When some people look at a tiny house for the first time their immediate thought is, “why would you build a more expensive tiny house when you can buy a travel trailer or other camper that’s usually bigger and cheaper?”
That’s why I decided to put together this post on the top 5 reasons we, as tiny house people, would want a stick built house on a trailer instead of a camper, travel trailer or motorhome.
1. First and foremost is so I can feel at a home. Sure, you can make a camper feel more like home but not so much on the exterior. The look of a traditional tiny house with a pitched roof really makes you feel like you own a home and not a trailer or a double wide.
2. If this is going to be my home, then it has to be well insulated so it can stay cool in the summer and stay warm in the cold winter months. With most travel trailers this is very challenging. With a custom built tiny home, you can insulate it really well so that it functions like a home instead of a vacation trailer.
3. So I can use my own choice of materials inside and out. If I’m going to live in a tiny house, I definitely don’t want it to be anything like most travel trailers. Inside I’m going to choose quality materials that I enjoy living with and looking at everyday. Materials that do not contain chemicals with harmful off-gassing.
4. If I’m going to live in a “trailer” it’s going to look good because I don’t want to be looking and feeling like trailer trash. This obviously goes with reason one, but the point is, that this “trailer” (tiny house on wheels) is staying put unless I choose to move. So I don’t care about aerodynamics. I want it to be aesthetically pleasing like a house, cottage, or bungalow.
5. Last but not least, so I can finally own my own mortgage-free home. To me, a camper or a travel trailer just isn’t a home. I like them and all, but I’m not planning on hitting the road and traveling. I want a home.
We, the tiny house people, see nothing wrong with travel trailers, campers, motorhomes and bus conversions. In fact, most of us also love them. Some people have even created the perfect combination. See Rob Scott’s house-truck tiny houses. But these beauties aren’t built to be moved very often.
In conclusion, tiny houses are for living in full-time and only towing when you decide to move. Like once a year or less. Campers, travel trailers, and motorhomes are for those of you who want to travel the country. Other people live in tiny homes and travel frequently with their cars or using airplanes thanks their low cost lifestyle at home. What would you do?