We did something a little crazy and bought a camper trailer that we plan on renovating and living in for 2 years starting in the summer of 2020. I know, sayyyy whattt???
Let me back this story up and tell you how this all started. When Parker and I first got married, we toyed with the idea of “small living”. The tiny house movement had just started (yeah, this was a million years ago. We are that old). We liked the idea of owning our own house and paying it off quickly. We kind of forgot about those plans when we moved to Lubbock, bought a totally regular house, and started having kids.
Fast forward 5-6 years and here we are. Parker has less than a year until he is done with his PhD program and will start his year of internship (June 2020). We spend a lot of time daydreaming about life after graduate school. For a long time we’ve dreamed of owning a lot of land and running a Christmas tree farm off of it. Since starting my floral design business, I’ve added some bits and pieces to our dream (duh) and what I want to do with that land!
Parker and I were talking a couple of months ago and I realized our timelines for making this dream a reality were very different. He is more practical and gets stressed about money, so he was thinking this was going to happen in 10 years. I’m a dreamer and when I dream, I dream BIG. I of course thought I’d be running a booming Christmas tree farm as soon as he walked across the stage at graduation. I realized to make our dream a reality within the next 3 years, we needed to A. win the lottery (which is hard, because we don’t gamble) B. find a way to cut our costs to save a lot of money in a short amount of time.
That led me to think about tiny living. I first thought we could live in a really small apartment during internship year and the first year of his professional career. We’ve done apartment living and it’s not my favorite. If I’m going to live small, I’d rather own my space. Then I saw a family on Instagram who converted a school bus and lived in it with their 4 kids. After doing some research, I found out that process costs at least $30,000, which didn’t really fit into our “save a ton of money in a short amount of time” plan. So after some brainstorming with Parker and one of my very favorite freelancers (shout out Megan!) we decided to find an inexpensive, used camper-trailer and renovate it.
A few days later, I drove two hours to New Mexico to look at a gigantic 5th wheel. Parker didn’t approve and I cried most of my drive home (because I’m a psycho). He was right, as usual. There was too much damage and it wasn’t worth all of the money to fix. We would also have to buy a bigger truck than the one we have to tow it. A week later we found another trailer that had minimal damage and was a great deal, so we jumped the gun and bought that baby!
Here’s a video of my man making all of my trailer dreams come true! Back that thang up, Baby!
I honestly am not sure why I’m so excited about this idea. I have zero doubts in my mind about how awesome this is going to be. Maybe it’s because I get to have an adventure and try something new, maybe it’s because I will be able to get rid of sooooo much crap from my house, or maybe it’s because I am one step closer to my butt-ton of land and my Christmas tree farm. Whatever it is, it’s going to be amazing! I wanted to document our journey for memories’ sake and thought it’d be fun to share it with anyone who is interested!