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Two Classic Travel Trailer to Micro Cabin Conversions

These travel trailer to cabin conversions are for those of you who love the idea of tiny living but want to remain as mobile as possible.


With a trailer renovation like this you can still move about since these units are aerodynamic and lighter in weight than stick built homes on trailers.

And even if you don’t want to move around very often, trailers renovated like this easily serve as tiny cabins on your land.

That’s why I’m showing you these two classic trailers that have been tastefully renovated and decorated for the simple life.

Travel Trailer to Cabin Renovations

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Images: Boutique Homes

I encourage you to enjoy the rest of the tour of these wonderful classic trailer to cabin renovations on a campsite in Yosemite:

30′ Silver Streak Aluminum Bullet Shaped Travel Trailer

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The Outhouse?

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Redocrated 30′ Silver Streak Saturn Tour

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Tiny Blue Vintage Trailer Nearby

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These two lovely trailer-cabins are in Yosemite, California and are available for ‘glamping’ rent if you’re interested.

What did you like best about these trailers? I like how they were left relatively original inside and out so they still carry their classic vibrancy. That, and the fact that they’re probably easy and fun to tow. I’d love to take the little one on a road trip with Andrea. 🙂 How about you?

If you liked this post you’ll probably also enjoy this book, Trailersteading: Voluntary Simplicity in a Mobile Home (Modern Simplicity) by Anna Hess.

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Alex

Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!




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  • Cahow November 18, 2013, 10:06 am

    Ah….a breath of fresh air, viewing these two trailers. 😀 There is inherently a beauty not found in most new trailers, that was the “standard” in trailers of yore. LOVE the renovations!!!

    On a Silly Note, if that is indeed a two-story loo, I’d sure hate to be in the bottom one when someone was on top!!! Gravity is a Bitch, in this case! LOL

  • paul lunemann November 18, 2013, 7:36 pm

    Here in southeastern ohio , hunters use either old trailers or build small cabins or set up places for trailers during hunting season.

  • alice h November 22, 2013, 2:08 pm

    Somewhere I saw a photo of a supposed two story outhouse, upper one labeled “management”.

    Nice to see this trailer stuff, as I was just given a free 25 foot trailer to renovate. Makes up somewhat for my disappointment at having to give up on the tiny wooden house dream due to finances. Things are looking up! It’s going to be a major gut job to remove the 80’s décor and make a more sensible layout but at least there are lots of windows and all the systems are functional. The floor plan is similar to the Airstream on here, with the two bunks and rear washroom. I’m going to paint the outside to look like a log cabin, just for fun. Maybe with some Nordic or Russian fancy wood trim faux painting too.

    If anybody out there has any good advice on building a mollycroft roof on an existing trailer, I’d love to hear it. May or may not do it, but right now it’s on my wish list.

    • Rich October 20, 2014, 7:57 pm

      Alice, suggest concentrating on practical changes such as storm windows, better insulation (out-sulation) and safer more efficient appliances first.

      • alice h October 21, 2014, 2:30 pm

        All that practical stuff was on the agenda but the whole thing fell through anyway so it’s back to plan X, or Y or Z, whichever one I’m up to now. Very scaled back weather tight tiny house shell on a flat deck trailer, “placeholder” cheap used windows, then replace, fit and finish as cash allows. Use existing furniture and portable appliances until I can do built-ins. Build simple for now but with provisions to easily accommodate more complex systems later.

    • kathy October 26, 2014, 5:32 pm

      hi Alice, just read your post from 2013, did you ever get your trailer remodeled into your personal space. I to was just given a free 30 ft trailer and could use some suggestions. I want to insulate and turn it into a 4 season living space. please send me a email. [email protected]

  • Brenda Russell October 20, 2014, 5:08 pm

    My major issue with any sort of manufactured housing, from modular units to extremely luxurious motor homes, is the off gassing from the overwhelmingly synthetic building materials, down to the fabric finishes. I am very sensitive to environmental pollutants such as formaldehyde, which shows up in a surprising array of products. So heavy and expensive or not, I think a stick-built tiny home is far more likely for me than even a 1950-era travel trailer. Or maybe not . . . Wherever would I put my grandmother’s black walnut 1923 upright piano?!? 😉

    But I do like that these two were updated without losing their character. I love characters! Since it takes one to know one 🙂

    • treehugger February 12, 2015, 12:37 am

      My husband and I plan to build an area in a lovely greenhouse for our instruments including a piano! So we can play for the plants!

      • Theo April 26, 2016, 10:30 pm

        Not sure how healthy a greenhouse environment would be for a piano, greenhouses tend to be humid in my experience. A radio, or piped in music, would do the job.

  • thehippiehut February 12, 2015, 12:32 am

    Does this couple have a blog or any tutorial videos online?

  • Sheryle January 24, 2016, 7:50 am

    I have a 1979 8x 40 park model w/ two tip outs (not slide, tip outs are on hinges) I’m looking to tear it down to the trailer and build a tiny house w/ or w/out the tip outs. I’m looking for ideas, w/ walk in tub and on demand water heater, no holding tank.

  • Theo April 24, 2016, 5:14 pm

    I have long known that if I ever wanted something on wheels, that remodeling/renovating an old travel trail would be the way I would go. They can often be had at every low cost, or even free. And some are in very good condition, requiring very little money/effort to put into excellent condition. Others are not even worth messing with, being in such poor condition that you would pay out much more than your money’s worth, pass those up. I’d be redoing one now, except my preference for wheels is under a van, and I’ve not yet found a decent van at a reasonable price – people are asking 3-4 times what they are actually worth, and way too often require some major (expensive) work. But I am optimistic.

    • Don Lowery April 26, 2016, 10:20 pm

      I know exactly what you’re talking about. A buddy of mine in another state found me an SUV that his church is selling. Looking around here where I’m at in Colorado (he’s in Arizona)…was so scared of wasting what has taken me months to save at making $800 a month for a vehicle which would fall apart as soon as I leave that person’s driveway. On the other hand…he knows people who know about vehicles and has gotten me a great vehicle to live in while I look for a job on the West Coast this summer. Not the perfect situation…but will be able to save up enough boondocking to afford a trailer or rent on a more permanent place while I get my Tiny House built.

  • Eric April 24, 2016, 6:15 pm

    In my opinion, and that’s all it is folks…”my” “opinion” Airstream caravans are amongst the ugliest of caravans ever built.

    Now, go ahead and rant if you feel the need.

    • Don Lowery April 26, 2016, 10:22 pm

      Don’t care about ugly. Having rented all my life…as long as I own something where I feel safe and is MY home…I will take ugly any day of the week.

  • Susan March 7, 2017, 2:47 pm

    I really appreciated seeing this I’m a 66-year-old retired journalist/hippy who’s about to embark on a new adventure. I’m rehabbing a 40-year-old, 15′ travel trailer to be my three-season home. I just gave my notice at my apartment and am leaving soon. Scared to death and really excited!

  • russell March 7, 2017, 3:57 pm

    I just found 4 different classic RV . Most have no guts. I will start looking for the layout of these. 50 s and 60 s era. But I was thinking? Classic or Mod ? I have done a few part rebuild. Most the people I work for do not big budget for these. Most want Classic .

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee March 8, 2017, 9:32 am

      I think there’s a real market for simple and inexpensive 🙂

  • ROSEE March 13, 2017, 12:24 pm

    Great idea! Will this be the start of a trailer park? Two thumbs up!

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