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Minimalist Couple Living in a Tiny Camper Trailer That Cost Only $1,800 – RV Life


[Music Playing]>>KATHLEEN: I think our lives will forever
be changed by this experience. I don’t think we’ll ever be comfortable in
a big house. We’re just more comfortable in a smaller space
surrounded by nature. That’s where we feel at home.>>GREG: Living in the camper is very powerful
in the sense that you hear the rain on the roof, and you feel the wind blowing through the
camper, and you can feel the crisp in the breeze. It’s nice. [Music Playing]>>KATHLEEN: We’re in Colorado and this is
our 1969 Terry camper trailer that we live in so come tour our house. [Music Playing] When you first walk in we have our closet
space for storing our clothes. This is my closet. Greg has the same just right across from me. His is a little bit smaller. Next up is our bathroom. Inside you’ll see we use a composting toilet. If you’re not familiar with a composting toilet,
basically what it is… it’s the same as a normal toilet, it just
doesn’t use water and it separates number one from number two. Number one goes in this container, number
two, you open the hatch like that it mixes with a soil amendment to become compostable and you can put it in your yard and use it
as fertilizer. Same with number one. Currently we don’t use our water, or our shower
because we’re not connected to a water source. We shower at the gym instead. And when we do use water, we use gallon jugs
instead and I’ll get to that in a little bit. So this is our main area where we have living
space and our bedroom and our kitchen. We have a basket for all our fruit and other
items that we want in there. Silverware and other miscellaneous storage
areas are below. You can see this camper actually has a ton
of storage space. Up above we have our cups and glasses, and plates and seasoning in here. Our spices are along the top here. And when we’re ready to cook a meal we will
wash our fruits and vegetables in the sink but we use a gallon jug instead of actually
using running water. Behind me is our bedroom. We sleep here and then we store things up
here. When we don’t have any guests, we keep this
closed, but when we do, this can actually come out
the full size of the bed and someone can sleep up here and we can move
everything down below our bed for storage which is really nice. We’ve had some guests who have actually slept
above us. [Music Playing]>>GREG: Before we bought the trailer, we were
living in Capitol Hill, in downtown Denver in an apartment kind of doing the standard downtown Denver
life and I had been talking to Kathleen about doing
the van life for awhile and she wasn’t quite ready to do the van life
at the time but she met me in the middle with a camper.>>KATHLEEN: It’s a 1969 Terry Trailer. We bought it for $1800.>>GREG: At the time we justified it as 2
months worth of rent basically. It was kind of how we equated that. Eventually we realized we needed our own space,
and to have our own backyard is really nice. It’s also really great to have a space to
have chickens and a garden.>>KATHLEEN: When we first moved into the
camper, I had a really difficult time, to be completely honest. You know, I had to make some adjustments like
using a composting toilet, shower at the gym, cooking in a smaller space. Man those first couple of months were pretty
rough.>>GREG: Yeah and at the beginning we weren’t
quite adjusted yet. We hadn’t insulated everything and situated
everything the way we wanted it.>>KATHLEEN: Now that we’ve been living small
in some form for the past 2 years I feel really silly that I made it such a
big deal in the beginning. Now living this lifestyle doesn’t seem so
hard.>>GREG: It’s actually been even more amazing
than I could have ever imagined living in a camper would be and it’s the perfect size really. We built these insulation blocks to fit in
the windows so that we could live in here in the winter. It also comes in really handy in the summer
as well. They’re made out of styrofoam and radiant
barrier and they pop into the window just like this. And now we’re insulated. What prompted us to come up with the insulation
blocks is the camper is really a three-season camper
by design. It has a furnace but these insulation blocks
really make it a four-season camper and allow us to live in here in the winter, and in the dog days of summer.>>KATHLEEN: Here’s our gallon jugs. After we use them we hang them up here and then we go back to the store and we go
all at once and refill our jugs. As you can see we have some of our essential
items in here like my guitar, my computer, notebooks, journals, and all the books that
we want to read are down here below us. So this is a really great place to hang out. We spend a lot of our time just using this
as our sofa as well. This is a curtain that we made. When it’s too sunny out we’ll have it hanging
like this. Otherwise if we want to look outside we will
pin it up just like this. Pretty easy to do. Over here is our seating area and it’s where
the dogs sleep as well. We had a table in here before but we found
that it took up too much space and it felt kind of crowded with us trying to
navigate around each other with cooking and everything else that we were
doing. So we took the table out and now it opens
up our layout a lot more. We use these two areas for more clothes and
more clothes down below which is nice. One thing that’s pretty important that we
do with our camper is we hang a lot of things that we use on a daily basis so we hang our cameras, the dogs’ bandanas, our sunglasses, my jewelry, some of our fruits
and vegetables, we hang our hats and that just makes it easy for on-the-go
grabbing stuff whenever we need it. [Music Playing]>>GREG: One of my favourite parts of living
in the camper is also the freeing lifestyle that your lifestyle doesn’t cost as much as a conventional
lifestyle. It’s very liberating to know that you’re using
less resources which means you have more time to backpack or fish or simply just enjoy life really.>>KATHLEEN: We continue to be inspired by
other people breaking the barriers on what an alternative living style is. It’s been really cool because that’s also
shifted our ideas and we feel like we can continue to brainstorm new new forms of tiny living and explore them. [Music Playing]

100 Comments

ALL IS WELL

Mar 3, 2019, 3:57 pm Reply

Trump must give tiny houses to his race nice ppl at least ?

ALL IS WELL

Mar 3, 2019, 4:06 pm Reply

Its not a stone age you ppl can do a job save money live simple and buy a house

Michael Johnson

Mar 3, 2019, 7:49 pm Reply

Your insulation idea is god damn genius.

jonah levi?

Mar 3, 2019, 8:31 am Reply

I love that

Revenge Kid

Mar 3, 2019, 3:35 pm Reply

Awesome ??

Tom Jones

Mar 3, 2019, 8:04 pm Reply

You KNOW she wants a real house, even a small one. And when she gets pregnant it's game over.

Jewel Filipovich

Apr 4, 2019, 2:40 am Reply

Are they living on their own land?

Ye Yue

Apr 4, 2019, 1:34 am Reply

The guy is so lucky that a pretty girl like her is willing to endure all the inconvenience living in such a small van without even basic showering device, and I got the impression that she wasn't as enthusiastic about the idea as he is but she did it anyway for love.
Sorry for being playing devil's advocate, but IMHO, young people in their twenties, specifically men, probably should work for their future instead of enjoying their rustic "retirement" life thirty years ahead of time. And it's not much of an enjoyment when you have to store water in gallon jugs. But of course, if they are doing so to save money because they're in a temporary financial dire kind of stuff then it's another story.

Alex Vidakovic

Apr 4, 2019, 11:35 am Reply

Now I understand why US savages bombed Serbia. They want us to be as poor as they are and to live like animal, that is, to live like "superior" Americans do.

swamp toast

Apr 4, 2019, 2:40 pm Reply

I wouldnt mind going offgrid and unconnected for a few months but not all the time. I love warm water on tap lmao …those dogs are huge i would make them a house for outside during the hot months lmao i have a chihuahua so she is perfect for rv life lol

Sarah Nagorney

Apr 4, 2019, 3:08 pm Reply

We have the exact same camper at our lake lot. It's a little smaller but same layout. We love it.

Angela Tucker

Apr 4, 2019, 11:22 pm Reply

Do RV parks offer mailbox services?

Lana Hanson

Apr 4, 2019, 7:51 pm Reply

Whatever they were cooking looked so yummy

Suzie Paris

Apr 4, 2019, 12:26 am Reply

Never will understand why ppl desire huge homes

XIV Words

Apr 4, 2019, 8:46 pm Reply

No water or sewer? No thanks.

XIV Words

Apr 4, 2019, 8:47 pm Reply

Lucky dude to find a girl that would go for this.

XIV Words

Apr 4, 2019, 8:50 pm Reply

What do you do with all the money you make you must be saving a killing

Ralph Boyd

Apr 4, 2019, 11:05 pm Reply

That's going to get old after a few years.

Sabrina Blue

Apr 4, 2019, 3:28 pm Reply

Do they have their own channel outside of being featured on exploring alternatives?

Lynn

Apr 4, 2019, 9:04 am Reply

I could live anywhere a house is what you make it inside The only thing i would want there is running water and i would be ok

Paxton Fox

Apr 4, 2019, 4:49 pm Reply

I live in a rv and it really is great you save so much money and have plenty of space

Matt Stevens

Apr 4, 2019, 11:04 pm Reply

No toilet door?

You Deserve A Comfortable Climate

Apr 4, 2019, 3:34 am Reply

Wow how beautiful ??

Alvaro1ization

Apr 4, 2019, 10:21 am Reply

Where's the minimalist pov when the camper is full of stuff?? Lol

Tim Johnston

Apr 4, 2019, 6:07 pm Reply

its aLways summer with these videos!! why in hell do these ppl never show what goes on in WINTER!!??

Tim Johnston

Apr 4, 2019, 6:16 pm Reply

and also not a word how they get and use power.. Not very helpful folks for any who might want to venture into this life.

T2

Apr 4, 2019, 7:22 am Reply

Awesome way to live love it 🙂

Ex animo

May 5, 2019, 3:09 am Reply

Do you own the land it's on?

Jeebs Gold

May 5, 2019, 9:17 pm Reply

Holy vocal fry. ugh.

Pasternacks Pawn Shop

May 5, 2019, 8:53 pm Reply

Do you guys still live in the trailer?  Do you take it out on the road?  I have a 1975 20' that I love.  I want to get out on the rad.  Your video gave me some great ideas

Winsant Store

May 5, 2019, 9:38 am Reply

Here in India the concept of living in campers is not that much popular.. good luck to the couple….

Sergio

May 5, 2019, 4:15 am Reply

Minimalist? Isn’t this the same as being poor?

Rachel W

May 5, 2019, 2:15 am Reply

1800.00 is MAYBE 1 month's rent in Cap Hill…. this video must be really old. I live in Cap Hill and 1800 is a steal for a while now….

David Walker

May 5, 2019, 7:08 pm Reply

Must get old smelling each others pooping sessions.

Be Ze

May 5, 2019, 4:42 am Reply

Why does she whistle the whole time she’s talking

D Q

May 5, 2019, 2:57 pm Reply

It's strange how people try to explain an RV to people. Like are we dumbasses? We know how a damn RV works.

Kimberly Davis

May 5, 2019, 5:55 pm Reply

I love how you decorated your RV.

Garcia Calavera

May 5, 2019, 5:15 pm Reply

"feel the rain and the wind blowing through the camper" , that's how homeless people live :))))))))))))))

Eliseo Palestina

May 5, 2019, 1:34 pm Reply

Wth why you have a chivas shirt you ain't mexican .

Awesome Channel

May 5, 2019, 11:54 pm Reply

I am extremely curious to know how they were able to pull off that plot of land in Colorado. I have been wanting to do the same but running into 2 major issues. 1) It's hard to find affordable land without restrictions on mobile homes and rv's in many counties 2) If you own land without a structure on it, Colorado taxes you at a (much higher) commercial rate. How did they get around this?

Kat England

May 5, 2019, 4:54 am Reply

Is this freezing in winter or really hot in summer? Cute place!

The Gimpy Camper

May 5, 2019, 6:37 am Reply

I would be great doing something like this… but the wife would never go along. She already says "You're never going to let me go on a real vacation again and stay in a hotel!" (That's the plan) lol

112477fm

May 5, 2019, 8:56 pm Reply

Only thing I didnt hear was a nice cozy place to have a "cup of tea!"

Dr.Deplete YourSoul

Jun 6, 2019, 3:44 pm Reply

For around $10 on wish,you can get battery powered shower handle..Worls great for dishes because you can Limit the water flow and it fits in a 5 gallon Square close head pail

Sunshine Wyman

Jun 6, 2019, 8:48 pm Reply

This the way I want to live,but my husband doesn’t agree with me.

Jenny Dysart

Jun 6, 2019, 3:21 am Reply

Seems like an on-site outdoor shower would be useful and maybe even delightful in at least three seasons -…?

sandy Garcia

Jun 6, 2019, 12:09 pm Reply

She sounds like the band camp girl from American pie….

Truth Witness

Jun 6, 2019, 9:24 am Reply

The girl doesn't sound very convinced of living in the camper ..!

philipb

Jun 6, 2019, 8:37 pm Reply

if they call a caravan a trailer in the USA what do they call a trailer?

Megan Ziegler

Jun 6, 2019, 8:38 pm Reply

How much was the land your on and how many acres is it?

Terry G

Jun 6, 2019, 8:50 pm Reply

I would do this but for the fact that paying to park the thing every night would cost more than my $275 monthly rent, lol.

Jarrold Bates

Jun 6, 2019, 7:43 pm Reply

This woman 1 in 10 million just to give it a go. 2 yrs later, is she still there?

Jessi Louis

Jun 6, 2019, 12:37 am Reply

collect rainwater and run it through some simple sediment filters. No need to osmosis or UV rainwater.

Gabriel Giron

Jun 6, 2019, 12:33 am Reply

The homeless been doing this for yrs here in northern calif Palo Alto CA because of the high rents also woman n children living n cars homeless family's in rv men n woman in RVs n vans ???

Gabriel Giron

Jun 6, 2019, 12:34 am Reply

You can survey living in a rv r van r trailer and save alot of money ???

Tina Lynn Johnson Brewer

Jun 6, 2019, 1:59 am Reply

I am glad y’all are so happy but that is beyond tiny living. Too off the grid for me.

William Kiene

Jun 6, 2019, 5:06 am Reply

Maybe you need the smaller school bus conversion? Lots of videos on them.

Sarah Harris

Jun 6, 2019, 5:43 pm Reply

Her s's r o sharp

베나

Jun 6, 2019, 11:53 am Reply

Dog.

MMABeijing

Jun 6, 2019, 8:31 pm Reply

why dont u buy another camper so that each have ur own space

Donald Trump

Jun 6, 2019, 8:36 pm Reply

Love to live in a close space with this hottie…yummy

sammy s

Jun 6, 2019, 3:55 am Reply

Blissful

John Doe

Jun 6, 2019, 12:56 am Reply

Having her in your life makes all the difference

John Doe

Jun 6, 2019, 12:58 am Reply

I live in a camper where donu find a single girl with no kids these days

GagePlays_Official

Jul 7, 2019, 4:55 am Reply

All I hear is SSSssSsSssssSss

No Excuses

Jul 7, 2019, 7:32 am Reply

How he got such a beautiful sweet girl to live in this with him is amazing lmao

Robert Shyan-Norwalt

Jul 7, 2019, 10:42 am Reply

They’ll wake up some day.

PeDaSk

Jul 7, 2019, 6:09 pm Reply

I was just looking at the Bruder Camper – comes at 155k…
Seeing this video makes me rethink my approach…

Caroline Kline

Jul 7, 2019, 11:19 am Reply

Dont kid your self .clean clear new is nice. Go get what your looking for reuse recycle has a good meaning but new improved is best.

Caroline Kline

Jul 7, 2019, 11:20 am Reply

Stay cozy

Caroline Kline

Jul 7, 2019, 11:23 am Reply

?

Robert Shaffer

Jul 7, 2019, 7:47 pm Reply

Aren't these "free spirit minimalist" videos becoming a bit of a cliche' ?

Lesbia Flores

Jul 7, 2019, 6:37 pm Reply

Me gusta porque no se paga renta.

Batuhan Batuhan

Jul 7, 2019, 9:52 am Reply

Looking at your partner while talking and she nods repeaatedly. Relaitionships….

Wayne Vaughan

Jul 7, 2019, 10:59 am Reply

I really like your lifestyle choice, one of more freedom, are you renting a space for your trailer? Interesting, Thanks for sharing!

Ma Buezo

Jul 7, 2019, 6:50 pm Reply

They shower in te gym… they shower in the gym

thatsonBloodimaCrip !

Jul 7, 2019, 5:17 am Reply

mmmmm? Once slept with a girl that lived in a van. I had to take her home an give her a bubble bath wit a little vinegar.sorry Amanda

R D. Franco

Jul 7, 2019, 11:19 pm Reply

I make houses .. lots of houses but I will never buy any .. the prices are crazy

Nala Cat

Jul 7, 2019, 3:23 am Reply

Vi devenas koloradion nur kiel mi!!!

Adora Cantillon

Jul 7, 2019, 11:43 am Reply

Lucky , I have always wanted to live in a Trailer it's just so small (l luv small spaces)

Lila Knox

Jul 7, 2019, 8:16 pm Reply

Very cool ???

Warron

Jul 7, 2019, 2:38 am Reply

rather have this than an apartment. nice and no neighbors.

mnstar53

Jul 7, 2019, 2:44 am Reply

Hipsters are funny.

Denis Morissette

Jul 7, 2019, 4:32 am Reply

It even came with a Yellow Lab! Perfect!

Denis Morissette

Jul 7, 2019, 4:37 am Reply

Very good in climates where it hardly ever goes below the freezing point. How about places where it goes down to Arctic colds several weeks in the winter?

Denis Morissette

Jul 7, 2019, 4:52 am Reply

My plan is to live in one from April through October. With the money saved in rent, I can use it to travel in the Southern States of the USA for the colder months. With a green card, I could make extra money if I wanted to. If I had that idea decades ago, I would already be living that plan. So you if you're young, put money aside for your 50's and plus years. Just $100 a month saved in one account that you will not touch will add up to a great amount when you're in your 50s.

Vanlife Adventure

Jul 7, 2019, 12:13 pm Reply

Wow, beautiful trailer house. It's big. I have very small one here in the Philippines.

holly ogorman

Jul 7, 2019, 5:42 pm Reply

One of my favorite videos. I love the vibe

Soirel Soney

Jul 7, 2019, 11:29 pm Reply

At least their happy

Digital marketing

Jul 7, 2019, 12:14 pm Reply

Hello, good video.

Digital marketing

Jul 7, 2019, 12:15 pm Reply

I like.

Anony mous

Jul 7, 2019, 4:32 am Reply

imagine being fully employed, living this way for 10-20+ years, you'd have an absolute fortune saved up.

I speak The truth

Jul 7, 2019, 9:25 am Reply

It’s all they can afford.

November

Jul 7, 2019, 12:40 pm Reply

They don't look like they live in this trailer.

Tom Bombadil

Aug 8, 2019, 8:07 am Reply

They didnt talk about the dog. I felt robbed of good content.

ASG66

Aug 8, 2019, 3:26 am Reply

This used to be called poverty.

Elaine Nilsson

Aug 8, 2019, 2:10 pm Reply

Is there a special holding tank for the grey and black water and how do you transport it, etc?

Yolanda Garza

Aug 8, 2019, 6:58 pm Reply

You guys are living large! Good for you ?

Fancy Feast

Aug 8, 2019, 10:52 am Reply

❤️❤️

Dragonetta

Aug 8, 2019, 11:15 pm Reply

When your entire home costs less than $2,000.00. This is REAL estate. You can own a home at this price!

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