I have been living in trailers since 1986 and wouldn't live any other way.
Started out in a 1968
25 foot Silver Streak I bought in in '86 in Visalia, CA and lived in it in Kerman, CA on my buddy's 30 acre raisin vineyard for a few years then moved down to Alhambra, CA to care for my elderly great aunt until her death at age 94 in 1994. Lived next to the garage from 87 to 94 then moved back to Kerman until I moved up to Coeur d Alene ID in 1998.
Bought my present 34 foot Silver Streak out of Lewiston, ID in 1998 and have lived in it ever since in Coeur d Alene, Rathdrum and Athol where I am now. In 2008 I had a lot of money bought at 42 foot deluxe KZ toy hauler that was basically a building on wheels. Never towed it. Had it until 2010 until I went broke in the gold market. Got rid of the deluxe trailer before it was going to be repossessed and moved back into the Silver Streak. Had sold off the 25 foot Silver Streak about 2003 for two grand. Glad I never got rid of the 34 foot SS because I would be homeless without it.
I've lived through winters up here since 1998 with no problems using kerosene heaters and then moved to Olympic catalytic propane heaters. Now shopping for an old wood stove (pot belly type) for when we can't get fuels anymore when the whole society collapses soon.
I would love to have a Kimberly heater, but $3700??? No way.
I re-insulated the paneling in the front room years ago with Reflectix and pink insulation where I could, I may have used some spray foam too...don't remember. I put Reflextics in all the windows which is the difference between having the door open or closed.
Temps up here go down to single digits or the teens for a two week period just about every year and I get giant ice slabs from snow melting off the roof and the front door has looked like the inside of my freezer as well as the aluminum window frames showing frost.
I don't vent the catalytic heater so I get a lot of condensation that drips down to the wood floor, so I don't have carpeting. When I do have carpeting I lay it down in sections so I can pull it out and take it outside and hose it down and then use my Hoover rug vacuum to suck the dirty water out of it. Then I use rug shampoo and suck it out again. When the rug get too worn, I just buy more remnant carpet and use the old rugs for templates.
I put a good tarp or plastic sheeting over the top in winter to keep the snow from sticking.
Ive traveled all over hell and gone back when I could afford fuel and travel with a chest freezer which I keep running with four L16 batteries and a large inverter and two solar panels and a Craftsman generator that I keep in the back of my truck and run all night when I'm sleeping. Worked for months.
Now I have a huge Onan 5000 watt Generator on a platform I put on the rear of the trailer and a small Harbor Freight Generator for running tools or small appliances if the large stuff doesn't work. I have ten L16 batteries in a lawn tractor trailer behind the trailer which are too many and too heavy to travel with, but i can get by with four if I go nomad. Keep your batteries healthy by using a product called BATTERY EQUALIZER. It's worth it. They are in San Marcos, CA. It's pricey but worth it. Batteries aren't cheap!!
I'll try to put up pictures now and then and offer info to anyone who needs help full timing it in an old, or even new, trailer.
I've tried hay bales around the bottom and plastic sheeting. Hay bales make a big mess and plastic is hard to attach even with cold weather tape. In recent winters, I haven't used anything but my catalytic heater and an electric blanket.
I stay in the trailer almost all the time working on the computer and watching TV as I am nearly 70 this year in November and have two replaced knees, one replaced shoulder and metal rods in my back from motorcycle accidents and hard parachute landings so I hurt all the time and am very happy to sit on my ass and stay comfortable when I can.
I may be going nomad soon as the people where i'm living want me out pretty soon.
I don't have the income anymore to afford most RV parks up here and there aren't that many nice ones that are year round that don't have creepy people and meth freaks living in them. When on the road you have to deal with the state and local police harassing you for nothing.
Right now a major thunder storm is coming in so I better close off before the power goes out.
Just went out to take a few pics of the trailer and the stuff I have around it. I'll show the inside when I clean it up.
I put up T posts around the outside and attach some garden netting stapled to one by twos that I used to hand from the awning tube for privacy but now I use it for a privacy curtain around all my stuff. the small garden trailer in back of the SS has by L16 batteries in it with an old inflatable hot tube on top of it for sun and water protection.
I have a washer and dryer under the awning along with a huge microwave/convection oven I took out of the deluxe RV I ditched. Also have my barbeque under the plastic sheeting and a Big Chief electric smoker under the covers. I have had a metal storage shed in the past but they're expensive, need a wood floor and aren't strong enough to handle snow loads up here.
I have a 30 foot Airstream I gutted and turned in to a work shop and storage trailer. Much easier to move about and store than renting storage lockers.
I have an 1985 F350 diesel dually that i'm repairing and use for towing and also my 1975 Dodge B200 van that I bought new for $5800 and won't ever give up. I've been from Alaska and Yukon Territory down into Baja California in it and sleep in it instead of renting a room. I love it, but she can't tow heavy stuff up hills very well.
I'll try to take better pics later. It's getting dark here because the thunder storm is coming in now. It's a very severe storm with 65 mph gust in Spokane and could cause bad flooding from the giant 240,000 acre fires we just had over in Washington. Those poor folks! Over 100 homes got burned up and now this heavy rain. It's always something!