Originally Posted by Luna_Ulta
We're already in the process of basically trying to sell everything we own that we can't or have no need to take with us. So we're there at least. Just need to find our bus
And we're from northern MI, some cold weather really can't throw us back when we're used to 10 foot drifts We jokingly thought about that when we chose SC; everyone will be off the roads leaving it free for us in a mild storm lol.
Other than leaving family and very few friends behind that we maybe see once to less then that a month, we really don't have much to lose, that's why there isn't anything that can really detour us from our plans.
I absolutely support your dreams. Tell your dad where he can stuff it, and by the way, also tell him I have some injectors for sale, cheap, only 9k. People will always doubt anything outside their comfort zone. It doesn't make it a bad idea. The nomadic life isn't for everyone, and you may very well get sick of it after a while and decide to put down some roots again.
However in the meantime you can save up money by living in your small home, see a ton of new places and meet a lot of interesting (maybe even good) people. Bottom line, if you never go for that adventure, you'll end up regretting you didn't. And in your travels you might come across a place you absolutely fall in love with. Save up and keep your eyes out, you might score some great land for cheap, its easy to do in todays economy.
As far as the conversion, I'd say let it happen organically. By living in the space for a while you'll start to see patterns in your traffic. Things will naturally come together if you allow yourself time to think it through. Start off with a bed and a camp stove (or whatever you already have) and go from there. Throw down some painters tape for imaginary walls and see if you can live with the layout or if they're always in the way. Living in a small space takes a ton of planning, better to do this before you start making saw cuts.
Watch craigslist and freecycle for things people are just throwing away. You'd be amazed what you can come up on if you're patient and diligent about looking. People throw away beautiful usable old-growth wood all the time, its sickening. RV's very commonly sit in peoples driveway and rot in the sun and rain until they are junked out. This means appliances, holding tanks, furnishings, etc which have barely been used can all be sourced for free or cheap if you keep your eyes open. One of the design principles I plan to follow is trying to source everything I can reclaimed. Its not just a cost issue, but one of ecological responsibility. Why fill up our landfills with stuff I'm about to go out and buy. Sure it takes more work and time than just hopping on amazon or walking into walmart, but it builds character. Both for yourself and your project.
I built and lived in a 24x16' cabin for several years. The bathroom was 5x5'. However everything was laid out very well, with modularity in mind and I never felt cramped (except a few times when we had 10+ people there lol.) Living in a small footprint allows you to put a lot of thought into every little detail, and encourages you to ACTUALLY GO OUTSIDE!
Ditch the stickframe house in suburbia and ditch all the monotony that goes with it. Most people grind out 40+ hours a week working a job they cant stand for a boss they hate just so they can barely keep up with their bills on crap they don't even own. AND THEY'RE PROUD OF IT! They'll rub it in your face and try to say you're crazy for not being "normal." As it turns out, humans have been nomadic for a long time. We are hunter/gatherers at heart, its only because of modernization and mechanized agriculture we've allowed ourselves to stagnate. And look what its brought us. Our country is in a steady decline, some might say freefall, and we've still got it better than a lot of the rest of the world.
Live your dream, dont let anyone stop you. And most importantly, tell people about it and how it enriches your life. Consider yourself fortunate to have a significant other to share the experience with you, most modern women wouldn't dream of leaving their dishwashers and hair straighteners behind.