Is a house on wheels an RV?
You might be asking, “Isn’t a house on wheels just a RV?” That is a perfectly reasonable question. The answer can also be dependant on who is answering. In general, if it is an RV it is made for vacations and not up to the task of daily use. Where a house on wheels is meant to remain stationary the majority of the time.
These amazing little power houses pack all the conveniences of a normal house but in a very tiny footprint. Due to its small size, many are choosing it as an alternative to a full sized house. This allows many people to own their own home. This is a great option for those to whom owning a house is out of reach.
While there are many ways to go about it, a lot of people are building these on prebuilt trailers. If they are building for a family, many get the trailers custom made or enhanced. Many have even gone for a complete DIY method. Building their house in their spare time, paying off their house in years instead of decades.
Can you Really live in a House that Small?
Many of these houses measure in at less than 200 square feet. That is a world of difference from the thousands of square feet many of us have now. So, it is completely reasonable to be skeptical. Plenty of people find this way of living to be freeing. They enjoy the reduced bills and clutter that come with this life style. Many also appreciate that moving is far simpler. If their job changes locations, they can too.
Design is critical. Every inch of space needs to be carefully thought out. And this includes which materials are used to build from so there is not too much weight. Also important is considering how the home will move when needed. Anything unsecured will be prone to moving during transport and potentially breaking. Pieces of furniture often need to stack function. Stairs that double as storage. A table that is also a desk, or a couch that is a bed at night. This sort of thinking helps make the home more livable despite the tiny footprint.
Though realistically, many people do not enjoy living that minimalistic. It is also something that a person has to decide for themselves. Cutting down your bills only really works if it is a lifestyle you can stick with. Many who have lived this lifestyle and are continuing to do so have happily weighed in on the pros and cons.
Like how difficult it is to keep belongings so pared down. Managing living in such a small amount of space. And not having the heaps of bills a house means for most of us.
Is a house on wheels actually legal?
In most states, yes. Though as of now, regulations haven’t caught up with the movement. So check your local rules and regulations carefully. They can vary widely from county to county. And it is always better to be safe than sorry. Though with their increasing popularity, we will undoubtedly see legislation catching up in no time.
Do you think you could enjoy living in such a small space? It certainly can have monetary and Earth friendly benefits. Let us know where you weigh in, and in the future we will go more in-depth about several aspects of tiny homes and homes on wheels!