|The possibilities for a home on wheels are only limited by your|
imagination and creativity. This is a funky, comfy bus conversion.
Would you like your living costs to be $500 dollars per month or less? Think you could live in 45 square feet? Are you an unconventional, freedom-loving non-conformist? Rubber tramping may be for you.
In a growing trend in North America over a million nomads and gypsies are making their homes in RVs, converted buses, vans and cars. Some are fighting conformity while others are escaping a life of mediocrity.
Still others are reluctant rubber tramps forced on the road as financial refugees. The lucky ones are those that use the lifestyle to retire early with savings or a small pension. All are living life off the grid.
|Airstream trailer conversion.|
Vehicular living doesn't leave much room to roam inside, but there are benefits to being a new nomad. You can save money, be free of financial enslavement, live a small footprint lifestyle (very small), keep your belongings to a minimum, and be as mobile as it gets.
I see rubber tramping, van-dwelling or RVing as the equivalent of living in a sailboat except you live on wheels instead of water. Something that Linda likes about the pavement option is that you can't sink!
The thing that appeals to me most is the freedom. I also like the idea of being totally off grid and not having to pay someone simply to exist.
|Rubber tramping - the view is great from this home on wheels.|
There are drawbacks to life on the road. Winter is a big one. Another less solvable problem is how this lifestyle is seen by more conventionally housed individuals. As usual, there is a stigma attached to living differently, and living on four wheels is generally frowned upon, or can even be outright illegal in some locations.
Still, Linda and I are considering downsizing from our current 582 sq. ft. condo to a significantly smaller dwelling - maybe a bit more than 45 sq. ft. We are currently researching a wheelchair accessible RV that is completely set up for a handicapped occupant. It would probably be closer to a palatial 200 square feet.
|Everything you need is contained in this mobile tiny home.|
Will we be joining the rubber tramp community that is living wild and free on the land? With our current de-cluttering and downsizing project going "full steam ahead" we are definitely "on that bearing".
We will let you know how things go in upcoming posts.
"I stick my finger in the map. It smells of the open road."
|Rustic, functional charm.|