The New Home!!!!


The next V.T. home base (hopefully!)

Hello friends!  What a busy day today!  I’ve been looking at mobile homes with the intention to buy one for a home base.  There were two that were considered.

THE CRAPPY TRAILER I DID NOT BUY ==> Tuesday morning I went north to view a tiny mobile home that I’d intended to place in the city of West Union – right in the heart of trout country.  Well, that idea went out the window!  The first manufactured home (which I had been told was in good shape) looked like a bunch of hillbillies and wolves had trashed the thing.  Their dog had even bitten holes in the walls!  Someone painted one surface glossy brick red.  Another wall was painted a shiny DOT orange.  There were drywall gouges and scrapes everywhere!  Funnier yet, that particular trailer had a 40 year old green refrigerator, making me wonder if it was snitched it from set of The Brady Bunch!  For a 14′ x 52′ trailer, the dealer wanted $20,000 (more than double what I think it was worth).

THE CREAM PUFF ==> Contrast that last trailer house with what I found later Tuesday.  The second place I checked out is a 1995 mobile home that was owned by an older couple who is moving to Florida in a couple of days.  It is an immaculate and very spacious 16′ x 80′ home with three bedrooms and two bathrooms!  The washer and dryer – newer Maytag machines – stayed with the home, as did the other appliances.  A newer central air unit was included.  The shingled roof had recently been replaced.  There is a shed, carport (tall enough for the van), and deck.  A nearly new loveseat and motorized lift recliner stayed behind, as did the TV stands!  Here is the best part… The price of this larger, spotless trailer house was significantly less than the one described above!

Trailer sideSo despite the desire to live near
“trout country” it just was not meant to be.  Besides the disappointment with the first trailer, there was something else.  When I went north today, there was such a feeling of loneliness and isolation that it was almost overwhelming.  Home is here, in Jones County.  One can always drive to the fishing holes.

So, this nicer trailer is located in a familiar place – just a half mile from where I work!  The nearest trout stream (Swiss Valley) is about 45 minutes up the road from here.  Also, great fishing for bass and catfish is just a mile away.  The existing friends in Cedar Rapids are nearby.  Despite the dream (more like fantasy) of living in the hills, this purchase was by far the most logical, long-term arrangement.

More pictures will be posted if everything goes through okay.  The place is so incredibly clean and beautiful inside!  Of course, the van will still go on camping trips like always.  The response from the co-workers ranged from handshakes to hugs.  It’s all good!

As for the fishing yesterday… I only got one medium sized (puny) but good enough for supper.  There is a day off next Tuesday.  It might be a fun chance to check out another trout stream.  Some things never change!  🙂

Thanks for visiting!

Brad and Serena, vandwelling (for now) in eastern Iowa

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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"

6 Responses to The New Home!!!!

  1. Sunday says:

    I am so very happy for you! It looks beautiful. Keep us posted! I have my fingers crossed.

  2. Meg says:

    That is a beautiful place, Brad, I hope it works out for you. And while it may not be near a lot of fishing it *is* near your job – so you won’t have to transfer! I’ll bet your coworkers are happy about that.

    I’m sure you’ll keep us posted and if it comes through I’d love to see some pictures of the inside. I haven’t been in too many mobile homes but I’m thinking that might be a good option for me in the future – when I have a tiny bit more cash 🙂

    • VanTrekker says:

      I understand the cash thing. I was hurting a couple of weeks ago but things are falling into place.

      It’s a done deal now… I just dropped off a cashier’s check and paid off the trailer in full. Move-in date is the 6th or so. The co-workers were happy and they’ve become sort of like family. I’ve already been offered promotion opportunities once everything calms down. From where this trailer is located, Walmart is across the street, as is the hospital.

      Here’s another cool thing… I just learned minutes ago that the old owners (who I spoke with and shared about helping Dad) have also given me a nice kitchen table and chairs as well as two new beds! Even the lady who manages the trailer court said it’s nothing short of a blessing. I’ll pass some pics along soon.

      Take care and thanks for commenting.


  3. Pleinguy says:

    I hope it works out well for your situation. What does this mean for van dwelling now? I would think being property free would provide more flexible options. Good luck in your new home.

    • VanTrekker says:

      I’ll be posting some more pics tonight. So far the place is comfortable and Serena and I are very happy with it. There is a place to “dock” the van and do some work on it. The new shower felt so good that I was nearly late for work while taking a long cleaning… As far as the van goes, the plan is to travel with it and fish… but oh, this sure feels like home!