Today I feel like taking a look into mobile homes, more specifically trailer homes and RV’s. Have you ever been in one? I’ve been in a few and like with boat homes, quarters are tight but still a bit more roomy than on a boat not to mention, a more rectangular shape rather than one that comes to a point allows for more space.
What I like about trailer homes and RV’s is that they are mobile. You can explore the country and bring your home along for the ride. The major difference between the two is that trailer homes tend to have a lot more restrictions on them in terms of size: height and width so you are kind of limited. You also need a separate vehicle to pull the home on and no one can be in it while it’s being transported. But dude, RV’s are just about limitless in the world of mobile homes. You can purchase a shoestring budget friendly low-end RV all the way up to celebrity status, living large, high-end chateaus on wheels. It’s really up to you. But whether you rough it or travel the roads in luxury, you have the option to have your room and board with you at all times as you explore your world.
Some are content just taking a week or two getaway, while others, such as myself, really would prefer to make this a lifestyle. A daily commitment to the road and an unconventional life of freedom.
As with all of the alternate living options, you can choose to use composting toilets or a modified flush tank, you can arrange to have water to shower with and wash your dishes. Solar panels can help you maximize your need for electrical consumption but really, you have many options when it comes to that depending on the level of luxury you’re looking to have.
As for sleeping arrangements, obviously, a smaller space would only accommodate, say, two people, three if you’re creative and as they get bigger, four or more. Depending on the height, you can even have bed bunks and sleep quite a few people. You often see that in tour buses where musicians take to the road and perform in cities all over. You simply hop in, draw the privacy curtain and you are in your own personal oasis.
As for gas, these means of living can be a bit pricey. Remember, as the vehicle gets bigger and you fill it with more stuff, the more gasoline is required to haul all that ish around but on the flipside, you’re not paying for rent or a mortgage, which, if you ask me aren’t the best use of money. What do I mean by that? Well, with rent, you are basically giving your hard earned money away to an owner or landlord of a house, condo or apartment building and if ever you fail to pay your rent, you can be evicted. And with a house, until that mortgage has been paid off, the bank owns the property you live in not you so don’t be fooled. You are not a homeowner until that last payment is made. Before that, you are not much different than a renter in that you can find yourself tossed into the streets whereas with a trailer or and RV, once you have somewhere to set it up, the cost to do so is significantly lower and in many cases completely free if you are off-grid, then you never have to move it again if you so choose so even if you hit hard times as we often do, at least you know that your home is secure. No one owns it but you.
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