Slow progress is still progress

The exterior of our tiny house/self built travel trailer has been complete for about a month or so now.

 

Though it’s taken us twice as long as we planned and hoped, we’re extremely pleased with it. Since then, we’ve planned our electrical system and have installed most of it. The natural wool insulation has come in and we’ll start installing it in the next few days. Hopefully we’ll have some interior photos to post soon.

Its been mentioned to us by several people that have seen our project in person, that we should consider building these for others. It’s flattering to think we’re good enough craftsmen for that. I never considered we could actually get paid for this. A couple problems with that plan I think of immediately are 1. We’re way too slow for most people. I don’t think anybody would want to wait up to a year for delivery. Hiring employees is definitely out of the question for obvious reasons (remember, we want a simple life). 2. There would be little to no time left for us to travel with our own home on wheels.

With all that being said, a question came to mind. What if we built smaller hand built travel trailers? Maybe in the 12 to 16 foot range. They would have axleless torsion bar suspension for better off road ground clearance, very strong but semi light weight welded steel framework,  26 gauge steel siding and roof, fully self contained with solar system and inverter, high quality double pane windows, and solid wood cabinets and interior with RV appliances. These would be well capable of going almost anywhere and lasting a lifetime. I also believe pricing could start under $20,000. We could build 4 to 6 a year.

Would there be a market for this?

We welcome all opinions, questions, and feedback.

Brian

 

 

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Tiny House or Homebuilt RV?

It’s been quite sometime since I’ve reported in here. Much has happened in our full time RV lifestyle.

When last I wrote about our adventures here, we were on way to northern Minnesota via California for a workamping job when we had to rush back to west Texas. My dad had a medical emergency (he’s fine now).

We wound up working at Mad Jack’s Mountaintop BBQ in Cloudcroft, NM that summer(2017). We loved it there and became good friends with the owner, James Jackson and his girlfriend Robin. We thought maybe we’d found a town where we could put down roots and made an offer on a 700 square foot cabin in the woods. Throughout the buying process, several red flags eventually led us to believe we were doing the wrong thing. Ultimately we decided we belong on the road.

Unfortunately, our 2007 Jayco Eagle travel trailer was beginning to show its age and all the miles and full time living was taking its toll. We set out with great excitement to check new fifth wheels made for full time living. Our excitement quickly turned to disappointment after seeing what a $100,000 buys. Without calling out any manufacturers, the quality was very poor for the money in our opinions. Though they were very pretty to look at.

After discussing our options and deciding we definitely weren’t finished with this lifestyle, we decided building our own was really our only option. We sold our truck and travel trailer and eventually and set out on a new adventure. Luckily my folks like us and allowed us to use there property as a building site.

By now, most everyone has heard of and seen tiny houses on wheels. Though most seem to be built for more parking and less moving. We set out to build a new home that would hold up to many miles as well as full time living for us and our blind cat, Mae. We purchased a new truck capable of handling heavier loads and a 39’ gooseneck trailer by Trailer Made Custom Trailers of Denver for our foundation.

We’ll have more details soon as we document our build and get back to our passions traveling the country again. Here’s what we have so far.

As always, check out our About page and the links there to Sharon’s photo gallery and my novel.

more to come…

Brian

 

 

 

Ruidoso, Pie Town, and Mesa

I’m writing this entry from our beautiful boondocking spot near Sedona, AZ. We stayed in our usual site at River View RV Park in Ruidoso, NM for a few nights. This park only has a few sites available to overnight RV guests and only 1 of those we can fit into. But we can walk to the downtown shops and restaurants so that an advantage to us and worth paying for a private park. 

We usually visit Grace O’Malley’s Irish Pub while in Ruidoso but we arrived to find it our of business. So we found a new place for afternoon cocktails. 

   
    
 Tall Pines Beer and Wine Garden is our new favorite spot. It opened in the last few months and the owners have done a great job making it a very inviting. We stayed a few hours visiting and sampling. Over the next few weeks, some of Sharon’s photos will be on display and available for sale there.

From Ruidoso, we traveled on to Pie Town, NM for the next couple days. Yes, it’s really called Pie Town. We boondocked in the free city park. 

There’s really not much to say about Pie Town. We did have pie and coffee at a local cafe. We went for a hilly 3 mile run. The place really seemed pretty dead. But it was free, quiet, and we slept well.

   
    
 
The park roads are pretty soft sand but very manageable as long as it’s dry I would imagine. 

We weren’t sure what to make of this but it appears someone once lived here.

 

   
    
 

We took hwy 60 from Pie Town into Mesa , AZ. We parked for 2 nights at Sun Life RV Resort. It really wasn’t our style but we wanted to visit some dear friends who are workampers there. 

   
 
That catches us up so far. Next stop… Sedona. We’ll enjoy this spot for a few more days.

   
   
Till next time… Brian

Caprock Canyon State Park, Quitaque, Texas

This is our first stop along our journey eventually ending in Northern Minnesota for the summer. We love the hiking here and it’s only a couple hundred miles from my parents home (our home base). So they came along with their travel trailer to do some camping with us before we departed Texas. 

It’s always hard on them (and us) when we first leave knowing we won’t be seeing each other for several months. Over all though, I think we spend more quality time with them since we’ve been fulltiming the last 5 years. 

Our next stop…. somewhere in New Mexico. 

Enjoy the pics from Caprock Canyon.

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A New Travel Adventure

We’ll be hitting the road again 2 weeks from today. It’s not that we don’t move our home fairly often, we just haven’t moved it more than a few hundred miles in a while. 

Heading west out of Texas, we’ll write and photograph our way across New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, and up the Oregon coast into Washington. Our last time in Washington was in 2013. From there, we’ll head back east across the top of the country to Nothern Minnesota for the summer. 

Check back here often to follow us along if you’re so interested. 

I know Sharon will have new material along the way. And who knows, just maybe I’ll have my latest novel completed by summer’s end. Maybe. 

Brian

Sharon S Jones Fine Art Photography Artist Reception

This Saturday October 22nd, 6 – 8pm, Timeless Art Gallery in Lubbock, Texas will host an artist reception for Sharon. Several of her framed photos and unframed pieces will be on display and available for purchase. Here’s the link to the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1828715927363688/?ti=icl

The reception is open to the public. Please stop by Timeless Art Gallery to see her beautiful photography if you’re in the area Saturday.

Brian

Open For Business

  

The new Sharon S Jones Photography gallery is all set up and ready for visitors. The new space is at Canton Marketplace, Canton, TX.

The Marketplace and Sharon’s gallery will be open every Thursday through Sunday before the first Monday every month. 

Of course, Sharon’s work will also remain available at her Etsy store as well as directly from her. 

I will have paperback copies of my novel, Indian Paintbrush by B. K. Jones, available in the gallery as well. It’s also available to Kindle owners on Amazon as well as from Barnes and Noble and Creatspace.

Please stop by and visit with us if you’re in the area.

Brian