The average American home is 2,600 square feet. For many retirees, that is way too much space. This is exactly why the Tiny House Movement is appealing for those looking to retire or downsize.
First, let’s talk about what the Tiny House Movement is. This movement encourages people to move into homes that are less than 1,000 square feet. At Winterset RV Resort, some of their park model homes definitely fit the mold for being a Tiny House.
Today, we’re going to introduce a 2017 Skyline 14′ wide Park Model Home. Coming in at 490 square feet, this home is the perfect Tiny House. It utilizes every inch of living space expertly to give you the right amount of storage and room.When you’re downsizing from a large home to a smaller one it can be intimidating, but we think a tour of this home will ease your fears.
As you walk up the steps of the home you’re met by an outdoor patio and sliding glass doors that lead into your living room. You’ll have the opportunity to enjoy countless nights on your patio in the beautiful Florida weather.
You won’t believe how much cabinet and counter space you have in this Tiny Home. The large cabinets are perfectly accented by your brand new black appliances. You’ll love the large smooth top range. Plus, there’s plenty of room to fit a dining table.
As you look out from the u-shaped counter in the kitchen you’ll see a great living room. Lots of natural light and a built-in entertainment center make this a homey and comfortable space. The beach-themed furniture brings Florida to life, right in your own home.
This one bedroom home features a comfortable queen-sized bed and great built-in shelves and nightstands, complete with lights near the bed so you can enjoy a good book before you sleep. The natural light throughout the home make it bright and airy.
One of our favorite things about this home is all the built-in storage. This is an expert use of a smaller space and allows you to leave bulky furniture behind. You can see here plenty of drawer and closet space for you to store clothes. You’ll love getting rid of clutter!
The 3 piece bathroom is nicely sized and has lots of great storage options. The shower includes two seats for your comfort. One of the best things about this home is that it comes with a full size stackable washer and dryer. This saves you space and allows you to do laundry with ease.
This amazing Tiny House also includes an outdoor storage shed. We love this park model home and everything it offers. Join the Tiny House movement and find out how this home could be yours today. Lot rent in this amazing community is just $360!
RV camping is all the rage today, whether you’re looking to ride out your retirement or you’re a millennial on the road. There are all kinds of ways to start RVing, you can rent, buy or build your own. That’s right, today we’re looking at the DIY RV.
Building Your Own RV vs. Buying A New One
New RVs can cost a pretty penny. However, the upside to buying a new RV is that it’s ready for the road and all costs are included. The downside is that you won’t get much customization if any at all. If you’re looking to put in a little extra work, you could build your own RV camper. This could definitely be the cheaper route, although you always have to be prepared for unexpected costs to arise. Many people have gotten creative and re-purposed old vans or buses. The possibilities are endless! So buy or build? It’s really up to you and your needs! Take a look at our list to see if building an RV is right for you. If you’d rather buy, check out Tips for Finding the Best RV for Sale.
The Value Of Having Space
Let’s talk space. Think about how much room you’ll need. If you need lots of space, consider purchasing an old school bus. If you need less space, a van should really do the trick. Make sure to
get any kind of van for as long as it is designed to be used commercially. Get some great ideas by checking out our DIY RV Camper board on Pinterest.
Creating List Of Items Needed
Make a list of things you need in your RV. For example, do you need a kitchen? How many beds? A fridge? If you’re building the RV with someone else, these are things you’ll have to discuss together.
You have to decide how you’ll be using the RV. If you’re going to be on long trips, you’ll likely want a small kitchen and bathroom, as well as a sleeping area. If you’re using the RV for shorter trips, or will usually have an outdoor living space, you might not need as much in your camper.
Choosing The Water System
Choose your water system very carefully as your drinking water will rely on this water system. Also, consider how many people will regularly take a bath so you will know which model of water system you should install. This is because if you are going to use the water exclusively for cooking and cleaning, you will need about 5 gallons.
Checking The Electrical Wiring
Check your electrical wiring for safety. Your appliances will need about 12 voltage of electricity so you might just have to go looking for extra batteries as well as a proven durable alternator.
Comfort And Mobility
Make sure that when you are ready to buy your appliances, you also look for comfortable beds, kitchen counters and cabinets that are especially designed for mobility. You will find these inclusive of adapters as well as mounting services included.
Hiring An Expert
And most important of all, make sure that you will assemble your converted RV with extra care on the design and further consideration on convenience and comfort. If you will need to make some necessary adjustments to mount everything properly, then by all means, do so. It would be best to employ the services of an expert if you are not so comfortable with your own designing. That way, you will be worry-free when you travel in your newly-built converted RV!
Sandy beaches, rays of sunshine, floppy hats and fun times. It’s summer in Florida, ya’ll! While summer in Florida looks great on a postcard, it comes with some serious side effects. As natives, we’re going to let you in on the 5 things you’ll need to survive summer here like a local. Ready?
NUMBER ONE: SUNSCREEN
No one wants to leave Florida without a tan, but here’s the thing, Florida is really close to the equator, so the sun here is extra powerful. If you’re going to be outside for longer than 15-20 minutes, be sure to apply some sunscreen. You don’t have to go for SPF 100, but at least apply a little. Trust us, spending the rest of your vacation looking like a lobster isn’t just uncomfortable, it isn’t cute!
NUMBER TWO: H2O
Okay peeps, let’s talk water. Listen, we get it, you don’t want to drink water on the beach when there are fruity drinks with umbrellas. But here’s the deal: it’s super hot out and that means you’ll be miserable without water. You definitely don’t want to spend your day at the hospital because of dehydration or heat stroke (it’s a real thing). So, be sure to use the 1 for 1 rule at least, 1 water for every 1 drink you consume (whatever it is, beer, juice, soda).
NUMBER THREE: BUG SPRAY
If you’re going anywhere near standing water or the woods, be sure to bring some bug spray. There are so many options for bug spray, whether you choose to go completely natural or completely comercial. Whatever you choose, just make sure to bring it and use it! Those bites are annoying and itchy. If you’re hanging around your campsite consider burning sage or grabbing some citronella candles.
NUMBER FOUR: UMBRELLA
Ya’ll, we don’t want to rain on your parade, but Florida is really moody in the summer. See picture above for details. Here’s the thing: you cannot avoid getting wet. Make sure to bring an umbrella and some rain coats with you. Also, a change of clothes if you’re going out and don’t want to stay wet all day. Be a local and embrace the rain. EMBRACE THE RAIN!
NUMBER FIVE: YOUR CHILL
It’s so hot here so you can be chill. We have lots of fun things to do, and locals know how to survive the heat to take advantage of summer in Florida. There are less people, the sun is shining and the beaches are just waiting for you. Plus we have theme parks, water parks, tons of nature and lots of great places to visit. We can’t wait to see you bring your chill to Florida. Come soon ya’ll!!!
You don’t need 18 reasons to go RV Camping, but we have them. If you aren’t packed and in your RV after this list, you’re nuts!
4. To Join a Culture of RV Campers
6. To Go Back to an RV Resort You Love
8. To Find a Quiet Place to Relax
9. To Open the Windows and Enjoy the Weather
10. To Reconnect With Loved Ones
13. To Wake Up Without an Alarm
14. To Find Out That You Can Live With Less
15. To Become a Pro at Driving Your Big Rig
16. To See How Far You Can Drive on E
17. To Challenge Yourself to Do Something New
18. To Do Something That Makes You Happy
Whether you’re driving down the road, going on a hike or just grabbing a quick snack, on-the-good foods are perfect for RV Campers. We found 5 of our favorite on-the-good RV camping foods to share with you. Caution: Don’t read this on an empty stomach.
1. Veggie Dip
This one is great because it’s easy and delicious. Want to make it? Grab a container, place your favorite veggie dip in the bottom, cut up some veggies and arrange in the container. Stick that in your fridge or cooler, then pull it out and you’ve got veggies and dip ready to go. Genius, right?
2. The Walking Taco
Have you ever been walking along when you suddenly got the craving for a nice taco? Anyone who is a connoisseur of the taco knows that they aren’t really good for travel. Well, a bag of Doritos can fix that. Just whip up all the delicious ingredients you’d normally put in a taco: meat, cheese, veggies, etc. Then open a small (or large) bag of Doritos and dump in the toppings. Mix it up and head out. Most people use the little bags, but a family size bag sounds pretty tempting right about now.
3. Sausage Pepperoni Puffs
It’s official, writing this blog before lunch was a very bad idea. Less than 10 ingredients go into this meal, making it easy and fast! The best part is that you can make these ahead of time and store them in the fridge. Pop them on a plate, warm a few up and you’ve got a delicious hand-held meal. Just make sure they cool down a little first. We’re just sayin’.
4. Frozen Banana on a Stick
Okay, this one is seriously easy. Peel a banana, dip it in peanut butter or chocolate, roll it around in nuts, dried fruits or chocolate and stick it in the freezer. Now don’t get crazy and eat it before it’s frozen. (Or do..) Anyways, this is a great grab and go treat that the whole family will love. If it’s on a stick you can bring it anywhere your heart desires.
5. Trail Mix
We love trail mix because it’s one of the most versatile of camping foods. You can make it extra healthy or extra delicious or a good mix of both. All you need is some nuts, dried fruits and maybe a little bit of chocolate. Whatever mix you decide, this is the perfect way to fill up when you’re on the move. Note to self: muddy buddies don’t count as trail mix.