1. Do you really live in the Airstream… like all the time?
Yep! We live in the Airstream in the stifling heat of summer and the bone chilling cold of winter. In case of an emergency (like a hurricane), we’ll go to a relative’s house nearby. But other than that, we’re in it the whole time!
Despite all of our luck and hard work, we felt that couldn’t get ahead financially. We still lived paycheck to paycheck when we moved into our Airstream. We knew that if our rent and other bills stayed the same, we we wouldn’t be able to buy a house in the foreseeable future and my husband, George wouldn’t able to pursue his art full-time. We saw an endless cycle of debt in front of us and it was much less terrifying to live in a tiny trailer than to take on massive debt.
3. When did you move into the Airstream?
We moved into the Airstream in August of 2013 and we’re still here!
4. How large is your home?
Our Airstream is a 31ft. Airstream Sovereign. The inside is approximately 188 square feet. (For more info about how we manage to live in such a small space, check out: How we live in 188 square feet.)
5. Are you parked or do you travel?
Right now we are parked in order to save money. We would love to travel with the Airstream one day.
6. Where are you parked?
We are parked on land owned by my husband’s family. It is a beautiful farmed and wooded plot. We stay on the land in exchange for chores.
7. Where do you do laundry?
We have very gracious relatives who let us do laundry at their house in exchange for chores around the house.
8. Do you have electricity?
Yup, sure do! The land that we are on previously housed a trailer about 30 years ago. We simply hooked into the pre-existing grid.
10. How do you get the Internet?
Our iPhones provide us with the Internet which is essential. I couldn’t blog and George couldn’t do his art without it. It’s been a bit more expensive to use our phones as hotspots instead of having a direct Internet connection through an Internet or phone provider. (Our phone contracts are through Verizon, if you are curious.) It’s the best option we’ve found so far because of the excellent coverage Verizon provides. And paying for extra data is still much less cheaper than rent. You can read more about the technology we use here.
11. How do you deal with the sewage “situation”?
Again, the land that we are on previously housed a trailer about 30 years ago. The trailer had a septic tank and we just hooked up to that!
12. How do you receive mail?
We have a P.O. box at the local post office.
13. How much did your Airstream cost?
Our Airstream was $5,000 and we spent about $1,500 on fixing her up. Read more about our buying story here.
14. How long did it take you to fix up the Airstream?
It took about 3 months of intense work.
15. How can I live this life?
This life isn’t for the faint of heart. It isn’t easy, but it is rewarding. 90 percent of living this way is deciding that you want it and sticking with it.
Feel free to ask questions in the comments section and I’ll do my best to answer them!