Right now I want to show you the Ravenlore Tiny House on Wheels built by Jim Wilkins of Tiny Green Cabins.
It’s 22′ long by 8′ wide and weighs about 13,500 lbs. Something unique about it, too, is that it sits on a 4 axle trailer. And it also has a built in solar system.
It’s now owned by Nicki Jo Davis who just bought it and hasn’t quite yet moved in but is in the process of doing so. Please enjoy and re-share below. Thank you!
Colorful Ravenlore Tiny House by Tiny Green Cabins
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Video: Ravenlore Tiny Home on Wheels
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Alex wrote : “And it also has a built in solar system.”
OMG!!!! I want one! I want one!!! I’ve always wanted my very own, personal Solar System! Think of the possibilities…naming planets after your friends and loved ones! Mapping stars while you’re laying in bed! No need for a telescope because apparently YOUR personal Solar System fits into a tiny house…kinda like the Arquillian Solar System fit into “…Orion’s Belt,” in “Men In Black!” So cool. 😉
I also think that this house was featured in Tiny House Hunters. Initially, the new owner called it “Garish!”, but the colours “grew on her.” I liked the colours from the git-go. 😀
‘Ravenlore’ makes me think dark and macabre, like a witch’s house with skulls mounted on the roof or something, but this is the polar opposite. 🙂 I like it.
About the four axles though, I was considering adding a third axle to mine due to what it will weigh when it’s finished, but I read a lot of negative things about trailers with over two axles. Anyone here have any experience with triple and quad axles?
Billy: I can’t answer the axle question but I agree with the “Ravenlore” name. Considering the colour, perhaps “Bluebird” or “Peacock” would have been a more appropriate bird.
However, the Ravenclaw House at Hogwart’s valued intelligence, creativity, learning, and wit, so that’s not dark or macabre. And, Marion Ravenwood was a strong female protagonist in Raider’s Of The Lost Arc. So, I guess it can be Dark or Light. 😀
A trailer with two axles is going to turn the easiest with the least amount of tire scrub while turning. Adding a third axle will decrease the weight on each axle because it will be spread out more. If you plan on moving your house a few times this would help due to the bearings and tires building less heat while towing. The downside will be that when you’re turning it will pivot on the center axle and will scrub the outside edges of the tires on the front and rear axle. More than likely it would take quite a few miles of towing before you’d notice abnormal tire wear. In my opinion I’d rather have three axles if you think it’s going to be a little heavier.
This house is adorable – on the outside. But why is it all bare-wood on the inside? Why no paint? That’d drive me crazy. It’d be like living in a wooden crate.
The lack of color on the inside is probably due to the fact that she JUST took possession of it. If you notice she mentioned that several times. That is also why there is no furniture.
I like the design but I’d be afraid of the four axles, there are going to be more then a few blown tires with that four axle setup. The solar is a real plus especially if you were to live off the grid.
Those are the kind of things I keep hearing in regards to anything over two, but I wonder if some of that’s myths and rumors that get passed along. I can see how it might be in issue on a flatbed that gets used regularly, but a tiny house probably isn’t going to be moved much.
I have had experience with a trailer that had three axles, it was a pain. It never cornered right and it always felt like it was fighting with the outside tires in a turn. I can only think four would be worse. Rigs that have multi axles for weight hauling are usually separated and turn independently . . . look at how a semi is set up, same principal.
Thank you or adding a link to the builder. They have some great floor plans and there were a few more photos of this plan you show here. Really some great stuff.
Interesting how the inside is subdued wood tones and the outside is over the top. If anyone opposed to tiny homes needed an argument about why they’re opposed to them in their neighborhood, they’ve just been handed a prima facie case in point.
Or to put a finer point on it, why project the flamboyant theme outwards when you’re not comfortable with it on the inside, too?
Mike: 10 points to Gryffindor for the great use of “prima facie”!!!! PERFECT word choice, friend!
Now, as to both Sparrow’s and Mike’s comments about the BOLD colour choice on the outside and the ~meh~ interior….here’s my thoughts as a contractor/architect. Interior colours, when selling to a buyer, are almost ALWAYS advised to have a very neutral interior so that the prospective buyer can customize it to their choice. With 25 years of working in the housing industry, I have lost count of the 1,000’s of Re-Do’s that I’m hired to do when a new person comes into an existing home. YOU installed stainless steel and granite counter tops—the NEW person wants all white appliances and Butcher Block counter tops. YOU thought that an all black Kohler bathroom fixture bathroom was Da Bomb—and the NEW person hates it with a holy passion and rips every new fixture OUT>>>, replacing it with all white.
Since these homes that this company sells are custom, the exterior can be as neutral/bland as they desire or as Painted Lady (like this one) as desired. What I found interesting about this video is that the interviewer stated something like “Well, you’ll certainly be the only one with this colour!” On the Tiny House Hunters show, one of the episodes featured this specific house with this specific colour palette and it was sold, too. So, this home owner is NOT the only one with this colour theme.
Also, what one must remember is that “portable colour” such as paintings, rugs, displayed dinnerware and upholstery fabric on furniture allows you to *zing* up an interior without making any permanent colour additions. This way, when this house is sold, the new owner can either subdue the outside colour, keep it, or match the interior to the exterior.
Hi again! I wasn’t suggesting that the inside of the home have the same color scheme. Not at all. But the plain wood is so BLAH. I’d have most of the interior painted a soft, classic white with perhaps light blue accents. White opens up an interior like nothing else. Anyway, that’s my take.
Hey, Sparrow. (cool name, btw.) 😀
Oh, I got your point. I’m not keen on the entire wood surround-sound look, either. I find it suffocating. But, a bit of paint and some portable colour and Bob’s Your Uncle…beauty!
The house was designed and built specifically for me. It’s the only one, and I picked the exterior colors. As for the interior, the house had just arrived that day! Sheesh. 🙂
Nicki, your home is beautiful on the outside. My husband and I are building a tiny house now and I always look back at yours and say that’s really the one I want! Maybe when we get done with the first one and sell it we’ll do one like yours. Be proud of it and ignore the ignorant fools who say your colors are going to burn their eyeballs. Let them avert their eyes somewhere else!
You see the kind of thing you’re talking about a lot in custom cars (one I use to own included), gaudy or bold colors outside, subdued or plain on the interior. I guess it’s like color that pops is fine outside, but starts to burn your eyeballs if you have to stare at it for hours inside. ::shrugs::
I’m surprised to see four axles on it. The outside of it is a bit bright for my taste but still a nice design.
I saw this house on one of the Tiny House TV shows… I think Tiny House Hunters. I love it!
The Ravenlore, minus the exterior colors (‘nuf said), is currently at the top of my Wish List for these reasons: solar, combo washer/dryer onboard, a CLOSET (!!!), under-floor storage and ladder/stair loft entry. I would need two additional things for it to be perfect for me: a larger refrigerator and some kind of oven. Of course, that would require some re-jiggering of the kitchen floorplan. I’ve looked at hundreds of tiny home interiors and JimWilkins and Tiny Green Cabins deserve a gold star for the innovative ideas in this T.H. Bravo!
Is it possible to get prices on tiny houses??
Hi Dan. Here are two posts that should help:
I cringe to think of slapping paint on the beautiful wood interior. The owner can add color with furnishings and fabrics and the wood will still be a beautiful background. Reading comments on featured tiny homes shows that we all have different tastes and that’s the beauty of tiny homes – it doesn’t take nearly as much to put your own stamp on the space.
I wonder how “green” is the 8 mpg dually to pull this thing. I run an E-350 Ford diesel that I would not use to haul this structure around.
Someone correct me if I am wrong but MOST of the tiny homes on wheels are not designed to be pulled like camper trailers. The purpose of the wheels are to get them in place once, like manufactures homes and secondly so they don’t have to meet all the same housing codes as a “permanent” structure.
No facts to support your claim. At least at some point these things go over the road. As production centralizes, ie taken away from owner-builders by the profit motivated, you can purchase a trailer house from British Columbia and have delivered to Florida. I tend to agree that most trailers have limited mobility; whether or not this was the purchaser expectations is the issue. I would like to think that beating the tax and passing on the infrastructure expense to the population is less than admirable motivation. Let us not be join up with liars. If you build a trailer house for the sake of passing on expense, no matter what the origin, to someone else, you are wrong in deed and thought. The men and women owner builders are the practical and ideological leaders the non-commercial tiny house movement. Render your conclusions more profound.
Here’s more on this model.: http://tinygreencabins.com/ravenlore-custom-tiny-house/
Who painted that thing, the Smurfs?
I guess your parents didn’t raise you with the same philosophy my dad instilled in me if you don’t have anything nice to say don’t bother opening your mouth
It was a question, not a comment.
I don’t care if that was a comment or question it was rude ignorant offensive and only meant to hurt someone who is proud of your house why don’t you go somewhere else like to some negative website and post your comments there
Bet you didn’t know that some communities would not allow a paint scheme like that, did you? True tho, and your ‘comment’, was rude, ignorant, offensive, and hurt my feelings. So I’m not playing this game anymore.
It look good. HOWEVER, I really want to hear and see more from people who have lived for at least 2 years in their house. I am always interested in the owners personal experience and their opinions of their dwellings features. Both the pros and cons.
Ooooooo, the exterior is a carnival of color! I can’t wait to see what she does with the interior.