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Old 12-08-2015, 10:42 PM
 
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An RV between 38-40 ft. isn't bad.(especially luxury appointed ones built with lots of comfort) Lots of full time RV'ers live in them. Full-Time RV Roundup Images & Floorplans
They usually have outdoor patio room as well. Those Mesa parks you mention also have very large activity centers with everything imaginable offered in classes, wood shop, gyms, pools, tennis, etc. Kind of a mini less glamorous "Villages".

It's just a big playground for seniors. Though I have never tried it, I could imagine it could be fun for a few months. We used to have a smaller 27 ft. class A when I was younger. We (my husband, young son and myself) maybe spent up to two weeks at most in it though. Before my son was born, we had two Honda 50 cc motor cycles connected to it, and had a great time exploring all kinds of areas. But I digress, we were talking weeks, not months.

With an abundance of activity at your disposal, or just quiet time by yourself when you prefer, I don't see a problem with it. I know there are some older trailers that have been kept up and modernized over the years, had a carport built on one side and a large Arizona room built on the other side, and some people live in those year round. If the area is safe, and you have friends to share coffee and good laughs with, and plenty of good food in your belly, why shouldn't you be happy.

I can't remember the name of that semi-famous couple that used to write about retiring very early on a smallish nest egg, and how they lived very frugally (which they wrote about). They spent a lot of time in Thailand, and other reasonable COL places, and maintained one of those trailer homes in an active senior park in Mesa as there home base. Oh I remember, Billy and Akaisha Kaderli were there names.
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Old 12-08-2015, 10:48 PM
 
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Here I go again. (Reviving a thread in which the last post is over eight years old). It seems to me the discussion is still pertinent. We talk about down-sizing our housing as part of retirement, but how much space is the minimum required for comfort in your case? I would not be happy living in a 300 sq. ft. travel trailer for longer than a couple of weeks, if that. I suppose it has to do with one's sense of claustrophobia, or lack thereof. Or perhaps the hatred of the cold and snow and ice trumps the desire for a bit more room, especially when financial resources are limited?
IMO the keywords are "travel trailer" not 300 sf.
My grand niece and her SO are currently traveling the US in their home, a less-than-300sf trailer. Their home is really the USA, nary a trace of claustrophobia.
DH & I last year spent a week in a 700 sf house and it had everything we could have wanted and more, it's not at all hard to imagine living in a space half that size. But we wouldn't want to pull it behind our Subaru, we'd want it permanently anchored in a great locale.
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Old 12-08-2015, 10:59 PM
 
Location: Florida
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They don't live in the trailer, they live out of the trailer. It is a lifestyle. Some folks travel in their rigs, others just "snowbird" in them. You pays your money and takes your choice.
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Old 12-08-2015, 11:11 PM
 
Location: Cushing OK
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IMO the keywords are "travel trailer" not 300 sf.
My grand niece and her SO are currently traveling the US in their home, a less-than-300sf trailer. Their home is really the USA, nary a trace of claustrophobia.
DH & I last year spent a week in a 700 sf house and it had everything we could have wanted and more, it's not at all hard to imagine living in a space half that size. But we wouldn't want to pull it behind our Subaru, we'd want it permanently anchored in a great locale.
My house is 720 sf, but a good quarter of it is storage of things I haven't got to in my remodel/decorate plan. In essense, I live in the living room, and sleep in the bedroom, seldom go in otherwise. The kitchen is large but unorganized and I'm trying to figure out how to help that. Eventually the other room will be a sitting room/guest room. Most of the stuff there stays.

I used it for the computer for a while, but I was too isolated and corner of the living room now fills that function. If the house was smaller and lacked that room I could do fine.

I find that now its just me and the four legged kids, I'm not interested in impressing anyone and much more interested in making it comfortable for me. No matter how it looks, my craft corner will look however it looks. I have about three projects ongoing with their stuff packed into the area. And more planned, of course.

My one dog is big and tall shepard mix, so I'm not sure a travel trailer would work out though. Half of him in random brown dog, the other half king size shepard, and he's wonderful but very good at taking up space.
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Old 12-09-2015, 12:24 AM
 
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Trade-off for no shoveling.
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Old 12-09-2015, 12:35 AM
 
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They don't live in the trailer, they live out of the trailer. It is a lifestyle. Some folks travel in their rigs, others just "snowbird" in them. You pays your money and takes your choice.
I think this is it. They're not living in the trailer the way you live in a house. If they are at a campground, they're living outside or driving around and enjoying it. They go into the trailer to sleep.
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Old 12-09-2015, 03:03 AM
 
Location: Backwoods of Maine
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Nowadays, with the "tiny house" movement, this is less of an issue with a wider demographic, than seniors. Housing has simply become unaffordable for many folks, and they are turning to campers, vans, garden sheds, and tents - and for much longer than a few months. I guess it beats being homeless.

But back to seniors and their RVs. For those living where there are cold winters and snow, but in homes that they otherwise enjoy, a small camper is a great and affordable way to become snowbirds. It can be a nice change of pace!
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Old 12-09-2015, 07:07 AM
 
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You can revive any thread and someone will respond. Always.
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Old 12-09-2015, 07:10 AM
 
Location: zippidy doo dah
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Default reviving threads

let's post on all of them just for the fun of it.........

however, to stay on topic, no matter how old but always pertinent, I just looked at what would be considered a large fifth wheel or whatever it is called. Wonderful deck added on but you had to leave it if you moved out of the place (interesting). But even though this was big, and I am very small as is the person attached to me at the hip, when we walked in it with the owner, I could not envision living in it.
I loved the deck/that almost had me until I considered that was not really private since everything in the place was so close.

Nope, I couldn't do it. By myself, maybe but absolutely not with another human being in the same space. And frankly, it was depressing and this was a very nice place. Just not for me. And certainly not with someone you need space from.

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Old 12-09-2015, 01:48 PM
 
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Most of those living in RV's during their winters in Arizona or the California eastern sector spend a lot of their time outdoors, large patios or decks complete with a living room couch and chairs scenario aren't all that rare, and the community pools and open space is usually very large. Mexico or Hawaii, where the majority live in the outdoor parts of their abodes and use the indoor portions for sleeping seem happy with smaller indoor spaces because the outdoors obviously doesn't have the confining feeling of a small RV.

I've lived in small apartments while living in Alaska and the cold coupled with small square footage can be a real depressing scene, winters there were fraught with tales of domestic violence, drunkenness, and all manner of uncivil behavior that I always attributed to the living conditions endured by so many of the newcomers during the early days of the oil boom. The weather is definitely at the center of most supporting rationales for small spaces.

American's love their huge homes, sometimes for the wrong reasons but that's another story. We have always spent some time in the sun during the long northwest winters, even when I worked we were off at Christmas to Mexico, a 400 sq foot condo was plenty of space, we still use it but now prefer Hawaii where we again cherish the weather over sq footage. Watching the Tiny Houses episodes on TV lately made me a bit envious of those who have opted into a more carefree lifestyle afforded by their choice of living small.
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