People think the first barrier to overcome when going tiny is getting rid of stuff, selling your house or just selecting the right space to live in – your new house on wheels. If you plan to live a gypsy life – floating from space to space – the place to park your tiny house won’t be a big issue. There are campgrounds all over the U.S. that will welcome you. Or if you plan to go South to a warmer climate you probably can quickly find a place to stay longer term, because these locations have welcomed seniors for years knowing the value add they bring to your community. They spend money in it – buying groceries, eating at restaurants, going out to movies, buying locally. But in other places that welcome mat may not have been put down yet.
So, my suggestion to those considering this new way of life is to make sure first that you plan where you are going to stay in your tiny space. If you can’t park it somewhere you are in trouble – a house on wheels with no place to live!!
If you choose to park it on your own land, what might the issues be? Well first you need power, water, and a system to dispose of your black and gray waste. If you only have power and water, you’ll need to move it frequently to dispose of your waste if you have tanks as they aren’t that big. Or your tiny house may have been built with the assumption that you’ll always be connected to a dump station. And, does your land have an HOA associated to it. If so, what are the restrictions? Single family, modular, stick built, size of house, etc. You may be surprised to learn that you own the property but are restricted regarding what can be placed on that property.
What if you need to stay in an area because of jobs, schools, family, etc. and don’t have land? You need to think about how many campgrounds are around and what they are like. Is it appealing to live right next to your neighbor? How close will your neighbors be? What kind of neighbors will they be? How clean and updated are the facilities, e.g. showers, laundry facilities, toilets, pool? Unless you have a very expensive tiny house, it is much more pleasant to take a hot shower at the campground rather than shower using the small volume hot water system installed in your tiny house. How long can you stay in the campground? Yes – some do have restrictions on length of stay. What is included at your space? Do you have dump capabilities at your site? Some do while older campgrounds don’t. Does the site offer free electric as part of the price or is it metered? Does it offer Wi-Fi and how fast or slow is it? Is cable television available at your space? If so, can you upgrade the service so you can get a broader selection of shows and a receiver that can record when you are not at home.
Does the campground allow pets and what are the rules regarding them? We are lucky. We have two dogs, and our campground has a great fenced in dog area. But even with this convenience, it is much different for us to wake up every morning and walk the dogs rather than just let them outside. And, I’m use to picking up their poop to keep the yard nice but not while it is still warm.
Well just saying. Your first step in thinking about going tiny is figuring out where you’ll live not what you’ll live in. That’s the easy part.
LOL – life above 5,400 feet in a space that is about 300 square feet.