I think my fellow unconventional and extraordinary HEthens will like this!
It was a few years back now when I first started this adventure and new phase in my life. Fed up and sick and tired of the the rat race that is the reality for most Americans and for myself at that time, I decieded to buck the system and find a new way for myself. I was tired of all my time being robbed by a neverending cycle of work to sustain a bunch of crap I didn’t need. I wanted back what I believe is our greatest treasure: TIME. I wanted more time to write, sing, play, think, love, wonder, hike, explore and endless other things that have meaning to me. So here’s what I came to…
To work less and free up that said treasured time meant one thing. Reduce cost of living period. And not just a little. A massive amount. This called for a huge change and a crazy plan. (crazy plans being my speciaty!). However, at the same time I wanted to actually increase my quality of living so simply living out of a backpack was not going to work for me. I still needed a place to write and record and a place to rest my head. I am also a bit of a hermit or recluse so living in a group housing situation to split expenses definately would not work either. So as it were I decieded to build my own home on wheels. After the initial investment there would be no rent, no taxes, and an extremely efficient home with minimal operational cost. And it would actually be mine free and clear. I would own my home, not the bank or a landlord. You see even if you buy a traditional house and pay it off, you never really own it. Property taxes are basically rent that you pay the government. Quit paying them and they take your property. It’s that simple.
So I took the leap and bought a twenty foot flatbed trailer and the process began. Two years later and after an untold number of unforseen hurdles, it was done. It has now been a little over a year since moving in. I cannot say enough how this has changed my life and I hope it serves as inspiration to other who feel caught in the rat race and are trying to find a better way. I know this would not be for everyone but the point is that there are ways to live the life you want. This not to say either that this was or is a fix-it-all soulution for me, but it was a huge step in the right direction. Fellow HEthens, we only get one shot at this life…damn it make the most of it and do it your way!
So here’s the link to the video…
“The opposite of courage is not cowerdice, it’s conformity” – Rollo May
I too am going to build one of these bad boys! awesome!
@tigerturban, Thanks and YES go for it! Jay over at Tumbleweed is probably the most well known in the whole “tiny house movement”. Another inspiring one to check out is Dee Williams. I actually emailed back and forth with her for a while. She is so cool and gave me alot of good advice and encouragement during my building process. Also probably the best rescoure for info, ideas and inspiration is the Tiny House Blog run by Kent Griswold. Very nice guy and he covers every kind of small/tiny unconventional housing from teepees to houseboats to houses on wheels…. Let me know how your progress is coming when you start building!! Peace
@epgohlke, My dad has done this going on 3 times now. He made one out of an old breadtruck (obviously a little cramped, but with built-in driving and electricity you kinda find it an ok thing). To offset the pull of the electronics he exchanged the regular car battery for a gigantic camper trailer kind. He sold it eventually
Then he decided to make a home on a trailer like yourself, only he wasn’t able to quite finish off as nicely as you did (he can sometimes taper off toward the end of things, not finishing everything up completely). He sold that one and they now rent from him when they are on his property.
Now he is giving it one more go, but focusing on portability on the trailer a lot more this time.
@dawnistoday, I am on here a lot and I am also fantastic friend. I do not get to travel ever, actually, basically as a result of income. The farthest I have ever gone away from FL is the state line of Tennessee and S. Carolina. I have never flown either, only driven.
So what is going on with you? =)
@epgohlke, Amazing work, dude. I’m a new HEthen here, but I just searched “off-grid” and found your post. I can totally relate to everything you wrote about wanting to have a simple, free lifestyle. I have the same goals, although I’m at a later point in life. A few years ago, I read Walden. It completely changed my worldview. (Some, like my wife, would say it “warped my mind” – LOL).
I’m in the experimental phase of off-grid living. Here’s my current progress:
I’ve secured a more permanent spot for my next cabin that I’ll build from scratch. I plan to start on it as soon as it warms up a bit in the Spring. My wife is dead-set against any of my plans. She fully understands that she has the option to join me, or walk a different path.
Henry David Thoreau died at the age of 44. I’ll be that age this November. Although he didn’t live in the woods until his death, I plan to pick up where he left off in life.
Has anybody thought about making a bike trailer? Honestly I hate cars and never intend to have one, but biking… Mmm :) I’ve been thinking about it a lot, talking a bit and I know there are some projects out there but all that I saw are only designed for camping or holiday time. What I mean is a full-blown, kick-ass extreme, liveable bike trailer. Handmade. Anyone?