We have a very special Tiny House RV story to share with you this week. Introducing Brian and Skyler's custom Fifth Wheel Tiny House RV!
Brian & Skyler's "Fifth Wheel" Tiny House RV
The fifth wheel design is a popular concept in the tiny house movement that hardly ever sees fruition. What's so great about a fifth wheel tiny house RV? You get extra space for an elevated bedroom over the gooseneck! Also, fifth wheel trailers are designed for heavier loads than regular utility trailers.
Brian and Skyler decided to on a fifth wheel trailer because they didn't want to climb into a loft, especially because Brian is very tall. They also intend on keeping their tiny for many years. The hope is that the design will fit their lifestyle throughout the decades.
"A big focus of ours was a space for EVERYTHING. We listed all our possessions and designed the space around storage options." - Brian
The young couple was inspired to go tiny for financial freedom and to pursue their dream of moving out west. Both Skyler and Brian have a bachelor's degree in building construction. Their fifth wheel design is 100% custom and something they are very proud of achieving.
"Even with extensive construction experience, building a house on a trailer is no easy feat!" -Skyler
Specs on Brian & Skyler's Fifth Wheel Tiny House RV:
- Material Cost: $35,000 (which does not include labor)
- Construction Timeline: 8 months, finished in December 2015.
- Build location: Skyler's father owns a manufacturing company in Columbus, Mississippi, and was kind enough to allow them to build in his warehouse.
- Square Footage: 255 square feet
- Weight: 20,000 lbs (approximate)
Brian & Skyler's Space Saver Ideas
The unique shape of Brian and Skyler's tiny is not the only surprise this couple dreamed up! Check out the below list of "space savers" they incorporated into their design:
- Hidden dog house – Their dog (Sadie) has a hidden bed built into the staircase!
- Jewelry Storage – Brian built doors that open a hollow space inside the bathroom wall for small storage. Skyler hangs her jewelry in this space on a pegboard.
- Tool Closet Underneath Gooseneck – Because Brian and Skyler have a significant amount of tools, they built a tool closet underneath the gooseneck.
- Stair Drawers – The stairs have pull out drawers for extra storage.
- Closet – Brian and Skyler made trailer modifications so that the load of their bedroom was properly supported. In doing so, they also built a closet underneath their bed.
A Tiny Business on Wheels
"I will be working from home and running this business out of our tiny house!" Skyler explains."It’s an exciting adventure that will continue to make SugarSky a lean, organized company"
To view more photos of Brian and Skyler's tiny called "Wandering on Wheels" follow them on Instagram.
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 Tiny Homes and their adventure. Follow their informative blog.