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!
FYI’s hit show “Tiny House Nation” is currently seeking families who are building or planning to build a tiny house (~200-500 sq ft), either on a trailer or on foundation. They are especially interested in featuring stories of first time builds and lifestyle transitions across the U.S. All applicants should have a starting budget of at least $45,000 and the plan to build between January and May of 2016.
For more on the show “Tiny House Nation” click here.
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?