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400 Square Feet In Ski Country In Style And Mobile For $85K

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Tired of paying exorbitant costs for ski town real estate? Fancy small-space living and the idea of a transient lifestyle, bouncing around from ski town to ski town but loathe the idea of holing up in a moldy fiberglass RV? Then the Recreational Park Trailers (RPT's) by Jackson Hole-based design firm Wheelhaus may be the solution for you. These prehab cabins on wheels squeeze a hell of a lot of aesthetic living into 400 square feet. With a well-appointed living room/dining room featuring a 42" TV and gas fireplace, a bathroom stocked with Kohler fixtures and a bedroom with enough space for a king bed, these are hardly the ghastly cheap interiors of your standard RV, with a modern rustic look that's popping up more and more around Jackson Hole. In the Wedge model, the angled ceiling, made out of recycled snow fencing along with the exterior siding, rises to a lofty 17 feet at the foot of the living room, pushing the overall feel well beyond 400 square feet. Each come with a decently-sized deck to boot.

? The Caboose model has a slightly different layout and construction, with two decks and a lofted section over the living room. Instead of snow fencing, the exterior is a mix of rusty metal and cedar siding, and the interior is laid out with bamboo flooring, LED lighting, energy-efficient SIP walls and ceiling, and a full kitchen. The models start at around $85,000, and sit right at the limit of RV size regulations, which means owners can park their new homes in any campground or RV park without special permits. While they're trailer-friendly, the intention is for them to be located somewhere more permanently.

For those who want a test drive, both models, along with glamping options, are available at Fireside Resort, which is right off the road on the way to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

· Wheelhaus
· Fireside Resort, Jackson Hole, WY