Tiny House Movement

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by osii, Jul 25, 2010.

  1. FXRocket

    FXRocket Phoneticide Squad

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    Are you guys familiar with "park model" rv's? Basically it's a big towable, but without the holding tanks for the plumbing.

    You can find them that look like this.

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  2. PirateJohn

    PirateJohn Banned

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    Oh yes. I am a full-time RVer. The C.Deam trailer that I am drolling over is a park model trailer rather than a mobile home.

    However, I do have to say that the one that you found is one of the better looking park models although it's a bit conventional for my tastes. But that's the idea - most of the park model trailers go to older folks that have more conservative tastes.
  3. JamesG

    JamesG Rabid Poster

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    That looks like it could be...

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  4. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass Awful Kanauphyl

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    I have seen a number of them when we've gone RVing. I keep tossing around the idea of adding one or two to our vacation rental property. Right now we have a completely renovated old stone lodge on 34 acres. That leaves plenty of room far away from the lodge. Considering the land and lodge are already mine, this wouldn't be a big additional investment and could rent for 2/3 the cost of what I get for the lodge. The $$ out Vs. income would be better than the first place.
  5. JohnBoy777

    JohnBoy777 Pseudo-Adventurist

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    This might be a great goal to have, when starting with a shipping container. I really like this design a lot. I would do the center section in glass block; privacy plus light. I would think the glass gets installed after being transported.

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  6. PirateJohn

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    Glass block is an interesting idea.

    I have been looking at this enough that I have made some calls and am kicking around building a prototype or three myself. Don't want to go into detail on this forum but I think that I have an idea on how to protect the glass.

    Stay tuned!


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  7. dlearl476

    dlearl476 Two-bit Throttle Bum

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    In my time full-timing I stayed in both, as I'm sure you have. :lol3
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    dlearl476 Two-bit Throttle Bum

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    That was my intention with the Boles-Aero but, alas, someone came along with the proverbial "deal I couldn't refuse." Got my sights on a VW Eurovan Winnie instead.

    I like what he's done with that. Very light and airy. From the window configuration, I'd bet that's a 30' or 32' land yacht. My folks had one and due to the colors and configuration, it seemed very claustrophobic by comparison.
    I also dig the new Westfalia Airstreams.
  9. DriveShaft

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    I think I'm a fan of *lots* of tiny houses. :lol3
  10. AdamFL

    AdamFL Been here awhile

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    PirateJohn

    I just bought an Airstream and am doing some renovations with plans to head out with wife and bikes for an alternative lifestyle. Something like this is an interesting idea. We are mid 30s no kids and like the idea of the RV but not sitting around a trailer park playing shuffleboard. Between that and the transport idea you may be on to something. I wll follow along!
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    Unless I'm totally missing something (wouldn't be the first time...), the economics of living in an RV park aren't making sense to me. Google suggests that it costs between $30-$70/night, or $300-$500 plus electricity, to park there, plus you have the cost of the RV itself, the fuel to move it, the need for a tow vehicle to drive around while the RV is parked...

    Compared to just going somewhere and staying in a basic one bedroom apartment, what are you gaining from that kind of semi-stationary RV living? I've only been in a few RV parks and none of them seemed that great to me, but then again I'm half the age of your typical RV person, too.

    I love the tiny houses as design exercises, and could totally live in a place like that cute French place that got featured a few pages back. I get small places -- it's the overlap with RV living that has me scratching my head right now. :ear
  12. RustySpokes

    RustySpokes Ordinary average guy

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    While both spaces are small, it seems like two totally different lifestyles. :hmmmmm
  13. dlearl476

    dlearl476 Two-bit Throttle Bum

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    Packing and moving. There are two things you're missing. Unless everything you own fits in your car, you have to pack and move every time you change location instead of unplugging and driving.

    For me, when I was full-timing it, was was traveling for work and had a good per diem. (maximum allowed as a matter of fact). I could make my motorhome payment, pay park fees and buy food and gas for 2/3rds of what staying in a hotel and eating in restaurants cost and bank the rest. And I never had to pack a suitcase for deal with TSA. :deal
  14. PirateJohn

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    Was going back and reading and just saw your post. You have some excellent points Amigo. Excellent.

    The Popomo. A little too small for my tastes, and personally I don't see the charm of that style exterior material, but that's just me. Interesting cubic design just the same.

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  15. PirateJohn

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    Another cubic design that I don't think we have discussed. Built as a modular house but would fit the same footprint as a park model trailer.

    Man, I had to do a double take - looks just like the Tiny House, doesn't it?

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  16. MeterPig

    MeterPig Meh

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    I am amazed what size loads people will stick on a ball. Why not go the little extra and use a fifth wheel or goose neck? After hanging around Montana, I am sold on something that locks on over the axle, not 6 feet behind the axle.
  17. SourKraut

    SourKraut Long timer

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    I enjoyed this thread when it was about tiny houses rather than recreational vehicles.
  18. SkizzMan

    SkizzMan There, that's it

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    Isn't there an RV thread or five around here somewhere?? Seems like the place to take this kinda thing.
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  20. PirateJohn

    PirateJohn Banned

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    Out of curiosity do folks think that container homes cross over into Tiny House territory?


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