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Custom Tumbleweed Trailer THOW For Sale, NY: $50K

Here’s a gorgeous tiny house built on a Tumbleweed Trailer. It’s been home to Aja and Dan, and their cat, for the past four years. However, they’ve been given an opportunity to buy some land and are now planning on upsizing — so the home is for sale!

It features gorgeous skylights, a loft bedroom, galley kitchen with bright red refrigerator and a bathroom with a Nature’s Head composting toilet.

They’re asking $50,000, and it’s for sale in Margarettville, NY on Facebook Marketplace. You can scroll through their Instagram to see how they’ve been living in the THOW up until now.

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192 Square Foot THOW Perfect for One or a Couple!

Love that natural light from those skylights.

A simple ladder takes you up to the loft bedroom.

This retro red fridge is a great statement piece.

Nature’s Head composting toilet in the bathroom.

A built-in closet for hanging storage.

Compact kitchen with a hot plate.

A mini-split system provides heating and cooling.

Eating and office space here.

Here’s the loft bedroom.


Their Story:

In 2016 my husband and I built our tiny house on my parents property in the Catskills. This was after trying to balance rent in the Chicago suburbs with volunteer work that would take us away for weeks at a time. With the help of skilled friends we transformed our custom tumbleweed trailer into a home for 2. And Charlie our cat. Building and living in a tiny home is different for everyone, but it certainly teaches you about yourself and what you really need. We did attend a tiny house workshop which at first I recommended but now feel like we should have trusted some of our instincts more. As in we thought we’d need to build her to move, but really she was a place to come back to. We worked 4 months full time on the project while living with my parents. The total build cost was about $35,000 (this included some skilled labor). I personally love my tiny home, but 4 years later when the opportunity came for us to have our own property we decided to it was time to go bigger.

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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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  • February 8, 2021, 11:05 am

    Very Nice!

  • Terry Scott
    February 8, 2021, 3:25 pm

    Keep going like y’all are going and the prices will surpass regular houses. These things are getting ridiculous. They were supposed to be a cheaper way of living. But at 50,000 up to 150,000, how is that cheaper???

    • James D.
      February 8, 2021, 5:33 pm

      It’s understandable concern but it is cheaper than the equivalently built home. The homes are just not all equal and equivalent to each other. Like anything else, they range from very basic to extremely advance and packed with features. So there’s just a very wide price range they can come in at, regardless of their size. Going smaller was just always only one factor out of many that has to be dealt with to get to a lower price range.

      It’s more a problem of what people want out of them as not everyone is going minimal, though, to some extent not everyone can because they have more needs. Like a family is going to require more than one or two people and people with special needs or certain physical limitations can’t deal with things like lofts, etc. just to save on costs.

      However, most of it comes down to just choice. Just like buying anything else, like whether you buy a budget car or a luxury one. The same holds true of houses and so there are still examples of these homes being built for as little as a few thousand but also homes that go up a lot more… Thing to understand is you’re not locked into only getting them at a certain price. Since, you are free to make your own choices and thus can reach your own minimal price those choices can allow… You just have to either shop around or figure another way to get it done, within reason of understanding what the consequences of your choices will entail.

      People can DIY a home, they can use reclaimed materials instead of paying for all new materials, they can opt for alternatives that don’t cost as much to provide features they may need, they can find ways to get help to reduce the labor costs or provide knowledge they may need, there are budget builders just as there are high end custom builders to choose from… There are many options, just always trade offs with each and things to understand about the choices and their consequences.

      So it won’t always be simple or easy but it can be done and is cheaper than the equivalent alternative as regular big houses can also range a lot higher and up into the multiple millions, for apples to apples comparisons, just be aware of your options and what choices will add more to the price to help eliminate the options that won’t work for you from the solution that will work for you…

      Just also keep in mind it isn’t always just about the purchase cost. Reasons housing has become so unaffordable extends to the long term costs in which people can end up paying multiple times the purchase cost of the home over the life of the home, even without a mortgage. So even at some of these higher prices, there’s still people managing to go debt free because they’re of how much they’re reducing their long term costs.

      Like the average home owner is paying over $9000 a year on just some of the hidden costs of owning and maintaining a home, separate from mortgage and other long term costs. Along with reducing the cost of living expenses and other expenses, tiny living, can have a much greater impact on your finances than the one time cost of the home, but that, like many other things, comes down to your choices… Homes, in the end, are just tools that you can use to influence your life and like any tool it just has to be used wisely and properly to achieve your goal with the minimum effort… There’s no one size fits all solution that will work equally well for everyone but with many choices people can tailor their options to fit what is optimal for them, which is basically what Zack Giffin from Tiny House Nation often said, “It’s about finding what’s optimal for you”…

      • Elizabeth Rubio
        February 9, 2021, 2:18 am

        Well said.

  • Theresa Perdue
    February 9, 2021, 12:39 pm

    It’s a cute little home and I will be surprised if it’s still for sale.

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