by Marc-André Thériault
SEPAQ are national parks in the Province of Quebec (CANADA) (not to be confused with Quebec city).
They built these awesome modern cabins in two parks, and they are looking to build more.
They rent fairly cheap $125-150 USD.
They have small Morso wood stoves, IMO the best wood stoves for cabins, small houses and ‘larger’ tiny houses.
Unique architecture, comfort, and intimate contact with nature come together in an unforgettable EXPerience. Imagine a dwelling with many windows that bring nature inside and make you feel as if you’re practically living outside.
Parc national du Mont-Tremblant invites you to try an EXP. enveloped in the peaceful surroundings of Lac Monroe.
EXPs are designed for 2 people.
First off for all my American Readers. Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you are enjoying your day with family and friends!
I am thankful for all of you readers who keep coming back to visit my humble blog. I hope it has and will be a place of inspiration for those of your dreaming of living the tiny house life. Thank you so much to those who have shared their story to inspire and give courage to those who want to make this change. Please continue to send me your stories as time goes by.
Starting today through Monday December 2, 2013, I am excited to offer a special discount on all our Tiny House Magazines. All eleven PDF issues normally priced at $32.95 on sale for 30% off and now just $22. Happy Thanksgiving!
by Chinle Miller
There’s not a lot you can do to a cargo trailer, or so I thought when I bought mine. Then, I got a wild idea to paint one wall a deep sunburst yellow, and one thing led to another. I ended up painting the other wall a Taos blue, which I initially thought might be a bit much, but then decided since I was going to live in it, why not make it like I wanted?
When it was all done, I added a handmade quilt a friend made for me, and it all matched perfectly, though I hadn’t planned it that way. Serendipity! It’s kind of cozy, like a gypsy vardo. I run everything on solar, and the trailer is insulated so it stays warm in the cool weather and cool when it’s hot. After a certain point either way, I do have to turn on the propane heater or my 12-volt fan.
After doing a bit more research on converted cargo trailers, I was pretty amazed at some of the things people have done. Some were simple, and some were as nice as anything I’ve seen. At 6 ft. by 12 ft., mine’s pretty modest, but the storage under the bed is great. I’ve now full-timed in it for a couple of months, and I’ll say it’s much more livable than any of the half-dozen other trailers I’ve had, which include a Casita and an Aliner. It’s also very easy to pull, and I can stealth camp in it about anywhere—I actually camped in a Montana DMV parking lot once when on the road.
Living in a converted cargo trailer feels much more like living in a little cabin, except I can change the views when I want. It feels more substantial, more sheltering, than living in a trailer. And what I really love about it is the simplicity. There’s nothing to break or need repairs. I cook outside (unless it’s too windy), and I use a solar shower and porta-potty.
Life is simple and I can devote my time to writing, hiking with my three rescue dogs, cuddling with my three cats, and watching the sunrise and sunset. People think I’m crazy when I tell them I live in 70 square feet with six animals, but everyone’s happy. We get to be outdoors most of the time, even the cats, as I have a special cat-tent for them. I also take them for walks on leashes.
I’ve owned several nice houses (with the bank) and used to work in a high-paying professional field (computer consulting), but one morning I just flung it all over my shoulder and hit the road, traveling and living in a tent. Sure, being a nomad can be hard sometimes, but the benefits more than make up for it. I can live on almost nothing, and I find myself wanting little. I take great pleasure in things that some would consider unimportant, like watching the bluejays eat the nuts I throw out.
I’ve discovered that having a nice place to live, like my gypsy cargo trailer, gives me the underpinnings to enjoy a life of simplicity. Who could ask for more?
by Captain Mike Schiller
After completing a stationary small space project last December, “My small space made from recycled materials,” I had been looking at small 20 foot or less RV’S and teardrop trailers. I didn’t want to spend more than five thousand dollars.
I am always looking at boats, but did not want to take on a large expense. Being a professional Captain, I know what a commitment it can be to dock, haul, store, and maintain a vessel – especially one that can be lived aboard along with all the systems that go with it!
I have a 21 foot diesel launch that I have trailered to Florida twice from Massachusetts. I had a lot of great times, even doing an 8 day cruise to Key West, but had been looking around for a small boat with an enclosed pilothouse that would be trailerable.
At my marina, I saw a Nimble Nomad and have seen one before in Fort Lauderdale. I was intrigued at the efficient design and small size of this outboard powered, trailerable, 3,500 pound pocket trawler. I started researching them and found them selling in the 20 to 30 thousand dollar range and was thinking about selling the Launch and looking for one.
In a late night Internet surfing session I found one online in Maryland that needed work for $5,000. I called early the next morning talked to the original owner who had the boat built in 1996 and explained that due to health reasons the boat had not been used for the last six years and the interior was water damaged.
I sent a deposit sight unseen that day and three weeks later borrowed a trailer drove down to southern Maryland and brought the boat back to Boston for an intense 3 week restoration. I am fortunate to have the time, skills, and support of friends to get the boat up and running quickly.
The original Honda 40 hp fourstroke looked good in the pictures, but not having run in 6 years was an unknown after some wrench turning it now runs great and is very economical.
The restoration costs have been minimal, mostly my labor and around fifteen hundred in supplies even with the scratch and dent, small portable AC unit, and portable Ice maker.
“NOMAD” is now in the water at a slip in East Boston and I have been enjoying cruising around Boston harbor doing some November boating nice and toasty while enclosed with a propane heater even doing some snowboating the other day.
I plan to trailer the boat to southern Florida this winter and cruise from Fort Lauderdale to the Keys.