John Ericson and his wife, Linda, spend six months of the year traveling around the world. How do they do it? They travel in style with their incredible homemade house truck!
John and Linda have built twelve homemade campers in the last 35 years, each time improving on the design and functionality. Currently they use a renovated bus for temporary living in Alaska and a wooden house truck for adventuring around the world.
John & Linda's Renovated Bus based in Alaska
John & Linda's House Truck
Built on the chassis of a Mitsubishi, Fuso, the Ericson's house truck features a spacious kitchenette with an apartment size propane refrigerator, sleeping space for three and a propane heater. The house truck is outfitted with a small RV toilet. For showering, they have an innovative outdoor shower setup.
John and Linda's house truck has an impressive amount of storage for such a tiny space!
"We can go about a month without grocery shopping," John explained while showcasing the many hidden compartments in his homemade camper. Linda labels everything and plans their meals in a systematic fashion. Organization is so important in Tiny House RVs!
Other features of the Ericson's house truck include: a fresh water tank and solar power. The couple enjoys the flexibility of their off-grid camper. They can adventure anywhere, without the need to plug-in or stay at expensive campgrounds!
Wooden awnings flip out over the windows for shade, while two skylights offer plenty of natural light indoors. The dutch-style front door is a creative touch and allows for proper airflow in the warmer seasons.
“I just try to keep moving for as long as I can.”
– John Ericson
Where has their house truck taken them?
The Ericsons have driven over 133,000 miles in their homemade house truck in the past five years, and most of the time, Linda likes the drive. Recent road trips include: Baja, Mexico, South America and Russia.
Wes Sekeres enjoys small spaces but found it challenging to design a Tiny House RV for his tall frame - 6'4." He, like many others, was initially worried about feeling claustrophobic or cramped in less than 250 square feet.
"It was a necessity for me that the bathroom FEEL big; that the kitchen FEEL big; that the living area FEEL big." - Wes Sekeres
In order to achieve his open and spacious design, Wes decided to build his tiny sanctuary on Tumbleweed's new Low-Wider trailer, which maximizes height and width by building around the wheel wells.
Wes's Tiny House RV features white walls and a simple shed roof
Wes noted that attending last year's Tiny House Jamboree was really helpful in his design process. At the event, he was able to tour multiple designs, speak with builders and ask questions.
He recalls discussing his plans with Tumbleweed workshop host, Mario Soto and other Tumbleweed employees at the Jamboree. "I wanted to consider everything," Wes explains."They were very helpful."
Wes's stunning kitchen features a full size refrigerator, full-range stove and gorgeous royal blue countertops
"I love that other people love it! I'm big on hospitality, so it's nice to have a Tiny House RV that others find unique and exciting." - Wes Sekeres
One item that Wes really wanted in his design was a tile bathroom. Many Tiny House RV owners shy away from tile due to weight, expense and durability on the road. This is also why drywall is not recommended for many Tiny House RV designs. That being said, can you have tile and/or drywall in your Tiny House RV? Of course! Wes researched a variety of products and chose a tile that is extra durable and lighter than many others on the market.
Wes has subway tile on the back wall of his tiny bathroom and his entire shower. His contemporary interior design gives his Tiny House RV a "big city" feel.
"My Tiny House RV is a perfect blend of two things I really love: a simple life and custom carpentry." - Wes Sekeres
To learn more about Tumbleweed's Low-Wider trailer, and other trailer designs, click here
We want to make owning a Tiny House RV easy for our customers, so if you're ready to own a Tumbleweed but you're struggling to accomplish your goal, we've created a list of resolutions that will help you "Go Tiny" by the end of 2017!
Choose several of the resolutions listed below and cross them off one at a time. Try adapting resolutions into your daily routine. Happy New Year!
Downsize your belongings. Get rid of one unnecessary possession a day. Here's a trick - go through your closet and sort your clothes by the items you wear: daily, weekly, monthly and the clothes you haven't worn in years. Slowly remove the items you use infrequently and/or have no emotional attachment. DO NOT replace items with new clothing until they are stained, torn or they no longer fit. By the end of the year, your wardrobe will only include items you use and love. Photo credit: Embrace Minimalism
Reduce your footprint. Work on using less and wasting less. Conserve your water usage by turning off the faucet while lathering up in the shower. Practice using less electricity by shutting off lights, replacing regular bulbs with LEDs, and only running appliances (such as the dishwasher and washing machine) when they are absolutely full. Read up on solar and wind power. Try composting! There are many ways you can begin transitioning toward an eco-friendly lifestyle before you ever own a Tiny House RV!
Reduce your debt. Many Tiny House RV owners value financial freedom. Sell your unwanted belongings that are worth something (such as furniture, jewelry, collectables and electronics). Place the money you earn into a savings account or pay off your loans/credit cards. *Bonus, resolutions #1 & #2 you will also save you money!*
Research insurance and financing. There are more and more insurance and loan companies that are backing Tiny House RVs. "Fy Nyth" Tumbleweed Cypress parked in Wyoming
Plan your parking spot. If you want to own a Tiny House RV by the end of the year, you'll want to secure the perfect parking spot. Begin by learning about your county's RV parking codes and/or research traveling with a Tiny House RV. Tour various campgrounds that could serve as a potential permanent parking spot. Ask around on various online communities or post an advert on Craigslist.
Gather tools. If you're going to build your own Tiny House RV, you'll need the proper tools. Ask your friends if you can borrow tools or explore resale shops and garage sales for deals. Check out this tool sharing website to see if there is a tool library near you.
Gather materials. Whether you find the perfect reclaimed windows, space saving kitchen gadget or discounted appliance, you will save time and money on your future Tiny House RV by securing your materials in advance. Also read up on securing sponsors for your project.
Secure a build site. If you're interested in building your own Tiny House RV,this resolution will be at the top of your list! Find the ideal place for construction, with with storage for your materials and adequate access to electricity, by advertising online and asking around in your local tiny house community. Tap into the community by attending a local workshop, joining local meetups and facebook groups. Tumbleweed Colorado Springs showroom. Photo credit.
Experience the lifestyle. If you're concerned that "Going Tiny" may not be for you, it might be beneficial to actually stay the night in a Tiny House RV! By physically experiencing the lifestyle, you'll prepare yourself mentally for ownership and you might even get a few great space saving ideas. Check out more vacation rental listings here and here. You can also make an appointment to tour a Tumbleweed at our Colorado Springs showroom.
This past week our 2016 Tumbleweed Workshop presenters and hosts met to discuss the coming year and to share what they WISH they knew before building their Tumbleweed.
As a team passionate about Tiny House RVs, the workshop hosts and presenters collaborated to create an even better workshop for the 2016 season! Get ready to hear some fun personal stories, partake in a few team activities and learn new building practices specific to Tiny House RVs. This year is going to be the best year of workshops yet!
What do you WISH you knew before building your Tumbleweed?
Our hosts and presenters were happy to share an aw-shucks moment, explaining what they wish they knew before building their Tumbleweed.
"(I didn't realize that) trimming out the roof takes a really looooong time. It is the first stage where any off measurements really start to matter. This is the one area that I didn't budget enough time for, and it set us back a couple weekends." - Miranda
Art Cormier built a Tiny House RV in 2012 to be used as a backyard abode behind his rock climbing gym in Lafayette, Louisiana. He has presented Tumbleweed workshops for the past few years to thousands who wish to achieve their tiny dream. More on his build / story here.
What do you WISH you knew?
"I did not think about how useful flat counter space is, and how little is available with standard appliances. For example, my cooktop burners are elevated (not flush with my counter). The available flat counter space for unloading grocery bags in my Tiny House RV is very limited. In retrospect, I would choose appliances with covers or that are flush with my counters to extend my usable space." - Art
Jenna Spesard built a Tumbleweed Cypress with her partner, Guillaume, in 2014. Over the past year they have towed their Tiny House RV over 22,000 miles across the United States and Canada. In 2016, she will be hosting various Tumbleweed workshops. More on her story / build here.
What do you WISH you knew?
"I carefully planned out my interior design, but one item I forgot was to leave space for my laundry hamper. I don't want to sidestep my hamper every time I enter my bathroom, so our solution is to place the hamper in the shower when we're not showering. In retrospect, I wish I had an allocated space for my hamper that didn't require me moving it in and out of the shower." - Jenna
Guillaume Dutilh built a Tumbleweed Cypress with his partner, Jenna, in 2014. Over the past year they have towed their Tiny House RV over 22,000 miles across the United States and Canada. In 2016, he will be presenting and hosting various Tumbleweed workshops. More on his story / build here.
What do you WISH you knew?
"I wish I had a better game plan for changing a tire on our trailer. It's actually pretty technical since the our Tiny House RV weighs 10,100 pounds fully loaded. It would have been a good idea to practice once before setting out on our trip, but instead I had to learn on a dirt road in the backcountry of Alaska!"- Guillaume
It doesn't take much for this Tiny to look festive! Photo credit
Shrink holiday decor without shrinking holiday cheer!
Decorating a Tiny House RV requires ingenuity and creativity. Try utilizing all five sense when decorating your tiny space: smell, touch, sight, sound and taste. Consider alternatives - do you really need a humongous Christmas tree to enjoy your holiday? It's time to get creative.
When it comes to decorating a tiny space, a little goes a long way. For classy decor, keep your decorations simple and sparse. Combine a few of the following "simple decor ideas" this Christmas in your Tumbleweed.
Purchase a canvas and let your kids paint their own Christmas tree or make one with sticky felt pieces. You can create a collage of items found outdoors, old jewelry pieces, quotes from your favorite story book or lyrics from your favorite Christmas carols. The options are limitless!