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#5636460 - 03/05/15 04:25 PM New Land Purchase-What Type of 1st Living Accommodation
miked1 Offline
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Registered: 08/25/13
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Recently purchased a relatively small hunting property of 220 acres. Property has water and electricity. Property was used as a deer lease and has an older trailer house on property--typical deer camp man accommodations. We've all seen the set-up; dark/dingy,open wiring, holes in cheap paneling, windows and floor linoleum covered over with 1/2 inch plyboard, toilet and bathroom last cleaned during the Clinton administration, mildewed refrigerator. Wife did a 45 second trailer tour and asked the realtor how much gasoline is normally required to burn down housing unsuitable for human habitation.

OK, now I have to come up with something else after the fire dies off. I really don't want to spend an exorbitant amount on this project. Maybe, 30-35 thousand is my top end right now given funding for other property projects. However, I still need to find something that the wife and family is comfortable staying in. By the way, this doesn't have to be a huge dwelling; will mostly be me and my wife at the property.

What type of options do I have? I am considering 5th wheel trailers, something called destination trailers, something else referred to as park trailers(may be same thing as destination trailer), smaller mobile home, and modular camps/homes. My price range probably excludes most type of modular homes and possibly, mobile homes, but I am continuing to educate myself about these options. Would certainly consider used as long as the item is in good shape. This is all pretty new to me as I have never considered or purchased any of these things.

Any of you fellas and ladies dealt with this scenario, before? Am looking for solutions that have worked for you, suggestions about any options I have overlooked, or even if my budget is too small? What have you done, yourself, to find suitable accommodations so that the rest of the family enjoys the property comfortably and yet, doesn't break the bank?
Thanks.


Edited by miked1 (03/05/15 04:26 PM)

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#5636469 - 03/05/15 04:31 PM Re: New Land Purchase-What Type of 1st Living Accommodation [Re: miked1]
cabosandinh Offline
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Loc: Dallas, TX
get a used 25 ft Airstream travel trailer

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#5636472 - 03/05/15 04:33 PM Re: New Land Purchase-What Type of 1st Living Accommodation [Re: miked1]
easton1025 Offline
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I purchased a 16 x 40 Graceland and had it finished out..After it was all said and done I spent 35 k..BUT I went high end..All walls spray foamed instead of roll insulation..Central air and heat,instead of window units.I could have saved around 2 to 4 k if I went a little cheaper on appliances,countertops and bathroom fixtures...I put in engineered wood in the whole thing as well...Its one large bedroom..12x13, and 2 small rooms that fit full size beds..Large den area and full size appliances....Id be happy to send you pics if you want via text...Steve

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#5636486 - 03/05/15 04:42 PM Re: New Land Purchase-What Type of 1st Living Accommodation [Re: miked1]
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This is what I'm doing til I finish out my barndiminium. It's a 22' travel trailer that I paid $5000 for a year ago. Everything works and no leaks. Added a dishnet portable satellite. Oncor ran the power to the barn for nothing. Well water attaches up to it. When I'm finished with the barndiminium. I will sell the travel trailer for what I paid for it.



Edited by billybob (03/05/15 04:46 PM)
Edit Reason: forgot the pic
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#5636491 - 03/05/15 04:46 PM Re: New Land Purchase-What Type of 1st Living Accommodation [Re: miked1]
Harley7892 Offline
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Registered: 08/13/14
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I have seen some nice metal storage containers modified, trailers - mobile homes have a lot of issues since not lived in all time (mice, snakes getting in)
What about those sheds at Home Depot or Lowes finished out (up on blocks) question on plumbing.

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#5636520 - 03/05/15 05:04 PM Re: New Land Purchase-What Type of 1st Living Accommodation [Re: miked1]
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I have also seen some pretty good cabins made out of portable buildings, some were even posted on THF. It all depends on how much you want to spend and how fancy you want the place to be.
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#5636541 - 03/05/15 05:18 PM Re: New Land Purchase-What Type of 1st Living Accommodation [Re: miked1]
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I'm with billybob and would go with a used trailer/5th wheel.....and you could get a damn nice one for way less than your budget. Not sure what your long-term plans are, but that way if down the road (whether sooner or much later) you decide to build a home or decide to move there someday, you will have something portable that you can sell and recoup some of your dough plus not have something on your land that's permanent that you no longer care to have. Plus they're less expensive than most other options, self-containing, relatively easy to maintain, and portable if you ever decided to take it on a trip somewhere.

And congrats on the purchase....I'm green with envy. cheers Whereabouts?

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#5636550 - 03/05/15 05:24 PM Re: New Land Purchase-What Type of 1st Living Accommodation [Re: billybob]
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Originally Posted By: billybob
This is what I'm doing til I finish out my barndiminium. It's a 22' travel trailer that I paid $5000 for a year ago. Everything works and no leaks. Added a dishnet portable satellite. Oncor ran the power to the barn for nothing. Well water attaches up to it. When I'm finished with the barndiminium. I will sell the travel trailer for what I paid for it.




Nice set up up

Congrats on your land, there are some deals on Travel Trailers right now...or Morgan Buildings would be a great option and after your build you could utilize it for storage.
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#5636571 - 03/05/15 05:42 PM Re: New Land Purchase-What Type of 1st Living Accommodation [Re: billybob]
bsmizzy07 Offline
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Registered: 09/08/14
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Originally Posted By: billybob
This is what I'm doing til I finish out my barndiminium. It's a 22' travel trailer that I paid $5000 for a year ago. Everything works and no leaks. Added a dishnet portable satellite. Oncor ran the power to the barn for nothing. Well water attaches up to it. When I'm finished with the barndiminium. I will sell the travel trailer for what I paid for it.



Give me a shout when its time to sell the trailer...looks pretty clean for 5k!

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#5636589 - 03/05/15 05:51 PM Re: New Land Purchase-What Type of 1st Living Accommodation [Re: billybob]
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Originally Posted By: billybob
This is what I'm doing til I finish out my barndiminium. It's a 22' travel trailer that I paid $5000 for a year ago. Everything works and no leaks. Added a dishnet portable satellite. Oncor ran the power to the barn for nothing. Well water attaches up to it. When I'm finished with the barndiminium. I will sell the travel trailer for what I paid for it.

this!!! very nice setup. I have some friends building a barndaminium that they plan on living in full time.
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#5636735 - 03/05/15 07:04 PM Re: New Land Purchase-What Type of 1st Living Accommodation [Re: miked1]
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On my last place (7 yrs ago) I bought refurbished mobile home. 1200sq ft for 16K. By the time I moved it, ran power, water, septic etc. I was all in for 25K. Best investment I ever made. It burned down 6 mo later when we had those huge fires between Graham running south of Bryson. Insurance paid out over 100K. They refused to insure it for what I told them I paid for it, told me it had to be for their estimated replacement value. There is a place on Jacksboro Hwy on the south side of the road and that's all they deal in. They do all the work on site and if they don't have what you want they will let you know when they get it in. If you get one before they start on it you can have them do it the way you want it.
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#5636762 - 03/05/15 07:16 PM Re: New Land Purchase-What Type of 1st Living Accommodation [Re: billybob]
Erathkid Offline
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Originally Posted By: billybob
This is what I'm doing til I finish out my barndiminium. It's a 22' travel trailer that I paid $5000 for a year ago. Everything works and no leaks. Added a dishnet portable satellite. Oncor ran the power to the barn for nothing. Well water attaches up to it. When I'm finished with the barndiminium. I will sell the travel trailer for what I paid for it.

I like this. Looks good Billy.
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#5636789 - 03/05/15 07:25 PM Re: New Land Purchase-What Type of 1st Living Accommodation [Re: miked1]
Erathkid Offline
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Miked1, first off, congratulations on your new property. Welcome to the THF. Our first abode was an old 'Holiday ramblette' 21' travel trailer. After a mouse bit me in my sleep and a ratsnake took up residence, I decided to build a cabin. It turned out better than I ever Imagined. Build it nice and your Wife will want to spend more time there than you do scratch Good luck and show us pictures of the progress. Whereabouts is your new place, generally speaking?
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#5636981 - 03/05/15 08:53 PM Re: New Land Purchase-What Type of 1st Living Accommodation [Re: 7ARanch]
therock Offline
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Registered: 09/22/11
Posts: 799
Loc: Southwest TX
Originally Posted By: 7ARanch
On my last place (7 yrs ago) I bought refurbished mobile home. 1200sq ft for 16K. By the time I moved it, ran power, water, septic etc. I was all in for 25K. Best investment I ever made. It burned down 6 mo later when we had those huge fires between Graham running south of Bryson. Insurance paid out over 100K. They refused to insure it for what I told them I paid for it, told me it had to be for their estimated replacement value. There is a place on Jacksboro Hwy on the south side of the road and that's all they deal in. They do all the work on site and if they don't have what you want they will let you know when they get it in. If you get one before they start on it you can have them do it the way you want it.



This is the way I would go. A camper is gonna cost about as much if pretty nice and can get small in a hurry. When you build your house, pretty easy to sell a good mobile home .

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#5637050 - 03/05/15 09:24 PM Re: New Land Purchase-What Type of 1st Living Accommodation [Re: miked1]
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Billybob has the right idea.
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