Hey everyone! I know it’s been a minute or five since I have posted anything on my blog, i’d blame it on being a hell of a year and that’s only 75% true. I’m also a little lazy. But I’ve felt a push for a while now to refocus and put some energy into things I’m passionate about that’s just for me. So scroll on if you’re just here for the pix, here’s a little re-intro and background on our family, and our renovation!
So were the Bailey’s , I’m Autumn, my husband, Rusty, and our sons Bear(3) and Oak(1) and our newest member Sunny! We are from the mountains in Northern California. We got started in this lifestyle because my husbands line of work requires him to travel around the US for short or long periods of time, he’s primarily been sent to breweries and distilleries and process plants. About 4 weeks after we had Bear, in Feb 2016, Rusty got a call during his family leave that his next job would be at Stone Brewing in Richmond VA. so we pretty much decided to up and buy a trailer and haul across the country that week, hell no was I staying in CA raising a baby alone if I had the opportunity to travel with him and raise our family together!
That was 3 years ago, and we’ve been traveling in our toyhauler ever since! At the end of the first year we decided the current design of the hauler just wasn’t gonna cut it, we(I) needed to change it up and make it our own especially if it was gonna be our home for the next 5+ years. so we remodeled.
The original layout was pretty standard, master bed, one bath, living room kitchen dining in the same space, then garage. we decided to gut the original master bedroom and make that into our kids room, so they could have their own space, and more importantly, I could have mine… and we transformed the garage into our room!
A couple of my favorite design and decor elements in our trailer is probably all the pops of black I got to incorporate! luckily all our appliances were black, and we switched our stainless steel sink and faucet for this matte black composite sink and this gorgeous industrial matte black faucet!
Also my incredibly talented sister painted our bathroom door for us and its one of my favorite parts, its a kickass picture that pretty much culminates our childhood in the sierras, think bowls and bowls of morels and spending our days at crystal peak or mining for gold at my fathers claim.
another one of my favorite parts is all different textures of wood we got to utilize.
From the boys’ diy herringbone door to the wooden slide trim I added, and my new absolute fave, all of the Plank & Mill accent wood planks we added to the doors and the living room slide!
As our space has transformed and we’ve gotten to live in it, I’ve slowly added things that make it even more homey to me. I worked with Plank & Mill to create these amazing accent walls! Since day one living in this tiny home I wanted to add more wood planks, but I was a little scared it would be ‘too much’ for a little space, I made that mistake a lot when we remodeled. Now, I go with my gut. If I love it then who cares right? It makes the space soooo much more cozy in my opinion. My post on Friday is all about the updated wooden plank walls and how I completed them and how amazing they turned out!
It’s been so fun connecting with so many of you through Instagram, and Pinterest, and whatever other social app brought you here! I’ve met so many people who live on the road like us, or who are just interested in what we do or want to know how to take the plunge into tiny living! We get a lot of the same questions, that I don’t mind answering, but its great to have them all in one space so I compiled a list of the ten most Frequently Asked Questions we get for your reading (dis)pleasure;
- What does your husband do for work?
Rusty is a welder, he’s worked on a lot of breweries and distilleries and process plants doing pipe work. We’ve been super lucky to travel with him to fun places and, a perk, get some really good beer out of the deal.
- Why a toyhauler? What model?
Keystone Fuzion 416; and we picked a toyhauler because we haul our Subaru Forester in the garage so we can travel in the same vehicle. We’ve gone cross-country 4 times, and had many long hauls where I could not imagine being stuck inside a vehicle with my three kids without extra help, enough said.
- How much did your renovation cost?
We spent ballpark 6-7k on our remodel.
- Why did you switch bedrooms?
We switched into the garage because that room is the hardest to keep warm/cool. Our kids are young enough where they can’t regulate body temps as easy as us, we can control the temp in the master bedroom so we never have to worry if they are too cold, or too hot. Also because the garage has a door to the outside, and I don’t know if any of you have little explorers on your hands but Bear is a fucking Houdini. If there is a way outside he will find it and he will not give any fucks if you’re asleep or not paying attention or if you say no. so yeah, no bueno.
- What is your mail situation?
We have a mailbox at a local-to-our-home-base mail forwarding center. When we are around Lake Tahoe we just pick our mail up from them, and we can have them forward it anywhere if we leave.
- Do you save money?
Short answer: Not really. We didn’t start this journey to save money, or get out of debt. We did it to travel as a family. It’s totally possible to save money, but we don’t get to pick where we get sent, a lot of the time its places that aren’t cheap. And we bought our trailer brand new, that wasn’t cheap either.
- Is it easy to boondock?
YES! Toyhaulers make it so easy to camp off the grid. Most come with generators, fresh water tanks, and grey water tanks. Ours has a 120 gallon fresh water tank, two 80 gallon grey tanks and a 100 gallon black tank. For us, we would take the trailer to a local dump station every week to dump the black tank.
- Is it hard living in the snow?
NO. I’ll say it again for the people in the back: NO!! Its easier living in the snow than it is in the heat. It may be expensive, you may go through propane like it’s no ones business. But you can ALWAYS add a blanket. When its hot you can only strip down so much, then (apparently) it’s a little awkward for your neighbors. We’ve lived in this trailer in the hundreds and the negatives and I would take the cold ANY DAY.
- Best advice for transitioning into a small space?
Get rid of half of what you own, then get rid of half of what you keep, then you will probably have enough of what you need.
- Where do you park at night on the road?
Everwhere. We’ve parked at truckstops, casino parking lots, Cracker Barrel(our fave for obvious reasons) Walmart, rest stops, the occasional KOA to dump our tanks.
Thank you guys for reading, leave me a comment if you have any more questions and be sure to check back in on Friday, when I post my collab with Plank & Mill!