Tug Boat Tiny House

Northern California tug boat captain Jan Tiura was interested in building a modern cabin for decades. Unfortunately she never found the right project … until one day her niece (who worked at Tumbleweed) introduced her to the Mica, a modern one story Tiny House RV. It reminded her of ship she would pull at sea. Could this be the modern cabin she had been dreaming of?

Jan posing in front of her photography / Photo: Dylan Entelis, The Chronicle

“Purchasing the Mica meant reaching my dream. It’s snug and warm and better than anything I could build.”

Jan Tiura, Tumbleweed Owner
Jan fell in love with the weathered steel siding. It not only symbolized the 30 years she spent as a tug boat captain, but also her collection of abstract photographs of weathered steel. Jan’s photography has been displayed at San Francisco MOMA. Read more and view her work here and here.
Soon after seeing photos of the Mica online, Jan stopped by the Tumbleweed office to take a tour of a model they had for sale. Not long after, she became a Tumbleweed owner.  Jan parked her Tiny House RV, which she named “The Barge,” on Bad Dog Farm in Moss Beach, California. The Barge overlooks a beautiful meadow and Jan says she feels right at home.
*Photos courtesy of Jan Tiura unless otherwise stated.
By |2021-12-09T09:55:19-07:00July 21st, 2016|Categories: Tiny House Lifestyle, Tumbleweed Owners|4 Comments

About the Author:

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.


  1. louise vogt June 9, 2021 at 9:07 pm - Reply

    I am very interested in your tiny home, need to have a AUD behind my home for medical reasons, can these homes be placed on a foundation? Please call me, my phone number is 707-966-0590, [email protected]

    • Steve Weissmann June 21, 2021 at 10:54 am - Reply

      The Tiny Houses on Wheels are not designed to be put on a foundation. We do have legacy house plans for foundations. They are available here.

  2. snow April 13, 2022 at 9:19 am - Reply

    more home

  3. Richard Rittenhouse July 15, 2022 at 10:29 am - Reply

    Could this house be placed on suitable pontoons?

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