Tiny Trailer Living, Year 3

1962 Kenskill trailer

by Reanna Alder

Our 1962 Kenskill trailer is 8′ wide by 24′ long. It took us (mostly Nathen) six months to fix up before we moved in. We were inspired by thriftiness and the tiny homes movement.

Tiny Homes on the MoveIn the long term we are interested in applying permaculture principles to our life here; setting up a homestead that makes the most of passive solar energy, catches what little rain water is available and wastes less ground water.

I posted a bunch of pictures when we first moved into the trailer (and some were published in Lloyd Kahn’s book Tiny Homes on the Move). We’ve been living here over two years now and have made some changes, so I thought I’d post an update.

fire extinguisher kitchen island Kitchen cart in the retracted position
Bookshelf and instrument storage peg rail dish rack

Nathen Lester & Reanna Alder

Nathan Lester & Reanna Alder

More photos at www.alderrr.com/tiny-trailer-living-year-3/

4 Responses to Tiny Trailer Living, Year 3

  1. Rae says:

    Looks great. Love the pantry.

  2. dave smith says:

    You could make a living just re-doing folks pantries. Also, it’s nice to hear of people actually living for an extended period in a small place. thanks

  3. Sam says:

    They’ve done a fantastic job on that. Tiny houses are nice but the price is high for a new one. I ran across this video on re-purposing materials for tiny houses. I bet the readers of this blog would appreciate it.



    There’s a tie in with this specific post. Watch and at one point the guy in the vid says he lived in a Barth motor home. I happened to be interested in this sort thing and have done a little research on travel trailers. I found the Airstreams were a little overpriced for what they were. Avions and Silver Streams were built better. Avions particularly have a metal frame that the outside skin rest on. Airsteams skin rest on wood and if it rots it’s a MAJOR problem to fix. Avions you just replace the section of wood and the shell is not a problem.

    Hearing about the Barth made me look at them some. Wow. Very high quality stuff.
    The interior of these is very good. In some all the cabinetry is trimmed with teak like a boat. The prices on these are reasonable also. Searching Barth also lead to Revcon motor homes. The Barth may look a little better than the Revcon sometimes but the engineering on the Revcon is excellent. An outside sheet of aluminum an inside sheet of aluminum separated by aluminum ribs, with 2″ dense insulation between and to top it off a vinyl coating on the inside. Very durable and long lasting. Both Barths and Revcons appear to be quality. The travel trailers and the motor homes don’t seem to be that far off in price. The motor homes being slightly smaller in size. Thing is if you have a trailer you have to either have something to tow it or have it towed. So even if you get a motor home not running you could have it towed and work on it a little at a time. The price for not running motor homes is extremely cheap. The price for motor homes and travel trailers for living space is cheaper than just about anything you can get. Anyways just a little info on stuff I’ve looked up.

  4. Jane says:

    I love your home! I’ve just been through the process of designing my own, and I know how difficult it is. I totally love your pantry, and am grateful for your sharing what it’s like to live in one. Congratulations on having hit the sweet spot.

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