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My Class B RV Tiny House

So here’s my tiny house. It’s a 1995 Intervec Falcon 190 Class B RV.


Lately I have been calling it our guest house because it’s parked outside of our 500 square foot apartment–interior pics coming soon!

It’s a micro efficiency on wheels. It has a couch that converts into a small bed. A loft sleeping area up top with very little head room.

A little kitchenette with a refrigerator, cook stove, sink, and cabinets.

And a little shower and toilet in the rear.

Note: This has since been sold.

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This is the couch/bed as you enter in through the passenger side van doors. I know, I need to put up curtains.

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Here’s a view from inside. Nice wood floors, huh? The little kitchen is on the left, refrigerator on the right, and the bathroom is behind me. Or I might have been in it when I took this, lol.

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Here is a look at the sink and stove (mini kitchen)

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And the tiny shower. It’s a sit down shower. And some straps, haha.

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Things that need to be done

  • Curtains need to be put up
  • Need a new shower curtain
  • Need to get propane lines checked
  • I’d like to reseal the outside areas like where the fiberglass top meets the van, around vents, etc.
  • Window tints on the driver’s side window and couch/bed window need to be removed and re-done (previous owner must have used Windex to clean and now they are turning purple and bubbly)

What do you think? Any suggestions? Any other ideas to make it look nicer? I was thinking about re-upholstering the seats and couch too.

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  • Mark Tisdale June 25, 2010, 12:06 am

    Nice Class B!

    I have a similar one from Coachmen that's a '94 that I'm working on right now. I plan to see some of the states. I won't commit to what I'll do after that but I'm looking forward to it and as I don't own a home anymore, my footprint will have to be much smaller than the 2 bedroom 2.5 bath townhouse I had before!

    Pics of mine (still in progress, I want to replace the carpet – like the parquet in yours – I've used that before, you have the wheels turning!) are here:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/marksda1/sets/7215

    My suggestions are a low flow oxygenics shower head in the shower. Check your windows – the seals where mine connects to the fiberglass top were leaking and I needed to clean out the weep holes and tracks where the water runs out underneath the rubber glazing all around. I ended up replacing the rubber glazing because it shrank. The window manufacture said it was largely cosmetic, but it seems to me that it at least keeps dirt out of the tracks. The windows were a huge adventure but all dry now!

    Considered painting the paneling? I have wallpaper and I think I'm going to put off painting now because I don't want to delay getting on the road much longer, but I think light colors in these small spaces must be much better. My wallpaper is fairly light and neutral, but the cabinets are all laminate veneer dark type stuff and I think paint will be on the agenda eventually!

    Look forward to seeing what you do with yours!

  • tinyhousetalk June 25, 2010, 11:05 am

    I like yours too, Mark! That's awesome. I plan to see some the states as well–probably next summer.

    Thanks so much for the suggestions. I've always wanted to paint the paneling (there's wallpaper in there now too) but I haven't done any research as to what sort of paint I should use, etc. Lighting up the color would make a huge difference, I agree.

    Thanks again Mark. Looking forward to hearing about your traveling. Talk to you later. ~Alex

  • Mark Tisdale June 25, 2010, 2:23 pm

    Hey Alex – thanks! I'm looking forward to getting on the road with it. It's at the shop right now getting a few mechanical items looked after, but I've got the rest pretty much done for the moment, with the exception of the floor. I kinda wanted to see damages from the shop first – LOL. Could be the difference between vinyl and wood!

    I'm sure there are proper steps to painting paneling. I lived in a small “cabin” in college – a one room with a kitchen and a bath that was probably 30 or 40 years old – there were a small cluster of them at the edge of campus. I wish I had gotten a pic of them, they are all gone now – wiped out for lux apartments. Anyway, it had old paneling that I was allowed to paint. All I did was paint it, but I expect it held because the glossy sheen had long since worn off. I actually like natural wood, but there's little natural about the paneling and cabinets in these RVs from that period!

    I joined a yahoo Toyota Motorhome group because I initially thought that's what I was going to get, and I've stayed on it because they are a wealth of info. about upkeep and reno on their RVs. I've seen quite a few pictures where they painted the walls and cabinets, and the after is night and day in airiness. That's the reason I mention it most. But like I said, I figure on doing it to mine, too, just not right now.

    Later!

  • tinyhousetalk June 25, 2010, 2:54 pm

    That's great. I actually had planned on getting a Toyota motorhome too but ended up with the Falcon. Haha. I have thought about painting the paneling/wallpaper but haven't dared to start. Have a good one Mark.

  • Mark Tisdale June 25, 2010, 3:27 pm

    Ha, I think a lot of us are drawn by the Toyota's size and mileage. In the end, I would have still considered one if the right one came up nearby, but I was also a little worried about all the issues with leaks (irony that my Coachmen had a leak, too – but at least I knew it, no surprise), axles, etc. I kind of wanted a Sunrader and would have probably jumped on one if it had shown up in driving range to look at. This was my progression to van:

    http://www.marktisdalephotography.com/blog/2010

    Later – have a good weekend Alex!

  • tinyhousetalk June 25, 2010, 5:05 pm

    I like yours too, Mark! That's awesome. I plan to see some the states as well–probably next summer.

    Thanks so much for the suggestions. I've always wanted to paint the paneling (there's wallpaper in there now too) but I haven't done any research as to what sort of paint I should use, etc. Lighting up the color would make a huge difference, I agree.

    Thanks again Mark. Looking forward to hearing about your traveling. Talk to you later. ~Alex

  • Mark Tisdale June 25, 2010, 8:23 pm

    Hey Alex – thanks! I'm looking forward to getting on the road with it. It's at the shop right now getting a few mechanical items looked after, but I've got the rest pretty much done for the moment, with the exception of the floor. I kinda wanted to see damages from the shop first – LOL. Could be the difference between vinyl and wood!

    I'm sure there are proper steps to painting paneling. I lived in a small “cabin” in college – a one room with a kitchen and a bath that was probably 30 or 40 years old – there were a small cluster of them at the edge of campus. I wish I had gotten a pic of them, they are all gone now – wiped out for lux apartments. Anyway, it had old paneling that I was allowed to paint. All I did was paint it, but I expect it held because the glossy sheen had long since worn off. I actually like natural wood, but there's little natural about the paneling and cabinets in these RVs from that period!

    I joined a yahoo Toyota Motorhome group because I initially thought that's what I was going to get, and I've stayed on it because they are a wealth of info. about upkeep and reno on their RVs. I've seen quite a few pictures where they painted the walls and cabinets, and the after is night and day in airiness. That's the reason I mention it most. But like I said, I figure on doing it to mine, too, just not right now.

    Later!

  • tinyhousetalk June 25, 2010, 8:54 pm

    That's great. I actually had planned on getting a Toyota motorhome too but ended up with the Falcon. Haha. I have thought about painting the paneling/wallpaper but haven't dared to start. Have a good one Mark.

  • Mark Tisdale June 25, 2010, 9:27 pm

    Ha, I think a lot of us are drawn by the Toyota's size and mileage. In the end, I would have still considered one if the right one came up nearby, but I was also a little worried about all the issues with leaks (irony that my Coachmen had a leak, too – but at least I knew it, no surprise), axles, etc. I kind of wanted a Sunrader and would have probably jumped on one if it had shown up in driving range to look at. This was my progression to van:

    http://www.marktisdalephotography.com/blog/2010

    Later – have a good weekend Alex!

  • Adina Hirschmann August 27, 2012, 8:07 am

    Keep the paneling the way it is. I also like the natural wood. Black leather upholstery would have classed up the interior. Think “man cave.” I had a full-size 1985 Chevy van that had 6 narrow single-hung windows (instead of bays) with screens, mini-blinds and curtains. The blinds were secured with brackets on the bottom for stability on the road, but could be slid out to be pulled all the way up once parked. Tiebacks held the curtains open for driving. I could stand up in the back due to the raised roof. It had 4 captain’s chairs and a sofabed, all upholstered in burgundy pindot velour. I had plans to add a kitchenette and mini-bathroom when I got into an accident, which wrecked the air conditioning and front-end sheet metal. Then the transmission blew in a customer’s driveway (going downhill). It had to be towed out. Oh well. Next adventure…

    • Adina Hirschmann August 27, 2012, 8:10 am

      In my original post, I forgot to mention it was a National Traveler conversion. My bad…

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