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She’s Been Living Out of Her Honda Element for Six Years!

Rosa is one incredible person! While some people might be able to live out of a car for a season, Rosa has done it for six years and has no intentions of stopping. For the first five years, she did a mix of seasonal work and gig work, but her YouTube channel took off enough last year that she’s able to do that full-time now.

She lives in her Honda Element and “converted” the vehicle for under $200 with some lumber from Home Depot. Her set-up is zip-tied into the back so she could remove it if she ever wanted to resell the car. You’ll love her low-budget conversion and amazing outlook on life below.

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Her bed can become a couch, but she never converts it!

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She cooks and eats on the back tailgate of the vehicle.

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Six years later, she has no plans on going back to normal life.

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VIDEO: 6 Years of Car Living – Her Honda Element as a Tiny Home


  • Rosa went right into the workforce after high school, working 3 jobs and 80-hour weeks for four years.
  • She was living in an apartment and decided, after watching a documentary with someone living in their car, that that life was for her.
  • After researching, she discovered that most people recommended a Honda Element, so she went car shopping and made a basic conversion for under $200.
  • The entire car conversion is affixed with zip ties so she could take it out and resell the vehicle, but after six years she’s pretty certain it’s going to stay the way it is.
  • She intentionally left the exterior of the car very basic in order to improve her stealth-camping odds and keep her stuff safe.

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.

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