Tiny house showdown – Tarleton vs RV
Alright, I want a good clean fight…
Although I would love a Tarleton, I may end up going with an RV instead. Granted, I have years to go before I decide one way or the other, so I’ll probably waver back and forth several times between now and then.
But reading The Mini-Mobile Cottage and learning that the Fencl design, at least, is very heavy and tall has made me waver in my decision to go with a Tumbleweed.
Ideally, I want something I can travel with 24/7, and I don’t think the Tumbleweeds are made for that. But let’s compare the two:
-It looks like a house, feels like a house, and has windows. The last bit is important.
-Cost is a big one. I’m not sure I’d be able to come up with 50k in anything less than ten years, and I’m unwilling to take on a mortgage. I have less than half that in debt right now and I can’t stand it.
-Height, weight, and the fact that it might not be able to stand up to a lot of moving. Mobile, yes. Suitable for RVing, probably not.
-Cost. I could get a used RV, or even a new RV, for less than a Tumbleweed.
-Height, weight, mobility. RVs are made to be moved about all the time.
-No one would care if I painted Art Deco gazelles on it or just covered the damn thing in bumper stickers depicting places I’ve been.
-It’s easy to find a place that services RVs.
-I know first-hand RVs can go off-grid for a week or more easily.
-RVs have to be dressed up before they’ll look or feel like a house. -Also, the lack of windows. And no loft or porch.
I’m reasonably certain I could fit either with a solar setup for electricity. The RV would probably come with AC, which I’d rather learn to live without, but might be useful in some cases.
At this point, I’m leaning toward a gutted and redecorated RV. Laminate flooring and actual furniture instead of RV chic. Books would be an issue in either scenario; I’d probably have to have them stored in a cabinet with doors. I’d like glass-fronted bookcases, but there’s too much chance for breakage. Closets aren’t really a big deal. I only have one closet now, and it suits me fine.
So, Tarleton or RV? Anyone have an opinion?