Nomadic Living (237)

The Spud Queen Built by Lloyd House

The Spud Queen was a floating home with three legs, or “spuds” built into it. (Spuds are the legs on pile drivers that are used to raise and lower the pile driver.)

“I’d float in at high tide, jack the boat up, and squat like a trojan horse against the ownership of the property. I parked there and I lived there, and I didn’t pay any taxes!”

Lloyd lived on the boat for over 20 years, docking it in four different places on an island in the Strait of Georgia…

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Tiny House for Family with Separate Office and Kids' Bedroom



For a lot of people with young children, the idea of living in a tiny house would be a complete deal-breaker. Thanks to some clever design though, this family is living the tiny house dream is a comfortable, non-toxic, eco-friendly 30 ft. tiny house on wheels that even has space for a separate kids’ room and private home office.

This family has found a fantastic parking spot which the house can now call home. Settling in for the long haul, the tires have been removed from the house and they are currently getting ready to be stored. The home’s exterior is entirely cedar. Builder, Ben Garratt, of Tiny Healthy Homes has also included a painted bellyband around the home, which allows for all the services to be neatly placed along and which also provides a good attachment point for awnings to be added in the future, as they have been on this home.

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Incredible Tiny Homes’ Diverse Designs and One-Week Workshop

Anyone who has watched HGTV’s “Tiny House Hunters” has seen Randy Jones’s Incredible Tiny Homes. Several of his designs have been featured as a buyer’s option while on their tiny house hunt.

What you may not know is how diverse these designs can be and that you can purchase their 16- to 18-foot base models for less than $30,000 or build your own for around $20,000 during a week-long workshop.

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Gypsy Vardo for Sale in Reno, NV

For the first time, we are offering one of our Gypsy Getaway Wagons from our rental “fleet” for sale!

This is an ideal opportunity for the aspiring Gypsy spirit to wander the country or for those who might just want a backyard retreat or Airbnb investment opportunity.

The Big Dog Gypsy Getaway Wagon is being sold as is with the following features and amenities:

  • Built on a single-axle 5′ × 14′ trailer with 2″ ball hitch and 7-way plug
  • Finished wagon weight of approximately 2900 lbs.
  • Canvas roof and one layer of R-21 reflective insulation
  • Full 120-watt solar set-up with 2½-volt batteries, 2½-volt charging plugs, portable power inverter, and three LED lights throughout the wagon
  • Propane tank and two-burner stove
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  • 18-gallon water tank
  • Sink and shower attachment
  • Custom stained glass window
  • Colorful custom exterior paint design with lush interior fabric
  • Dutch entry door with custom wood ledge
  • Custom wood 4-shelf rack, three storage bins, and raw wood seats and countertops
  • Everything down to the linens and tea kettle & French press for morning coffee!

With all the upgrades and amenities, this wagon would retail for $22,050. We are offering it for the 20% discount of $17,500. This is below even the staring price for a custom build so a rare opportunity to have the freedom of your very own Gypsy Getaway Wagon.

We are small enough that we are not able to offer financing but the wagon can be held for 30 days with a $2,000 nonrefundable down payment. Payment in full will be due within 30 days of the first committed offer. This wagon sale is offered on a first-come, first-serve basis so don’t wait. Alterations are available if you have specific details or amenities you would like and those can be discussed during the purchase.


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Beautiful Tiny House on Wheels



This tiny house is a true head-turner. Made from natural, eco-friendly materials and built by Tofino couple Alan and Venita entirely as a DIY project, this impressive home is filled with very clever design elements.

The exterior is clad in a mixture of weatherboards and cedar shingles which give the home a warm cabin aesthetic. Fortunately, the couple were able to find an ideal parking spot for the tiny house which had existing hook-ups for power, water and sewage already in place for RV parking.

As we step inside this home it’s hard not to be impressed by the simple, yet beautiful and functional design. The house feels open and light, while all the timber used brings an undeniable warmth to the space. Wherever possible, this home has used natural, non-toxic materials, including natural oils and finishes and sheep’s wool insulation to keep the tiny house nice and warm in the winter…

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TruForm Tiny Combines Tiny House Aesthetics with RV Designation

TruForm Tiny actually started in 1978. Owner Jon Carroll and his family lived in a handmade tiny house travel trailer while working for the Hoedads Reforestation Cooperative. Now the family-run business designs and builds tiny houses with various floor plans that are RVIA certified.

TruForm Tiny builds travel trailers with home building materials that are highly customized. The company has a Gold Certification for LEED homes and are certified passive house builders.

TruForm currently has two different models to choose from: Payette and Kootenay. With these two models, various floor plans and lengths are available. You can choose from 20, 24 and 28 feet long, as well as add-ons like a seating nook or downstairs sleeping area…

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Beautiful Bus Conversion



Living in a tiny house isn’t for everyone, but the ideas behind the tiny house movement are at least getting many people to question whether it’s worth it to work long hours to pay off a decades-long mortgage for all that space in a bigger house, much of it used to store stuff that we don’t necessarily need.

Interestingly, we’re also seeing a cross-pollination of sorts between the tiny house world and vehicle conversions, with tiny house principles of ‘living with less’ and using smart small-space design ideas helping to evolve these other forms of portable housing. Some of the modern bus conversions we’re seeing are a great example of this, and here is yet another: Idaho photographer, musician and carpenter Kyle Volkman renovated this 30-foot Blue Bird school bus into a full-time home on wheels that also runs on vegetable oil…

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Floating Homes in Portland

On my way to see Foster Huntington in Washington this morning, crossing the Columbia River on Highway 5, I spotted this floating community.

Some quick Google research:

The Portland region has more floating homes than Seattle or San Francisco. Hayden Island alone has four moorages for floating homes, including West Hayden Island Moorage, with 57 floating homes, on the far west side, Jantzen Beach Moorage, Inc, the largest with 176 floating homes (south of Home Depot), Island Cove Floating Homes with 55 units (just west of Lotus Isle Park), and Tomahawk Island Floating Homes with some 72 community members…

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