Thanks everyone. I should have listed more specifics, sorry about that. Ok here are my road blocks from the last year or so.
Ok we want to stay in our area as we are very family oriented. There are no rv parks around. The ones that are an hour or so away costs so much per month that it's cheaper to stay in my current home.
We do not have friends that will allow us to park a Tumbleweed/RV on their properties. I think the concept is just too foreign and many have small yards as is.
My husband is not comfy with a Chinook because we would have to constantly move around our tiny town. He also feels we are too old for nightly moving. (I agree)
There are a few mobile home parks around but .....well they are just not safe and are always in the newspaper for crime. (plus I like some space and trees). There are several other things I could mention about the ones here but I don't want to be harsh.
Our age is something I have not seen covered on any site that covers RV living. We seem to be older than a lot of you and moving into a RV leaves us with no plan B (financially) should we begin to have aging health problems. We are in our 40s and 50s and sadly are starting to see many of our friend develop all sorts of cancers and other issues. These are from healthy people who live a very healthy lifestyles too :/ Campers are not really handicap friendly. I know that sounds pessimistic to think that far ahead but we are planners like that. Prepare for the worst while hoping for the best.
Our current home is small-ish by our cities standards. We did make a good choice to live in a really nice neighborhood but have the smallest house. We have the best lot and look at hundreds of acres of someone elses property. Some of the land is landlocked and it would be hard, if not impossible to place a neighborhood there. I mention this as an option should the small house movement plan fail.
For months I have driven around and looked at neighboring cities to only find one tiny house. Actually it was a cluster of them. They were built LONG ago but have been greatly maintained. However the owner uses them as rental property and wants to charge me more for them than my current home ????
We looked at foreclosures that we could pay cash for but they were all condemned mobile homes that were scary and mold covered. We have a child with severe environmental health issues. Those homes were so far gone that there was no saving them. Some literally only had half a roof left :O I don't think a raccoon could have even lived in them!
We can buy land, but sadly the price is sky high despite the economy? Also the city wont allow camping on the site even if your temporarily in a RV building a home.
For the cost of the land + building the smallest house legally, we are cheaper staying in our current home?
I think I am just so frustrated that I found the small house movement but am finding it's not as easy at it seems to join it.
We are looking at paying off our home early as an option but that wont be cheap. If we pay extra $600 per month it will be paid in 10 years. I think we can make that even sooner.
The biggest issue with that is that we have 2 kids entering college soon. They are great and work any jobs they can find but not a lot of hours is going to teen workers out here. So we sort of learned about ERE late in the game if this makes sense. Then we have a younger child left.
I'm still determined though!
In the end our current home is a retirees dream. Very few stairs and a dream backyard and woods. It's just when I look at what my mortgage is truly going to costs it's sickening.
The one and only bad side to staying is that the economy brought in one bad neighbor that's staying for life. We have a lot of retirees here. However even with this one bad apple it's a great place. My ultimate dream would be acreage with NO neighbors near us though.
Ideally I would want to build this home because I like a "pretty" but tiny homes:
But I like how this guy seems to have a more private lot. Though we can't go off grid like he did:
For the record we have downsized the inside of this home. We already live as if we have moved into a tiny home. I am that determined LOL.
Sorry this was so long!!!!