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Old 07-30-2015, 01:18 PM   #15
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I'm with Bob. Easier to build a garage or carport to fit what you have, or get a cover.
The op has a rented space, I was talking about not building a trailer, not a storage space.
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Old 07-30-2015, 02:39 PM   #16
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The op has a rented space, I was talking about not building a trailer, not a storage space.
I was too quick on the quick reply. To state it more clearly, it would be easier to build a carport/garage for the trailer than to build a trailer from scratch.

I had neglected the rented nature of the OP's space.
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Old 07-31-2015, 01:49 PM   #17
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All good thoughts. I was interested in a 16' fiberglass trailer with complete bathroom, though a 13' would be okay and would leave more shop space. I wanted to be a fulltimer, but realized one must have a place for some "stuff", and renting a storage space was IMO pointless. It would create an out of sight out of mind condition, in which I might as well get rid of the stuff. But I have some stuff that I want to keep, but Only if accessible, so renting the heated garage is perfect. And it gives me a shop space that I always wanted.

Would a 16' trailer be any taller than a 13?
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Old 07-31-2015, 02:10 PM   #18
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Sometimes, yes. Some 13'ers have raised axle arm angles for a lower ride height and better aerodynamics behind small tow vehicles. The 16'ers typically have a lower axle arm angle for a higher ride height to keep the tongue and back end from scraping on dips. Also, 16'ers more commonly have plumbing that hangs below the frame.

In my research for an earlier post, here's what I found:
Casita 13 = Casita 16 = 7'8" (interior height 5'10")
Scamp 13 = 7'6", but Scamp 16 = 7'10" (interior height 6'3")
L'il Snoozy = 7'7" (interior height 6'4")
Those are all current manufacturer specs and subject to verification...

I personally would want at least a 16' trailer for full-timing.
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Old 07-31-2015, 03:46 PM   #19
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Hi Stevieboy,

Are you saying that you plan on full-timing inside the heated garage?

If so, I think it's a fantastic idea. The biggest drawback is not really having a window that has a view.

You have to be super careful with propane appliances. Maybe an induction cooktop. Electric water heater and 1500watt electric heater. You don't want to pay for the heat of a poorly insulated garage.
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Old 08-01-2015, 06:12 AM   #20
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Fulltiming in trailer in heated garage

First I was thinking of fulltiming in a trailer with no home base, so I wanted a 16 or 17 footer. When I realized I needed/wanted a home base, I envisioned a garage for the purpose. When the heated garage became available, I realized a 13 might be okay.
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You'll absolutely need a bathroom, which most 13'ers don't have. Those that do give up a lot of space and lack a dedicated sitting/eating area, so you'll have to make up the bed and take it down daily. You may also find a 16'er easier to find and cheaper, because there are a lot more out there with bathrooms. That said, if you still decide to go with a 13' bath model, Floyd is the resident expert at making that layout work for long-term use. He's done some nice mods, particularly with the dinette area, making it more flexible for day/night use.

Couple of concerns about living in the trailer inside a garage…

(1) You won't be able to use propane appliances inside an enclosed space, and that includes the HW heater. Some are 2-way; many are LP only.

(2) In some places the lease terms or local codes may prohibit what you're planning to do. A night here and there, and folks might look the other way, but more than that could raise eyebrows.
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Then you have the water/sewer to deal with living with it inside a garage. Something else to think about. One thing's for sure...ALL electric!

First time I've ever heard of doing this....but as my dad use to say, "What I dont know would make another world!"

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You'll absolutely need a bathroom, which most 13'ers don't have. Those that do give up a lot of space and lack a dedicated sitting/eating area, so you'll have to make up the bed and take it down daily. You may also find a 16'er easier to find and cheaper, because there are a lot more out there. That said, if you still decide to go with a 13' bath model, Floyd is the resident expert at making that layout work for long-term use. He's done some nice mods, particularly with the dinette area, making it more flexible for day/night use.

Couple of concerns about living in the trailer inside a garage…
(1) You won't be able to use propane appliances inside an enclosed space, and that includes the HW heater. Some are 2-way; many are LP only.
(2) In some places the lease terms or local codes may prohibit what you're planning to do. A night here and there, and folks might look the other way, but more than that could raise eyebrows.
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Then you have the water/sewer to deal with living with it inside a garage. Something else to think about...
With careful management, a once or twice a week dump/refill run might suffice. But I did wonder about venting into an enclosed space. No idea how much of a problem that might be.

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First time I've ever heard of doing this....but as my dad use to say, "What I dont know would make another world!"
So true!
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Old 08-01-2015, 11:35 AM   #24
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Here's a couple of ideas I had that could save you 52 trips to the dump station per year:

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I've been thinking about this "fulltiming in a garage" as probably the least expensive but fun housing option in an urban area.

I think it's less expensive than any of the "Tiny House" approaches, and much easier to remove if requested by authorities, since it's probably illegal in most cities.

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For me the Casita 16' has the best combination of low clearance and high resale value for this application. I'm sure I can even squeeze it through a 7' garage door.
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