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Old 10-24-2015, 10:50 AM   #29
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I think what you're (KJ Ritchie) specifically referring to is something like this:
RV Garages - Cottage Court - Luxury New Homes Laughlin Nevada or this:

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Old 10-24-2015, 11:12 AM   #30
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Are you planning to winter in this arrangement in Massachusetts or have it towed to warmer winter climes? I think a tiny home may be a good alternative but when looking at some of the prices to get one built it starts to encroach on traditional house prices.

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Old 10-24-2015, 11:23 AM   #31
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I think what you're (KJ Ritchie) specifically referring to is something like this:
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Yep. After further researching, these types of developments, they are way over our budget plus most are in places I wouldn't want to live.

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Are you planning to winter in this arrangement in Massachusetts or have it towed to warmer winter climes? I think a tiny home may be a good alternative but when looking at some of the prices to get one built it starts to encroach on traditional house prices.

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Definitely not Kelvin, we live in Massachusetts because I work here, as soon as I don't, we won't.

I agree what you say about tiny houses....they are 'trendy' so there are plenty of companies trying to sell to affluent downsizers, not for what they actually cost to make. I often see prices above $150K for what is basically a timber construction on a trailer. The current plans were priced at $35-50K dependent on finish and fittings.

I don't like hot temps, so we really looking for somewhere where the yearly max-min typically is 40-90F. This could also be our US base after we return to the UK after I give up work. I say could because we are bringing our motorhome back to UK, if we do we will have to get a second to leave in the US.
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Old 10-24-2015, 12:48 PM   #33
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I don't get the tiny house movement.
Why don't those people just buy an RV?
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Old 10-24-2015, 06:53 PM   #34
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Sorry for the repost, but the previous info was posted from a phone.

Here is a better description (with a working link) to the Texas Airstream Harbor, Inc.

Give Deep East Texas a look.

One of the perks of Airstream ownership (besides this Forum) are various Airstream only parks across the nation. One of the most affordable is in East Texas. The Texas Airstream Harbor Inc (TAHI) is best suited for me - for many reasons.

You can read more about the Harbor on Lake Sam Rayburn (SE of Lufkin) at:

Texas Airstream Harbor, Inc.

We are not on the "WBCCI" server, so the link should work.

Full hookups are only $15 per night if you decide to stay for a week or so. You need not be a WBCCI member to stay at the park - the only requirement is an Airstream product.

TAHI is a non-profit organization, and relies on volunteer labor to keep costs at a minimum. Lots start at 1500 dollars. Annual (not monthly) assessments are only $400 - that's per YEAR.

TAHI is a secure gated community - lots of road and park area to ride bikes on. Birding is second to none in Texas. We are right on the shore of Lake Sam Rayburn, so most any type of fishing is available almost from your parking spot.

TAHI (Texas Airstream Harbor) is a couple of hours north of Houston, so plenty of medical and entertainment are close at hand. Lufkin, Texas (more than 33,000 population) is only a half hour drive away.

It is possible to purchase an existing "cabanna" (usually a 12' X 20' room) with an attached cover for the Airstream for a minimal price - depending on availability. Yearly assessments at this time are only $400 per year. The assessment covers pretty much everything except for phone and electricity. The real benefit of a cabanna is the ability to leave your winter "things" in a secure, locked environment while you travel to cooler climes in the summer.

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I don't get the tiny house movement.
Why don't those people just buy an RV?
To me they are very different, but then I am sure they are just different places on a spectrum an there could be a point where they serve the same purpose.

I regard an RV as a small light vehicle/trailer which contains the essentials you need when travelling (many it appears don't). A tiny house does not 'travel', although some can be moved, and it doesn't just have essentials it has a full service bathroom and kitchen (ie normal domestic fixtures and fittings), just has minimal space, ie is a 'tiny house'. In our case we are an exception in not wanting a dedicated bedroom in our tiny house design, because we regard the bedroom in our motorhome as 'full service' and don't need to duplicate.

The pluses of a tiny home as a base and an RV for travel are the we can have a proper kitchen, bathroom, living room etc when we aren't travelling but still not be tied to a fixed location.
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My travel trailer has everything my house has except square footage and a washer/dryer.
The people on the tiny house television programs on DIY or HGTV all want it to be towable and inexpensive. What is that? A travel trailer! Then, some of the people live in them in an RV campground!
The larger ones are just higher quality /higher priced mobile home trailers/modular homes/pre-fab homes- nothing new under the sun- except maybe marketing angle-


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I don't get the tiny house movement.
Why don't those people just buy an RV?

It is sort of like owning an Airstream, either you get it or you don't. There are no explanations for affairs of the heart.
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I'm in the same boat...but to use some examples

Our 20ft MH has a shower/wetroom/cassette toilet (approx 2ft by 4ft), our tiny house design as a domestic size toilet, separate shower and basin (6ft by 8ft). The kitchen in the MH has a small (less than 3cuft) fridge, two burner cook top/sink combo (so the 'galley is 7ft by 2ft); the tiny house has a regular range, double drainer sink, and the galley is approx 18ft by 2 1/2ft, including a domestic double fridge freezer.

This isn't about 'functionality', we have the same functions in the MH as the tiny house design, it is more a case of having essentials with us when travelling vs the full service version at base, and I don't want to drag another 20ft of MH around with me when we travel.

I agree with you last statement, I call our design a modular pre-fab house (on a trailer chassis)...the whole tiny house nomenclature is just media hype.
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Doug mentioned the Voyager in Tucson. I stayed there a couple months two winters ago, and then spent a couple months across town at Rincon West. Rincon is similar to Voyager in cost and amenities. Each place has enough slight differences to say that one has advantages over the other. A person really needs to look at and stay at both to see which is a better fit. If you buy a "park model" they are really very affordable, and the annual fee is around $5K. For me, the major advantage of that part of the country is a virtual guarantee of nice weather all winter long. I'll be at Rincon again this winter. I will look again this winter at buying a place there. I could see making it my winter home, and taking the trailer up to Colorado for the summer/fall months.
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Ive seen snowbirds come to visit the large 55+ Rv resorts with their camper and learn how much fun retirement can be. Some are astonished. Very, very often they buy an inexpensive winter dwelling there for winter and go home in the spring for a "normal" life, a little rest. Lifetime friendships are established.

Most keep there campers, travel around the country to and from or during the winter sojourn. The resorts make a good base camp for exploring interesting regions of the country.
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Doug mentioned the Voyager in Tucson. I stayed there a couple months two winters ago, and then spent a couple months across town at Rincon West. Rincon is similar to Voyager in cost and amenities. Each place has enough slight differences to say that one has advantages over the other. A person really needs to look at and stay at both to see which is a better fit. If you buy a "park model" they are really very affordable, and the annual fee is around $5K. For me, the major advantage of that part of the country is a virtual guarantee of nice weather all winter long. I'll be at Rincon again this winter. I will look again this winter at buying a place there. I could see making it my winter home, and taking the trailer up to Colorado for the summer/fall months.
This Rincon place looks interesting. We have been to Tucson the past two winters (stayed in Lazy Days) but only for a couple weeks at a time. This year I think we might stay a bit longer..... always good to look at options.
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So if you went an RV spot for 3 or 4 months you have to pay electricity extra. How much is the typical monthly bill? I would imagine you would need to run the AC a lot even in the winter. Looks like the rates at Rincon are a little better than Voyager. 5 month Rincon rate comes out roughly $20/day. Is it easy to get bored down there? I would think you'd be taking off trying to find stuff to do.

Park home rentals are too expensive during the winter months for us and you'd have to store the Airstream.

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