When we first thought about traveling around the country we considered buying an older motorhome. As we thought it through, we realized it would be more practical to buy a trailer so we could drive around without having the big rig with us all the time. As we happened to live in the heart of RV country, we had plenty of lots full of nothing but RVs. We looked at many different trailers and got a good idea of what we wanted. We ended up finding this one through Craigslist and paying less than it would have cost from a dealer. It's 4 years old and was only used about 10 times, so it's in excellent condition. It had almost all the little features I wanted, and I felt so blessed that we found it. It's 28 feet long and 8 feet wide, so we've downsized a bit from our 1440 SF house. You know what, though? We are just as happy in this as we were in our "sticks and bricks" home. I like to say that our home is smaller, but we have a much larger yard! Right now I'm sitting on the couch overlooking the Pacific Ocean in the yard of the home my great grandparents built in San Miguel, Mexico. (You can read about what makes this place so special to me here and here.) And, at the request of many, here is finally a tour of our new home:
|From the front of the trailer: the bunks are in the back to the left of the bathroom, and you can see the kitchen and table. We're realizing that having a slide or two would make things feel a lot more spacious, but it's really fine for now.|
|Each child has a hook for their jacket, and the little cube shelf holds the shoes of the smaller ones as well as diapers and Pearl's books.|
|Home is wherever we are!|
It certainly has it's challenges, living in a space this size. I often have to move several things to get to the one thing I need. It can get pretty tight when I'm trying to cook and anyone else is walking through the "kitchen". Sometimes I trip on the kids. Sometimes I would like to be alone. It can get awfully loud, and if the kids are talking it's really hard for Erik and I to hear each other. I wouldn't want to live in it full time in a climate where there couldn't be lots of outdoor time. But for this time in our life, it's perfect. We've been in it about six weeks now, and on the move for two of those. I was pretty concerned about how the sleeping would go, as my kids were used to having their own rooms, but it's actually been very smooth. We're learning to live together in a closer way than was possible when we could all sprawl out and retreat to our own corners of the house when we wanted to. (Or when sent there!) We still all have our own little "space" and I've been pleased that the kids love to invite friends in and show off their areas. I love being a homemaker, but I'm also a gyspy at heart, and in this little trailer I can wander and still have a place to keep home. For us, for now, it's just right. It's home, and it's wherever we are.