You may recognize this tiny house RV from a recent episode on FYI's Tiny House Nation. This 207 square foot RV belongs to the Kasl family of four (that's about 50 square feet per person). Recently we checked in with Kim Kasl to get the scoop on the interior features of this Tiny House RV and to learn how the family manages in a tiny space.
Features of the Kasl Family Tiny House RV:
- Based on customized Tumbleweed Elm 24 plans
- Modified to have two sleeping lofts: one used as a master bedroom and the other as a shared bedroom for their two children.
- An elevated walkway connects the two lofts
Kasl Family Master Loft
Hallway Connecting the Two Lofts
Kid's Bedroom / Second Loft
"We have a two burner electric stovetop, which is what I wanted and is perfect," Kim explained. "Our fridge is apartment sized and is serving us well. My favorite item in the tiny house is our HUGE sink."
Winter recently hit this Minnesota based Tiny House RV, and the Kasl family kept their tiny warm with a Kimberly wood stove.
"Some people seem to have this expectation that spending extended time (in a tiny house RV) will be traumatic for the kids." Kim remarked. "Sully and Story adore the tiny house! Parenting (in the tiny) is much easier. We’re more connected, cozy, and engaged."
"I love the ease and the peace." - Kim, in reference to her Tiny House RV
Owning and maintaining a Tiny House RV can come with a learning curve. For instance, Kim had to learn how to use the composting toilet and how to skirt the RV for winter.
"Ryan has a professional career and needs more clothing storage than the rest of us," she said. Kim has his shirts and jackets washed, ironed and put on hangers so Ryan can keep them in his closet at work, freeing up space in their teeny tiny closet.
Kasl Tiny House Bathroom
The Kasl family is also adjusting to a bit of celebrity from their reality tv appearance. Kim shared some hysterical stories about being recognized on the street: "Twice I’ve had moms holding babies come up to me super close and whisper excitedly, 'Do you own a Tiny House!?' I say 'Yes, would you like a tour!?' which is responded with jumping up and down."
The Kasl Family with Tiny House Nation's Hosts. Photo credit: Isanti County News
What's up next for the Kasl family? Well, it looks like they may have caught the tiny house fever! Kim says there has been talks of building another Tiny House RV (or two) when the kids get a little older. "We’re looking forward to building with Sully and Story so they can benefit from the experience," said Kim.
*All photos provided by the Kasl family, unless otherwise noted
*See more and read more about the Kasl Tiny House on their blog here.
Jenna Spesard is currently living and traveling around North America in a DIY Tumbleweed Cypress with her partner, Guillaume. They are photographing and writing about their adventure and occasionally they will be hosting Tumbleweed workshops and open houses. Be sure to follow their tiny house and giant journey.