Recently, my sister and her dh, (who happens to be my dh's brother) are looking into buying a small acreage in the country. They are planning to put a trailer on the land and live in it for 7-8 years while they pay off the land, then build a small house. We have always been very close with my sister and BIL, and have talked often about how wonderful it would be to live by each other, garden together, etc. And so, because my dh does construction for a living, they have offered to also purchase a used trailer for us in exchange for dh's labor for building a storage shed on the land, excavating the driveway, etc.
This is a wonderful opportunity for us to finally have the country/homestead living we've always dreamed of. We love gardening, canning, and have raised animals at my dad's farm, who lives near us. The thought of being able to do this all right outside our own front door is so exciting.
I'm wondering about living in a trailer long term...has anyone done this and liked it? I realize it's not optimal but we are beyond broke with lots of debt, and building, etc is not in our future. Obviously, a mobile home is not going to last forever, but we would probably be looking at just upgrading to a newer trailer in the future as needed (around here, you can buy a decent used singlewide for several thousand dollars).
Any "I grew up in a trailer" stories out there? The most important thing in the world to me is being home with my kids...if this worked out we could be mortgage-free.