My night in a tiny camper

I decided to take my plan to live in a tiny camper, specifically a 13′ Scamp, to the next level by spending the night in a similar camper. I could not find a Scamp or similar camper near me, so I plotted out an overnight stay in Ooltewah, Tennessee courtesy of Airbnb.

I booked the trailer on Friday, then on Saturday afternoon I headed to Ooltewah (about two hours north of Atlanta). Upon arrival, I fell in love with my temporary accommodations.

casita16-tn

After an orientation from Tara, my host, I took measurements of the size of the mobile abode. It was then that I discovered the travel trailer measurements include the size of the hitch. So… even though the Casita had 13 feet of living space, this was a 16 foot trailer.

It is my intention to purchase a 13′ Scamp. This means that my inside living space would be 10′ x 6.5’…. only 65 square feet. Also, the inside height would only be 6’3″. (Note: The Casita did not quite feel as tall. When I stood up straight, my head touched the ceiling.)

The extra three feet of space meant that the 16′ Casita has three extra feet of storage space, along with the ability to have a dedicated dining area.

casita-kitchen-airbnb

casita-table-airbnb

Looking at the pictures above, the dining table and seats would be replaced with a smaller closet. Additionally, I would lose the closet by the sink and stove. So, essential the layout of my new home would be flipped and minimized.

sacmp-13-layout

I was very impressed with the amount of air the three-speed overhead fan produced. However, I have zero experience with a camper, so I needed to test out the generator to see if it would allow me to truly live off of the grid (if I decided to go this route). Two pulls later, and I was relaxing with airco… tiny camper living does not necessarily mean roughing it.

casita-feet-camping-bed

Is the glamping?

I had a very restful night, but I was a bit concerned with the size of the combo toilet/shower room.

casita-bath

My concerns were unfounded. Although the camper does curve in the bath, I still found plenty of room to shower and do my business.

In addition to a great night in the Casita, I had the opportunity to watch Mike, my other host, milk a cow and pick his brain on staying in a tiny camper.

What’s next? Onward with my tiny camper adventure. I just picked out the options for my 13′ Scamp. It should be ready in mid-January.

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