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Old 08-12-2015, 11:21 AM   #29
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I lived full time in a 27 foot long travel trailer. It was set up in one place and I had it moved once before selling it. I could not afford to rent any of the houses available at that time. I did not have a vehicle big enough to move it. It was unpleasant. In the winter, I'd wake up to frosty walls. I had skirting around it, heat tape on the water hose, and had blocked off half the windows with fiberglass batting. My feet were freezing, my head was quite warm, and sometimes the condensation dripped, so NO SPAGHETTI was cooked during winter. The fridge quit working when temps got in the 20s, which they did for most of the winter. I kept a cooler outside and rented a meat locker in town.
I also lived in a 1974 27' Holiday Rambler for 3 winters (typical nighttime lows in the teens, occasionally single digits) and didn't experience any of those things. It was a very well built trailer that had an enclosed underbelly with a ducted heating system. I lined the windows with plastic (except a couple I could open for ventilation on warm days), which minimized condensation problems. I like pasta…

I guess not all trailers are equal when it comes to cold-weather use.

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...the couple decided to use a toilet that holds bags and twists them up. I was thinking that was going to be spendy for them.
How did they dispose of the bag afterward? That is the greater problem...

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Old 08-12-2015, 11:43 AM   #30
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How did they dispose of the bag afterward? That is the greater problem...
Hopefully, they stored them in the pantry.
Around here, you can't put dog poop bags in the garbage.

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Old 08-12-2015, 12:23 PM   #31
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Maybe a little different direction in this conversation about tiny houses but has anyone out there googled or looked on Pinterest at gypsy vardo's? I am guessing because I don't know for sure that these are the original travel trailers. The workmanship and attention to detail on many of these is absolutely stunning. I have not seen any interior pictures of these that have bathrooms or kitchens but many do have small wood burning stoves which would come in real handy in a european winter. There are a few outfits that make them to be towed behind a motor vehicle instead of a horse. It would be nice to see a show about them on a weekly basis like they have for the "tiny houses".

"The Romas" as they are currently addressed, for the most part seemed to have made the transition to Caravans. Their Caravan Camps are occasionally the topic of some British and French films.

In an episode of BBC/PBS's "Call the Midwife", set in the 50's, they went to a Roma encampment and, at that time it was almost all of the traditional wagons. With a number of interior scenes as well.

At least as recently as three years ago, when you took the train from Charles deGaulle Airport to Paris, you pass 3 or 4 of the Roma camps. Some looked well organized and well kept, others not so much.... There were still a few of the traditional design wagons seen among the Caravans as well.

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Old 08-12-2015, 12:36 PM   #32
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On the subject of warm winter travel trailers I note the mention of a Holiday Rambler Travel Trailer with a sealed under carriage with insulation and under floor heating ducts etc. I own a R-Vision Trail Lite Travel Trailer that was. built by the same company as Holiday Rambler, it too has all those features and seems to be built to a very high standard. The interesting footnote to this is the parent company for both these brands decided about two years ago to abandon the towable RV market and concentrate on only extreme high-end Motorhomes.
If you are considering a stick built travel trailer you might keep an eye out for those two brands on the used market. Hard to beat their quality.
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Old 08-12-2015, 03:47 PM   #33
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I lived part-time in a 27-foot Kencraft for two years while attending college 70 miles away. This trailer had been stored under cover for many years and had (yes!) a complete fiberglass roof which extended over front and rear. We paid $2500 for it, and only invested in new carpet, vinyl and curtains. No hardware needed upgrading.

Living there felt very much like being in a tiny house, or a charming tiny cabin. I believe it was a 1959, but memory is now foggy on that. Once when I had it out camping with a group of people (all of whom either had pricey motor homes or ginormous 5th wheels), one of the wives asked me how much it had cost. When I told her I think she was stunned and somewhat jealous (no doubt still making huge payments on her RV). Plus it was vintage adorable and hers was stick-ugly.

The Kencraft had a fine furnace with thermostat, a good water heater, fridge, nice shower. It did not gather condensation, I can state with certainty, because I often had spaghetti dinners for fellow starving graduate students. They who were sleeping on flea-infested sofas and struggling to get through school were happy to cozy up of an evening with food and drink and conversation. It was delightful.

I can't imagine *quite* living in my 13.5' Lil Bigfoot without a shower and the wonderful storage the Kencraft had. But I can imagine living in a 17 or 19' FG something with a few amenities quite happily.

One significant difference between living in an RV in someone's back yard and living in a tiny house might be that some judgmental types (and neighborhood associations) might consider the RV in the back yard a low-rent or *white trash* situation, while the tiny house is still looked at as green and clever.

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