Living in a Travel Trailer?

April 29, 2016

Recently my father passed away and I quit my job and moved to the country to help my mother finish building the house that they had barely started. The house is now complete, and I want to move back to the cities and get a job.


I have about 5000 dollars, a job lined up, and I want to buy a really cheap trailer home for 1 person. So the first question I have is what is my best option for a cheap trailer for 1 person to stay in and where do I park it? Should I go single wide 1 bed or just get one that I can hitch to my truck? I am prior military, I don't need much at all, but my problem is that I am without current work history so I probably won't qualify for a loan. I might be able to get a co-signer, but I'd prefer to flat out buy a cheap trailer home that has just a bathroom, a small fridge, and enough space for me to stretch my legs. This will last me while I save up and I plan to buy a few acres and build a small house with the savings.

Next, I need somewhere to park it, and some of the parks are saying I need 4 pay stubs, but I am moving out closer to my new job meaning I won't have enough pay stubs for probably two months, and it will be too pricey, and tough on my old beater truck, to travel 4 hours a day to my parents house. Are there places that I can park without having to provide employment history? If I can buy the trailer home cheap enough then I will have lot fees no problem, but I need somewhere to park until my new job is stable.

So any help would be appreciated on what kind of trailer home I should be looking for and locations that will allow me to stay without a work history. I have a job lined up, I just need my own place, and somewhere to put it. I am in MN and my new job is in Brooklyn Park area.


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April 30, 20161 found this helpful

You have a good idea-general plan to live cheaply in a trailer, however, there are many extremely serious considerations you must research and consider before even looking at used trailers!!! I strongly suggest that you slow down and start some serious research on all the questions you have. The most important consideration is that starting a new job in a new location will be difficult by itself, and costly! The second consideration is that you probably will not be able to find a realistically cheap trailer park near your job-Brooklyn Park is the sixth largest city in MN. Small cheap trailer parks are usually way out beyond the burbs-possible long commute.


You can rent a room near your new job now and then start a project to thoroughly research all your ideas and plans. Right now you do not have enough resources-money, credit etc., to jump pell mell into your current plan. For example, you do not know if your truck can even handle even a very small trailer; $5K sounds like alot but will dry up easily and quickly if you have not thoroughly researched a good plan and carefully budgeted how to live in a trailer.

You can start by searching online, libraries, used trailer sales people, have your truck checked for a trailer, etc. I checked for possible books to recommend but there aren't many that fit your plans. You can try this book from Amazon-no guarantees!:

How to Live In a Car, Van, or RV: And Get Out of Debt, Travel, and Find True Freedom Paperback January 16, 2014

Good Luck!

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April 30, 20160 found this helpful

Found another Amazon book-suggest you get both and read up first!
Dirt-Cheap Survival Retreat: One Man's Solution Paperback March 1, 2011


by M.D. Creekmore (Author)
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