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Couple Renovate Travel Trailer into Nomadic Tiny Home

This is the story of how a young couple met in college, fell in love, and renovated an ordinary travel trailer into a nomadic tiny home.

They found a 23′ trailer on Craigslist, bought it, and ended up almost completely renovating it.

Heather and Dana blog about their nomadic adventures over at HD Adventuring. Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thank you!

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Learn more: http://hdadventuring.com/

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  • Deadrock
    December 24, 2015, 11:29 am

    I guess if you want nothing, you will want for nothing. If they have all they need and care to own right here, then this looks comfy and I envy them the ability to travel where the wind blows them!

  • December 24, 2015, 12:37 pm

    I think they did a great job remodelling! I’d love something like this as a vacation home but don’t think I could live FT in it.

  • CathyAnn
    December 24, 2015, 4:17 pm

    They did a beautiful job on renovating that travel trailer and living in it full time. That is something I’ve been contemplating. I love to travel.

  • Mike
    December 24, 2015, 9:04 pm

    I’m beginning to understand that a remodeled travel trailer can be just as compelling as a new owner-built tiny home. Lots of advantages and there are zillions of them on Craigslist nationally, usually with all of the mechanicals and utilities right in place. This is a really viable option for folks who want the tiny house lifestyle, but constrained financially.

    Funny how a remodeled travel trailer has more appeal, livability and personality than a brand new [manufactured] tiny home.

    Were this my blog, I’d eschew the manufacturer models and focus more on the owner-built stuff. That’s where the fun is. The manufactured, lowest common denominator models just leave me cold. Judging from the comments, I’m probably not alone…

    • Eric
      December 29, 2015, 1:13 pm

      Ah, but Mike, Alex caters for the wide gamut of people interested in the tiny/small/not small but some great ideas type of homes.

      Personally I’d never even consider living in a caravan (travel trailer to Americans of the USA) because quite frankly from my experience they get very, very, VERY cold as soon as the weather gets inclement. And there is very little wall thickness to add decent insulation material to combat this. But, hey that’s just me eh?

  • MareM
    December 24, 2015, 11:11 pm

    One of the things I like about tinyhousetalk is the variety of tiny or small (and sometimes just relatively small) dwellings shown. There’s usually something I can take away from an individual post, even if it’s just recognition of what doesn’t appeal to me. So, Alex et al., my vote is for you to keep doing what you’re doing!

    BTW, is that an electric outlet right in the front of the sink? Can that possibly be safe?

  • Elizabeth Rubio
    December 26, 2015, 12:02 pm

    Good job! Love the tables. Looks homey, comfortable and liveable.

  • alice h
    December 27, 2015, 10:13 am

    Makes a lot of sense to do it this way. As long as the trailer and shell are sound or easily fixable it can be simpler than starting from scratch in some ways and you end up with a nicely customised unit. If you start with a floor plan that suits you it can be as simple as some cosmetic changes. You can also do a total refit with improved insulation.
    My favourite layout for a trailer to fix up is a fifth wheel with rear kitchen and a couch facing a fairly large window. If you remove the dinette and any large built ins or fixed chairs in front of the window you end up with a nice open layout, much homier than the typical trailer with only a narrow walkway between opposing built ins. A small drop leaf table and folding chairs can replace the dinette in any trailer for a much more open feeling.

  • alice h
    December 27, 2015, 10:43 am
  • Sharee
    December 28, 2015, 1:45 pm

    Not sure which is before and which is after. The drawing looks like it goes with first set of photos which I thought were the before.

    I like the pegboard on the walls.

  • robert eddins
    December 28, 2015, 1:52 pm

    I think it looks great! Travel on far and be happy.
    I will follow someday if I can convince my wife.
    If you travel through my old home area southern Arizona please wait till November through March, it gets really hot there. really hot.
    Have fun,

  • Valerie
    December 28, 2015, 6:59 pm

    Wow that is so open airy functional and very nice.

  • kristina nadreau
    December 28, 2015, 9:17 pm

    I agreed with dominic the original floor plan is most functional. the new decor is fresh and could have been applied to the original floor plan. that said, What ever makes them happy is the best.

  • Lisa E.
    December 29, 2015, 11:45 am

    I’m for the old floor plan for two reasons: (1) the kitchen table was big and if you work with a laptop and tons of papers, this is a plus, and (2) I have never understood putting the head of a bed against a window. What happens in winter when you take a shower and then go to bed? This is a recipe for head colds and worse. I don’t know how high the ceiling is in this RV, but I would probably prefer a Murphy bed that would then allow for a sitting area during the day for indoor company on rainy or wintry days. But if this new design meets the needs of its current owners, then more power to them!

  • Lisa E.
    December 29, 2015, 11:48 am

    PS: I see the second laptop desk now. This makes even less sense to me.
    Why have two areas when one worked so well? And who wants to eat meals on that skinny table???

  • Joan
    December 30, 2015, 9:39 am

    They did a wonderful job! By the way Alex, keep up the variety, there is something for everyone the way you do it!
    I have a older camper trailer laid out exactly like this one before reno. I love what they did to it. As far as the other comments about sitting areas and the bed. My biggest complaint about using the camper is always having to make the bed out of the couches. This design eliminates that problem. And you can always add pillows to the bed and use it as a sitting area. As far as the table goes, I love it, it is evidently movable, and for us older folks, sliding into the booth is always a pain and that booth table is not that big anyway.

    I also like the storage cubby up front and the white pegboard backsplash. Good job!
    Love it! Love it! Love it!

    • Alex
      December 30, 2015, 1:39 pm

      Thanks, Joan!

  • February 3, 2016, 9:01 am

    Your place is very cozy and unique. You seem to have a place for everything. I love the idea of the peg board it helps to keep things organized in such small spaces. I like the color that you picked out for your kitchen cabinets. It really looks nice! You did an awesome job!

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