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Starlighter1 Tiny House on Wheels (For Sale!)

This is the Starlighter1 by Show Me Tiny Homes LLC that’s currently for sale.

Built by a world renown thermal solar and hydronics expert, this gem of a tiny home would be perfect for an extra family member, remote office or as a vacation home (sleeps 2, or 3 if you’re thin!) Colorful, and nicely finished with loads of practical details, including radiantly warm wall and floors, multiple 12-volt outlets, HDMI connection, a space-making “murphy” bed, and spacious kitchen area. PV solar panels/battery storage provide extra oomph. The mechanical systems are super-efficient, and installed by licensed contractors. The tag-along deck provides extra room for sunset gazing and container gardening. Because of the lower, 10’ overall height and weight, it can be towed by most 1/2 ton trucks.

The colorful tiny space is super cute and whimsical, and whoever buys it will be quite happy, I’m sure! Get all the details and contact information for the seller on the last page.

Related: Terraform One Gooseneck THOW For Sale

Starlighter1 by Show Me Tiny Homes LLC: For Sale

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributing writer for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She is a coffee-loving wannabe homesteader who dreams of becoming self-sufficient in her own tiny home someday. Natalie currently resides in a tiny apartment with her husband, Casey, in Scotland.
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  • Joyce April 14, 2017, 7:42 am

    That horizontally mounted Murphy bed makes all the difference in whether I could live in this; not having to deal with a loft is huge, and I could quite easily live with this setup. Very nice home altogether!

  • Meg April 14, 2017, 11:06 am

    Love all the colors, the murphy bed and the dining table that turns into a bed! And not a bad price.

    • Alex April 14, 2017, 2:46 pm

      Thanks Meg I’m glad you liked it too!

    • Bob Rohr April 14, 2017, 3:16 pm

      Meg, an architect friend stopped by and suggested that I allow the table to turn the long way also. This gives you more room to slide in and out, and the table somehow feels larger. I made the modification today, so either orientation is possible.

  • iris April 14, 2017, 2:16 pm

    I loved the kitchen nook. We haven’t used our dining room table for 3 years. Toss out the dining room idea…and say hello to internet. I loved the horizontal bed. I would have built up wood above it so I could install a counter that over hangs 2 to 3 ft and use a bar stool to surf the internet or guests to eat from? And a window. And, saving is the game.

    • Bob Rohr April 14, 2017, 3:09 pm

      Iris, great idea, I’m going to use it on the next build, thanks! I would also consider raising the entire bed so it would double as couch. I have see those Murphy/ couch, online with coffee table in front, clever Italian built versions.

      • Kathy April 14, 2017, 6:38 pm

        Exactly my thoughts when I first saw the great murphy bed…..it needs a partner sofa! I love the layout! Cute as Christmas! Nice job!

      • James D. April 15, 2017, 2:30 am

        If you want to be really clever then turn it into a convertible Bed/Bench-Couch/Table/bookshelf…

        With the bed raised you have room for a couch but that can either be built into the wall to allow it to be pushed in when not in use or pulled out to be also used as a bench seat…

        Leaving the back area of the bed, where you can place a folding table and/or a self leveling shelf… Thus using the entire space…

        Using the couch as a bench seat also means you don’t need another seat for when using the fold down table and you can also push it towards the dinette table for additional seating for a larger group to gather as well as adding the option to use it to widen that bed option for more people to sleep…

        While, for the closet area I’d add some fold out metal bars… By themselves they’d serve as places to hang stuff but a group of them can serve as the basis to attack floating selves that you can just place a retaining clip to hold in place and thus have a adjustable storage system that can fit multiple closet layout possibilities… And it could also work with dresser draws, etc to help hold them in place and not have to worry about it shifting when moving the house…

        I’d also add some storage options to the bathroom… Those walls are too empty and there’s too many things people need in the bathroom to not use more of that space rather than storing that stuff in other places of the house… Like you could put a fair bit of storage above the toilet, as well as to either side of it…

        A bathroom sink is also a must for some people and you clearly have room for a low profile one at least…

        Also, if you halved the height of the window by the dinette table, you’d have room for a fold down bunk bed

        Still, for the price you’re asking it’s more than I’d usually expect for this price range and it would be asking a lot to have everything I listed without a big bump in the pricing… So overall a very nice design…

  • Dominick Bundy April 14, 2017, 2:30 pm

    Didn’t see any closets, and the list of things posted indicates there is none..So where would one put hanging clothes and store other things like broom , mop etc. ? Otherwise nice the layout. And the fact there is no loft.. Having the solar panels placed where they are doesn’t do much for curb appeal . why not put them on the roof where they belong instead?

  • two crows April 14, 2017, 4:47 pm

    Lovely home. Love the horizontally mounted Murphy bed and the kitchen layout is great.

    I do have a question about the solar panels: are they mounted in such a way as to be seasonally adjustable? I currently have solar panels on my home with a fairly shallow-pitched roof. The result is lower energy output during the winter due to the height of the sun in the sky. Here in Florida, the threat of hurricanes makes ratcheting the solar panels on the roof not practical — but on the wall, it would be very doable. That would be a lovely plus.

    • Bob Rohr April 14, 2017, 6:46 pm

      yes the PV modules are hinged at the top, they clip down for travel. An adjustable arm or some gas shocks would allow for quick easy adjustments.

  • ZACHARY E MOHRMANN April 14, 2017, 6:48 pm

    Pretty nice…!

  • Michael April 14, 2017, 6:55 pm

    Great floor plan which shows that all you need can be accommodated on a 20′ by 8′ footprint and doesn’t need to be 13’+ high.
    You have a nice living space when the bed is up (I would put two folding comfy chairs with a coffee table there), a dining area (I hate to eat without sitting down), a decent kitchen and a bathroom.
    Great job and a decent price tag.

  • Danielle DiLisio April 14, 2017, 10:13 pm

    Very practical, nicely done and great price!

  • Lisa E. April 15, 2017, 4:09 am

    I’m totally loving this build. At 20 feet long x 8 feet wide, it is a perfect size for me. I love the Murphy bed, the breakfast nook, AND the mounted exterior solar panels (GREAT idea!) My only concern would be a split air system to make sure humidity levels were low so no mold gets started with the raw wood ceilings. And kudos to the builder for being price sensitive for Tiny House Patrons; we sincerely appreciate this builder consideration. All in all, two thumbs up; GREAT job!!!

    • Bob April 15, 2017, 9:12 am

      Yep Lisa, thanks. I left two options for AC.
      LG has a 6,000 BTU window, around $300.00 unit that I prewired for at the dining or bedroom window. Or I left provisions for a mini split, @ $1800.00 mounted on the tongue of the trailer. A split unit would use up some wall space also. The smallest mini split I can find is still a bit too large for the home however.
      I would certainly work with a buyer to make additions or slight modifications. It is challenging to build a “spec” THOW, not knowing the owners needs or wants ahead of the build.

      • Lisa E. April 15, 2017, 11:08 am

        Thank you, Bob, for the information about the two a/c package options.
        It’s clear you have thought of everything. And thank you for being a Tiny House Builder; we sincerely appreciate having you on board!

      • James D. April 15, 2017, 3:56 pm

        Have you considered one of the in wall or in ceiling options?

        http://www.thermospace.com/klimaire/d_images/options.jpg

        At the very least you should have the option to do a bump up area in the ceiling where you can then mount it…

      • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee April 17, 2017, 8:04 am

        Thanks Bob!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee April 17, 2017, 8:10 am

      So glad you loved it!

  • Joseph April 15, 2017, 10:07 am

    A bit too small for me, but very beautifully done.

  • Marivale April 15, 2017, 2:14 pm

    Beautifully done and well thought out! What is the R value in this THOW?

  • Susan April 16, 2017, 1:43 am

    I have always wanted to visit a THOW in order to see the actual space and not a “skewed” photograph, but thought that I would have to go out of state. However, when the Starlighter 1 popped up and I realized that it was less than 20 miles away, I couldn’t resist. I went and visited today (I guess yesterday since it’s after midnight) and couldn’t have been made to feel more welcome by Bob and his adorable dogs! He has done a wonderful job on this tiny house and answered every question-and I had plenty. He has thought of so many options and has built it in such a way that you have many choices. I had many “favorite parts,” but up at the top of the list was how he put a track in the closet so that a panel can be added to cover the mechanical area or be moved over to cover the clothing area. Because he made that area to have horizontal slats, you can have many possibilities of hanging storage. He was very thoughtful in every detail, down to choices for a standard outlet or a 12-volt. I encourage you to come and visit. Branson is not very far away, but honestly, when you see the setting, you may just want to hang out there for awhile. Bravo Bob! You did a great job and when I am ready to have a THOW built, I will be making my way to Show Me Tiny Houses! Thanks for sharing the Starlighter 1 with us and putting the dimensions on your floor plan-very helpful!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee April 17, 2017, 7:28 am

      Wow thank you so much for that testimonial! I bet Bob would love it if you added it to his Facebook page too 🙂 Glad to hear good things.

  • Dawn April 17, 2017, 10:21 pm

    I love this design, but I think I would add paneling or wainscoting to the bottom of the Murphy bed so it looks like an attractive wall when it is not being used as a bed. I might even permanently affix a framed painting on there also. It is very practical and attractive.

  • susan secord April 22, 2017, 3:44 pm

    with the solar panels on the side of the house, do you get the same amount of power , as you would on top of the house. Since the sun will only be conecting to this part of the day?

    • James D. April 23, 2017, 11:24 pm

      In this case, since the roof is flat it’s actually better on the side…

      Many solar panels still require to be faced as close to directly at the sun to achieve their rated power output and flat on the roof means that only happens around mid-day…

      He’s indicated in another response that they can be tilted so you can still get a good angle out of them and they can be clipped down for safety when moving…

      Roof mounted panels also means you have a tougher time adjusting them and you’ll have to remember to lock them down before moving as otherwise they may snap off and fly off the roof when moving…

      Ideally, if you have a gable or shed roof then the angle can be good enough for mount and forget…

      But also mind you have some control by just adjusting the angle the house faces the sun with the panels and just consider that when parking…

      Just two panels, though, doesn’t provide a lot of power… It should be enough for LED lights and charging your portable devices but that’s about it but you could always have additional panels that you can hook in when parked if you need additional power or you can ask him to put a shed or gable roof and then can use at least half the roof for panels…

      But if you’re trying to keep the budget low then that would be hard because solar can still cost a lot when scaled up, especially the batteries and other equipment that goes along with the panels…

  • Melissa April 25, 2017, 4:29 pm

    I’d love to see the Murphy bed in “sleeping mode”. Love the size and use of space in this THOW! ❤️

  • Bigfoot April 25, 2017, 6:39 pm

    What a great & thorough build. Fantastic job Bob ! It was mentioned that the house could be lifted off the trailer frame. Has this been done or is that a theoretical statement? If house is separated from trailer, could it be reasonably reattached or would it be very difficult? I would guess that lining up the bolt holes would be problematic unless a guide system has been incorporated. I think the cats meow would be a tiny on a trailer that could be lifted off, setup, tied down lived in & then moved if needed. You would have a 1 time setup fee but not have to pay for a trailer. I can think of a number of ways this could be accomplished.
    I’m happy to see dedicated tie downs, solar, AC/DC outlets, exterior hot/cold faucet, small deck, multiple AC choices & wired accordingly, multiple colors, murphy bed, & less than 5,000 BTU to maintain 70 in at 0 out, wow. Gotta love that hydronic floor heating system! Wondering how far up the walls it goes? I am amazed at the build quality at this price point. I really like TPO for a roof. What mill is it? Best wishes with your business Bob!

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