for trailer living? I'd be wary of the south-east due to hurricane season. Although I guess if you were far enough inland that you'd not need to worry about hurricanes.

  46. Oh goodness, so sweet! That last one is my favorite. I could live there. I don't need much. I think this kind of living is making a real comeback. Totally worth investigating!!

  47. Brenda, look on Craigslist, there are all kinds of 20 to 30 ft. travel trailers for sale from $1000 to $2000 with a full bathroom and bedroom. This would be ideal and then you can park it in a nice rv park that allows permanent spaces. Each space comes with a small piece of land and patio usually and for around $350 a month for full hookups. Not much cheaper living than that, so check it out.

  48. These are so cute !! My grandparents had a vintage Shasta (not vintage back then) I think you could do it…. anything that gives peace-of-mind is totally worth it. VERY COOL and you would make it chic too. If you insilate it then you could have an AC and forget heat……go to Florida.

  49. I disagree with what Shelia said – most small campers do have bathrooms – they are small – shower stall, toilet, tiny sink – if you are permanently parked someplace you are hooked up to sewer, water and electricity – you do have to put insulation around the base of the unit for winter and sometimes if water will be freezing you have to disconnect from the hook up those nights so the lines won't freeze. there is a lot to learn but a lot of people do live like this and there is nothing wrong with it – you just have to get rid of all your junk! We have a 24 foot motorhome with no slide outs and live in it for a couple months out of year when we travel and enjoy it – we are one of the smaller units in the campgrounds normally and we go rustic – not the big motorhome parks and touristy areas – we go for camping in the woods.

  50. I'm very big into Dave Ramsey's "Live like no one else, so later you can live like no one else" philosophy right now, so I'd do it in a heartbeat! I love all of the trailers you chose today–can't wait for Part 2!

  51. I would use one as a reading nook or a craft space ~ but live in one?? Nope.
    I really like the one with the hanging flower baskets painted on it!

  52. Loved every one of these! I really do think I could live in one of these as long as it had a tiny bathroom, those are pretty rare. I don't think I could talk my hubby into living in one full time (that might be a bit cramped!) but I'd sure like to have one to take on our travels! Looking forward to Part 2!
    Hope you are feeling better!

  53. Believe me Brenda, I always say to my family that when I retire I will either end up in a narrow boat or a caravan. I love the simplicity of this living and that everything you do is for a purpose. It looks a romantic way of living but I know it is hard work but oh so rewarding! xx

  54. Hi Brenda! Oh, the little vintage trailers are so cute! Now you really need to look into this as most of this style do not have a bathroom – no toilet, no shower. To stay overnight in them, folks by a portible tee tee pot that has to be dumped. When you use water, like in your sink, it goes in your holding tank which isn't very large and then you have to dump it at a dumping station. Now, since we've been RVing a bit, I do see folks who have small trailers and live in these parks full time. They are hooked up to the water and electricity sources. Most nicer camps have a bath house with toilets and showers and if you could park close enough to one of those you'd have it made. Didn't want to rain on your parade but just wanted you to know.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

    1. Just about what I was going to say. I lived in one for about a year and a half. Most of that time it was parked in front of the garage my parents had built on the lot where they were going to have a house built. All water had to be hauled, no toilet, washed in the sink and hauled the underbed pot out to empty it. Keeping warm was not as bad as you might think and this was in a Maine winter. The drain froze, then I used plastic dishpans and emptied them outside. In winter I also begged showers. I did have a job that got me out 5 days a week.
      If I could do it again, I would prefer a bathroom. Having a water hookup would be lovely. I could haul my (human) waste, again, though.:)

  55. It is my ultimate dream to have a vintage trailer.. one that I can hook up to, and hit the road! It really is the perfect size, and can be so cute. I'm a wanderer, but I like my own space. I think that is why trailers are so appealing to me…. I can go and see, but I can retreat to my own space when I want.

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