Now that the road is done we were finally able to put our trailer on our land for the duration of summer and fall. We will be bringing it back to Long Island for the winter because we have it set up on the snowmobile trails that pass through our land and we want to make sure that is open and running for our local community to use!
We absolutely love this little Jayco trailer and are very happy with it. We have had it (and been using it) for several years now and have not had any problems at all with it. Be sure to check out the video tour of our little trailer at the bottom of this post!
It is not an expensive trailer to start with, but since purchased it as a left over from a dealership we were able to get it for just under $10,000. Now I know that we could have purchased a used one for half of that but at the time were were looking we only had the Jeep liberty to pull it with. That limited us to finding a very small and very light trailer.
We used the Jeep to pull it for several years and mostly that was fine. There was a bit of a struggle pulling it uphill (The mountain roads in upstate NY can be brutal!) so we were really careful about how much we filled it up (water, etc.). But that's all changed now.
This past fall we purchased ourused Chevy truck and well, honestly, you hardly know the trailer is behind it! Now we like the trailer even better and we have absolutely no intention of upgrading to a larger one. We just don't see the need at all.
So, let's talk about the positive's and negatives!
Now the Positives:
Upgrades We Made (affiliate links for some):
**NOTE - No modifications were made to any outside wall - any holes drilled were only on inside walls (between bathroom and closet) or through the sides of cabinets (TV Mount and shelving unit).
Other Items We Use For Our Off the Grid RV (affiliate links):
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Well, it's official. Our land is cleared for building! The road has been completed and now we have about a 1.25 acre clearing to begin building our future homestead.
There is still a lot to do though. We are meeting with the well drilling company this weekend and we are still waiting to meet with an engineer to design our septic system. Yes, this is a new thing as per the New York State Board of Health. Everyone needs a system designed by a specially licensed (NYS) engineer. Of course that means that you can't hire any ole' engineer. Only an engineer that has taken a special septic design certification in New York State. Ugh...very annoying. Anyhoo....the engineer we want is so backed up they can't even come until mid August or later! So we will just have to wait.
We have also made our application to National Grid to have underground electric, but of course this is on hold because of the septic. We didn't know it originally, but if we have three out of four things (foundation, road, well, and/or septic), National Grid will cover a nice chunk of the cost of underground installation including the transformer, and a cost equal to 100 feet of above ground wire connection. That totals a few thousand dollars (And an additional savings of the $800 fee we would have had to pay for temporary service.). So, bottom line, the electric is on hold! No brainer there.
But either way, we are off to a great start. We have a road. We have a clearing. And we put our little trailer on the land so we can now enjoy it even more!
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Hi there! I'm Kathie, the author behind Creating A Simpler Life blog. I'm excited to share our longterm projects (and planning) toward building our future retirement homestead in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. In the meantime I will be sharing all the other little things we do that are part of creating our simpler life!