Exit Strategy – An Easy out from the Home Dwelling


No, this is not the trailer I’ve been living in!   Wow…

I wanted to share this information with you all because it is kind of unusual.   It is an easy way to eliminate old living accommodations to facilitate “hitting the road”. 

I have lived in a 1974 Artcraft mobile home for the last six years.  I paid $8000 for it.  After this many years,  it has served its purpose.  Infested with ants and a leaking roof, it’s falling apart.  Even the floor is soggy.  It was the intention to sell the old trailer for about $1500.  Those plans went sour when some of the potential buyers had residency concerns.  I don’t care if they are legal but I’m not going to aid and abet!

The trailer park manager offered a different approach.  If I sign the trailer title over to the court, all utilities and liabilities end.  I won’t own the dwelling nor be responsible for it in any way.  It was suggested to just take my things and walk away – I don’t even have to clean. After departing, the trailer court decides to fix up the mobile home for resale or strip it and sell it for sheet metal value.

I rented a small storage garage and over the new few weeks will be vacating the trailer.  The plan is to move in to help my Dad but at the same time continue van camping.  I hope some day to camp full-time but for now it is a fun experiment.

In closing, it was a lucky break to relinquish the old trailer in favor of instant freedom.  I will be homeless on August 1, 2011 (at least in my mind)  Some goal, eh?

About VanTrekker

I am a former vandweller in Eastern Iowa who, for several years (off and on), lived in a 2007 Chevy cargo van. I still travel around Iowa with my tortoise shell cat, Jennifer Stefanie. Our favorite place to explore is the Country Heritage Community, the four far northeastern counties of Iowa (Clayton, Winneshiek, Allamakee, and Fayette). Ride along as we fish in pristine trout streams, enjoy fine home cooked camping meals, and meet new people. It's all possible on a shoestring budget. Happy travels always! --- Brad, the "Van Trekker"
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3 Responses to Exit Strategy – An Easy out from the Home Dwelling

  1. Pleinguy says:

    What a lucky turn of events. This will give you more reason to practice the full-time van camping. And, discover things you need that may have been overlooked. Hope it works out for you.

  2. Boonie says:

    I was trying to find out what you did for a refrigerator, but there is no Search gadget on your blog. Anyway, what date did you write about that?

  3. Bradford H says:

    For now, I am just using a small cooler with a handle. Each trip has been close to home so there has been little need to carry much ice and food/beverages. Since I’m not yet full-time, it’s not been a priority.

    Eventually, I hope to be full-time but have decided that cooking a lot of meals is not going to be a priority. I will be able to afford to eat out quite a bit… It’s going to be breakfast cereal and fruit in the morning and a salad later in the day… Also, since I will always be pretty close to civilization, a few containers of applesauce, some cashew nuts, and tins of canned fish will suffice.