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Old 08-16-2007, 03:22 PM
 
Location: VA
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I usually go to Mesa AZ in the winter for a week to visit my Parents. I am always shocked at those travel trailer parks all over Mesa. They are so small and look to be in noisy settings.

I do not see how it would be worth leaving ones 2000 square foot home in Minnesota to live in a 300 square foot trailer in the sunshine. No lawn no room to move around, noisy. How can they make it all winter in those small trailers? I hope to have more in my retirement!
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Old 08-16-2007, 05:03 PM
 
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I could do it alone. Dunno about with someone, as I have lived alone my whole life. But I can see having something very small/modest as my secondary place, that is, someplace I only spent a few months in. I am currently thinking of being in my perfect Massachusetts house 8-9 months of the year, and trying to spend summer in Colorado. There are RV/mobile parks there that are only open in the summer.
Yes, I find summers in Massachusetts way too humid. The other seasons are fine.
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Old 08-16-2007, 06:27 PM
 
Location: Lake Metigoshe, ND
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Well, I think you need to ask them why they do it! If your in love with your other half, you can live anywhere!! And, if your with your loved one, how much space does a bed take??????????????
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Old 08-16-2007, 06:44 PM
 
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I have a friend who lives on a houseboat, inside is small but at least he has a deck to make a patio. There are quite a few people living on houseboats around Lake Guntersville. It would be just too small for me to live on all the time even alone.
Guess it is what makes you happy is all that counts.
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Old 12-08-2015, 07:44 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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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?
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Old 12-08-2015, 08:00 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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I lived on a 36 ft sailboat for a couple years with my girlfriend and our little dog. It was heaven.
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Old 12-08-2015, 08:01 PM
 
Location: Idaho
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I lived on a 30 foot sailboat for twelve years. Maybe 40 square feet, if even that. Those were some of the best years of my life and I would do it again in a heartbeat. An absolutely wonderful environment. Look on the bright side, I had the biggest water bed in the world . . . the Pacific Ocean.
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Old 12-08-2015, 08:02 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?
I lived in a trailer and a tent when I was in Kuwait - its not bad. You get used to it -lol.

But seriously - if you just use it to sleep in and grab a snack - would not be bad. You would be or should be spending most of your time out and about - not stuck in your little 300 sq ft box.
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Old 12-08-2015, 10:27 PM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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Lots of people live in apartments of that size. In cities like Seattle, Portland, New York, San Francisco etc people pay well over $1,000 to live in them.
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Old 12-08-2015, 10:42 PM
 
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i lived in a 155 square foot yurt for a year in the forest and loved it. (actually it was round feet, not square feet, it was a 14foot diameter circular structure). for the last 11 years i have lived in an apartment in the range of under 350 square feet and this suits me fine. i don't much like travel trailers because I would not want to deal with something that large on the road. i knew someone from idaho who got tired of the winters on their ranch as they got older, so they would spend 4 months every year on the Oregon coast in a motel with a kitchenette, very cheap because it was off season and they booked it for 4 moths at a time. i always thought that would be a great way to go.
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