Why not an RV if you want to be mobile?
We considered buying a used RV or travel trailer and renovating it but after looking at a few we realized that was not what we wanted. here’s why:
- Aesthetics… RV’s have thin walls and are made out of lightweight, often inexpensive materials. We wanted to live in a tiny house because it feels like a real home: solid, spacious, well built – high ceilings. We didn’t want to feel like we were on an interminable camping trip….
- Weather and Comfort… Our tiny home is well insulated to withstand winter and summer temperatures. In an RV we would have to run the heater or A/C constantly to be comfortable in winter or summer.
- Health… when we viewed RV’s we noticed the unmistakable odor of plastics and chemicals throughout the interior. We wanted to live in a tiny house because we wouldn’t surround ourselves by man-made toxic materials.
- Mobility… If you want to move your house every couple weeks, then an RV would definitely be better for you. They are designed to be moved: lightweight and aerodynamic. We did not need that much mobility. We envisioned ourselves moving the home maybe once or twice a year so building on wheels allows us to avoid zoning code restrictions and have a beautiful home with the flexibility we need.
I am a huge fan of Airstreams and have seen some beautifully renovated travel trailers, but those were (some of) our reasons for choosing a tiny home.