Eddie & Lacey’s Tiny House RV

Eddie and Lacey have been staying in their Tiny House RV since September 2014. We featured them on this blog back in November and, at the time, they were working on their kitchen and bathroom - opting to use the campground facilities where they are parked in Austin, Texas. 

Watch a video tour of their Tiny House RV, film in February 2015:

Recently, we received some updated photos from the soon-to-be-married couple. Here is what their Tumbleweed Cypress looks like today:

Eddie and Lacey have organized, decluttered, decorated and added functional shelves, storage and furniture to their Tiny House RV. The kitchen and bathroom are still a work in progress (we’ll do another update).

We asked Eddie and Lacey a few additional questions about their parking situation:

How did your AC unit work this summer in Austin?

Eddie & Lacey: We did have some trouble for about a week where our condensation line developed build up and began to leak inside the house! Luckily we quickly figured out how to clear out the line with white vinegar and a smaller tube. Aside from that issue, it's been working wonderfully!

Do you like being in the RV park?

E & L: We still enjoy staying at the RV park. We have all sorts of people coming in and overall our personal stay has been good.

Do you mind sharing your monthly costs associated with your Tiny House RV?

E & L: Including utilities we pay around $350 for the Tiny House RV life. Not too shabby!

*Learn more about Eddie and Lacey's Tumbleweed on their website: www.lifetospec.com, dedicated to researching the questions and celebrating the possibilities of intentional living.

*Eddie hosts Tumbleweed workshops where he shares tips and stories from his build. Attend one of our workshops by purchasing tickets here.

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Jenna BioJenna 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.

Written by Jenna Spesard — August 18, 2015

Filed under: Air Conditioning   Austin Texas   Couple   Cypress   Married   RV   Tiny Home   Tiny House   Tiny House Movement   Tumbleweed  

How To Host A Tiny House RV Party

Have you ever noticed that the life of the party is always in one room, no matter the size of the house? Usually the kitchen or the living room. If the room is too large and the crowd too small, the party is less of a success because the guests are dispersed. Ease of conversation is naturally linked to proximity. For example: Are you more likely to chat with someone across the room or next to you on the couch?

It’s pretty simple — intimate spaces enhance social activity.

 Lina Menard hosts a Dinner Party in the Bayside Bungalow

In a Tiny House RV, the space is very intimate, so you’ll have no trouble filling your living room / kitchen combination with about 10-15 standing guests. Perfect for small gatherings, but what if you want to have a larger party? Don’t panic, it is possible! After all, you’re a Tiny House RV owner that thrives on creative spaces.

A few ideas from other Tiny House RV owners: 

1). Movie Night

Using a retractable projector screen you can easily host a top notch movie screening in your tiny space. To increase sitting room, place comfy cushions on the floor of your Tiny House RV. Pass bowls of popcorn and candy around. Create a film trivia board. Your guests will be thrilled with the unique screening experience!

Beach Party with Tiny House Giant Journey's Tumbleweed Cypress

2). Bring Your Tiny House RV to the Party

One of the major advantages of having a house on wheels is that you can bring it with you everywhere! Beach party? No problem! Camping weekend? Do it in style with your Tiny House RV! Ski trip? Park it near the mountain and serve hot cocoa! Your Tiny House RV will be the topic of every conversation.

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3).“Tiny” Theme Party

Embrace your small space by creating a “tiny” theme party. For example: Brittany Yunker hosted a “Teeny Tiny Martini Party" in her Tumbleweed Cypress. You could decorate your space to be “Thumbellena’s Castle,” “Santa’s Workshop” or the scariest “Tiny Haunted House” on the block! Your guests already understand it’s a small space, so play it up! 

Image Credit: Jeffrey Freeman / Caravan Tiny House Hotel Party / Tiny House Hotel

4). Use Your Tiny House RV as the Centerpiece

Host an outdoor party with your Tiny House RV as the charming backdrop. Use your tiny space as a bar and/or serve hors d’oeuvres out the window. Transform it into a photo booth or use it as a comfortable sitting area with front row seats to the party. Host a barbecue, dance floor, fire pit or croquet game for outdoor entertainment. 

5). Revolving Tiny Housewarming Party

Your friends and family will be curious to see the inside of your tiny space, so for its BIG debut, host a revolving open house. Create a game where your guests experience the inside of your Tiny House RV in short increments. Keep it playful and informative. Hang photos of your build around the space, encouraging your guests to walk through. Frame quotes, images and stories that inspired you. Hold a Q&A or naming ceremony. Hand out tiny party favors. 

What ideas do YOU have for a Tiny House RV party?

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Jenna BioJenna Spesard is currently living and traveling around North America in a DIY Tumbleweed Cypress with her partner, Guillaume, who is a professional photographer and Tumbleweed Workshop host. They are photographing and writing about their adventure and occasionally they will be hosting an open house. Follow their informative blog. 
 
    

Written by Jenna Spesard — August 03, 2015

Filed under: Event   Hosting   Party   RV   Tiny Home   Tiny House   Tumbleweed  

10 Steps for Tiny House RV Parking

Where can you park a Tiny House RV? There are many different ways to answer this question, but the simple answer is that you can park your tiny abode wherever it is legal to park a regular RV. Laws differ regarding RVs in every county, so you'll need to research your preferred parking location.

If you plan on traveling with your Tiny House RV, you will have the opportunity to park in campgrounds, National Parks, State Parks, overnight parking lots, rest stops, etc. Always read signage to make sure that "RV overnight parking" is allowed before setting up your Tiny House RV. If you are visiting a friend or family member in a county that allows RV parking, you might be parking on private land or in a residential driveway. There are many options out there, just ask any RVer!

You can design your Tiny House RV for "off-grid" or "on-grid" parking. Your future parking location may depend on your choice of utilities. It's a good idea to plan ahead and determine how flexible you'd like to be with parking and utility maintenance.

Ask yourself: Will I always have access to water and electricity? If you'd prefer to have off-grid electricity, you might consider designing your Tiny House RV with propane appliances to limit your electrical needs. If water will not always be available, you'll need to estimate how large of a fresh water tank you will need. The same goes for your grey water and black water tanks.

Ask yourself: How hands on do I want to be with my utilities? Being off-grid might mean emptying your compost toilet, rotating your solar panels and filling your fresh water tank every week. If this does not appeal to you, perhaps a parking spot with full connections is more suitable to your needs.

Watch this video for a full explanation of parking and setting up a Tiny House RV, whether you are off-grid or on-grid:

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Step 3: Level Front & Back

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Step 10: Relax!

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Jenna BioJenna Spesard is currently living and traveling around North America in a DIY Tumbleweed Cypress with her partner, Guillaume, who is a professional photographer and Tumbleweed Workshop host. They are photographing and writing about their adventure and occasionally they will be hosting an open house. Follow their informative blog. 
 
    

 

Video Tour: Brittany's Cozy Bayside Bungalow

Brittany (middle), Guillaume and Myself

Brittany (middle), Guillaume and Myself

If you’re a Tiny House RV lover, then you have probably seen pictures of Brittany’s Bayside Bungalow during one of your internet searches (I know we did). In fact, we took some inspiration from Brittany’s style and her house is one of the major reasons we painted our walls. Watch our full tour of the Bayside Bungalow:

It’s hard to imagine a petite woman like Brittany building a Tumbleweed Cypress all on her own, but the more I meet the women in this movement, the more I believe women can accomplish anything.

I like to say Guillaume built 60% of our Tiny House RV and I built 40%, but I might be exaggerating my contribution just a tad. I learned a lot from our build, but there is no way I could have done it without Guillaume's help and patience. I simply don't have the mental or physical strength to complete a project that large. I would have lost my mind! By the end of the year, I was using a table saw with ease (when we began I wouldn’t go near it). When we started on the interior, I was finally pulling my weight. I insulated the walls. I put up paneling. I did the trim work. I finished the counters and built the cabinets. And, of course, I decorated. If I had to do it again, and I was all on my own, I would purchase a barn raiser

When I stepped inside Brittany's Bayside Bungalow, I marveled at the immaculate craftsmanship. I was already impressed that she was able to build a Tiny House RV on her own, but this structure was pristine! After further conversation, I realized Brittany completed the Bayside Bungalow without the resources we had during our build, that she had to repurpose an old trailer because Tumbleweed was not yet making Tiny House RV Trailers, and, finally, that she did it in HALF of the time it took us!

There’s no doubt, Brittany’s construction of the Bayside Bungalow was an act of pilgrimage for the movement. Today thousands of DIYers are building their own Tiny House RVs all over the country, and I think the pioneers (like Brittany) deserve some credit for the sudden popularity.

*Brittany has now opened her Tiny House RV as a vacation rental. If you're considering building tiny, I suggest trying the Bayside Bungalow out for a weekend. 

*Take a workshop with Brittany

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Jenna BioJenna Spesard is currently living and traveling around North America in a DIY Tumbleweed Cypress with her partner, Guillaume, who is a professional photographer and Tumbleweed Workshop host. They are photographing and writing about their adventure and occasionally they will be hosting an open house. Follow their informative blog. 
 
    

Written by Jenna Spesard — June 09, 2015

Filed under: Bayside Bungalow   Brittany Yunker   Building   Cypress   Tiny Home   Tiny House   Tiny House Movement   Tumbleweed   Women Builders  

Lora's Tumbleweed Cypress

Introducing Lora, The Tiny House Teacher, and her gorgeous Tumbleweed Cypress!

"A year ago I read You Can Buy Happiness (and it’s Cheap) by Tammy Strobel," Lora told us in a recent interview. "I loved the idea of simplicity and aligning my space and money with my values and goals." Lora then toured a Tiny House RV at Tumbleweed's Colorado Springs location and discussed with a builder how to create her ideal custom Tiny House RV. "I chose Tumbleweed because I loved their floor plans and their interior design," Lora explained. "Their homes are top quality."

Tumbleweed offers plans, trailers and barn raisers (half-built homes that you can finish yourself), but Lora chose to have Tumbleweed build the entire Tiny House RV for her. "Although I loved the idea of building my own, it didn’t fit in with my goals, timeline or ability level!" She admitted. 

Eight months ago, Lora received her Tiny House RV, which is currently parked in an RV park in Georgia.

"I’ve become more conscious of how I spend my time and money, which has helped me really change my life in some pretty exciting ways (like starting my own business)." - Lora 

What are Lora's two favorite spots in her new Tiny House RV? "The nook is the perfect spot to snuggle up with a good book or to relax with an episode of my favorite show after work," Lora answered. "And the first time I climbed into bed, it was like having the cool treehouse I always wanted as a little kid!"

"My tiny home just feels like me.  It’s very organized and functional, with lots of storage for the things I love in my life (like my books!).  One of the best things about a small space, is that every detail reflects who you are because it’s all more intentional." - Lora 

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Lora's blog, The Tiny House Teacher, offers advice and tips to other tiny enthusiasts as well as some informative content on the movement. Be sure to check it out.

*All photos provided by Lora and The Tiny House Teacher website.

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Jenna BioJenna Spesard is currently living and traveling around North America in a DIY Tumbleweed Cypress with her partner, Guillaume, who is a professional photographer and Tumbleweed Workshop host. They are photographing and writing about their adventure and occasionally they will be hosting an open house. Follow their informative blog. 
 
    

Written by Jenna Spesard — June 03, 2015

Filed under: Cypress   Teacher   Tiny Home   Tiny House   Tiny House Movement   Tumbleweed  

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