This stupid, stinking pandemic has displaced a lot of families for a variety of reasons. Many in our region of the United States are facing the coming winter in RVs, motorhomes, Travel Trailers, and Tiny Homes with new-to-them ways of keeping warm and such. Did you know Anchorage, Alaska has been sheltering their homeless population in the Sullivan Arena? Because, of course, they need to socially distance because of the stupid, stinking pandemic. Crazy days, huh? https://www.alaskasnewssource.com/2021/09/13/homeless-remain-sullivan-arena-now-bronson-administration-says/
And a lot of families and extended families and friends have moved in together in whoever has the biggest house near the good jobs. Everyone I know, our family included, are crammed in together. As my mother would say, “The chickens have come home to roost.” This happened during the Great Depression too. Additionally, some families with big houses rented out rooms to help house neighbors and to pay their mortgage. In fact, this is the scenario featured in the movie version of an American Girls novel. You can probably find it for free at your local library.
In any case, in our area a lot of people lost their rental homes or sold and then couldn’t find a new place to buy because the real estate market is insane right now. They bought RVs, motorhomes, and travel trailers. The trouble is most of these are not suited to winters in the Pacific Northwest. Some are, like my personal favorite- https://www.outdoorsrvmfg.com/
Some of these babies even come with built-in solar! The thing is an RV needs the right insulation, the right kind of windows, heated tanks, and an enclosed underbelly to make it through the winter. Still, that’s not enough. Especially in my neck of the woods.
So here are my favorite resources.
Most Ingenious Skirting- Fy Nythe, a Tiny Home in Wyoming- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3ZYBsnsv_0
Best Wood Stove (remember, not all housing options are safe for wood stoves)- also Fy Nythe- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f7xLJ9EJ7-o
Best Insulation Tips- Canadian RV Life- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=llHcwo8LcOU
Best Cold Weather Tips on a Budget- Cheap RV- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKZJD6F5qwU
Best Scramble to Fix Things Up So You Don’t Freeze to Death, but You’ve Run Out of Time (be sure to watch both parts, plus extras)- Pure Living for Life- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9I6CUWUIc-A&t=14s
Best Wood Stoves for RVs and Tiny Homes (remember, not all are safe for wood stoves)- Jeffsetter- https://www.jeffsetter.com/6-best-rv-wood-stoves/
Best Space Heaters- RVShare- https://rvshare.com/blog/best-rv-space-heaters/
The RV parks are full around here and boondocking might not be an option. Full time RVers came up with something a long time ago which is now necessary for many ‘Mooch-docking.’ That’s parking at a friend or family member’s home. Certainly pay rent, if you can, at least to cover utilities.
Life is hard right now, I know. Help others, if you can. And remember, our grandparents and great-grandparents survived much worse. We’re made of tough stuff.
Be Brave, Be Kind.