Monday, May 6, 2013

Hybrid Home

Essentially we've run out of time so we've chosen, at least temporarily, a hybrid trailer to live in for the next several months. After looking hither and yon over the past month for a trailer which didn't leak or wasn't worn out, we finally found an acceptable one. We got the trailer home late last night and today Gary re-checked everything to make sure it worked. Heat, air, stove, oven, refrigerator (electric and propane), water systems, plumbing. It all did, thank goodness.

Here is the floor plan of the trailer (the bathroom configuration is slightly different than the one shown).. It's a used trailer, a 2003 Salem made by Forest River, but it looks almost new inside and out. The foot print while moving down the road is 19 feet. Yep we are going from a 1780 square foot home to a 152 square foot trailer to live in. Gary and I and three cats. When we stop there are two double beds that can be tipped out. I am sure the cats are going to love the beds. Ha. The tip out beds are what makes this a hybrid trailer, our hybrid home very soon.

It's going to be cramped to say the least. In the past we've always had motorhomes and there was much more room in those. Previous motorhomes had almost twice as much room as this trailer. This time Gary's truck will be towing the trailer. We opted for a truck and trailer this time. We thought in the event of needing to sell either one of them in the future it would be easier to sell them separately rather than a more costly motorhome.

There's a bathroom. There's even a tub with a shower. There's heat and air conditioning. Only thing is the cats will be in the trailer when we are traveling down the road and in the motorhomes we could always see them while we were traveling. But we learned they slept on the bed most of the time while we were moving so hopefully they'll be ok. We're going to try and rig up some type of air conditioning which will run for them while we're traveling. Still working on that plan. Motorhomes have generators which enable the heat or air to run while traveling.

I don't think I'll be making anything in clay in this trailer. I'll probably take some acrylic paint and do some sketching and painting. Perhaps I''ll stop at clay studios along the way and make a few pieces and leave them to be fired and glazed by others. Now we really have to pare down to bare necessities to take with us. Oh the webs we weave. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.

15 comments:

  1. Yes, it does sound very small and cramped, compared to where you used to live. But, think of the fun traveling on a whim. You could even take it to Canada!

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  2. Best of luck with this adventure.

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  3. You and Gary are brave!

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  4. This is very exciting and agree with smartcat...you guys are brave!

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  5. What a big change for you! I hope things work out well for you and the cats as you hit the road.

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  6. How exciting! Your new home may be small but has everything you need while on the road. What adventures you will have.

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  7. How exciting! Your new home may be small but has everything you need while on the road. What adventures you will have.

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  8. Best wishes for your new home on wheels! I'm sure the efficiency will be lovely to have, and lots of picnic spots and camping areas will provide the great outdoors to supplement your tiny space.

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  9. It sounds like you'll be honing your zen habits. It looks cute, I'm sure you'll have lots of fun traveling.

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  10. I'm quite envious, I would love to own a mobile home like this..and to spend a few years just travelling. Wish you all the best on your journey together. :)

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  11. It will be a change but hopefully for the good.

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  12. Hi Gigi, thanks, I can't wait for the fun, packing sure isn't, ha.

    Hi Dennis, thanks, I hope my luck holds out. Ha.

    Hi Suzi, thanks, we're beginning to wonder if brave is the right word, maybe crazy, ha.

    Hi Turquoisemoon, thanks, once we're out of the house then the exciting part starts.

    Hi Ms. Sparrow, thanks, I hope it all works out too - three cats is a lot to travel with.

    Hi Michele, thanks, yes adventures for sure.

    Hi Barbara, thanks, yes the great outdoors to supplement.

    Hi Lori, thanks, oh I need lots of zen practice.

    Hi Mark, thanks, we have done this several times in our lifetime I highly recommend it.

    Hi Meredith, thanks, yes hopefully for the good for sure.

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  13. Wow,it's like Little House on the Prairie. I have always traveled by train even when I have traveled for a couple of months. I am looking forward to witness your new adventure! : )

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  14. I wish you all the best! Adventures can be scary and Fun!

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  15. Safe travels! Sorry to hear that you won't beable to do clay on this adventure!

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