An Inexpensive Way To Homestead

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Here is an inexpensive way to homestead that I came across yesterday in my travels. One of the largest costs with getting started in trying to live a self-sufficient life is housing and one way people are trying to get around that is the tiny house movement.

I’m a big fan of the tiny house movement due to the thought process of downsizing and simplifying your life, but the thought of living in 140 square feet does not get me excited at all. Besides the fact that most of the ones being sold commercially are 40,000 to 60,000 dollars. That’s a lot of money for not a heck of a lot of space and not too many people in today’s world have that just laying around.

I was driving out to the farm to pick up our new piglets  and drove by this sitting on the side of the road.

So being an inquisitive person, I just naturally had to stop and talk to the people about it. They informed me it’s called a park model and is designed to go into campgrounds, RV parks, etc.

I had never seen one before so they showed me around and I was very impressed, it has a full kitchen/dinette, bathroom, master bedroom, loft and living room.

I was slightly intrigued, so when I got home from picking up the piglets, I hit up craigslist and this is what I found.

Used park home rv 12×37 2 bedroom full bath with fiberglass tub, stove, frig. fully furnished as seen new steel roof, all in working order, good size master bedroom with big closet second bdrm is bunks comes with deck 4×8 larger decks available. $12,750

http://maine.craigslist.org/rvs/4490932138.html

10X40 with Deck & Screen Room. Mostly Furnished Queen Pull out Couch Bed. Wall Entertainment Center. Bought 4yrs Ago. Used very Little. Get Ready For Summer. Close by the Ocean. Can Clam when Tide goes out. By Reid State Park.( This is not the Furniture in it now.) I put all NEW FURNITURE IN IT. $23,500

http://maine.craigslist.org/rvs/4416781806.html

luxury park model with loft, and stairs(no unsafe ladders) 12×38 in outdoor world Moody Maine. Lot rent is 3300/year Nice resort with pool activities and constant beach shuttle…OWN A MAINE BEACH HOUSE FOR A DEAL!!!!! $13,000

You can see the loft here

http://maine.craigslist.org/rvs/4438702127.html

1993 Quailridge Park Model Camper

Park Model Camper or Camp. Log sided with loft. 12’X34′
The Screen room is 12’X24′ with two doors.
The loft easily sleeps four on twin mattress, or you could put two full mattress up there.
Full bathroom. Master bedroom accepts queen size bed easily might be able get a king in there.
Fridge and gas range included. Both work excellent. Microwave included, works but is small/weak.
Siding is in excellent condition, New steel roofing two years ago.
Flooring is original and showing it age, nothing torn or ripped. It is very serviceable as is.
Gas furnace works excellent as well. 
The porch/screen room all comes apart fairly easily. The deck under the screen room is made in three pieces and comes apart with screws.
I will assist in having this ready for hook and haul. Such as installing the hitch and tires and getting blocking out of the way. I will assist you in dismantling the covered porch and loading it on your truck/trailer. I had this moved from OOB two years ago and it cost me $600 to move just the main camp. 
The part of the deck that is not covered is not included. 
Would consider land in Madrid Maine with year round access and power at the street in trade or.
$15,000 FIRM

http://maine.craigslist.org/rvs/4510031685.html

These next three are a more traditional park model camper, but for less money you can get a slightly bigger space.

1999 44′ Breckenridge Park Model with two bump-outs. 

The deck and screen room have been sold and do not come with the trailer $4,000.00 Will consider trades, please let me know what you have in your original response.

Central A/C, heater, and water heater are all in good working condition. 
Living room has Bay windows, ceiling fan, a full size couch from Jordan’s with a queen size pull out bed and Sealy mattress, 27″ color tv, and stereo. 
Kitchen has a full size propane stove/oven, a full size refrigerator, double sink, small microwave, and plenty of cabinets and counter top space. The counter top at the sink and stove is Corian.
Bathroom has a full size stand-up shower, a residential toilet, sink / vanity with storage underneath, floor to ceiling cabinet.
Bedroom has a 6′ closet, built in chest of drawers, and built in cabinets. There had been some water damage in the bedroom; however, this has been completely fixed.

http://nh.craigslist.org/rvs/4523579742.html

Why buy new when you can have “LIKE NEW” at a fraction of the cost?

This 2004 Brekenridge Park Model Trailer is currently located on an Open site with views of 2 of the 3 ponds @ 3 Ponds Campground in Brentwood, NH 

This model features 3 Slides/Bump-outs, front living room with lots of windows and an electric fireplace. There is a divider to close this room off to make a bedroom with the sleep sofa if you wish.

Family room with Sleep Sofa & Dinette area, full size gas stove and fridge, full bath and rear bedroom. $15,000

http://nh.craigslist.org/rvs/4495242901.html

I am selling a 2000 skyline Layton park trailer, model 3975. Comes with working fridge, microwave and propane stove. Very clean, working heat, and has been winterized. Has a/c unit but needs to be repaired. Asking $7000 obo.

http://nh.craigslist.org/rvs/4505460395.html

So for less than the cost of a new car a single person, retired couple, someone looking for a get away spot,  or a young couple just starting out, these might be a cheaper option to start following their dreams, especially if they don’t have the tools or knowledge to build something themselves. Which can be a stumbling point for quite a few people.