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Empty Nesters Downsize to a Truck Camper

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Patty and Shane were living in a 3,500-square-foot home after spending years living around the United States for Shane’s military career. Despite all the moves, they’d never seen what the country had to offer. Once their boys were grown, they sold the house and started traveling in their fifth wheel.

After a couple of years on the road, they decided they wanted to travel from Texas to Alaska, so they downsized from the fifth wheel into a truck camper. The 100-square-foot space has a dinette bump out, which provides a little extra room, a wet bath, a kitchen, and a queen-sized bed.

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Headed to Alaska in Their Truck Camper

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Their oven has three burners.

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The dinette is in a bump out that slides out to provide more room inside.

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They have about $6,000 of exterior features that help them carry bikes, a generator, fuel, and more.

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  • Patty and Shane lived in a 3,500-square-foot home when they decided to sell it and downsize to a fifth-wheel RV.
  • Their boys were grown, and despite living all over the U.S. for Shane’s military job, they felt like they’d never really seen the country.
  • They had started camper life with their boys, but only for vacations.
  • Once they decided to go to Alaska from Texas, they chose a smaller rig for easier travel: a truck camper with one bumpout.
  • They went from 400 square feet in the 5th wheel to 100 sq. ft. in the truck camper.

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.
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