All the garbage you'll never see coming
Everyone I spoke to had a different story about the problems they never expected to encounter, many of which were costly. Jordan's converted bus cost him $4,000 to get fixed up and driven from where he picked it up to where he lived. That's a lot of cash. If something in my apartment cost $4,000 to fix, I'd move all my stuff out in the middle of the night and couch-surf the rest of my life. And even after Jordan shelled out all that money, he still couldn't find a place to park the damn thing. Luckily a stranger was kind enough to let he and his wife squat on their land, and as of this point that stranger has not turned out to be a serial killer.
The windshield of Lauren's RV broke. It also needed new tires, which cost $5,000. Relationships are hard enough without adding a wrinkle like demanding the other person give you $2,500 for new tires. I feel weird splitting the check with my girlfriend at dinner. You might not be surprised to learn that things like this could put tremendous strain on a relationship. Even worse, she had to go online using a hotspot, which meant she couldn't watch Orange Is the New Black in a high-res format! How can you even tell that her eyes are crazy if you're watching it in low-res?! Life in a tiny world is the worst
And then there are issues that have nothing to do with money, but are annoying nonetheless. Even if you're living in a super tiny space with someone you love, it can be tough. "That's definitely a challenge," Justin says. "We're independent people, we like our space. And we don't have that. There's no room."
Lauren is keen to point out the differences between what social media made her think the tiny life was going to be like, and the reality. "I thought [living in an RV] would be a perfect Instagram scenario -- I'd be naked, wrapped in an American flag with my hair blowing in the wind, with people taking my photo saying, 'You're so young, wild, and free,'" she says. "But the reality was me sweating my ass off in a bathing suit because you can't turn the air conditioner on. Instead, you have to use the generator to vacuum up the 600 moths infesting the place."
It's weird, there are a lot more people on Instagram tagging photos with #tinyhouse than #THEMOTHSAREEVERYWHERENOOOOOOOOO.
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Lee Breslouer is a senior writer for Thrillist, and has lived in many tiny spaces in his life that were not Instagrammable. Follow him to efficiency: @LeeBreslouer.