My Phased Approach To Tiny Living

guest post by Jordan ORylee

Having lost my job 6 months ago and soon my house, I decided not to just sit around waiting for something to come to me – it was time to take the leap and make my life what I wanted. I had gotten caught up in the whole “climbing the career ladder and American Dream” (of owning a traditional house) – neither of which I found was the right thing for ME.

I am getting myself back on course of living MY life as I choose and following what is my true life’s path. Not having much money to build my tiny house yet, I finally got myself to the point where I could accept that I needed to take a teeny tiny path on my way to the larger dream of tiny household.

So, I just bought a teardrop trailer and will be living in that on the road wherever the wind blows me. I have been following the tiny house movement for a couple of years now and have already designed the tiny house of my dreams, but I didn’t know how I would ever be able to afford it. With the major changes in my life and the few choices it gave me, I had to re-examine how I was going to survive and live.

Though it took some time and LOTS of thought, research and convincing myself that I could live in something smaller than the tiny houses out there, I finally came to realize that I was willing to sacrifice a lot more than I thought I could and I look at this as an exciting challenge to see how I can make living on the road in a teardrop work. Others are doing it so why can’t I? I used to live with less when I was younger and loved it. So, here’s to life’s next great adventure – WaHoo!!

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  1. Cheryl

    Aug 01, 2013

    Nice teardrop! Living on the road in something like this or with a tiny house as “base camp” is my ideal retirement plan!

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  2. LeahNell

    Aug 01, 2013

    Where did you get this? It looks like a perfect little camper for me and my dogs!

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    • Kim

      Aug 01, 2013

      Leah, I have one. I have loved it, but I’m getting ready to move on to other things. I’m in Michigan, if you are interested in buying we might be able to work something out.

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      • Judy Fales

        Aug 03, 2013

        Kim– Have you sold your tear-drop? I live in Eaton County,MI and would be very interested!
        Lemme know, please.

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      • abner

        Aug 13, 2013

        Hello
        seems that a lot of good things can happen when you forget some of the ‘needs’ we think we have and deal in ‘real’ life. I’d love to hear from you and I am dearly interested in your teardrop. Please contact me even if only to say sorry it’s gone

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    • Jeff

      Aug 09, 2013

      Can someone tell me the manufacturer of that little beauty? I want one.

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      • Jordan

        Aug 27, 2013

        Hi Jeff,

        My teardrop isn’t built by a manufacturer or company. It was built by an 81 yr. old gentleman who built it as a hobby project. It is his own design and he doesn’t have plans for it, he just tweaks it as he goes. He builds one per year (in the winter) and I know his next one is already spoken for. I don’t know if he will build more after that or not (mine is only his 6th one). He is truly a master craftsman!

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  3. Heather

    Aug 01, 2013

    I *LOVE* this. What are you doing for work, in order to be able to move around? Where do you stay if you’re staying longer than a few days in one place? I’m tossing between buying a Scamp trailer (16ft) and buying a vintage Traveleze, but I’m not sure how well they work for the long-term in terms of having a water/sewage hookup. Do you have any blogs on tiny trailer living to recommend?

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    • Jordan

      Aug 01, 2013

      Heather, I will be boondocking as much as possible and looking for campground work in exchange for rent and / or housesitting positions to help with expenses (though I’d rather boondock in a beautiful location!). Depending on where you are boondocking, you can sometimes stay from a week to several weeks. As for water / sewage hookup with a “traditional” trailer you’d probably have to find dump stations or go with the alternatives (which I will be doing). Just depends on how you want to live. If you search for Full-time RV’ing you will find TONS of blogs and youtube videos with people living this lifestyle. Some are living it in total luxury of a huge RV with all the amenities and others are converting vans, cars and tiny trailers into their homes. It is up to you really. Bigger the trailer / home more gas and expenses. That’s why I’m keeping it simple. There are so many innovative ideas out there for going full time on the road. The woman that inspired me (and also where I found my trailer) was The Blonde Coyote. Her blog is amazing and she has such valuable information for anyone wanting to live simply and boondock. I highly recommend checking out her blog. Also the Teardrops and Tiny Travel Trailer forum is another great resource.

      I wish you the best on your adventure. Hopefully we’ll meet somewhere out there on our adventures.

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      • Cyndi

        Aug 02, 2013

        Me (50 y/o single mom) and 14 yr old daughter have been on the road for 10+ months now. We sold 99% of our ‘stuff’, paid cash for a 2002 23 ft lite bumper pull. Been on the road since!

        I haven’t done this (not my cup of tea) but check with US Corp of Engineers – Usually get GOOD PAY on top of free site with full hookups! There are web sites that list open positions with different national agencies…. try http://www.forestcamping.com. I think they have a link from their site.

        We just left Northern Cascades Nat Park. Am at Coulee Dam right now, heading toward Glacier National Park tomorrow! You can follow our little FB page…anyone! Our page name is CBreaze Ontheroad.

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        • Jordan

          Aug 27, 2013

          Cyndi,

          Thank you for the info about the US Corp of Engineers, I wasn’t aware of that option! Love your FB page. You and your daughter have certainly seen some of the most beautiful places in this country. What an amazing experience for her (and you to share it with her). Loved seeing your pics of the west coast – used to live out there, it’s my favorite place – brought back lots of great memories. Can’t wait to get out there with my tearbaby. My dream is to camp on the Oregon Coast in it and wake up overlooking the ocean.

          Safe travels to you and I hope maybe to meet on the road sometime!

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  4. Debbie

    Aug 01, 2013

    Will you be blogging your adventure? Something similar is likely in my future and I’d love to know how things work out for you.

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  5. don robertson

    Aug 01, 2013

    I am straight North of the middle of the USA and have land and hospitality available for travelers and wanderers ….

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    • Evan Bertrand

      Aug 01, 2013

      Where are you? I am looking at doing some traveling playing music. Im looking for places to park for short and long term (a couple months)
      E

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    • Jordan

      Aug 01, 2013

      Thank you Don. I may look you up while I’m on the road! Appreciate the gracious offer.

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  6. Ms. Minimal

    Aug 01, 2013

    Good for you! It looks like a cozy little home… love it!

    Ms. Minimal

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  7. Wayne

    Aug 01, 2013

    That is the nicest teardrop I’ve seen. Who built your teardrop? Where are they located? I have an opportunity to live on some land in WV and am looking at getting a camper to live in while building our tiny house. Your teardrop would be perfect, and it’s beautiful too.

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  8. Hanne

    Aug 01, 2013

    You can actually stay at many campgrounds and parks in exchange for work and so places even pay you in top if that research it on the web. Good luck my friend. Hope your dreams come true!

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    • Fixxer

      Aug 01, 2013

      My retired aunt and uncle were “campground hosts” for years. Tent camped a whole summer at Yosemite!

      Best wishes as your future comes to light :)

      FX

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  9. Lynn Williams

    Aug 01, 2013

    This is exactly what I have been wanting to do for the last few years. I lost my full time job after 25 years, and am still struggling. My old mobile home doesn’t have much life left in it, and I need to make some decisions soon. And looking at the comments I see that there are still good people in the world willing to offer a hand to those who need it!

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    • Steven

      Aug 01, 2013

      Lynn I couldn’t agree more! When I read the headline news it’s so upsetting, then I see these heartfelt comments pouring in and it restores faith.

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  10. Pam

    Aug 01, 2013

    I would love to hear more about how you downsized and how you do everything in daily living with this. Where are you located?? I assume it’s a somewhat temperate climate?? Would love to know more! BEST WISHES!

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  11. George

    Aug 01, 2013

    I wish you the best of luck! We waste too much and living in a 5000+ square feet house is just that. I watch HGTV house hunters international and I see a lot of people buying/renting things i Europa and they all complain how small everything is. We are too used to everything has to be big. I probably can never convince my wife to live in a tiny house but I would love to. Maybe we need 2 of them so we don’t get on each others nerves when the winter sets in :)

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  12. athens

    Aug 01, 2013

    How much do you pay for registering it? which state are you registered in? what classification does it fall under?

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  13. al glatkowski

    Aug 01, 2013

    would like to learn more about this particular trailer: where did you find it, can we get more pictures, do you have a blog, ever out in North Carolina, and if you don’t mind telling, how much did it cost?
    Thanks

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    • Jordan

      Aug 27, 2013

      Hi Al,

      My teardrop was built by an 81 yr. old gentleman who built it as a hobby project. It is his own design. Unfortunately he doesn’t have plans for it, he just builds. He builds one per year (in the winter) and I know his next one is already spoken for. He says he’s slowing down so I don’t know if he will build more after that or not (mine is only his 6th one). I don’t have more pictures yet, but I did just start a blog: myteardroppinlife@blogspot.com if you want to follow along on the adventure and catch more pictures. I should have some more to post in a couple of weeks.

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  14. laura

    Aug 01, 2013

    It is nice to see how many people are responding to this blog. I thought I was the only 52 year old who did not have a retirement plan in place. I am trying to decide if just purchasing land is the way to go or land with a tiny house. It would be nice if we kept a blog going regarding this matter!

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  15. Andrew

    Aug 01, 2013

    Yes, exactly. How will you handle daily living? Curious to hear your strategy, plans, ideas, etc.
    My wife and I are making a tiny living plan that will include part time RV (travel trailer) during winter months. We will start 15ish years before ‘retirement age’ and will not be financially independent by then. Daily responsibility of living is so far the greatest challenge.
    Would greatly appreciate insight.

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    • Jordan

      Aug 27, 2013

      Hi Andrew,

      I don’t know quite yet how I will handle daily living. I am a primitive camper and am used to making due with whatever I carry with me or can find. I am NOT a glamper in any sense of the word and really don’t have much interest in having frivolous things (though I do like to make my place feel like home with special things around me that have special memories: photos, pictures, simple gifts from special people in my life). I will keep busy with a variety of self-employment jobs I am putting together hopefully along with some campground work to start until the business takes off (my fingers are crossed). I also am an Environmental Educator and there are always seasonal positions that need filled so hopefully can do that as well.

      I am still working on figuring out what all I might need and how I can make it work with what I already own. I just started a blog that I will be posting things I’m working on in preparation for my life on the road. Feel free to check it out: myteardroppinlife@blogspot.com

      Love that you and your wife are planning ahead with tiny living plan. You may not be financially independent by then, but you will be so much better prepared than most people. Just simplifying makes a big difference. I wish you both the best.

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  16. Brenda

    Aug 01, 2013

    My husband and I downsized from a 12X70 mobile home to an 8 X 20 camper. Then we upsized to our 600 sf apartment. If he hadn’t gotten sick, we might still be in something like the camper!

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  17. Beverlee

    Aug 01, 2013

    I too will get in line – we want to know more Jordan ORylee! I am curious about your age. I am over 50 and live in Canada. I have thought about leaving Canada during the winter months and galavanting around the states to keep warm! I would love to know more about … well everything! Hope you already have a blog or are going to …

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    • Jordan

      Aug 27, 2013

      Thanks for your support Beverlee! Because of all the support and interest from this posting I went ahead and started a blog. You can follow all my craziness at: myteardroppinlife@blogspot.com

      Hope you do fly south for the winter and enjoy some warmer temps! I’ll be doing the same! ;)

      Best to you!

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  18. Krista

    Aug 01, 2013

    I am almost 60 and thinking of doing the same. Would love to keep up with a blog as well – places to stay, to share, etc…..

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    • Jordan

      Aug 27, 2013

      Hi Krista! I hope you do go for it! Live the life you choose! I went ahead and started my blog since so many people were interested in knowing more. You can find it at: myteardroppinlife@blogspot.com

      Hope to see you out there in the great outdoors!

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  19. Jamie Wallhauser

    Aug 01, 2013

    You’re positive approach to your new life will guarantee your success! Bon chance, you must start a blog and let us all know how it’s going!!

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    • Jordan

      Aug 27, 2013

      Thanks for your support Jamie! I appreciate it more than you know! I went ahead and started a blog to share some of the trials and tribulations of preparing for this life on the road I’ve chosen to live, hoping it will be of some help to others. You can find it at: myteardroppinlife@blogspot.com

      I wish you the best and much success in your life!

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  20. Karen

    Aug 01, 2013

    I have similar questions, and these may be too many for the owner to respond to.
    Since so many of us are seeking the same thing — transitioning to tiny living, how-to, and all the particulars — we need to find a way to come together and teach/learn from each other.
    !!! So, let’s find an existing blog/site or create one!
    I believe I will hear back from those that are seriously pursuing the tiny life. Let’s do this!

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  21. Jordan

    Aug 01, 2013

    WOW!!! I am OVERWHELMED by all the support and well wishes!! You all have made my day, well, my whole week / month extraordinary!! THANK YOU!! You fill me with hope.

    I will try to address as many of your questions as I can.

    First, I haven’t started out on the road yet. I am still trying to get rid of everything I own – not a fun thing for anyone, especially someone who HATES doing garage sales, and I’ve done 4 so far this summer! If I can give one suggestion to anyone wanting to simplify their lives and downsize (no matter how small), start getting rid of things NOW! If you own a home, you will be amazed at how much stuff you really have. Things hide everywhere – they are very sneaky that way. If you don’t need the cash and can just donate to a local charity, then go for it, but if you are like me and need the money, garage sales, craigslist, ebay and the likes take a LOT of time. I have a friend who had a rule for himself and I rather like it. If he wanted to bring something new into the house, he had to get rid of 2 things first. Great idea!

    As to how I plan to live, survive and earn a living, well I’ve been working on that one a lot. I have several different income ideas in the works so I can diversify income avenues from year-round to seasonal, or if one isn’t as successful as maybe another. I feel having multiple income strategies would be a good thing – such as working at campgrounds in exchange for a place to camp, online business ideas that will work while traveling, housesitting, and seasonal work in my field as an environmental educator (there are ALWAYS seasonal openings in that field) and anything else I can think of or come across while blowing around the country. My expenses will mostly be car / trailer insurance & maintenance, gas, food and hopefully health insurance (note: fingers are crossed) plus expenses for the 3 geriatric cats I still have and will be taking on the road with me – Oh, please give me strength to survive that! I currently have most everything I need to live with a few exceptions and I’m trying to “make” what I need out of what I already have. I have done so much research on everything, I feel gridlocked on the information highway! But it’s always good to have more information than you need. I like the challenge of trying to come up with alternative methods to making things work.

    My trailer. It is a “homebuild” made by a master craftsman as a hobby project and unfortunately not something made by any of the teardrop manufacturers out there, though they make some really awesome ones (Little Guy, Lil’ Bear, Camp Inn, Trekker Trailers just to name a few)!! Craigslist is a good place to look as are the following forums: TearJerker’s, Teardrops and Tiny Travel Trailers, and Teardrops.net – as well as the awesome Tiny House Listings site. There are so many sizes, styles and designs out there and prices range from $3500 on the low end to up to $20,000, though the average is probably around $5,000 – $9,000 or you can build your own for a fraction of the cost with many free plans available on the internet.

    I will have a blog. I just don’t have it created yet since I’m not on the road yet (there’s nothing exciting about garage sales every Saturday), but I do promise to have one. I will post the information here when I have it ready, but that won’t be until probably sometime in September. I am 47 years old – wow, it feels really strange to type my age since I don’t feel a day over . . . 29? Yep, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it! ;) But as Thoreau so eloquently put it, I want to live deliberately and not when I come to the end of my life find that I had not lived (well, that is paraphrased a bit), but life is too short to spend it living someone else’s idea of your life. If I live my life the way I choose to live it, then there is no such thing as failure. Challenging times, sleepless nights, major cat fights or bear/ skunk encounters maybe, but never failure. :) Thank you all again for your kind support. I wish you all the belief, boldness and courage to go after your dreams – live the life YOU’VE imagined.

    Jordan

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    • Karen

      Aug 02, 2013

      Thanks for being so willing to help us!

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    • azadi

      Aug 02, 2013

      Hi Jordan….I admire what you are doing. Would your master craftsman be willing to sell his plans for the wonderful teardrop he built you? Just inquiring. THANKS. azadi

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      • Jordan

        Aug 27, 2013

        Hi Azadi,

        Unfortunately the builder of my tearbaby doesn’t have plans. He just builds and tweaks as he goes. He does have build photos, but that is all. If you are interested in those, let me know how to contact you and I can try to get you hooked up. You can contact me through my new blog if you want: myteardroppinlife@blogspot.com

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  22. Melissa

    Aug 01, 2013

    Wonderful! I bought a small house this year, but not quite tiny. You’ve captured my imagination with this. I think I’ll buy or build a teardrop trailer while I still have a job!

    Try odesk.com or elance.com for online remote work. If you can write or create art or do computer coding, you can earn enough to live freelancing.

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    • Jordan

      Aug 27, 2013

      Thanks for the links Melissa! I had heard of elance, but not odesk but haven’t checked anything like these out yet. I will definitely do so.

      I just started a blog since so many people here were so interested and I have links to some sites with teardrop plans: myteardroppinlife@blogspot.com

      I would have liked to build a teardrop myself, but I didn’t have the time, tools or skills (can’t cut a straight line to save my life). Besides, I couldn’t even come close to building anything like my tearbaby. I am learning a lot even though I didn’t build it. I still have to be able to maintain it and will be adding a solar system when I can afford it – so am learning about that too. It’s fun. Good luck to you and I hope you do build one. The 2 forum links on my blog will hook you up with some amazingly helpful people who know what they are doing when it comes to building teardrops and they love to help others do the same. Also, try to get to one of the Tear Jerker gatherings so see some different designs.

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  23. Melissa

    Aug 01, 2013

    PS LOL I got hit by a tornado, it helped me downsize for sure!! I don’t recommend it as the optimum downsizing strategy for you though.

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    • Jordan

      Aug 01, 2013

      Actually, I had mentioned to someone recently that though I really wasn’t serious nor wished a tornado on anyone, I would kind of like it if one downsized for me!! Would make this process a lot easier – but not more pleasant since I wouldn’t get to decide what I kept and what I didn’t. Plus, a tornado is a terrible thing for anyone to go through. A good friend barely survived the one in S. IL last year. Don’t wish that on anyone – I am so sorry you had to go through such a thing.

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  24. jerilyn

    Aug 01, 2013

    This is my question if you have 3 cats I take it they are outside cats? I have 3 and want to downsize but they must always be inside cats they’re family they go where I do. Any advice on tiny house living with cats please let me know. I hope everything goes good for you if you get to Indiana contact me so we can visit. God Bless

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    • Jordan

      Aug 01, 2013

      Hi Jerilyn,

      No, they are inside cats and do NOT get along with each other. One is a bully and picks on the other 2. I haven’t quite figured out how I’m going to make it work with 3 cats yet. I think I will have to get a big tent for them to live in and reinforce it with wiring to keep wild animals out. My tiny house (not teardrop) took cats into consideration. I had several ideas for litter boxes that were hidden under stairs and accessed via an outside hatch as one example. There is a couple who had a cat door that led outside to a box bench seat on their porch. When you lifted the bench lid, there was a litter box in there and an area to store a bag of cat litter. I LIKED that one! :) I also hoped to build some “catwalks” for them up high so they could climb around in their own little world and I was also going to build an outside enclosure for them – that they could access through a cat door in a window. They could get “outside” but only in a protected area. Gold fish are easier.

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  25. Jean

    Aug 03, 2013

    I really love your customized teardrop and your plan to living a simpler life.
    17 years ago I was living in Atlanta and had enough of the rat race. I sold about everything except my camping equipment and headed to NW Georgia. I lived in my tent until the weather turn cold, a school bus converted into a rough camper without running water/electricity,a camper at a KOA campground and finally my current home for 12 years….a 1971 Park Model Camper on private land in a rural area.
    I am debt free and work at a job that isn’t very stressful but doesn’t pay that well yet….enjoy watching the birds/wildlife along with my 2 goofy inside only cats. Oh…I am in my early 60′s.
    Life is Good…yet I would love a tiny house as well. Hope we all can realize this dream.
    Happy Tiny Living to you!

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    • Jordan

      Aug 27, 2013

      Wow Jean! You really have been living the dream. I am envious! I’m looking forward to a relatively stress-free life enjoying the wildlife and gorgeous scenery around me as I travel. The “simple” things are the most soul healing and satisfying.

      Atlanta IS the rat race! I’m not too far away from there and I will only go if it is EARLY (before the sun comes up) on a Sunday morning. If I go, it’s to IKEA – get there early, have breakfast then shop and out by noon at the latest then on the road home. Only do it about once a year – less now.

      So happy for you for choosing the Good Life.

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  26. Kim

    Aug 03, 2013

    Jerilyn,
    We are a family of 3 with 2 Yorkies and 2 Himalayans, and we are contracting Joe of Tennessee Tiny Homes to build our home. It will be 10′x25′x13.5′ with a retracting door/litter box and beds built into the walls for all of our creatures’ comforts. We live in Ontario and when the house is close to finished, we will make the 1788 km trek to Joe’s door and stand back in awe of his talent.

    Finished and furnished will be costly, and obviously it would be cheaper if we built it, but after seeing his craftsmanship through pictures, and following his progress through his blog, we feel completely comfortable with leaving the job to him. Plus, we get the bonus of getting to know him, his wife, and their 2 sons (four legged), and what could be better than that?

    Good Luck,

    Kim

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  27. Louise

    Aug 04, 2013

    I’ve often wondered about living like that, but what do you do all day when you’re not driving? How about the evenings? No television, maybe not much radio. Reading is always an option, but I know from experience that doing that for hours on end can become stultifying. Do you have an Internet connection? Do you have enough people to interact with? I would think it’s hard to develop friendships if you’re on the road a lot. Just wondering if you suffer from loneliness, especially if you run into a stretch of bad weather or are traveling trough areas with not much to see or do.

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    • Jordan

      Aug 27, 2013

      Hi Louise,

      I’m not on the road yet, but I have lots of things planned to keep me busy. I am developing several business plans for self-employment that I can do on the road anywhere I am, so those will hopefully keep me busy! (my fingers are crossed). I hope to not spend too many hours driving and also staying put for several days or longer so I can enjoy the world around me – hiking, exploring and just enjoying life.

      I don’t have television right now, so that’s not a big deal. I will have my ipod for music, books for reading and if I’m in an area where I can get a signal, my phone is a mobile hot spot for internet connection (I hope to find a way to upgrade this system down the road to better meet my needs).

      Interacting with people is important, but I have spent plenty of time alone so it won’t be anything new for me. I hope to meet many people along the way, most will be that one time meeting, others I may stay in contact with, and I hope a few will become friends that i will meet up with often. No matter the situation, I enjoy meeting people and learning about their lives. Every person I meet touches my life in some way that makes a difference.

      I realize this lifestyle isn’t for everyone, probably not for many, but it is something I am looking forward to getting back to. Thank you for your interest and concern. I’m sure I will have times when I am lonely, but I can just move to someplace where there are people.

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  28. marian

    Aug 09, 2013

    @Jordan OReylee Hello
    Need to talk with you about your tiny camp home. I’m a crazy person about little and tiny Things. When I’ll move to Brazil (my country but living in Miami FL now) in a few more year I will definitely live in one of this or build up a tiny home in front of a desert beach with no one bothering, absolutely no neighbors. Wondering where do you get water, electricity… from? is your camp home attached to your car so you can stop anywere?

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    • Jordan

      Aug 27, 2013

      Hi Marian,

      Good to meet another crazy person about tiny things. :) I was excited to see that you are from Brazil. That is one place I hope to visit someday (without the teardrop – a little far to tow it). What a diverse and beautiful country you have.

      I am not living on the road yet, in another month or 2. I will carry my water – filling up where I can. I won’t have electricity unless I am camped where I can plug my extension cord in. The lights in my trailer are high efficiency LED lights so I can run them off my car battery for a little while, but nothing else. I will be adding a solar system eventually – when I can afford it – to take care of all my electrical needs. I don’t have much to run, LED lights, computer, and ipod speaker. I can charge everything in my car while driving, but will need to find alternatives when stationary for any length of time (at least for my ancient computer).

      My camper hitches to my car, so I can unhitch it and take my car to the store or wherever without the trailer if I need to. I wanted to have that option so went with a trailer instead of a “motorhome” style camper. The trailer is small enough that I don’t even know it’s behind me – until I look in my rearview mirror out of habit and scare myself half to death seeing something right on my tail!

      I started a blog if you’d like to follow along on my adventure: myteardroppinlife@blogspot.com

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  29. Maureen

    Aug 10, 2013

    First let me say, Nice Little Teardrop! I thought I was reading about my own experience when I started . I lost my job and am about to lose my land and have storage units to empty out too. At first I was very depressed and then realized this was an opportunity in the making, I had always wanted to be a “workkamper” when I retired and this was the time to do it. I’m in my mid sixtys and finding another conventional job had not been easy. So I subscribed to “Workamper News”
    saw a job listing near my daughter, made up a new resume that fit a “Camp Host” and emailed it off. I got the job, and brought my little (13′) vintage trailer to the campground and have been cleaning cabins and bath-houses since May. Come Oct. 1, I am headed South for the winter to another job . You can do this Jordan!! ps. Look online at Work for RVer’s and Campers by Coleen,Caretaker Gazette(subscription), Corps. of Engineers, and many amusement parks too. Best of luck and Happy Trails!!

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    • Jordan

      Aug 27, 2013

      Maureen,

      I am so sorry to hear that you had to go through the same loses as I am dealing with. It isn’t easy. But I am so glad that you also realized that it was actually a great opportunity to start living the life you wanted. I do plan to subscribe to Workkampers and see what I might be able to find. I am so happy that you found something right away and so close to your daughter too. I will also be looking for situations farther south for the winter too, after I make the rounds to visit family and friends to introduce them to my tearbaby.

      Thank you for the other suggestions as well – I planned to subscribe to Caretaker Gazette but haven’t heard of some of the others. I appreciate your help and support. It makes a big difference when we go into a challenging situation with a positive attitude. I really am super excited and know 100% that this is the right thing for me to be doing right now. I do get a bit overwhelmed sometimes with the making it happen, but I also enjoy the challenge of it too. I wish you the best and maybe we will run into each other on the road (not literally though I hope!) :)

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  30. Mary

    Aug 26, 2013

    Jordan, you’re such an inspiration! I’m so proud of you and your decision to live your dream. So few of us have the courage to do it. I can’t wait to learn what kind of adventures you get into. Happy tiny living dear friend!

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    • Jordan

      Aug 27, 2013

      Thank you Miss Mary – my dear friend – for your never failing support. Don’t know what I’d do without you!

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  31. Sandy Mayfield

    Feb 18, 2014

    Hello Jordan!

    Isn’t Egon a wonder? I bought the teardrop he built just before yours. My husband and I took off for a trip through Nebraska and South Dakota. My husband passed away about a month after we returned home.

    I am downsizing and hoping to take off on the road in April. Reading your comments makes me believe that I can do this! If you can travel with your cats and Mary can travel with her dogs….lol I can travel with just little ol’ me!

    I’ve been looking at idea after idea to make things more organized and comfortable in small spaces. I even found a way to have a shower inside the teardrop!

    Good luck to you and safe travels! I can’t wait to follow your new blog when it is up and running.

    Sandy

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  32. Todd Burleson

    May 29, 2014

    Jordan,
    I recently completed renovations on a 1947 Tourette Teardrop Trailer. I love it, but I covet your teardrop. I really like the pop up sunroof. I bet your fan works great for ventilation and that sunroof must be wonderful at night too. I look forward to reading about your adventures on your blog. Thank you for sharing your journey thus far and I wish you the very best!
    TB

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