I have a 1978 13' scamp
that my boyfriend, dog and I have been living in for the last 2 months. We've gone from Eugene, Oregon to Seward, Alaska at this point and are now parked at the lodge we will be working at for the rest of the summer.
I went from living in 800sqft with a couple of friends and 2 dogs to living in the Scamp with my boyfriend and dog, so other than the dog, my decision to do this alaska trip, which i hope is the beginning of me moving and working seasonally, meant big changes in my lifestyle over a very short period of time.
This means that there have been a few freak-out moments, like when I got lost and ended up at the end of a one lane muddy, snowy road in the middle of the forest with no where to turn around and very limited skills in backing up AND my car was overheating AND it was snowing...we have survived though.
As far as living in the trailer, it has been a great experience. I am a pack rat and get really attached to certain many things that I then will not let go of. It was very good for me to have to get rid of a lot of stuff and only keep that which I could fit in the trailer and my isuzu trooper, which is my tow vehicle. That said, I did give my parents some family heirlooms that were not mine to get rid of, which was nice because I could not have parted with them, and I stored a couple of trunks of keepsakes with family and friends.
However, it turns out that after getting rid of 7 garbage bags full of clothes, and a house full of furniture and possessions I still brought way too much stuff! I have gotten rid of another garbage bag worth of stuff since leaving home and hope to continue to find things to ditch so that I can have more room to live in the trailer instead of just sift through stuff. It is amazing how fast a small space crammed with stuff can get messy if things are not always put back in just the right place.
It was still snowing and raining when we go up here and the humidity in the trailer was horrible. We are still having a hard time getting the bottom of the bed cushions to stay un-moldy and we have taken everything that could possibly mold out of the booths except for that which we can store in some military surplus dry bags that we picked up. When it got a little warmer, I discovered that the summer dresses that I had carefully packed in the booths had begun to mold and smelled horrible. I freaked out and we ended up spending our day off laundering all our warm weather clothes and reorganizing the trailer. I don't know if the newer scamps have the same problem with condensation but I am thinking of drilling some holes to create air circulation between the main area and all enclosed booths. I also like the mod that some people made where they have pull out drawers with plastic containers in them to keep their stuff. That makes access to things in the booths much easier and probably helps keep their clothes away from the mold.
As far as 2 people and one dog in such a small space, we spend a lot of time outside. We go on hikes, have bbqs with coworkers, go hang out in town and don't spend much time in here. When we do, it is usually on a cold day where we just want to be in a warm cozy little cave anyways so the trailer works great for that. We also work for about 10 hours a day. On the way up when it was snowing and their wasn't much to do other than sit in the trailer we did start to get on each other's nerves, but all that has dissipated since the weather warmed up and work started. We have a shade tent set up and i am starting a container garden around it so going outside is calm and relaxing with our little 'front porch'.
We still have a lot of stuff to work on and figure out as far as organization and mods but I think once we do we could do this indefinitely, living somewhere for a season and then packing up and traveling around for a while until we reach our next seasonal gig. That said we like it here so much that we might try and rent a place for the winter just to see all the seasons of alaska, then work another season at this lodge before driving the alcan back to the rest of the US to find another seasonal job or travel around a while. We would stay in the trailer all winter if there wasn't the serious possibility that we would freeze to death parked next to whatever winter lodge we get a job at.