And the ball is rolling…

Being an empty nester can have major perks. I no longer have to preoccupy myself with anyone else’s immediate needs, excepting my own. This frees me to do anything. And, I have chosen to shove this tiny house plan into high gear by doing something dramatic–moving into a camper and onto a campsite. I have had a productive day.

I organized my house and moved some rooms around, now that my little bird has left the nest. I purged my phone and my tablet. I sold my coffee table and posted my living room funiture and kitchen stove on Craig’s list for sale. Boom! Trying to boost my savings immediately for my plan. Then, I wrote up some budgets to reflect a new tiny house plan time table.

Here we go…this is enthralling. I am getting so close now.

Camper purchase $5,000 by end August 2016
Move into RV park by March 2017: monthly rent, roughly $300, much cheaper than renting a house
Save enough money for tiny house trailer/shell $15,000 by September 2017
Save enough money to finish out tiny house interior $5,000 by December 2017
Finish tiny home by February 2018

*Mind you, I have a small collection of tiny house parts already in storage.

Conclusion: buying/moving into a camper is basically going to pay for my tiny house within a 12 month period. Wow. So worth it and after my home is built, I’ll still own a nice little camper for travel or to loan out to family.

*Within my estimate, I did not factor in three substantial income increases that I am getting in my job over the next year and a half. So, it is entirely possible, barring any unforseen event–that I could achieve my goal sooner than 18 months. Woot!

What do you think about that, my fellow empty nesters? 🙂

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Travel trailers, research, and learning curve…

Transitioning to a tiny life via finding/purchasing/moving into a travel trailer and living in an RV park (before getting into the actual tiny house build). During my research this week, here are four things I discovered. Hope this is helpful to others.

1) I have found several decent mobile home trailer parks and RV parks that will accomodate travel trailers; however I have discovered that many have size and breed restrictions for pets, such as “no dogs over 25 pounds”. Yes, hard to believe, eh? My dog is 42 pounds. 😦 Disappointing, but good to know.

2) I went on a few field trips to examine and tour new travel trailer RVs. I also toured several used RVs and here is what I discovered. (By travel trailer RV, I am referring to a bumper pull camper approximately 21 feet up to 24 feet in length–the length I am looking to buy).

The majority of new RVs that I toured are built with materials that are inferior to their earlier counterparts. I mean to say that if you compare a brand new moderately priced RV to a comparable RV model that is 10 or 15 or 20 years older, the much older RV camper has better quality and more durable materials inside and out. ???

I am guessing the reason for this is two-fold. Firstly, there is a push in the industry to build lighter; so instead of them building interior features out of plywood and hardwood, they’re using by and large, lightweight pressboard with paper veneer for cabinets and furniture. Not exciting. Another reason for the cheaper materials, I can only guess, is for more profit?

I also noticed that the older RV campers seem to be configured better and most have stovetops and small ovens. Whereas, the new models, in the modest lengths do not have ovens; but only have stovetops and convection microwaves. I am guessing marketing sees a trend of campers doing less major “oven” cooking… I guess. I prefer an actual oven and stovetop. In the model length I am looking for, most new 21 feet or 24 feet travel trailers do not have ovens. 😦

3) Financing an RV… seems next to impossible, especially if your credit is not stellar. Who knew? I certainly did not. So, for a number of reasons, I am looking to purchase a preowned travel trailer, probably ten years old, there abouts. A salesman whith whom I spoke assured me that it is very difficult to get financing for an RV, much harder than obtaining a mortgage or auto loan, as banks do not see RVs as necessity, but luxury. Well, guess what? Mine will be a necessity. It will be my home. So, thanks for nothin’ banks. 🙂

4) THE GOOOD NEWS: Once I began looking for a used travel trailer camper on: Craig’s list, RV Trader online, and by googling all RV dealers in my vicinity (south central Ohio), I am finding hundreds of nice used ones in the price range of $2,000 up to $5,000. Sweet.

Happy hunting!!!

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