I'm working on a book tentatively titled "The Simple Trailer Life", and am looking for folks who might be willing to be interviewed. The book is a response to the tiny house and build your own house movements, combined with the voluntary simplicity movement. The Simple Trailer Life will suggest an even cheaper and more environmentally friendly method of lowering housing costs --- living in a used mobile home.
If you'd be willing to participate, I'll email you a set of questions, which you can answer at your leisure and email back. I'm also interested in including photos of your trailer and family, but can be vague about your name and location if you'd prefer to remain anonymous.
Meanwhile, I'd also like to hear from folks who would never dream of living in a trailer. I've got a separate set of questions for you, and you can be anonymous or not too.
If you're interested, please drop me an email: email@example.com. Thanks in advance for considering participating!
Permaculture is a gestalt ... a study of the whole. Not just how to produce more and better food, but how human life on the planet affects and is affected by the surrounding environment.
Bill Kearns http://columbiabasinpermaculture.com
The first country home that I owned was a trailer - 23 years old with bushes growing into the window - on twelve acres. It was a great place and we made it work. It was called Stepping Stone Farm and it was my stepping stone to many other things to come.
We are in our second stepping stone, awesome that other people used that term as well! We started this year in a 16 ft travel trailer, now in a 35 ft travel trailer, and the end goal is our own land where we will take this travel trailer, and live in while we build our own cob house. I love to talk, most times I need told to shut up. Send me that questionaire!! firstname.lastname@example.org
I lived in a used, very used, 1975 mobile home for some years. There are some drawbacks. Many of the older homes are not solidly built and are poorly insulated. And here in TX you cannot get insurance on them.
They can be bought very cheaply and if you are able to do the upkeep yourself, and live without insurance, they can save you a great deal of money. But you could have high heating and cooling costs.
After Ike clobbered the old house I bought a new mobile home. It's 940 sq ft, energy efficient, and was within my budget. My heating and cooling costs are almost half of what I paid in the old home.