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Couple Builds THOW in 9 months to Travel the USA

This is a tiny house on wheels, named The Wandering Tiny House, that was built in 9 months.

It was built by Sam and Erica Yeary to travel the USA and live in a more sustainable home.

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Couple to Travel USA in their Custom Tiny House on Wheels They Built in 9 Months!

Couple Builds THOW in 9 months to Travel the USA

Photos via Instagram

Couple Builds THOW in 9 months to Travel the USA Couple Builds THOW in 9 months to Travel the USA Couple Builds THOW in 9 months to Travel the USA Couple Builds THOW in 9 months to Travel the USA

Photos via Instagram


  • Tiny House on Wheels
  • Built in 9 months
  • DIY
  • Off the grid
  • Built using mainly recycled/reusable materials


Wandering Tiny has the capability of being completely off-grid. We have solar power for electricity and a 40 gallon water tank on board. Without a water catchment system while on the road, we just have to fill up when we can!2


  1. https://www.instagram.com/wanderingtiny/

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  • Sandy
    July 7, 2017, 3:11 pm

    I love the pulley system idea for the stairs! Great idea.

  • Martha
    July 7, 2017, 7:05 pm

    Like the simplicity of this tiny home and the use of reclaimed material. Especially like the pull up stairs.
    Been seeing a lot of homes listed for sale or can be rented. Are these homes of the original occupant,and if so why are they now selling? Or are they homes that some builder or contractor has built to be sold?
    My last remark is this. For most of the people who wish to downsize and buy a tiny home,they simply can’t afford the high prices that I am beginning to see. This movement is losing so many, who long to better themselves, money wise or to be able to save and travel.
    I enjoy seeing and learning about the homes and those who wish to have one of their own.

    • James D.
      July 8, 2017, 12:04 am

      Martha, while there will always be people who miscalculate costs… Tiny Houses are just custom products so prices simply vary according to what people want built and what they actually get for the price…

      Unlike traditional housing, custom made products can fit just about any price range… You just have to realize what you get for a given price range…

      Like it cost extra to make a house capable of functioning off grid because you’re adding the cost that most houses usually don’t include of providing those utilities in the house itself, instead of just paying a monthly fee for basically renting access to those utilities.

      But anything over ten years can mean you’d end up paying less providing things like your own power instead of paying the power company…

      Most of the cost of home ownership comes from the actual ownership and all the hidden costs involved… So even high end Tiny Houses still can afford savings in the long run…

      Sure, not everyone can afford options like solar, but it’s not the end of the world if they can’t as it just means they either adapt to life without electricity or they have to make sure they live someplace that they can get grid tied utilities… Among many other ways that could work out at a given price range and lifestyle…

      While not everyone who goes tiny does so because of money but rather seeking a lifestyle that suites them better… You’d see this also in other alternative housing options like people who choose to live in vans, etc. who justify the choice by the life it allows them to lead…

      Affordability is only one of many reasons why people choose this kind of housing option…

      What’s actually hard is finding a place to live full time… Since Tiny Houses are still not legal everywhere for full time living and some places have made it harder, even as other places have made it easier…

      Some people just either didn’t do enough research before deciding on where they wanted to live or the local authorities changed the rules at a later date and they ended up being given the choice of either moving or giving up their tiny house…

      While others simply use the tiny house for a income source and rent it out or live in the tiny house as they rent out their big house…

      Others still have had life changing events… Like a relative who needed help with hospital bills, etc. and if your only asset is the house then some people simply choose to sell it for what’s more important to them at that moment…

      Or some people suddenly found themselves with a growing family and the tiny house was simply no longer a right fit…

      There are many reasons why home ownership of any kind doesn’t always work out or is being used in a way that doesn’t actually involve using it as a home but that’s simply life, a bit over simplified but still true…

      The key difference is that with traditional housing most people treat it like an investment that they are forced to evolve their life around… But with tiny houses, most people treat it as a tool to help allow them to lead the lifestyle they want to have…

      Motivations and goals may vary but at its core is the simple desire to live life under your own terms and how that’s done can vary a lot person to person…

  • Peter Taylor
    July 8, 2017, 4:40 am

    Why oh why do people insist on building a tiny house when what they really need is a travel trailer? A tiny house suits those who are going to move it rarely, they are generally far too heavy, too long, too tall and poorly aerodynamic to make it ideal for regularly moving – there is a perfectly good product with 100 years of development for travelling and living in. why ignore all that has been learned and reinvent the wheel, especially when you come up with one that is shaped like a triangle.

    By the way I love tiny houses – when they suit their intended purpose and built by those who have thought it through.

    • Eric
      November 12, 2018, 3:06 pm

      One that is shaped like a TRIANGLE? I can’t recall ever seeing a THOW that was shaped like a triangle.

  • Marsha Cowan
    July 8, 2017, 8:02 am

    This tiny house build looks like it was quite well thought out. It is beautiful on the outside and the inside with clever touches like the pully stairs to make the best use of space. Solar, large holding tanks, inexpensive building materials, and appliances to live full time make it a great place to feel secure on the road and feel at home.

    Travel trailers are nice for a short vacation, or to those who like them, but they are dark with few windows except for a little ventilation, and are closed in with walls of dark stained storage doors and very tiny bath fixtures, even the expensive ones in which I have been inside. People who build tiny homes are looking for light, warm surroundings, a little larger bath, and the feeling of a house rather than a trailer. It is an entirely different ambience and purpose, and it has been the American way for the last 100 years to reinvent the wheel. Why should tiny houses be any different? It is no harder to hook up, move, or park a tiny house than a travel trailer, and while it costs more for gas and may require a larger vehicle, it is worth the difference to those who desire to live in one. In America, it is “to each his own”. Thank God we have that freedom and option. This is an amazing tiny house accomplishment.

    • Eric
      November 12, 2018, 3:09 pm

      Well, for me personally, I find the ceiling looks hideous. Looks like 80% of the ceiling battens are about to fall off. Probably aren’t, but that is the perception visually.

      Don’t think I would ever get that out of my subconscious if I owned one like that.

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