A few weeks ago I wrote that I was planning to buy a camping trailer to live in full time. I honestly thought my idea was a great one, with only just a few problems that needed to be solved. Now that I’ve looked into the plan a little more closely, however, I’ve come to the conclusion that the idea was actually pretty terrible — at least for me.

My biggest problem with having a camping trailer was the embarrassing fact that I’m not exactly a car guy, and therefore don’t know anything about towing things. Can you even tow a trailer behind a car? I honestly don’t know. At first I thought it would be easy to figure these things out, but sadly, the more I looked into it, the more confused I became. The last thing I wanted was to have my tiny home on wheels become unhinged somewhere on a highway, causing mayhem along the way. I could just see the headlines: “Dozens Dead in Camping Trailer Massacre”. No thanks!

Back to the drawing board.

Actually, it was more like going back to plan A: building a yurt. Which is sort of funny, because I once had a discussion (with some good friends back in Calgary) about the idea of moving into a yurt. Everyone thought the idea was ridiculous, which shouldn’t have been that surprising; yurt living is pretty a-typical.

But despite social ridicule, I’m going to give it a shot! The great part about a yurt is that I’m pretty sure I can build one for less than $1000 (not including the solar panels and what not). So even if it doesn’t work out, I won’t have wasted too much money, and I’ll have had fun along the way.

So here’s my plan:

The first thing I want to do is build a cheap prototype yurt in order to test yurt-life out. To accomplish this, I’ll use inexpensive materials like spruce wood for the lattice and cut up tarps for the shell. If after a year of living in the yurt I discover that I actually enjoy yurt-life, I’ll consider building a more permanent yurt structure for future use. I may even decide to buy a pre-made one from one of the many yurt manufacturers out there.

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Here’s a great video of a yurt that’s actually just around the corner from where I live. It’s in Gatineau Park, which is right next to Ottawa, on the Quebec side of the National Capital Region.

So what do you think?

Is the yurt idea crazy? Would you live in a yurt? Tell me what you think by leaving a comment below!

As always, thanks for reading.

André