Johnny Spire’s Luxurious Tiny House on Wheels

A few days ago I got an e-mail from a guy named Johnny about a tiny house he built on a trailer.

After a few exchanges, he said he’d be glad if I shared the information and pictures with you.

Some of you might be excited to know that it’s for sale.

The house weighs about 9,000 pounds.

Johnny built the trailer from 6″ channel steel which was reclaimed from a tractor plant in Kansas City that was torn down.

He said, “It’s good old American made steel from the 1940’s”.

The trailer is 8′ 6″ wide and 20′ long.

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Photos Courtesy of Johnny Spire

The axles are reclaimed from a mobile home. Johnny installed 12×2 Dexter Electric brakes on one of the trailer’s axles.

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The other axle is an idler axle with no brakes. The trailer, of course, is hooked up with the away stop sensor, tail, and side lights.

The house itself measures approximately 8′ by 20′ total and has two carpeted sleeping areas.

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There’s a sleeping loft upstairs and another area to sleep on the main level.

The floor in the downstairs of Johnny’s tiny house are made out of reclaimed lumber from a barn that was about 95 years old.

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The kitchen cabinets are oak and the counter top is a pink/gray granite.

The refrigerator and sink are stainless steel and the stove top has 2 burners. Also check out this built-in stove top.

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There’s separate area for the shower and toilet.

On the exterior of this tiny cabin on wheels it’s covered with cedar siding and painted pale green with white trim.

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The shingles have a 25 year guarantee and are dark green.

Insulation is R-13 and R-19 in the walls, floors, and ceiling.

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It comes with a relatively large ceiling fan that has lighting. It also have a flat-screen television mounted on the wall already.

The tires on the trailer are brand new and are 8-14.5 trailer tires.

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The water heater has a 6-gallon tank and runs from propane. It’s under the bed area downstairs.

This sleeping area can accommodate a full or queen size bed which is currently not in the house.

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The interior walls are covered in drywall, glued, and screwed to the studs. Johnny says, “I have pulled it and have not noticed any problems with the dry wall cracking.”

There is also a tile back splash where the cabinets are. He says, “I’d say the house is made up of 40 to 45% reclaimed materials.”

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All Photos Courtesy of Johnny Spire

It took him more than a year to complete the home and the reason Johnny’s selling it is because he’s starting a new project which will take up most of his time.

If you’re interested, he’s asking for $29,500. You can reach Johnny at jlscal at aol dot com. That’s JLSCAL at AOL dot COM.

Update: SOLD.

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Alex has been living in small spaces for more than 7 years, he's the founding editor of TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter, and has passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. Send in your story and tiny home photos so we can share and inspire others towards simplicity too. Thank you!

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  • Kat February 17, 2012, 9:45 am

    Wow! That is pretty! It looks like he did a great job. Bet it sells quickly!

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  • Patti Patane February 17, 2012, 10:04 pm

    Hi Johnny….really smart and beautiful….what next?
    Keep in touch.
    Patti

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    • Alex February 18, 2012, 12:47 pm

      Can’t wait to see what’s next, too.

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      • Johnny Spire February 20, 2012, 10:13 pm

        Alex, Im finishing up my new project prototypes this month… you and tiny house talk will be the first to see them…Thanks again for the coverage…johnny

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        • Alex February 21, 2012, 5:27 pm

          Thanks again Johnny, it’s an honor. Looking forward to it! Alex

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        • Dave August 20, 2013, 12:09 am

          The sheetrock did not crack?? No joint cracking?? I am building a tinyhome and would love to use sheet rock, I’m just afraid it would crack being pulled down the road.
          I love the fact that it’s so bright in your Tinyhome.

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          • Sandra December 21, 2013, 11:01 am

            I have my tiny house built with Sheetrock on the interior. The ceiling is t&g pine. So far I have moved it about 300 km (180 miles) and only have one hairline crack. It is in the very center (lengthwise) of my unit. So Sheetrock does not seem to be a problem.

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  • Liz February 18, 2012, 11:18 am

    That is a real bargain for a gorgeous home. I was expecting closer to 40 or 50k.

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  • Rod February 18, 2012, 11:49 am

    very nice build! Love the extra space in the bathroom area.

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  • deboah February 18, 2012, 12:02 pm

    Sweet! You can tell that a lot of love and care went into the building of this cute little cottage and whoever buys it will really enjoy it’s cozy atmosphere. Cute couple, too! ;-)

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    • Alex February 18, 2012, 12:47 pm

      Glad you liked it. I wish I could buy it.

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  • Eddie Colon February 18, 2012, 12:20 pm

    Hello. This house looks beautiful. I wanted to ask: did Johnny use a modified Tumbleweed house plan for building this ? If not, then did he use his own plans ?

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    • Alex February 18, 2012, 1:03 pm

      Hey Eddie, good question, I’m not sure right now but I’ll let you know if I find out.

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  • Molly February 18, 2012, 12:36 pm

    Wow, I really like the finishes on your tiny house on wheels. Where is it located?

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    • Alex February 18, 2012, 12:47 pm

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      Hi Molly. I like it too. It’s in/near Kansas City, Missouri.

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      • Victoria - Ozarks Crescent Mural February 18, 2012, 5:13 pm

        I think you mean Missouri. :)

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        • Alex February 18, 2012, 5:47 pm

          Whoops, you’re right. I edited it. Thanks Victoria!

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          • Winston April 9, 2013, 6:10 pm

            Whatever. It’s Mizzourah, anyway.

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        • Joyce July 26, 2014, 11:57 am

          On this copy in my website view, you both spelled the state the same way. Kansas City does cross the border of both Kansas and Missouri:)

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  • Linda Lyons-Bailey February 18, 2012, 7:24 pm

    OMG, that is beautiful!! If it were only me to take care of, I’d be there!!!

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  • Pepper February 20, 2012, 2:22 pm

    Lovely build! Love the traditional trim details and the dark wood. Nice work reclaiming all that material!

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    • Alex February 21, 2012, 4:53 pm

      Thanks Pepper, glad you liked! BTW I read your email, thanks for including me, so glad that it all went through. Talk to you soon. Alex

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  • sesameB March 7, 2012, 2:38 pm

    Loved this post, too.

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  • Olive seeker April 13, 2012, 12:54 pm

    is the house set up to hook into public water and sewer?

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    • Johnny Spire April 13, 2012, 1:21 pm

      Yes its ready to hook in to both sewer and water , and also to electric….

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  • Dawn May 15, 2012, 10:38 am

    LOVE IT!!! It’s so homey. And the colors are just perfect. I have one question…what is the carpeted area that is seen in the corner of the picture of the bath area? Hopefully it’s the closet area? Bet it’s already sold!=Dawn

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    • Darryl February 6, 2013, 11:57 pm

      Dawn, to me, it looks like the picture was taken pointed down towards the toilet, but from the loft. Not sure, but that looks like it to me.

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  • Maria September 29, 2012, 9:27 am

    Dawn has a good question. What is that carpet space in the bathroom? Is that where a bed goes? Would not want my bed in a bathroom. The loft is out for me in sleeping. I’m 56 and climbing a ladder to go to bed at night is out of the question. If the house was alittle longer you could have a smallbedroom in the back. All the small houses on wheels have lofts,good for young people,not older ones. The old folks need tiny homes too.

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  • LaMar Alexander LaMar January 5, 2013, 1:41 pm

    Very nice interior work!

    I do notice that there is not much in the way of seating and dining and I think I would reduce that kitchen to about half and put in a bar/desk with seating.

    I am always curious as to why people put their doors in the end with a porch cut out as that reduces the square footage in the house ?

    It looks nice but if the door was placed in a sidewall that whole end could have been used for a couch bed or permanent bed for people that do not want to climb up into the loft to sleep.

    LaMar

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    • Michael Menrath January 7, 2013, 12:03 am

      Nice “catch” on the entry door design idea, LaMar! Although I do love Jonny’s tiny house interior design (I think he did an awsome job!), I too like the entry door on the side to increase the home’s square footage. This is what I’ve done for my own tiny house on wheels design; and, I love the roominess feel of the interior with the door on the side.

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      • Victoria April 10, 2013, 5:48 pm

        I designed my own TH and it is not unlike this design. It is 8×24, 7′ wide bedroom on the tongue end, then pocket door, then the 3′ wide split bath as this design has, then pocket door, then 4′ or 5′ kitchen and the rest living space with the entry on what would be the passenger side.
        I will be eventually completely off grid, so there is a two sided storage being built on the tongue, one side for my outdoor/gardening stuff storage, the other side for my off grid electrical bank. I am also putting in an on-demand hot water heater.
        I will eventually have an enclosed porch for my pups and I to enjoy the outdoors and a special little yard for them to use if I’m not home.
        I am deciding on siding right now, leaning towards cedar lap. I am doing a metal roof and wool insulation. There will not be any gas fixtures as I can’t be around it. The loft will only be used for company. I am researching healthy and environmentally friendly paint and am looking at a milk paint for the inside and an old fashioned Swiss paint for the outside.
        I already have downsized to a 7’x15′ shed so I am upgrading to this luxurious TH.

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  • DJ Spell January 5, 2013, 2:28 pm

    Mr. Spire,
    My hat’s off to you. This is one of the best tiny house designs I’ve seen in twelve years of researching the tiny house phenomenon. You’re obviously a talented builder, and I wish you all the best on your future projects.

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    • Johnny spire January 5, 2013, 11:33 pm

      DJ….. Thanks for your comments…as a matter of fact our future projects have arrived, this month, in the form of log cabin shells, in any size, any shape,, and almost ay budget ….. Ill have more piictures as we go along….. Our webbsssite is http://www.huntingcabinsrus.com…any questions regarding our shells please email me at: jpire@huntingcabinsrus.com……thanks again and SO VERY AFFORDABLE you wont even think of of building them yourself… Johnny

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  • Rickey January 5, 2013, 5:47 pm

    Several people asked the question I had. What is that area behind the toilet and shower? It would be great if you could update the information at the beginning of the post when you find out. I am collecting ideas for studio/guest cottage and we love the look of this.

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    • Johnny spire January 5, 2013, 11:53 pm

      Rickey, that area is where a full size mattress goes. Its directly behind where the front tow end of the house is….. My 81 yr old mother wanted a sleeping area downstairs so she didnt have to climb a ladder to a loft….. so thats what we did…loft above, bedroom area downstairs… it sleeps 4 very comffrtably…..also in the next 3 weeks we are starting to build 8 1/2 by 24 tiny house shells that can be purchased either with trailer, bring your own and we.ll mount it for you, or as a stand alone building set on a slab crawlspace, basement ….and delivered to your door…tell us what yoou want buillt, how much finiisshing work yoou want done, and we can save you all a ton of money and time…. we are aat http://www.huntingcabinsrus.com Thanks Johnny

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  • Carolyn B January 5, 2013, 7:13 pm

    Very nice. Like several others, I’m curious about the carpeted area on the other side of the toilet.

    But from what I can see I’m tempted to move into that bathroom–love the set up. I also like the kitchen drawers. Thanks for showing it pulled out.

    Mr Spire, I’m happy to know that there are tiny house builders in MO, my home state. I love the thought of going small while staying on the grid.

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  • Michele January 5, 2013, 10:31 pm

    Mr.Spire commented in his artical that the carpeted areas were sleeping areas…..It looks like a single bed would fit in beside the bathroom. I think we are all full of christmas overload….or, maybe we didn’t notice but the first responses are almost 1 year ago……lololol

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    • Johnny spire January 5, 2013, 11:57 pm

      Thaanks Carolyn, and from what I have beeen told by a news teanm from channel 5, st louis, we are the only ones buildiing these small houses in Mo….Look for uus to be buildiing more and more very shortly..johnny

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      • Carolyn B January 7, 2013, 6:31 pm

        Thanks for your response, Mr Spire.

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    • Johnny spire January 6, 2013, 12:07 am

      Michele, to tell you truth Ive been busy buildddng prototypes, and cabins. I didnt really realize i also had to answer the posts ,… I do now, and Im very sorry that im a yr late……My fiscal clliff got here last yfull ssize mattress and under it is the watyer heaater, the electric panel and storage.. johnny

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  • Johnny spire January 6, 2013, 12:13 am

    ALex, I think I best get on the notify me list….. ike michele said, a yr had passed….. ll do better , and ll bbe sendiing piccctures of the shells very shortly Johnny

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  • Tena Northern January 6, 2013, 11:50 pm

    Oh boy! yet another beautiful tiny home built by another lover of tiny homes, someone needs to put together a photo album of the beautiful and original tiny homes built by such creative people!! all I can say is WOW!

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  • Tracy Edwards February 7, 2013, 7:14 am

    I love, love, love this house! Is it still for sale??

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    • Johnny spire February 7, 2013, 3:33 pm

      Yes it is available,Tracy. Email me at jlscal@aol.com .
      Thanks for your interest…..johnny

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  • Anna Wendt March 25, 2013, 8:51 pm

    I love the toilet daisy shelf! Where did you purchase it from?

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    • Victoria April 10, 2013, 5:52 pm

      I agree, love the daisy shelf!!

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    • Johnny spire April 10, 2013, 8:50 pm

      Hello…the daisy shelf came from walmart…
      had them on sale/closeout. havent seen
      them since…johnny

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      • Anna Wendt April 10, 2013, 8:57 pm

        Thanks for letting me know!

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  • -billS July 28, 2014, 9:43 am

    Way too heavy. Looks beautiful and exceptional craftsmanship but more meant for a stationary home. Where’s the ladder to access the loft? Where does it store? With counters flanking the bathroom door, you will need to move the ladder every time you go to the lew. Appears to be professionally staged but not by a tiny house person. Where will you eat? Only one chair? And can you see the TV from that chair. It is some of the best craftsmanship I have seen in a tiny but wonder if the builder has spent any time in one.

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    • -billS July 28, 2014, 3:57 pm

      huntingtoncabinsrus.com appears to be offline and parked via GoDaddy. Is the link in the above story correct?

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  • sc August 4, 2014, 5:17 am

    the exterior is great! the insides….bad design. I guess most people who like this appreciate the bed not being in a loft. but the toilet and shower RIGHT NEXT to the bed and not closed off ???? that is just nasty! No bathroom sink so people are washing their hands in the kitchen sink after using the toilet?
    The more houses I look at, the more its obvious that side entry doors work better in a tiny even though I love the style of these front entry better. because with the front entry, the kitchen and bath are going to get scrunched together.

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