2016 was one crazy year for us. We spent 339 days in 2016 (and a few in 2015, too) traversing the lower 48 states and writing about our experience along the way. As we close this year of travel and prepare for our next big adventure (whatever that is!), we thought we'd share our most popular articles of the year.
As it turns out, you were very, very interested in our Elsie remodel. Our hope is this means we'll see a lot more of YOU out and about on the road next year with your rehabbed mobile homes. We've got at least a few repairs to make on Elsie before she hits the road again, which means we'll be doing our fair share of rehabbing again, too. More to come on that in the following weeks.
Without adieu, here were your five favorite posts of the year.
Our decision to install vinyl plank flooring wasn't made lightly. We weighed all the factors (durability, weight, color, etc.) and felt vinyl was our best bet, though to be honest, whether it would withstand a year of heavy usage was questionable. Today, with one year under our belt, we can say with confidence we made the right decision. Elsie's floor still looks great! She cleans easy, doesn't warp, and thanks to the dark color we chose, it doesn't show the multitude of minor dents and scratches it incurred along the way.
Let's face it: Carson cut his closet too, but the artistry was all Mel. If you're wondering how a fashionable woman keeps her style while living full-time in a 120-square-foot travel trailer, don't miss this great post by Mel, a real fan favorite!
We'll level with you: we didn't use the folding desk quite as often as we thought we might. Our life inside the trailer often centered around the bed. We worked on the bed. We ate on the bed. We slept on the bed. Nevertheless, we don't regret our decision for a second to build the folding desk, which stayed perfectly out of the way when not in use. Both of us occasionally wrote at the desk, but it turned out to be especially handy when cooking more complicated meals. On those occasions, the folding desk proved key.
This blog title was obviously meant for laughs, but in hindsight, 5 weekends seems pretty damn reasonable for someone who'd never attempted upholstery before. If we were going to re-do the cushions, we'd replace the vinyl with a more durable fabric, but overall, Mel's custom upholstery held up like a dream, and looked fantastic on those rare occasions we converted the bed to the dinette.
Carson's working on a longer essay about the realities of full-time THOW travel [Editors: please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if interested], but Mel's post is a great primer if you're looking to make a similar cross-country journey. Whatever you do, remember this: nothing about tiny house life looks like it does on Instagram. It's cramped. It's cluttered. And the maintenance never ends.