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Could you be happy living in a double wide trailer?

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21 hours ago, maddmaxx said:

IMO the trailer would look like paradise compared to some of the places I've lived.

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I took a tour of the USS Iowa which is berthed in San Pedro.  I was amazed how cramped the quarters were.  I may have had to sleep in the mud but wasn’t jam packed in a tin can.  

Honestly I would much rather sleep in the mud.

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Ours was on a concrete foundation with tie downs. Axles removed and the unit was de-titled. Standard 36” doors and normal drywall. It was a nice one. Selling it later on was still met with a stigma with listing, insurance and financing. We are happy it sold. We pulled out an ok profit from it. It was a rental for about ten years. They paid off our mortgage on it and didn’t trash it too badly. 

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On 12/4/2019 at 3:33 PM, Dottie said:

I could not get my father to listen to me.  He knew it all.

Time sure does change things, no?

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23 hours ago, BR46 said:

If it's a 2 bedroom I could put the mill and lathe in the spare room. I'll just have to find a room for the Mig and the Tig welders.

If you have ever seen a trailer fire, the welding will be done outside

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4 hours ago, Dottie said:

Well, it's always the same thing for me.  Look for relief and consider the options.  Double wide on a plot of land somewhere seems great.  But financing those can be tricky because they're considered private property as they can in theory be moved.  Then I think why not pay a little more and get a nicer modular home and put it on a permanent fixture? Getting financing for that would greatly improve.  That sounds like a good idea.  On the surface, I probably could get the same thing I own now for about half the price.  But then I start considering all the hassles of finding property and the mayhem I would have go through to build on site. I'd probably have to hire somebody since I've never done anything like this and I'll be damned if I'm going to really screw my future up.  I read somewhere to get a modular -- often referred to as a prefab home -- is going to cost you between $150K and $315K not including the property and dependent on the sizing and customizations.  Well, you can't get a good piece of property around here for at least $40+K -- and that says nothing of the expenses to pave a driveway, for example, or create and maintain a yard or outside area -- and no fucking shed!!  It also doesn't take into account all the hoops I'd have to jump through.  So then I think just buying a smaller house would be a hecka lot easier and less risky. 

But around here, if I downsize and drop a thousand square feet say, I may be able to get a mortgage for about $100K less.  Well that doesn't take into account the money I'd lose selling this place and the time spent packing up and going to the other place. I'd say off the top I would lose about $20K of equity just to pay the realtor and for moving expenses.  Maybe/probably more.  On a 30 year loan (wait, what?  I'm in my early 50s -- a 30 year puts me into my 70s on best case scenario before I can pay it off), that's about a $400-$600 savings a month. A good chunk of change to be sure but it gets me nowhere closer to owning my own home outright.

The best part?  There's no housing inventory here.  We'd be lucky as hell to find something we both liked in an area we both liked that reduced our square footage by a 1000 ft.  Two or three bedroom ramblers are really, really hard to come by.  We're getting older now and I'm not interested in a house with stairs.  It can be done but it means selling our house and moving in with her mother while we patiently wait and pounce.  Good Lord.  You see what I'm dealing with here?  :)

So I then return back to the double wide  thing and the loop continues.

Nail the door shut on your spare bedroom.

You got smaller house and it didn't cost ya anything.

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I know a few people that sold their homes and live in their motorhome traveling from race to race. 

Sell the house buy a one of these and just drive to where it's 82°. If you don't like the neighbor hood...drive to a different one. 

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I could be happy around good people.  I don't think I would be happy in a trailer park, though, at least not for long.

I could be happy with a tent on my own property though, away from other people, as long as there are sweeping vistas for my Peloton to overlook.

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Definitely no trailer park.

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17 hours ago, sheep_herder said:

Why do you think we have stayed here for 31 years?

Because you like the cold weather?

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1 minute ago, Prophet Zacharia said:

Have you not moved yet, @Dottie?

If I only knew where. You're saving that room for us in Kauai'i, right!?

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1 minute ago, Dottie said:

If I only knew where. You're saving that room for us in Kauai'i, right!?

Yeah. Never mind the hanging clothes on the bar above your head and shoes under the cots. And it’s a little narrow.... You and Wo @Dottie have been using the peloton, right? 

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8 minutes ago, Prophet Zacharia said:

Yeah. Never mind the hanging clothes on the bar above your head and shoes under the cots. And it’s a little narrow.... You and Wo @Dottie have been using the peloton, right? 

Hawaii apart from maybe Maui is not your bike friend. So exercise bike gets scrapped too. It's all about the walking there.

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1 minute ago, Dottie said:

Hawaii apart from maybe Maui is not your friend. So exercise bike gets scrapped too. It's all about the walking there.

No. I mean you need to be able to fit into the closet comfortably. So none of this ebike stuff, get on the trainer!

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4 minutes ago, Prophet Zacharia said:

No. I mean you need to be able to fit into the closet comfortably. So none of this ebike stuff, get on the trainer!

And I thought living in Seattle was tough. You're right. I could afford a house made of Legos there. So, yeah, a closet will work fine.

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9 minutes ago, Dottie said:

And I thought living in Seattle was tough. You're right. I could afford a house made of Legos there. So, yeah, a closet will work fine.

Don’t worry, I’m using @petitepedal as my real estate agent. This could take awhile to find the right place.

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Double wide hut off the beach would work.

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1 hour ago, Dottie said:

Because you like the cold weather?

Haven't seen any flies recently.:whistle:

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1 minute ago, sheep_herder said:

Haven't seen any flies recently.:whistle:

I hate those things.  Flies and ants.  Yuk.

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3 hours ago, Prophet Zacharia said:

Yeah. Never mind the hanging clothes on the bar above your head and shoes under the cots. And it’s a little narrow.... You and Wo @Dottie have been using the peloton, right? 

Pelotons don't go in double-wides, they only go in houses with floor to ceiling windows.

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