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Gorgeous Vardo



The Unity Wagon is a vardo-style caravan like none you’ve ever seen before. Built by the incredible Steve Areen, this home on wheels is beautifully constructed and is designed to take full advantage of the spectacular Australian landscape, making it an ideal traveling home on wheels.

Steve is no stranger to building incredible structures. Earlier, he constructed a spectacular dome home in Thailand, which was actually one of the homes which inspired me to start exploring earth building. Steve’s dome home has large, circular feature windows and this theme has been carried into his new caravan project.

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Aussie Overlander’s Own Travels Inspire Rugged 4WD Campervan



Lance Gillies and his wife were globe-hopping overlanders who couldn’t buy the rugged, go-anywhere four-wheel-drive home they could imagine so they built it instead.

Today, his Bend (Oregon)–based company makes the rapidly deployable Earthcruiser on a hefty Mitsubishi Fuso platform (complete with a motorized retractable toilet and indoor shower), but a newer pop-top truck camper as well.

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Tiny Camper Build



I built a simple tiny camper on a 4×8 trailer last year. My wife and I wanted something to enjoy for short-getaway camping that could be pulled with anything. We loved the old teardrops and based it off that, but had a budget in mind and little trailer we bought used to begin the build. I finished it in about 30 days working on it a little everyday. It’s not perfect and was not intended to be perfect but it met our needs. I designed it with a back door as it was easier for a tall guy to get in and out. As well, we didn’t need an outdoor kitchen, plus it saved money.
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Life in the World's Most Traveled Tiny House



Tiny House Expedition is the world’s most traveled tiny house. This intrepid family has traveled over 40,000 miles (64,000km) in their 20′ (6m) tiny house on wheels and is still going, as they venture all over North America filming their documentary series Living Tiny Legally.

One of the most incredible things about a tiny house on wheels is the trailer that it sits on. What separates these homes from others is that they are completely mobile and have the ability to travel wherever you go. Most tiny homes don’t take full advantage of that fact and many will only move a handful of times in their life. The Tiny House Expedition tiny house on the other hand is built for travel and spends the majority of it’s life on the move, being towed all over North America with a U-Haul truck.
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Solar-Powered School Bus Cabin

Lloyd,

Like many, I scrounge the internet for building ideas. I came across a really cool dish-rack/shelf that was built into a corner in a kitchen. You could stand the plates up to dry between the slats, and still set bowls and mugs on it like a shelf. Brilliant! I saved the picture, and put it in the “barn-house” folder on my computer for future reference, when it comes time to build.

A few months ago, you posted a video of how you do dishes. I nearly leapt out of my seat when I saw the very same dish shelf … was in your kitchen! You have a long history of collecting and publishing all the good ideas you can find, I guess it shouldn’t be such a surprise that a design like that ended up in your home!

My sister and my mother, both crafty individuals, each received one of your books for Christmas. They are being exchanged as we read them with interest around the fire.

Last year, I built a solar-powered cabin out of a school bus, which will be my base camp while I take my time building a house on the cheap over the next few years. I’m blogging my journey at www.day9975.com. Until then, during the workweek I’m living in the semi-finished upstairs of an un-plumbed post-and-beam barn my dad built 20 years ago, and saving up for my own build.

As I go into designing my home, your books are my favorite source for creative solutions to whatever design challenge I encounter. Thanks to you and your team for writing.

Hope you have a happy new year,
–Aaron DeAngelis

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College Student Builds Tiny House for $15,000



For a young student heading to college, the thought of paying for accommodation on top of all the other expenses can be incredibly daunting. One student from Jacksonville, Florida, Bradley, has thought outside the box however and has built himself an amazing tiny house on wheels as a brilliant kick-start to his future.

The home is roughly 27 × 8.5 ft (8.3 × 2.5m) in size and is entirely self-contained. The exterior is clad in long-lasting vinyl and is designed to be reminiscent of a Florida beach bungalow. In true southern style, the tiny house has a large porch which enables Bradley to sit outside and enjoy the stunning views surrounding his home.

Once inside, the home is wonderfully welcoming. The design is open and spacious with the ability to see right from one end to the other without obstruction. A large window at the end of the home gives the small dwelling a tremendous sense of space. Bradley calls his home Rolling Quarters, a play on words relating to the fact that his home is on wheels, but also hinting to the saving of money and the ethics of building a home without accumulating debt…

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The Flying Tortoise

The Flying Tortoise is a 1977 KD Bedford bus built in New Zealand by Hawke Coach Builders. Originally it was used in forestry areas to carry work gangs to remote bush sites, Built high off the ground and with a short wheelbase for tight turning, there’s hardly a hill it can’t climb, and with its off-road tires, it’s almost a “Go Anywhere Vehicle.”

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Bernie Harberts and His Mule Polly's 2,500-mile Voyage Across America

Hi, Lloyd and Lew,

I just wanted to let you know that Rocky Mountain PBS premiers the Lost Sea Expedition series January 4th. The series will also stream on Amazon and Vimeo. The story about this tiny wagon voyage across America featured in Tiny Homes (pp. 188–189). I think this info would really interest readers of The Shelter Blog.

About the Lost Sea Expedition series

The four-part series is about my 14-month voyage across America in my 21-square-foot mule wagon. I filmed the series with only the gear I carried in my wagon — no chase team, sponsor, or film crew.

One new episode will be aired on Rocky Mountain PBS every Thursday in January. The series will also stream on Amazon and Vimeo.

It would be great if you could let readers of The Shelter Blog know about this series. I think they’d be very interested as it covers tiny homes on the move, off-grid living, and the best way to move a rattlesnake with a buggy whip.

I sure have enjoyed following The Shelter Blog over the years and think this series would really interest your readers.

Have a great New Year!
–Bernie Harberts
PO Box 684
Lenoir, NC 28645

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Adventuring with Lola

I am a 19-year-old girl from Long Island, New York with a passion to travel and explore new places. Upon graduating high school I knew I didn’t want to jump right into college. I was never into books, nor was I the type that wanted to sit and study in a classroom. I didn’t even know what career I wanted to pursue. I felt that I could enjoy my life in a different way other than sitting in a classroom and if down the road I decided college was for me, then I would choose what I wanted to do and make a decision from there.

During high school and after I traveled to all kinds of different places with my mom, whether it was a trip to an island or somewhere in the states, it was always a thrill to explore new places, meet new people, and see new things. Working five days a week and saving up my money allowed me to take my time in deciding what I wanted to do.
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Beautifully Converted Bus



This dynamic young family is hitting the road, traveling all over North America in their incredible converted Blue Bird school bus. Dubbed ‘The School of Life‘, this skoolie conversion project was all about giving JT and Tamra the opportunity to travel and learn all about the continent, it’s landscapes, people and history. The bus’s name took on new meaning when they gave birth to their son Kalon.

The interior of the school bus has been converted into a beautiful tiny home with everything the family needs to live comfortably on the road, with a large lounge and entertainment area, wood stove, kitchen bedroom, and lots of room for storage of clothes and other items.

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Young Woman's Off-Grid Green-Built Tiny House



This little home is built with a whole lot of heart. When Isabelle Nagel-Brice began looking for a place to live in Colorado, she quickly realised that for the amount of money she would pay for a few years rent, she could instead purchase the materials needed to construct her own green-built tiny house on wheels. With a background in permaculture and sustainable design, she set about constructing a tiny house that was not only a wonderful home but one that was packed full of eco-friendly, healthy home features.

All throughout the build, Isabelle has remained conscious of the materials that she has used to construct her home, ensuring that she was not only building a tiny house that would be healthy to live in but also one that was built with materials that were environmentally friendly and could be recycled or biodegrade at the end of the tiny house’s life.

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