Jenna’s Tiny House Journey

Hi! Jenna Spesard here. It has been four years since I started my Tiny House journey and, in that time, I’ve learned a lot about the Tiny House movement and myself as a minimalist. I’ve been through cold winters, hot summers, humid autumns, and dry springs. I road-tripped for thousands of miles and parked long term in a variety of locations. Through it all, my Tiny House RV has been by my side.


A quick recap of my Tiny House journey…

My story starts back in 2013 when my boyfriend at the time, Guillaume Dutilh, and I learned about Tumbleweed Tiny House Company. We attended a workshop and bought one of the first Tumbleweed trailers ever made. One year later, after much effort and a substantial amount of savings. . .

. . . we finished the construction of our lovely little abode . . .

and took to life on the road!

From 2014- 2015, Guillaume and I towed our Tiny House RV over 25,000 miles, from Alaska to Florida and everywhere in between. We tested the limits of the trailer, changed all of the tires (some more than once), and tried our luck at off-grid camping. It was an amazing adventure!

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In late 2015, we decided to settle somewhere for the winter season, so we parked our Tiny in Breckenridge, Colorado, at 9,800 feet in elevation. At night, when the temperatures dropped to -20° F, we stayed warm inside our Tiny House RV with the help of insulated walls and a wood burning stove. The snow melted in the spring of 2016, and Guillaume and I went our separate ways. And so my Tiny House RV started a new chapter in life. . .

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Today my Tiny House journey continues. My Tiny is parked at Mt. Hood Tiny House Village in Oregon, where I act as the “Tiny House Host.” It has been nice to park in one location for a long period of time. The seasons have been changing around my parking spot, and my Tiny is changing as well. I’ve redone some of the cabinets and installed a bathroom door. I constructed a winter skirt (learning from my time in Colorado), as well as a wood storage shed and a small garden.

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My Tiny House RV and I have been through a lot together.

We’ve grown together, and we’ve changed together. I know my Tiny House RV will continue to facilitate my life for years to come, through new chapters and new seasons.

Thanks for taking the time to read this update on my Tiny House journey! For more information, advice, and stories, check out my website:

About the Author:

Jenna Spesard
Jenna Spesard built a Tumbleweed in 2014 and traveled with it for one year. She clocked over 25,000 miles, and now parks in a Tiny House Village. She writes about the Tiny House Movement on her blog Tiny House Giant Journey.


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    Katie Green June 24, 2017 at 8:44 am - Reply

    Do all of the Tumbleweed tiny houses HAVE to be an RV?

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      David Hunt July 12, 2017 at 8:01 am - Reply

      Hi Katie,
      Thanks for your question. Yes. All Tumbleweeds manufacturer by us have to be qualified as RVs. Here is a little more information on why we decided to go in that direction: Why RV Certification is So Important.

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    Steve Eyre June 28, 2017 at 7:32 am - Reply

    I love your home! thanks for sharing.

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    Annalisa July 4, 2017 at 7:53 am - Reply

    Awesome! Great information too!

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    Larry July 19, 2017 at 8:53 am - Reply

    Great story. Love the freedom you allowed yourself to enjoy. Great design.

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    Robert July 19, 2017 at 10:50 am - Reply

    When you say ,”saved money by doin the work”.If you dont mind my asking, about how much does a Tiny run ? Savings through sweat equity? Certs through Tiny? Thx in advance ,Doc

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