WHAT ARE THE PROS AND CONS OF USING A GOOD OLD RV AS A "TINY HOUSE"?? LET THE DISCUSIONS BEGIN!... here.

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Comment by Glinda Wyndorf on October 22, 2017 at 4:21pm

Danny I'm sure I'll rent it eventually as passive income and hit the road once more!

Comment by Danny R. Oliver on October 22, 2017 at 3:33pm
Hey Glinda, I think the 77 Holiday Rambler is far cooler than the sticks-n-bricks, but it’s nice to have a home base.
Comment by William Martin on October 22, 2017 at 3:31pm

I'm with you Ralph.  Sometimes we don't have a choice.  We went through several years where we lived overseas 90 days at a time.  You just can't sustain a S&B that way.  So we rented out our home and lived in a TT 90 days at a time here.  It was a crazy life, but worked out great.  I don't know where I would have put a TH.  We can keep a trailer on our property, but a TH might be a different issue.  And as I said, finding a place to park them to live in generally is not so easy.  It would have been nice to have a more home-like atmosphere, but it's also a financial reality that they are expensive compared to the TT we bought used.  I do envy the TH people for the fact they don't face the same roof issues we do.  But their gas mileage must be awful.

Comment by Ralph Javins on October 22, 2017 at 3:21pm

Good morning;


     My main reason for having a motor home or other similar RV instead of a house is just slightly different.  For some of us, there really was not very much of a choice.


     I went through a divorce in this state.  Not a pleasant experience.  I actually do not recommend that anyoine get unmarried in this state.  Because of the things that the former wife did not do, in spite of the court orders that she perform those tasks, the financial havoc resulting for me was "significant." 

     I was ordered by the court to sign a Quit-Claim Deed yielding up to the former wife any interest I may have ever had in the house.  She, in compensation for receiving the title to house, was ordered by the court to:  (1.)  Make payments on the loan.  (2.)  Take over the loan.  The amount of money she was receiving from me each month at that time was more than enough for her to easily comply with Order (1.).  However, she did neither.  No one in the court seemed to care. 

     The end result is that I have the record of two (2) foreclosures attached to my financial account history.  How this history grew to include two (2) foreclosures for one single house is a sobering story in which I had no part in determining which way it would go, but it does include a couple of really amusing sections. 

     The end result is no financial institution will even talk with me about financing the purchase of any real estate.  Except as a cash purchase, I can never own any real estate ever again.  That is a pretty serious condemnation for something that I did not do.  I complied with the court orders.  If I had not complied, they said they would have put me in jail.

     However,it turns out that there was a glimmer of a bright spot in all of this for me.  There was one thing that the former wife and her collection of lawyers, and the court itself, along with the financial community, did not consider:  They did not say anything about my buying a motor home.  Once the child support years were over, they did not care about anything that I did or could do. 

     I had not considered this option, but when the opportunity appeared, I took advantage of it.  Now I do have a motor home, a 1987 Winnebago Elandan WCP31RT.  No, it is not expansive nor opulent, but it is mine, and it is enough for me to have the things that I truly need.  And the Elandan has some qualities I need that are not found in any of the modern motor homes available today.  I have also met some very nice people in the RV community in recent years.  And I have been able to bring to this community some talents and tools that enable me to assist others when they have a need.  And my ability to work with various radio systems is something that does not seem to be common in the RV community. 

     Some of us have an RV, such as a motor home, because that is all that we can have, regardless of the reason why we are in this position. 

          Enjoy; 

          Ralph 

          Latté Land, Washington 

Comment by Glinda Wyndorf on October 22, 2017 at 2:26pm

My 77 Holiday Rambler Imperial Class C was my "tiny home" for two years while I cared for my parents in their not-so-tiny-home that was packed to the ceilings because they were hoarders. After my dad died I started the clean-out process; now the house is empty and it's TOO BIG FOR ME!!! I did eventually buy a sticks-n-bricks but it is only 850 square feet. Big lot for the RV though :)

Comment by Hunter Hampton on October 22, 2017 at 12:30pm

I'm fine, having fun with the new trailer.... fixing it up.

Comment by William Martin on October 22, 2017 at 12:07pm

I've watched the Tiny Luxury show and I wouldn't want those people building anything for me.  I see so many errors in building and logistics of a trailer.  Saw one recently where they put a stove hood in a pace that kept them from opening one of the kitchen cabinets.  Some of their design ideas are interesting, but I don't see any improvement over a trailer.  Those houses are HEAVY.  I figured one had to be 11,000 lbs minimum and they towed it around with a dually.  That's at the top of the weight for a 150/1500, not even loaded.  And these people thing it's okay to do that.  One couple things they are going to ship theirs around the world to travel but they have 110, not 220 for electric.  Boy, I hope they figure that out. 

Comment by William Martin on October 22, 2017 at 12:03pm

I'm with you, Hunter.  No ladders.  I'm too decrepit for that.  I've been wondering how you are doing.  Good to hear from you1  CM

Comment by Hunter Hampton on October 22, 2017 at 12:01pm

This gal isn't climbing up a ladder to go to a bedroom where she can't stand up. I lived in my Airstream for 15 years.... it's better designed than any tiny house I've seen on TV and it's meant to be pulled.

Comment by William Martin on October 22, 2017 at 11:42am

Using a trailer as a tiny house is better than having one of those house-looking things built.  there are several reasons why, but the biggest is that many campgrounds do not allow those houses.  You really CAN'T to anywhere you want.  This is because they aren't certified by the RV safety body.  Your trailer probably has a metal tag on it somewhere that ways it's approved.  Most of those do not, although I know of one company that does it so their clients can use campgrounds.  Trailers are lighter and usually have a lot of built in storage.  The biggest problem with trailers is insulation, or should I say, a lack of it.  If you notice my picture with this post you will see that I own a '63 Terry Charm Design which was built to be both a park model and a travel trailer.  It has no holding tanks, but the builders gave thought to what someone living in it would want - lots of cabinets, closets and storage.  We don't have a shower but hope to install one.  It's our "project" trailer so lots to do  on it. 

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