tiny house and me

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This is Z. Do little. Isn’t she cute?


I first heard of the tiny house movement in 2010.  I was watching 60 Minutes–they were featuring Dee Williams’ tiny house stroy.  I got hooked. Already a minimalist, building a tiny home on wheels is a great solution for me, a single empty nester looking toward retirement and wanting to own my own home and live debt-free.

After much research and many sketches with my trusty .9 mechanical pencil and piles of graph paper, I decided that converting a 20 feet shipping container into a home is the most logical and cost-effective approach for me.  I work in logistics and have constant exposure to shipping containers.  They are abundant all over the United States, are extremely durable, and most importantly are cheap.

I have decided to transition to my tiny house life by first acquiring a small camper and moving, sort of off grid into an RV park now.  I hope my process is helpfull to other tiny house enthusiasts.  🙂  Tiny on!

Heidi 🙂

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Scouting for Viable Campsites


I am saving to buy a camper immediately…  In central Ohio there are literally hundreds of campers and RVs for sale on Craig’s list daily for $1500 fixer uppers up to $3500 for nice ones. Moving into an RV park will cut my monthly expenses by about 60% and allow me to save and make tiny house purchases much faster to build my actual tiny house much sooner.

I am sharing this idea with you all to emphasize what I found here in central Ohio once I really started searching… RV parks and campgrounds, while not ideal for parking, are a good start. I have found about a dozen campgrounds around my immediate area that do rent lots for seasonal use–many with water, trash, electric, cable, internet, and sewer included in the lot rent averaging $275 up to $375 monthly. Other campgrounds/RV sites without amenities, yet with comparable lot rent–some are resticted to March through October usage and others offer 6 month leases for year round occupancy.

As I said, not ideal for permenant living; but this is a good starting point, I believe. Some places I found are stellar and some are a little run down with occupants that are less than neat.

I figure that I can get my “foot in the door” with my camper.  Then after I establish good repor  at these places, I can later show up with my tiny house and having proven myself as a fantastic tenant, hopefully they’ll welcome my home with open arms.  Of course if I license it as an RV, I am golden.

….All this as temporary parking situation until I buy and zone land or find something better.

I figure that any way I slice it, I am still far better off than continuing to pay rent on the little bungalow I am living in now.

This might not be the best approach for everyone who wants to transition into a tiny house; but I think it is a good plan to make incremental steps towards tiny home ownership if you have limited finances and are having a hard time getting started.

I have also found a plethora of gutted campers for sale for around $800, which is dirt cheap. Then, you just finish out yourself hopefully with inexpensive, reclaimed materials.

One of the older, run-down RV parks that I found literally had a back lot filled with dead campers and RVs, sitting there just ripe for the picking–an RV graveyard, if you will. I mean, the guy who owns the park would probably be glad to sell any one of them for cheap, for parts, if you know what I mean. Vintage stoves and plugs and whatever you can scavenge.

So, when you drive past an old RV park and you see dead campers and lots of overgrown areas, you might want to find out who owns it and see if you can salvage.

Ideas, ideas, ideas….

Ultimately, I don’t want to live down by the river in a ghetto; but if this is the first avenue to get me into tiny living, I might just do so and count on my guard dog to protect our property. Lol. Exaggerating, but seriously look at all possibilities. If you have to rough it for a few months or a year to save $$$$, it might be worth it and if there are no children in the home to take into account, living on a campsite might be a great start. 🙂

Heidi 🙂