The other day a friend of mine, Trudy, called me and said her uncle was visiting with his vintage trailer and asked if I would like to see it.
Charles is retired and travels around a fair amount with his wife Virginia to vintage trailer shows and since he has retired he plays Santa Clause at many events as he has the right look for the part.
I drove down to their house to see the trailer and wow it is a beauty! A 14 foot Scotsman built in 1966 and weighs in around 1,000 pounds. Charles took two years restoring this trailer and has done an excellent job. Located in Fresno, he did the restoration there. The details are phenomenal and the paint job is outstanding. He was towing it with a six cylinder Jeep on this trip, but when he takes it to shows he tows it with a sixties Chevy pickup with the same color scheme.
The trailer has been completely redone on the inside. The only original appliance is the stovetop but he has added an icebox to match. The bed in the back is kept down full time though it can be raised up and put into a coach. There used to be bunk above the bed but he converted it to storage. He has an air conditioner under the table to keep the place cool. Lots of cool little vintage nostalgia is in the trailer. A picture of his father-in-law with their new trailer back in the early 1900s is on the wall.
The one thing this little trailer is missing is a bathroom, so full time living might be a little difficult. Charles and his wife have been on the road for the last four weeks and lived in it the whole time, so I know it is possible for living long term.
Charles will be coming back in a couple of weeks to a Vintage Trailer show in Petaluma and I hope to get down and see many more classics. Hopefully this will inspire you to see vintage trailers as a tiny house option.
While on a recent teardrop trailer trip to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, I ran into a Texan named John who travels around the country for work. He lives simply out of a camping trailer I had never seen before. His Roll-A-Home camper is small enough to be towed behind his small sports car, yet it expands and pops up into a structure that is large enough to stand up in.
This camper is more than a glorified tent, though. When folded down, the trailer is towable behind a small car or a motorcycle, yet everything inside is still accessible in the 18.5 cubic feet of cargo area. The trailer body is constructed out of fiberglass and also doubles as a luggage rack. The tent is made with breathable, waterproof and UV resistant fabric and when erected the entire tent is 88 inches high and clears the ground. Both the standard (47 x 78 inches) and wide bed (73 x 80 inches) models include five double zippered screen windows and a screen door. Setup only takes a few minutes.
The entire structure also has lighting, independent rubber torsion bar suspension, plugs for 110 volt or 12 volt appliances and slide outs and external shelters are available to extend the space. The weight for the standard model is 325 lbs. and 385 lbs. for the wide model. The cost for the standard trailer is $4,499 and the wide bed is $4,999. Optional features such as a storage box, screen room, spare tire or carpet are extra.
Photos by Roll-A-Home and Christina Nellemann
by Katie Probert
As a solution to the expensive accommodation in the Alps, my boyfriend Toby and I bought a knackered old Ford Transit on ebay for £900, to convert into a home on wheels. Our plans were to quickly convert it into a cosy shelter, with a bed, basic kitchen facilities and lots of insulation. We estimated two weeks’ work. In our excitement we didn’t realise that the engine was shot…until we got the thing home and it was too late. We checked her into the garage for a brand new engine. We didn’t get her back until seven weeks later.
Whilst we waited for our van to come back from the garage, we started sketching out possible layouts and trying to find out as much information about van conversions as possible. This was before we knew about the tiny house movement, or any of the DIY blogs that I read now. I had zero building experience, and neither of us had ever attempted such a project before. Armed with our new bible, the Haynes Motorcaravan Manual, we embarked on an adventure of trial and error, that would end up taking us 18 months to complete. Continue Reading »
David Richoux sent me to this intriguing post about Kei-camping Cars. These are extremely tiny and as far as I can tell may only be available in Japan. However, I think we can check out the use of space and apply to our own tiny living arrangements or plans.
Here is what they say about the little camper…
Kei car is Japan’s unique vehicle standard, which is 3.4m in length, 1.48 in width, and 2m in height with 660cc engine.
Based on this Kei car, Kei-camper is developed by creating a space like a studio apartment, installing a bed and a table inside the vehicle. You might be surprised to see such a small camping car, but you will be even more amazed after hopping into the car. The equipments inside are full of Japanese unique mechanism and mastery techniques.
Apart from being a tool for hobbies and travel, owners ranging from 20s to 60s use the car for business, travel, or even as a mobile office.
With a major conversion of the luggage space, those camping-car style cars can be more expensive, but you will enjoy the luxury of being fully equipped, including high ceiling, sink with water tank, and cooking facilities. Curtains are also attached onto the aluminum window, and the car is spacious enough to be called a moving studio apartment which accommodates up to four adults. Many of these types have a pop-up roof structure, and are registered as standard-sized car as the size becomes bigger than other kei-campers. This type of kei-campers continue to be popular and are in short supply due to its reasonable price of two to three million yen [approximately $20,000 - $30,000]. These days, the delivery of the car takes six months after placing the order.
According to the distributor a fully-fledged kei-campers hasgood insulation, warm enough to survive in winter with only a the heater. The distributor also recommends 4WD type for those who intend to drive in snow to go skiing.
Link to original Tokyo Tomo Travel Guide Post.