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Old 08-26-2015, 06:42 PM   #1
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Tiny house trend

Just a thought. I have seen people make such a big deal out of "downsizing" and moving into a tiny house. It seems to me people have been doing that for years, it's referred to as "full timing" in the RV community. I saw an episode on hgtv about some woman buying a tiny home. She was a traveling nurse and wanted a "home" she could move from place to place. Wanted something she could tow herself if possible (sounds like an Rv to me) she ended up buying a little house with a loft bed that you could barely sit up in and would have to have a company tow it every time she moved it, (to the tune of about $1500 each move). I think the "tiny home" was created by the RV industry many many years ago.
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Old 08-26-2015, 07:42 PM   #2
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I guess if you put wooden siding on it, it's different. I saw the same episode on tiny houses and thought why not buy an RV!
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My wife and I wonder the same thing about this show. These tiny homes are not cheap either and an RV would make much more sense to me.
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I've seen the show too. For $60k & moveability one could have more sq ft & a bed you don't have to climb up a ladder to get to purchasing an RV. I don't see the appeal, but that's what makes the world go round...different strokes for different folks.

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Old 08-26-2015, 11:26 PM   #5
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Add us to the list of people wondering what question these tiny homes are trying to answer. At 240 square feet, things are pretty tight (it'd be like our 30' gas class A). Move up to 350 (roughly the size of our two slide 39' DP) and the level of compromise goes WAY down, IMO.

But hey, when I was young, I thought about living in a small toyhauler. But the truth was a 1 bedroom not far away was $125/month more than space rent, so I never bothered.

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Ditto - seems a bit odd to me as well.

I've seen a couple episodes and I never see insulation or HVAC (eating/cooling) being installed - do they have it??

I assume they have no holding tanks and must be connected to water/sewer to function.
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Remember folks it is all about "MARKETING". Invent a new industry / give it some air time / throw out common sense and you have "Tiny Homes". Yes it sounds like an RV to me or hold on to your hats, wait for it..............."PARK MODELS"!
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It looks like the flatbed trailers they use are way overloaded for all that wood. My recliner would take up half the space. They do look cool though, and you can build it exactly how you want.
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On the program I saw they were looking at 600 sq ft and wondering how they would be able to live. We have been doing it in our RV at under 400 sq ft for the last 9 years. What's the big deal?
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Many of these people are Bobos and an RV is uncool to them--they have look unconventional as well as be unconventional. Thus an RV fails on style.
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Who said common sense was common ?!?

think voting, think epa, think global warming, er, ah, wait, it's climate change, or is it man-made disaster

We've been going to a rather large 'First Monday' sale since before we had an rv and stayed in tiny houses like that a few times...
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They can only be SO much square footage or they are taxed as a different class so they are limited...

Like most of you, I feel the rv is more livable than they were and certainly more portable !
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The BIG difference between the Tiny House trend and Full Timing is where the thing is setup.

With the Tiny House trend people are setting up on friend's or family property, and never moving.

With Full Timing, folks are a little more independent and stay at RVParks, campgrounds, (and occasionally mooch on Friends and Family). Full Timers also occasionally move around, some more than others.
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RVing is a community. Tiny housing is a fad...
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With the Tiny House trend people are setting up on friend's or family property, and never moving.
I suspect that's true for many of the tiny homes; the intent is for it to technically be a trailer, but not to look like one, in places that's aren't necessarily zoned/broken apart for two homes.

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