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Emily’s 24′ Tiny House on Wheels

This is Emily’s tiny house on wheels. It’s called the Little Sunshine and the exterior was built by Trekker Trailers in Leesburg, Florida while Emily and her partner, Clark, finished the interior.

It’s built on a 24′ triple-axle trailer and it features a combination of metal and wood siding with a slightly slanted shed-style roof that increases spaciousness inside. You’ll also notice it has three different entrances/exits along with an elevated balcony near the loft. You can tell this is a really well thought out design. And yes, Emily designed it herself using SketchUp using the dimensions she was given by Andrew at Trekker Trailers.

When you go inside, you’ll find a beautiful living space with a kitchen, built-in floor storage, french doors, mini-split air conditioning, full bathroom with washer/dryer, sleeping loft, closet space, and more! Please enjoy, learn more, and re-share below. Thank you!

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Emily’s 24′ Tiny House on Wheels

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Video Tour of Emily’s 24′ Tiny House on Wheels by Trekker Trailers

Emily’s Tiny House Tour (#EmilysTinyAdventure)Here it is! The long-awaited video tour of my tiny house, built by Trekker Trailers and finished by yours truly in December 2015. I’ve had lots of questions, so I’ve tried to pack in a lot of information into the video. Feel free to comment and share.

Posted by Emily’s Tiny Adventure on Monday, January 4, 2016



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  • Nancy
    February 3, 2016, 10:47 am

    LOVE IT Emily!!!! So much to love in this house! Nice upgrade from your last place!
    Will you be parking it in Orlando? Will you have an open house?

    • Emily Lindahl
      February 6, 2016, 10:54 am

      Hi Nancy! It is currently parked and being rented by a friend in Orlando. That’s my parking solution for now, but I’ll be looking for land in the next year for myself and/or hopefully starting a small pocket community for tiny houses. Follow my Facebook page for open house notifications! Emily’s Tiny Adventure.

  • Mary Lynne
    February 3, 2016, 11:19 am

    You did a really nice job. I like the tub, the closet is great , and you solved the oven issue with the convection microwave.
    Very nice.

  • Richard H Chapple Sr
    February 3, 2016, 12:14 pm

    A wonderful design throughout!! so very well thought out. Having the back porch with a rear door by the bedroom makes for an excellent exit route in case of a fire also. and stand up room for dressing is great. Sometimes during the excellent video I could not hear through the traffic noise, if you have a moment, could you mention the long beams used to support the porch, how it is attached to the roof, and I am wondering if the porch support legs underneath the floor fold up. also perhaps a little more on the heating/cooling system for the house would be nice.
    Wonderful job!!
    dick Chapple Sr

    • Emily Lindahl
      February 15, 2016, 12:08 pm

      Hi Richard! Sorry about the noise. We need to get a decent mic.

      The beams across the top are 30′ long and run all the way from the front to the end of the porch. The porch is actually hung from those beams, cross beams of the deck are secured to the back of the house. Those legs don’t fold up; they are just extra length hanging down from the beams. I am keeping them there simply so I have something to nail lattice to when I enclose the porch.

      The mini split is a GREE 12,000 BTU 22 SEER model. Here’s the info and you can click for specs: http://greeac.com/pages/residential/cozyr410.html

      • Richard H Chapple Sr
        February 16, 2016, 1:01 pm

        Thanks for the added info Emily.
        I see I calculated the height of your house correctly from the picture. I enjoy seeing all the tiny houses options and ideas, so many interesting ideas. Yours however is at the top of my list for a comfortable, homey, functional, so well thought out place to live.
        Were you to build another tiny home such using this great layout, what might you do differently? I see nothing wrong with anything you did, just curious what you would do.

      • Deb in WV
        August 14, 2016, 3:43 am

        The link for the heating/cooling unit doesn’t work ?

    • Mary
      June 3, 2018, 5:51 pm

      the general rule for CANTILEVER length is however long you go outside, you need to go twice that inside to support it (of course longer cantilevers need more robust beams as well as interior support)

  • gale
    February 3, 2016, 12:47 pm

    Beautiful home. I always wonder about no railing on the loft in many of these small homes. It doesn’t seem that it would be unattractive and certainly safer. Any thoughts from other THOW owners? Again this is a really nice home with lots of useable space and all the extras. Great job!

    • Emily Lindahl
      February 15, 2016, 12:21 pm

      Hi Gale, I lived in a tiny house before with a loft about half this size and no railing, not even the 4″ retaining beam that this one has. I’ve never fallen out of a regular bed, and I never fell out of the loft, either. A lot of people seem to be concerned, but you could certainly add a railing if you like. Personally, I spent a lot of time on ladders and scaffolding while building the house, that loft is not scary at all to me! Also, the mattress doesn’t go to the edge of the loft, so even if one did fall out of bed, they’d land on the loft floor, 6″-8″ below, not roll of the edge. But to each their own.

    • Joni
      February 17, 2016, 11:48 pm

      For me the railing isn’t necessary, none of my grandkids play near the edge, but the reason is that in such a small space, the railing would take away from the openness, its more of a flowing space without the rail, if that makes sense.

  • Lisa
    February 3, 2016, 12:51 pm

    It never ceases to amaze me how many different plans can be accommodated in the Tiny Houses. This is terrific!.

  • jm
    February 3, 2016, 1:47 pm

    Having lived in Fla, I would install a couple of screened roof hatches–and a roof-mounted electric exhaust fan. Of course, if electricity is included then just AC too.

  • Ray
    February 3, 2016, 1:52 pm

    What is the total height?

    • Alex
      February 3, 2016, 3:41 pm

      Hi Ray most of the time with tiny houses on wheels it’s about 13’6″ height due to legal road limits.

      • Emily Lindahl
        February 15, 2016, 12:14 pm

        Yup, it’s 13’4″

  • Mike Croft
    February 3, 2016, 2:29 pm

    Starting my tiny home this month. I loved the stair design and the closet in the loft. I have designed almost the exact same thing for my stairwell and it was great to see it as I have envisioned it. Beautifully done.

  • Valerie
    February 3, 2016, 3:34 pm

    very nice but don’t see much of living room stuff? love the bath, bed and stairs as well kitchen.

    • Emily Lindahl
      February 15, 2016, 12:24 pm

      Hi Valerie! The living room was empty because I just finished the house. There will be a very elaborate custom couch, some shelving, a desk and more to come. You can follow my progress at http://facebook.com/emilystinyadventure

  • Debbie
    February 3, 2016, 3:35 pm

    I love this tiny house. I am curious about the height. It looks taller than allowed. In all though, I love this tiny house. I am going to have one built, and want to steal a few of your ideas if that is ok with you. I look at these all day and make my decisions on what other people have, and how I think it would look in my tiny house. If I steal an idea from you, I will most certainly let people know where I got the ideas from. I love love love this tiny house. Thank you for sharing.

    • Andrea Hardy
      February 4, 2016, 2:31 pm

      I was thinking the same! First thing I noticed was how tall the house looked in contrast with the woman. This house looks at least a good foot taller than the ones I’ve seen. Anyone know the height??

      • Richard H Chapple Sr
        February 4, 2016, 4:01 pm

        I am guessing she built this to code and is at or very near the 13’6″ height for transporting. guessing that she is 5’6″ , the picture of the house is 3 1/2″ from ground up, she is 1 1/2″ tall, so that would mean the trailer is 13’4″ tall from ground up.
        I like her design as it employs several things that were used on tiny homes in the 40’s and 50’s(camp trailers, park models, and trailer houses). Todays tiny homes are so much better built and far better materials are used. I owned a fantastic 1957 Stewart double deck 8′ by 45′ trailer that was way ahead of it’s time. I have sketched several ideas just from that trailer design. 22′ of it was double decked. It had 3 bedrooms, 1 & 1/2 baths, large living room and a nice kitchen. All plumbing was easy to work on all all of it was in a tiny room between the kitchen and baths. all wiring was in conduit and not enclosed in any walls. It had a built in fire alarm system. 3/4″ plywood floors and birch paneling throughout with steel siding over wood sheathing on the outside. I am thinking instead of 8 by 45, perhaps 8 or 8 1/2 by 24 with a side slide for extra living room space.
        Being able to stand up and dress is excellent for us oldies.

      • Deb in WV
        August 14, 2016, 3:46 am

        She said its 13’4″

      • Deb in WV
        August 14, 2016, 3:48 am

        She said its 13’4″ and the max by law is 13’6″

  • Becky
    February 3, 2016, 4:03 pm

    Wow … great job, Emily! I love the extra storage under the floor, the folding kitchen table, the stairs up to the loft, all the light coming in and especially the separate washer and dryer; everything I’ve read about the combo washer/dryers has been pretty negative. Lucky dog, too!

  • Darcy
    February 3, 2016, 4:42 pm

    What a fantastic design and a balcony too. Dog looks happy, ready to move in.

  • Kristina H Nadreau
    February 3, 2016, 7:28 pm

    very thoughtful design for her needs. I liked her washer/dryer and the separation of the refer and freezer. big loft is excellent. I would never be interested in the composting toilet. creative. congrts to both the builders and the owner.

  • hunter
    February 3, 2016, 7:57 pm

    really like the lay out, but I need more cupboards and a bigger sink, & stove. no food storage that I see. over all really good thinking before building, i’m sure it fits your life style to a T.

    • Emily Lindahl
      February 15, 2016, 12:47 pm

      Hi Hunter! There will be more food storage added after I move in–potentially along the loft, under the table, and certainly one of the in-floor storage units will be a pantry. One of the drawers will probably be food, too. I plan to cook a lot of fresh things, and gather from the grocery store and the garden regularly. Not all food comes in containers that need to be stored 🙂

  • Kwalker
    February 3, 2016, 9:44 pm

    I love this idea for the stairs in the back with an area for standing up and a decent closet. I don’t care to cook so a smaller kitchen is okay with me. Love the stacked washer dryer unit. From other comments on this venue it seems like the combo washer and dryer dont work as well as when they are seperate. I would take out one side door. With the two sides and back having doors, too many doors. Could use one wall for a couch. Very nice.

  • Larry Schoenemann
    February 3, 2016, 10:48 pm

    Just outstanding, well thought out.

  • Chuck
    February 3, 2016, 11:13 pm

    That last “doozy” step makes perfect sense. Much easier ingress and egress, plus it saves space. It has a loft, because a full second story would not be transportable under law.

    • Deb in WV
      August 14, 2016, 3:51 am

      Chuck, why isn’t it transportable under law? It’s below the required height of 13’6″…it’s 13’4″

  • Bluesgirl
    February 4, 2016, 8:04 pm

    Emily…what a huge tiny house.
    Amazingly massive with everything one or a couple
    needs to live very comfortably.

  • linda
    February 5, 2016, 7:48 pm

    I have spent hours ‘pouring’ over different designs of Tiny Houses, Rv’s, Tree houses, Earth houses, Barn Houses, etc., but I can say, Emily, for 24′, you really planned this well. I love it!

  • Eric
    March 2, 2016, 3:41 pm

    @Emily Lindahl – Had to laugh at the choice of name of the toilet by the manufacturer. Where I come from it denotes… well the description below sums it up.

    airhead : noun
    an unintelligent person; “dimwit”. Contains strong connotations of obliviousness or forgetfulness. Origin: term implies the person’s head contains nothing but air.

    • Emily Lindahl
      March 7, 2016, 1:37 pm

      Yes, I agree, it’s a weird name. Same meaning where we live. But if you’re a sailor (as we are), a “head” is a toilet. Therefore, an “air head” would be a “head” that uses air to digest the waste, rather than using a big holding tank that needs to be pumped out.

  • andrea
    March 23, 2016, 12:26 am

    Emily, excellently thought out floor plan. Just awesome to have stand upon space near the closet and bed. Questions…hot water system? Fresh water tank? Grey water tank/disposal system? How big of a vehicle is needed to tow this size house? Can you tell uds the approximate investment as of the time of the video?
    Thanks. Andrea

  • Ed Maddox
    March 27, 2016, 5:40 pm

    I’m wanting to know what the height of this piece of awesomeness is at it highest point?
    Most awesome design I have seen. You did a great job on this.

  • Bluesgirl
    March 31, 2016, 10:30 pm

    WOW…I would love to stay at your place…so much room.
    You have everything…

    • Alex
      April 1, 2016, 2:15 pm

      Love this one too 😀

  • Richard H Chapple Sr
    April 1, 2016, 2:24 pm

    The height of Emily’s house is 13′ 4″.
    After seeing and looking at tons of wonderful tiny homes, there are so many exciting new exterior designs and many new interior layouts coming out.
    Emily’s home is one of the very best layouts I have seen to date, still ranks tops with me.
    This home would be very comfortable to live in.

  • James Murphy
    April 2, 2016, 10:13 am

    One of the best laid out designs I have seen. Love the stairs, a “real” closet (most I see wouldn’t even hold my work uniforms little alone anything else). On the TV shows I see so many people complain about not having an oven, but there is a microwave sitting there, combination micro/convection ovens are the answer. Love the split fridge/freezer.
    Love the door by the sleeping loft, that is one thing I don’t think enough people think about, is a secondary escape route. Either a small door, or they could use egress windows, push a lever or two and the window swings up so you can climb out. A simple ladder on the outside… Just would feel a lot safer. I haven’t seen many smoke detectors in these homes either. I think they are even more important in such a small place, with a loft bed. Any fire at all and the smoke is heading to the highest part of the home.
    I am a shower person, but like a big shower, so probably wouldn’t save any room there. I have checked the prices of the single washer/dryer units, crazy. You can buy a simple stacked unit for much less, or stack them yourself, build a strong shelf over the washer and sit the dryer on it.
    The French doors are a nice touch and with a deck outside would be great. Especially if it wrapped around to the back porch. People forget sometimes just how important being able to literally circulate can be in a small space with guests. As far as losing wall space, you can buy French style doors with one of the doors inoperative. Or you can just pick which side to put the secondary door (the second door that opens) to where you can park furniture in front of it.
    The awning windows are a great idea for circulation, sadly here in S. Florida they are very tough to find, as most don’t meet the Hurricane section of the building code..
    The few “complaints” I have seen on here are more a matter of taste. I personally think you did a great job on the layout and execution.

  • Leonard Davis
    April 10, 2016, 9:24 pm

    Hi, my Name is Leonard I am interested in open i mobile home manufacture company, I will need your help can I work with you on this project in Argentina? thanks for your time.

  • Jacki
    April 14, 2016, 2:45 pm

    Love it!! Very well done. Love the dog too :). Is that a smooth coated, tri-color, border collie? I have one with the identical markings. I am considering building a tiny cottage for a rental on my extra lot, adjacent to my home. I have a new 8 X 12 shed already on the property that I thought I could add on to, perhaps a lean to like addition on one side. The roof is a low pitch, gable so not really room for a loft hence the need for the addition. I would appreciate any advice, tips, tricks you would have for maximizing space. Again well done, best I’ve seen so far.

  • Faith Hobgood
    April 14, 2016, 9:21 pm

    First of all, Emily you are amazing and a genius. I wish you could help me with the interior of Rio Faithful Tiny House 🙂 Did you say sailing for six months? Wow. How much does this tiny house weigh?

  • Deb in WV
    August 14, 2016, 3:36 am

    Hi Em! I absolutely adore your tiny home! It is basically what I had in my head but wasn’t able to figure it all out but…thanks to you, my vision has come to life! ? I was wondering if you could give me a list of the manufacturers of all your appliances & toilet please? If not on here, I could give you my email addy. Thank you, thank you, thank you for building your(and my future) tiny home! Deb

  • Kim
    September 6, 2016, 12:07 am

    I love how you have figured out how to include all the essentials! I would love to get plans for this house as soon as I can find a parking place. Are they available? I would need to make a few minor changes to make sure I have a little more storage and insulation, but it meets all my standard needs so beautifully. Thank you for sharing your work.

  • two crows
    February 2, 2017, 3:30 pm

    Oh Emily! Your house is wonderful! The deck [and its exit] put me in mind of the A. A. Milne poem: “Halfway up the stairs is a stair where I sit . . . .” An awesome arrangement.

    Jfwiw, I’ve heard there’s a movement afoot in St. Pete to found THOW/ Gypsy wagon community. I haven’t heard, lately, how far along it is — but certainly worth looking into.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      February 3, 2017, 5:59 am

      Oh good tip!

  • T. Lou
    December 5, 2017, 9:13 pm

    I’ve been checking on this every so often. Are you selling plans? If so, how much?

  • Kim
    June 3, 2018, 6:54 pm

    I love your tiny house Emily. I may be able to build one soon and would love to get some plans if you have some. I would only need to make minor changes due to living in a cold climate, but otherwise your layout meets my needs beautifully.

  • merryl
    June 4, 2018, 10:57 am

    love the dog.looks just like the dog my grandparents used to have.he was such a good dog.i miss him.

  • Melissa Robinson
    April 30, 2019, 7:40 pm

    This past fall, Emily put this house on the market, asking price was in the mid-40’s. I don’t know if she sold it yet or not but I thought I would let you all know since several people on this thread asked if she had any plans to sell it. If anyone is still interested, you could use her FB page to reach out to her to ask if she sold it or still has it.

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