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Alto Safari Condo Trailer

If you haven’t seen the Alto Safari Condo yet then you’re in for a treat. Especially if you like teardrop campers.

This RV is like a high tech luxury teardrop trailer that you can still pull with your car!

Alto Safari Condo’s Unique Features

  • It’s expandable so you can stand up inside
  • When it expands you get more windows
  • It has a fully featured kitchenette
  • There’s plenty of room for dining

And most importantly it’s really easy to tow. In fact, it can be pulled with most cars.

The Benefits of Having a Safari Condo Alto

  • Fits in your garage
  • Has flexible solar panels
  • Electric powered expandable roof
  • Aerodynamic
  • Toilet
  • Optional shower

If you’ve ever wanted a cross over between a teardrop and a more standard trailer this is a neat option with lots of available accessories.

Alto Safari Condo Trailer
Photos Courtesy of Safari Condo

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Austin Hay is a 16 year old who is building his own tiny house on a trailer

Kirsten Dirksen of Faircompanies.com has published her interview with Austin Hay. He’s a 16 year old who has been building his own tiny house on a trailer for the last year.

Austin takes you through his parents house and into his little house in the backyard. Yes, he’s still in the process of finishing it up.

Why go Smaller?

Austin likes the idea of his little house for a few good reasons, which are…

  • Fewer bills
  • Fewer chores
  • No mortgage

Cost to Build this Tiny House

So far he is projecting to spend about $12,000 to build his house because he’s using recycled materials whenever possible.

Otherwise, the estimated costs for his house would be approximately $22,000. Austin bought a double pane glass door for $30, a stainless steel sink for $25, and hardwood flooring for $25.

Fourteen months worth of trash because of the construction of his house equates to less than two modest sized garbage cans.

Austin Hay is a 16 year old who is building his own tiny house on a trailer
YouTube screenshot thanks to Faircompanies.com

Video Interview and Walk Through with 16 year old Tiny House Builder Austin Hay

Video length: 10:10

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Krunk Bunk Micro Sleeping Loft

Derek just released his latest video for Make Magazine and it features one of his latest… The Krunk Bunk.

It’s a sleeping loft slash micro cabin that I had the pleasure of being apart of. I admit, I barely had anything to do with it.

A group of us actually built it July 2011 at Derek’s micro shelter building workshop. The purpose of this structure is to hang it up if you have tall ceilings so it acts as a loft.

It can be a sleeping loft or just somewhere for you or your kids to hang out in.

One cool way to use it would be to create an office/work/study space beneath it to double up on space.

Perfect for students and young entrepreneurs. Below is a shot of it hanging in Deek’s basement.

The Krunk Bunk Micro Cabin Hanging in Derek Diedricksen’s Basement

The Krunk Bunk Micro CabinPhoto Credits: YouTube, Make, Tiny Yellow House

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Desk that Turns to Bed

Last weekend on small space furniture #19 we explored murphy beds.

If you’re in a tiny or small house it’s important to choose the right furniture.

So I stumbled onto something called Mobile Wallbeds.


  • Easy to use
  • Easy to move
  • Good looking

And they also look comfortable because you get a full-sized regular spring mattress.

In addition, they offer a few different kinds of multipurpose beds which we’ll explore right here.

Hidden Bed & Desk

The most interesting part about this one is that if you in the middle of a project and just want to set up the bed to sleep, it’s no problem.

You don’t have to clear up your desk or anything. Just fold the bed down and the desk will be waiting for you as it was in the morning.

Here’s how it works

Desk that Turns to Bed
Photo Credits: Wallbeds ‘n More

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Northwestern University's Off Grid Tiny House on a Trailer

We haven’t featured Northwestern’s off grid tiny house project since April 2011.

Team CASITA’s mission is to create a sustainable and efficient home using smart design, electricity and plumbing.

The little structure is being built on a trailer. It’s just 128 square feet and has plans for solar panels and rainwater collection.

The roof is already covered with solar panels and there’s a battery bank to store all of the power.

Rainwater is collected for filtration and storage through the roof and four awnings.

They have a 500 gallon water pillow they plan to use to store the water.

Here’s one of the latest pictures after part of the solar panel installation.

Northwestern University's Off Grid Tiny House on a Trailer
Photo Credit: Northwestern University

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Tiny House on a Trailer - 2 Lofts and a Big Porch

This tiny house on a trailer is completely unique.

The house is 24′ long and 8′ wide. The tallest point on it is 13’5″.

And guess what? It’s got a power fold up 6′ by 8′ deck with removable railings.

I’d always wondered why this hadn’t been done but now i am satisfied.

This one has two sleeping lofts. One is 8′ by 8′ and the other is 6′ by 8′ both having two dormers each.

It was listed for sale on Craigslist for $38,000 in the Santa Cruz, California area.

There are so many possible uses for this house…

  • Guest cabin
  • Rental
  • Instant addition

What could you see yourself using it for?

Tiny House on a Trailer - 2 Lofts and a Big Porch

The deck is made out of redwood. The siding is 1 x 8 redwood.

Tiny House on a Trailer - Front Exterior

The railings you see there are removable and the actual porch folds up.

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Elaine Walker's Tiny House - A Tumbleweed Fencl

Update: Elaine’s Tumbleweed tiny house is no longer available for rent at the moment but you can still enjoy this original article I published on August 22, 2011 below:

A few years ago Elaine Walker discovered and fell in love with the Lusby design by Jay Shafer of Tumbleweed Tiny Houses.

So she put her big house on the market and began building the Lusby.

After jumping through a few hoops she ended up figuring out a way to make it work since her big home wasn’t selling.

She sold her lake front land, rented out her big house and moved to California with her Lusby house.

Today, she has already sold her big house and moved closer to San Francisco.

Elaine now has a 96-year-old two bedroom house with the tiny house on a trailer in the backyard.

So now you can book some time in one of the world’s tiniest hotels, her little Lusby. 🙂

Elaine Walker's Tiny House - A Tumbleweed Fencl

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