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TrailersteadingTrailersteading: Voluntary Simplicity in a Mobile Home is now ready to go on Amazon!  It's my favorite ebook so far, full of stories, facts, and (hopefully) inspiration.  Here's the blurb:

All the advantages of a tiny house at a fraction of the cost!

Imagine what you could do with your time if you didn't have to spend $16,000 a year on rent or a mortgage.  Old single-wide mobile homes can often be found for free (and installed for a couple of thousand dollars) in rural areas, so trailersteading is akin to dumpster-diving.  A trailer allows you to live without debt, to keep your ecological footprint to a minimum with energy bills at or below the national average, and even to blend right in with traditional-house dwellers after a few years.

Trailersteading profiles nine mobile-home dwellers who have used trailers as a stepping stone toward achieving their dreams.  Some have spent the cash they saved by renovating their trailer on extra insulation, pitched roofs, classy interiors, and even basements, while the found money has allowed others to go off the grid.  Many also took advantage of the low-cost housing option to pursue their passions, becoming full-time homemakers or homesteaders.

In addition to the case studies, the book presents easy methods of minimizing the negative sides of trailer life and accentuating the positive.  For example, did you know a single-wide is easy to retrofit for passive solar heating?  That a simple plant-filled trellis can break up the blockiness of the trailer's external appearance?  Learn which parts of installing and upgrading your trailer are easy for a DIYer and which parts should be left to the experts, along with how to cheaply heat and cool a mobile home.

128 photos and diagrams.

The rest of this week's lunchtime series is going to sum up the lives of four of the trailer dwellers we interviewed.  To read the rest, you'll need to splurge $1.99 cents on the ebook (which can be read on nearly any device), or wait until Friday when I'm setting the price to free so that my loyal readers can pick up a copy without paying.  Those of you who prefer a pdf copy can email me Friday as well and I'll send your free copy that way instead.  Thanks for reading (and double thanks if you find the time to leave a review on Amazon).  I hope you enjoy this jaunt into simple living as much as I do!

This post is part of our Trailersteading lunchtime series.  Read all of the entries:

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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