Tiny House RVs are becoming so popular that top brands are actually using the concept to promote their products! Most of the time these ads take the ideals of the movement to the extreme or use them to poke fun. I guess we're easy targets, but sometimes it is nice to chuckle at yourself. So the question is: When watching these commercials, do you giggle or feel offended?
Comment below if you think the following commercials are
The premise of this promo focuses on three adorable Italian Grandmothers who cook and deliver sausages using their Tiny House RVs.
On November 8th, Chicago patrons ordered dishes cooked with Johnsonville sausages via Uber, and the Sausage Nonnas hand-delivered lasagna and meatballs to a few dozen lucky residents who, in turn, toured their Tiny House RVs.
Thoughts on "Sausage Nonnas:" Funny or Not?
"Owen-on-the-Move Tiny House" from AT&T
One of the top mobile phone companies recently did a commercial promoting their "simple app" and, of course, they chose two Tiny House RVers as their mascots for simplicity.
Owen visits a Tiny House RV to discuss the mentality of "less-is-more." Although he doesn't outright say it, Owen seems to be creeped out by the freethinking couple and their touchy-feely ways.
The ad is obviously poking fun at the couple's hippy-dippy way of life, but I feel honored that a HUGE company would want to ride the coattails of the movement. AT&T must think it will get them exposure!
What do you vote for AT&T: Funny or Not Funny?
"The House Party" by Bacardi
In this ad, a house is being relocated cross country and a group of youngsters (or hipsters if you prefer) decide to turn it into an epic rolling house party. The chosen house isn't exactly a tiny, but the concept had to be inspired by Tiny House RVs.
The house bumps down the road while the youths inside order pizza, paint their toenails, grab random pedestrians to join the party and stare in amazement at the world outside their window. Bacardi is playing off the whimsical and adventurous notions of the movement.
Would you join this party if it came rolling by?
Thoughts on Bacardi House Party: Funny or Not?
Also, as a note, the Bacardi Tiny House RV could not be on the road without a special permit (it's too wide and high). You also wouldn't legally be allowed inside when it's rolling down the road. Sorry to burst your bubble, but it's movie magic!
"Geico Tiny House"
Back in 2009, Geico came out with a commercial in which a reality television couple is forced to wed and move into a home that is only four feet tall! Drama and hilarity ensues.
Poor guy, he just wanted to make an omelette...
I think Geico might have misinterpreted the definition of "downsize" when they made this ad. What do you think?
Many Tiny House RV owners share their itty bitty havens with a furry critter (or two). But do pets really like small spaces? What is it REALLY like sharing that space with your dog or cat? And, most importantly, how are they coping with less toys??
"Salies," the Tumbleweed dog that LOVES snow
Salies's favorite things are as follows: 1). Running in Snow, 2). Eating Snow, and 3). Rolling around in Snow. Salies's parents, Jenna and Guillaume, indulge her favorite activities, as long as she doesn't bring the snow inside their tiny retreat!
After a fun time outside, Salies sits and waits patiently to be towel-dried before entering her Tumbleweed Cypress. Then she prances around and sniffs whatever is cooking in the kitchen, before taking nap in front of the wood stove. A few hours later, it's time to do it all over again!
"Check out my doggy cave! I hide lots of toys back here." - Salies
"Clark" a tiny pup with a BIG personality
Clark is head over paws with his Tumbleweed Cypress parked in an RV park near Austin, Texas. His favorite place in the whole house is the loft where he enjoys peering through the five windows, scouting the RV park area and, of course, laying on his dad's pillow and underneath the blankets.
Clark is also a bit of a porch dog, even though the porch is roughly 4 square feet! When Clark’s not at the house, he’s strolling around with and on the hunt for new sights and smells.
"Lobster," a laid-back small space companion
Lobster shares a 18 foot Tumbleweed Cypress with Ella and Zack in Northern California. He often watches his horse-neighbors as they gallop by, and he can see the ocean from his front porch.
"I'm a pretty chill guy. Mostly I lay around the house after some exercise." - Lobster
Lobster totally gets the tiny thing. He sits very nice in the house, and only seems interested in his two happy places; on the bench or on the mat by the door when the bench is taken by those two very rude people who don’t seem to understand that it is in fact, his.
Ella believes having a low energy dog is a good consideration for RV owners. If you have a high-energy pup, you should exercise them regularly outdoors so that they don't feel confined when inside your tiny space.
"Tahoe" the spunky RV-lovin' cat
Tahoe travels around with Matt and Michelle in their renovated Airstream. It's 180 square feet of kitty paradise!
"What can I say, I’m a well traveled cat! I’ve been from the Atlantic to the Pacific and everywhere in between. You’d think by now my owners would learn to park so I can get a little sun in here. " - Tahoe, on traveling in a tiny space.
I guess Tahoe got his wish! This trio is currently parked in Panama City, Florida. Go ahead kitty, soak up the sun! But please don't shed on the bed.
Your Turn: How would YOUR pet like to have a Tumbleweed?
Jenna & Guillaume traveled around the United States and Canada for one year in their modified Tumbleweed Cypress. Along their journey they sought out and met other Tiny House RVers, took photos of their rigs and interviewed them about their lifestyles. Now they are putting their collection together as a calendar for charity.
All proceeds from this calendar will be donated to charities that provide tiny shelters for the homeless. These four homeless shelters will receive equal portions of the donation:
22 year old Miranda Aisling is currently building a modified Tumbleweed Cypresson the front lawn of The Umbrella Community Arts Center in Concord, Massachusetts. After graduating from college with a Master's degree, Miranda decided to start her own business. "Miranda's Hearth" will be the first community art hotel where everything in the rooms is handmade by local artists.
Miranda's Tumbleweed will be the FIRST Art Hotel!
"By exhibiting the full creative process of building and filling (a Tiny House RV), we will draw attention to the creative fields of architecture, woodworking, pottery, quilting, interior design, and weaving, to name a few."
- Miranda Aisling
Miranda kicked off construction in June of this year, and things were going well, until she ended up in the emergency room with pneumonia. Working full time AND building a Tiny House RV can be exhausting. "It was a good lesson in pacing," Miranda told us, "but it (the illness) affected my motivation and optimism."
It took Miranda almost a month to recover, but she's back to work (this time at a reasonable pace). Her Tiny House RV is on schedule to finish in June 2016.
"The hardest part (of building a Tiny House RV) is not what you don't know, it's the amount you don't know and figuring out how to keep up with that volume."
- Miranda Aisling
Miranda's Advice for Other Tiny House RV Builders:
Plan out as much of your build as possible before you put in the first nail. Once you're building, there is very little mental space left to plan the next step.
Find a sidekick who will be there no matter what; find a group of people who will show up when they can.
Don't be a perfectionist. Appreciate the character of your home and the story in every board.
We'll be checking back in with Miranda as her Tumbleweed nears completion. Miranda has also been hired to host several of our Tumbleweed Workshops. If you signed up for one in 2016, you might meet her!
You have two options for getting fresh water to your Tiny House RV in cold climates. 1). Fill your internal water tank, or 2). Heat/insulate your fresh water hookup.
Option 1: Fill Your Internal Water Tank
If you are interested in being off-grid, you've probably already planned on having an internal fresh water tank for your Tiny House RV. I'm referring to the tank as "internal" because it's a good idea to store fresh water inside the insulated part of your Tumbleweed so that it doesn't freeze in cold climates.
To fill your fresh water tank, you'll use the water inlet located on the exterior of your Tiny House RV. To run fresh water to the inlet, you have two options: 1). Potable Water Hose, or if you do not have access to a spigot, 2). Fresh Water Jugs.
As long as there isn't any still water left inside your potable water hose, it should not freeze when stored. That being said, it's a good idea to store your hose in a warm, dry area (such as under your RV skirt in a closed container). Take it out when it's time to fill your tank.
Fy Nyth's water jug & hose system. She transports water in from a nearby well.
If you do not have access to a fresh water spigot, you'll need bring water to your Tiny House RV from an external source using a few water jugs. You will then physically pour fresh water through the water inlet into your tank.
The main advantage to filling your fresh water tank is that you save money, electricity and you can be off-grid. The disadvantage is that it requires you to physically fill the tank (which can be a chore in cold weather).
Option 2: Heat/Insulate Your Fresh Water Hookup
If you are parked in an area where city water is available, you can bypass your fresh water tank and directly hookup to a water spigot. This means your fresh water hose will be constantly exposed to cold weather elements, so you'll need to protect it (and the spigot) from freezing.
Purchase a heated drinking water hose. This hose will require constant electricity and will replace your normal potable water hose. Next, it's a good idea to insulate your spigot by wrapping it with foam insulation. You can also wrap your heated hose around your spigot to ensure it doesn't freeze.
The main advantage to heating and insulating your fresh water hookup is that you won't ever need to fill your tank or use your water pump (pressure will come from the city water). The disadvantage is that a heated hose can be expensive, will require electricity, and you will have to store/transport it during the warmer months.
Which method will you choose for your Tiny House RV?