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    Tiny houses vs. trailer homes

    I'm watching this new(ish) trend to "tiny houses" with interest, amusement, and confusion.

    I'm amused mainly b/c sometimes it seems like millenials discover the benefit of something (like buying something small so that you don't have a mortgage) and then they act like they invented it. Seems like "tiny homes" is one such example. I'm not bashing tiny homes. I think the concept of avoiding a mortgage is great! But it's nothing new, is it?

    In the interest of trying to stay open-minded, and since a few of you mentioned you live in (or are looking at) either trailer homes or tiny homes, I would like somebody to explain to me what the difference is between the two. Other than a tiny home possibly having a loft and a more traditional cladding, I don't see what the big new invention is.

    Thank you!

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    My experience is limited, but my daughter and I have been researching tiny homes. I posted a link to one that her boyfriend was considering purchasing in the 'house' thread.
    I guess the biggest difference I have seen is that 'most' trailer homes (certainly not all) seem to have that pre-fab look about them (inside and out), whereas tiny homes are often custom built to the buyer's wishes. I think both are fine, it all depends on what you want! I actually don't love tiny homes - I need a bit more space than your usual tiny home provides (the definition of a tiny home is basically anything under 400 sf). Trailer homes can run much larger than that.
    I must say, the tiny home we actually got to go into - it did not feel so tiny because of the layout. Most tiny homes look too cramped to me because of the usual placement of the kitchen. The one we saw was quite nice.
    I wouldn't want to live in one, but I can certainly see my daughter being able to love being in one. She is very much a minimalist, and tiny herself

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      #3
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      The towable tiny homes are usually only 8 ft wide, where most single-wide mobile homes are at least 14, many are 16 wide. And many mobile homes now come with traditional roofs and siding. And the tiny homes I've seen seem to cost quite a bit more per square foot than mobile homes. Pretty much just fancied-up camper trailers.
      Last edited by shirleyknot; June 29, 2017, 04:37 PM.

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        I think the main difference is tiny homes are more mobile than mobile homes. DD lives in a mobile home that is 14 x 60. It takes 2 semis to move it, so it isn't very mobile!. The tiny homes supposedly can be moved with a heavy duty pick up. For the money, I would buy a motor home with slide outs or a 5th wheel. They have more room in less space and are built to travel. I'd hate to see the inside of some of those tiny homes after they are moved more than a couple of miles! There was one with a beautiful acrylic tub which wouldn't last through 3 big bumps.
        Last edited by Navy Wife; June 29, 2017, 04:42 PM.

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          #5
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          I've been watching Tiny House Nation since it started. I think the homes give a sense of individuality. I don't think it has to do with millennials so much, there were plenty of older folks on the show too. I like watching the pairing down process. It makes me look at my own things and would I part with them.
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            #6
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            Most mobile homes are moved once or twice in their lifetimes. They aren't meant to be towed behind the family vehicle. They also aren't like living in a closet, which is the feeling I think I would get in a tiny home. I've always been impressed with the use of space in most models of mobile homes. They normally have fantastic storage and many built-ins.

            This link takes to to a virtual walk through of a mobile home that my sister was going to look at, before she saw the house she made an offer on. This place is HUGE and I would not consider it very mobile.

            https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=YSBxyCnRNHo

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              #7
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              I too occasionally watch Tiny House Nation....and I love it. My parents started camping when I was a baby in a tent camper in 1954.....( okay, so now you know I am 62 yrs old ) I was 9 months old when I went camping for the first time.
              My parents loved camping, and I still do, however we sold our 38 ft trailer years ago when the kids became teenagers and didn't really like camping any more.
              The Tiny House concept is really nice, although for someone like myself, with tons of stuff ( such as fabric ) a Tiny House wouldn't be something I could live in.
              My 1st DH ( prior to his death) talked about moving into a Senior Apartment when the kids moved out....but honestly, since his death ( and my re-marriage ) I can't see moving out of my paid for home and the fact that I have so much fabric...well, it just wouldn't fit into a tiny house....But I am amazed with the show. I like the guy that builds the tiny homes ...Zach, he is really creative.
              ( Well, I like the other man too...just can't think of his name right now )
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                #8
                Re: Tiny houses vs. trailer homes

                Ok, so I get the ease of moving it thing. But where are you going to continually move this tiny house to?

                Also, when I watch the shows, without fail, it seems the primary motivation is the ability to pay it off and therefore have money to travel and the like -- to not be mortgage poor. In that regard, like someone said, it seems like you get a lot more space for you money from a trailer home.

                But to each their own. It will be interesting to see how long this trend lasts.

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                  #9
                  Re: Tiny houses vs. trailer homes

                  Tiny home...travel trailer...about the same thing. It's called marketing....

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                    #10
                    Re: Tiny houses vs. trailer homes

                    Its fairly new and novel, and a lot of people just can't seem to see past that

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                      #11
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                      We watch the Tiny House Nation, too. Love it. Find it amusing and interesting. See some really neat ones and love the cleverness of some of the designs. While we do think that not all the people shown are not Millenials, we don't see many in our age category (70s (officially "older")) we are amazed at what the cost of these little wonders is. We are RV enthusiasts (past and present), and marvel at what those interviewed on the show will pay for something that they can tow anywhere they want to, when they can buy a beautiful 5th wheel and tow vehicle or motorhome, with much more room and adaptability to surroundings, for usually less money. The insulation value of them, comparatively, is very much the same, while the ability to shift layouts and options is sometimes superior (Not always). As far as mobile homes go, I lived in a double wide 43 years ago, loved it, would live in one again, single wide or double wide. I think they are absolutely beautiful.
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                        #12
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                        I have not seen the show, but I have seen several photos layouts of the homes. I can't figure out how they are finding different spots to move to. Do they just buy small hunks of land when the urge to move hits? Do they have a bunch of relatives with large yards?

                        Many years ago, we did live in a trailer home. I loved it. We had 2 small children and didn't want to rent, so that is what we could find. It was spacious enough for all of us. The only thing I didn't care for was the master bedroom was at one end and both of the kids bedrooms were at the other. It took a while for me to hear them if one of them woke up at night.
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                          #13
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                          When you watch the show a lot of times they want one is for their jobs.One show the wife did nursing all over the country. Another was teaching, or sports or military,
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                            #14
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                            I don't think mobile vs not is the case. Mobile homes can now be triple wides and the square footage can be huge. The tiny home is a movement directed towards consumerism/materialism. Those that purchase tiny homes do not have fabric stashes or hobbies that require square footage. They are usually outdoorsy too. Millinals like to follow trends. Trends cost more money. And in 20 plus years if not before they will realize they are over being trendy. Like what was said a marketing technique that is fallen for.
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                              #15
                              Re: Tiny houses vs. trailer homes

                              Even if I were single, I would not even contemplate a tiny home. I would get claustrophobic. I like my 2,200 sq. ft. home. We have a large back yard & enjoy the space. My 2nd DH & I lived in his 14 x 70 ft. 3 BR mobile home when we first got married. It was set firmly in place with skirting, etc. with no intentions of ever moving it. I had to store some of my furniture when we got married. We eventually bought a house & sold the MH. We contemplated getting a double wide, but found a lovely house that met our needs. Lot rent for MHs now is very expensive compared to what we paid back in the 1970's.

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