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30′ ESCAPE Traveler XL Tiny House on Wheels Concept

This is the 30′ ESCAPE Traveler XL tiny house on wheels. In a previous post we showed you the standard ESCAPE Traveler but this one has even more space.

It’s a new design that’s RVIA certified and it gives you that extra space that you might be looking for in a relatively easy to tow tiny home on a trailer. Looking for something even bigger? Look at their ultra spacious and luxurious ESCAPE Park Model.

It can still be pulled with most of today’s full sized pick up trucks. The first model is currently under construction but the company is taking orders right now for any customers interested in the new 30′ design that starts at $72,800 USD. Please enjoy the preview and re-share below. Thank you!

30′ ESCAPE Traveler XL Tiny House on Wheels

Traveler XL Exterior 2

Images © ESCAPE Traveler

Traveler Xl exterior gray Traveler XL Interior (2) Traveler XL Interior Traveler XL THOW Floor Plan 01 Traveler XL THOW Floor Plan 02

Images © ESCAPE Traveler

Learn more: http://www.escapetraveler.net/#!xl/cjg9

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  • Frank Rodrigues
    July 20, 2015, 5:52 pm

    I am just shocked at what people are trying to sell a tiny house on wheels for these days ! This one is the highest that I have seen yet !
    Why would anybody spend 78K on a tiny house ? For a living situation that is challenged by most local zoning laws.

    • Rico
      July 23, 2015, 10:10 pm

      Have you seen the price of Airstream trailers these days? And they’re backlogged.

  • Charlotte Mo
    July 20, 2015, 6:23 pm

    OMG. Usually I cheer for anything custom or special even if its a little pricy but this just popped that bubble. 70-ft. singlewides are half that price, or less. Even the park models are cheaper, and a lot cuter. Where’s the living area? Ouch! Yes, I see the big windows, but still say back to the drawing board, guys.

    July 20, 2015, 7:46 pm


    • SC
      July 21, 2015, 11:10 am

      A travel trailer and an Airstream are not built like a tiny house. Tiny houses are meant to be much heavier and more solidly built. They are supposed to last decades. Campers are for short term living or lots of traveling. Tiny houses dont have to be aerodynamic.

  • Eric
    July 20, 2015, 8:19 pm

    I actually like this quite a bit. It is pricey, for sure, but I’m still trying to figure out why all of these “RV’s” are 8.6′ wide and not 11′ wide. Or 14′ wide. Is there some advantage, besides highway permits, of an 8’6″ wide RV? I would much prefer the 14′ wide Escape Classic, but I see so many 8’6″ wide RV’s that it makes me think there’s a solid reason for this. For example, I am interested in a small lot right on a lake. I can’t build a house on it without going through the California Coastal Commission and bunch of other BS. I’m w2aiting for word from the sellers agent on whether I can put in an RV pad and get power/water hooked up to it instead, and park one of these guys on it. But which one is more likely to be approved? Do either of them even need approval? It’s all a bit confusing.

    • July 21, 2015, 9:52 am

      8′-6″ wide is the legal limit to pull one of these down the road without special permits. (13′-6″ height is the upper limit). There is probably a length limit but o don’t think that happens until after 40′-50′.

      So,yes you can make them wider but you need a special permit to move them (wide load). Once they get much wider the vehicle required to pull them also gets bigger too (move from a Ford F350 or 3500 Chevy to a semi).

      It would be lovely if CA would let you bring in the electric and water but there is always living off the grid that can be done. Having a potable water hose plugged in and a gray water system is easy to do. You can compost your toilet and use a lot of solar power. Tiny Houses (RVs) don’t need a ton of power. You really should explore this. A week or so ago there was a post about a guy with pop-out sides. It was the best one I’ve seen to date. (Had green kitchen cabinets, so you’ll know when you find it). I’d go for it if you have a great view.

      • Eric
        January 13, 2016, 10:33 pm

        I’d be more than fine living off-grid – prefer it – but it’s more just getting a permit to plop one of these on your own land. From what I understand, zoning laws forbid it as a primary residence unless there’s a permanent structure on the property already. Might be able to get around that by buying the land and getting a permit to build a regular house on it, but then you’d have to hope they never caught on that you never built the house. And hope your neighbors aren’t jerks. And the land would have to be such that you couldn’t see a house from the road.

        It’s something I’m considering, but if I’m going to buy land and all that, I might as well get a pre-fab tiny house that gives me twice the room of a THOW. I’m fine with putting in septic and drilling a well and living off of solar completely. I’d love it! But yeah, now you’re talking hundreds of thousands of dollars, and you can just buy a house for that. My friend bought a nice, 2bd/2ba house – 10 years old – for $165k. With a 1 car garage and private. 10 minutes to shopping, tops, with neighbors around and in a nice wooded area. It’s do-able. In California.

    • Kim Pratt
      August 6, 2015, 2:26 am

      They can be classified as an RV, and parked in a RV park. Also, 8’6″ allows an individual to tow it instead of having to get a permit and most likely a special wide towing company to tow it for you. I would want to be able to tow it, without having to get special permits. I have lived in an efficiency with less space, when I didn’t have a lot of stuff. It was only $295 a month back then, now that same efficiency is well over $500 a month.

      • eric
        August 6, 2015, 2:47 am

        I wouldn’t be wanting to move very often, if at all. So wider is better, for me. But, RV parks cost a fair amount, don’t they? $500/mo, or something? And they aren’t usually located near job centers and have little privacy.

        • Kim Pratt
          August 6, 2015, 11:35 am

          I would move twice a year, north in the summer, south in the winter. Preferably on the coast. I am not to crazy about the excessive heat in the summer or excessive cold in the winter. If I could find a place that averages about 70 – 80 degrees all year, I would want to stay there.

        • Eric
          August 6, 2015, 1:29 pm

          Where i live its 65 year round. Pacific coast. Northern CA. Though i just saw an ad for an RV park here, and its $1500/mo!!! I’m renting a 250sf cottage for that, all utilities, cable tv, and high speed Internet included. Three blocks from the beach.

          My preference is to find land and put a small house on it, but the costs are way higher than my budget. The land owners price their land like everyone will be putting a million dollar house on it. And the $30,000 in permits are the same for a big house as a little house, pretty much. I think. I love the Blu House, for example, but when you outfit it decently and add an attached garage, it’s $200k for 1200sf. Other prefabs i like are not much less. Decent land starts at $200k and is really closer to $300k. Then the foundation and services hookups and engineering and all that and your adding many thousands more. It’s a real conundrum unless you want to live in the middle of nowhere. I’m fine with being off the grid, as long as there’s water. But i also don’t want to be 30 minutes from the nearest grocery store.

        • Carole Martinez
          December 15, 2015, 3:42 am

          Eric,in the past year 6 RV/Trailer Parks in the greater Los Angeles Area have been sold,closed permanently.The rents here for space is ludicrous! Try 800 per month JUST FOR THE CROWDED SPACE!Add utilities.Cable, and for Coin Laundry on premises.Most are per week Starting @ $350! Seems like these “Parks” are being phased out,like the old Drive-in Movie lots. Very recently, it’s no longer illegal to sleep in your Vehicle (on the streets)

    • September 30, 2015, 7:19 pm

      The width is limited due to trailer licensing laws. You could go wider but then you maybe required to follow wide load rules, Such as a pilot car.

  • July 21, 2015, 8:56 am

    The build quality, workmanship and attention to detail are all top-notch. I’m guessing that’s 4-6 months of build-time (depending on the number of workers) and probably cost 50k or more in materials alone. The math would yield a fair net for the amount of time, work and cost involved, albeit I could be a little off in either direction. For discerning individuals with the means, this is a fine builder who could likely tweak the floor plan to taste.

    Eric, I am also in Calif. and went the RV direction about 18 months ago (from a 3,800 sf home) to a 30ft 5th wheel with 1 slide… 250sf total +/-. I was lucky enough to have a friend with a beautiful, 7 acre parcel in the country; built a 10×20 deck at door level and it’s a fantastic place to live/work–great scenery and very private. From what I understand most or all of CA, and many other states, only allows RV living for 90 days per year, on a given parcel. Any longer and it needs to be under the radar. Even the larger/nicer park models fall under that category. You would need to step into the small, manufactured homes to be legal, and pay for the permits, which aren’t cheap. 5th wheels/RV’s have walls that are 1.5 to 2″ thick and you definitely know it in the summer and winter. You better have very good heat and A/C, with plenty of amperage to accommodate that. I am very content, for now, but have my sights set on either a THOW or permitted small house build in the future, and would likely need to be out of CA… I just can’t see this state legalizing sub-600sf structures anytime soon.

    As for the width, I imagine there is a need for easy mobility (given the above) until the laws change, plus the benefits and general ease of transportation and traveling.

    • eric
      August 6, 2015, 2:56 am

      Thanks for the reply, Derek. I guess I understand the reasoning… You have a nice neighborhood with large home and then some guy bus a lot next to your and installs a tiny little shack on wheels. But if you’re out on the outskirts of town and perhaps your house can’t be seen from the road, I think you should be able to put whatever you want on it. Prefab houses are probably how I’ll end up going, but anything I like costs $200k. Add in permits and land and you’re at $500-600k!! Even in CA you can find a regular home for that price. Seems there’s no easy solution.

      • August 6, 2015, 9:31 am

        You’re correct, Eric. CA is extremely unfriendly when it comes to “small”. Check out this fantastic place in OR that Alex posted here a while back: http://www.ranchcamp4tinyhouse.com – love what they do, and hard to find a more beautiful property. Hoping they still have a lot available for me, when that time comes!

  • Mary
    July 21, 2015, 9:51 am

    Not tiny and apparently these people cook and eat all-the-time. Look at how much space is devoted to that. No clever multiuse here. And drag that thing around all the time. I’d be cheaper to hire a driver and stsy at posh hotel! Really? NO

  • Joan
    July 21, 2015, 10:31 am

    I’m sorry, but I really don’t wee pulling this very far indeed! I’d love to see them try to pull this across Wyoming with a 60 mph ground blizzard blowing. It would be laying on its side on the shoulder of the highway in no time at all! And $72,8 K? Give me a break! Costs like that for a tiny house are absurd! Sorry guys, just can’t go there!

  • Marsha Cowan
    July 21, 2015, 10:47 am

    This is a nice tiny house. This is the best view I have seen of it. I really like it now. Well organized, and I like the fireplace idea. Nice quick warmth. Beautiful…

  • Cate
    July 21, 2015, 1:24 pm

    HUGE & UGLY!!!!!!!

  • Aley
    July 22, 2015, 3:22 pm

    Everyone’s a critic! I think it’s quite nice & it would work perfectly for a family. The large downstairs room could make an excellent kid room, and having a bigger living space & kitchen to accommodate the needs of a family is also a plus. This clearly is not a house for one person, or for people on a tight budget, but remember folks not everyone goes tiny just for economic reasons. Some people do this purely for the sake of minimizing their footprint, living simpler, and to bring their family closer together. If you look on their website there are many layout options for this model, this is only one of them, this model has a lot of flexibility & possibilities. And for those who said it’s “not tiny”, technically the definition of a tiny house is anything under 500 square feet. People need to get off their high horses & stop being so darn rude, if you can’t say something nice, please don’t say anything at all. There’s nothing wrong with constructive criticism, but some of these comments are just flat out insulting. I’d like to see you all do better. My sister works in drafting & design, it’s hard work, and requires a lot of forethought. It’s easy for us all to judge someone else’s work, creating something ourselves is the hard part.

    • Kim Pratt
      August 6, 2015, 11:51 am

      I like the built in electric fireplace, no wood, no flu to open, don’t have to clean it up from time to time. Even the Gulf Coast, I miss the beach and the waves. The coastal breezes should keep if from being to hot. I heard San Diego is about 70 degrees all year, that and it is on the coast.
      I like to have the longer 30 foot interior, but the features in this one also are very to have, and if I could park it in Southern California near or around San Diego, or in between LA and San Diego in or close to some shopping (for groceries), where the big window is facing the Ocean, that would be sweet. I would to put a platform deck, some deck chairs a table and a b-b-q grill, that would be sweet. This would be in retirement, or working out of my own home.

  • Susanne
    July 23, 2015, 1:22 am

    Too high yes.. And the worst idea when the sitting area right across from the kitchen… I despise that. It is depressing.

  • r.ich
    October 13, 2015, 10:58 am

    We are very interested in this model and would love to talk with the builders about a potential purchase (Traveler XL,) THE WEBSITE

  • Suzette Collette
    August 2, 2016, 6:41 pm

    I really like this tiny house. I have toured several and looked at hundreds online. I like the more modern, clean design. I have seen many that are more rustic and bohemian design which is fine for many people, just not me. I plan on living in one someday and do not want to feel like I am camping. Also, fine for some, just not me. I plan on moving it, maybe once a year before winter to be safe and then after winter is over. So it shouldn’t be a problem.

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