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Family w/ 4 Kids Choose 5th Wheel To Go Debt-Free

Paul and Elaine wanted to spend more time as a family and work on their debt-free journey, which is why they sold their home and moved into their 5th wheel RV which they had owned for vacations.

Elaine homeschools their kids, and while they’re currently fairly stationary, they have plans to do some travelling as Paul’s job allows. You can follow them on Instagram here.

For them, the hardest part of tiny living is rainy days, but the benefits far outweigh the tough stuff. Enjoy their Q&A after the photos and walk-through below.

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They Sold Their Home & Moved Into Their RV

Doing some artwork in the kitchen.

Girls spending time together.

One of the four bunks in the bunk room, each personalized to the child.

The kitchen and living room area got a makeover when they moved in.

This is the layout of their 2015 Forest River Sierra

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Images via RV USA

Here’s a speedy walk-through tour


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What are your name(s)?

Paul and Elaine Jones

Where are you from?

South Mississippi

How did you first become seriously interested in tiny homes?

We wanted to live with minimal “stuff” and make more memories together as a family. We also wanted to be one step closer to become completely debt free!

What type of tiny house do you have or are you working on?

We have a fifth wheel. 2015 Forrest River Sierra bunkhouse.

Why did you go tiny? What are you hoping to get out of it for yourself?

While our 4 kids homeschool we wanted to the availability to travel some and spend more time with them. We want to see all the things and enjoy this precious time we have together!

How long did it take you to finish your tiny house?

We previously owned our fifth wheel but once we decided to sell our bricks and sticks house we wanted our tiny home to be more homey. It took about a month to decorate and get things how we wanted!

How did you figure out where to put it? Do you keep it in one place or do you move around?

Right now we are mostly stationary at a state park near our hometown. We do take small trips out but Paul is finishing some work so once that’s done we home to travel farther!

What’s been the most challenging part about your tiny house so far?

Rainy days. The end. Haha

What benefits are you experiencing from it so far?

Less stress, more family time, saving money, and the absolute best mementoes with our children!

What helpful piece of advice would you give to others who are interested in going tiny? What mistakes could you help them avoid?

I would tell them that it takes a while to adjust. To find that perfect place for everything, the organization that works best for your family and needs. I moved things around and reorganized for the first three weeks lol

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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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  • merryl
    June 25, 2021, 7:22 am

    This is very nice. Super cute and cozy. If I could afford it, I would go for it. You guys are living your best life.

  • Maggie
    June 25, 2021, 5:26 pm

    Awfully small sink for having no dishwasher. Washing pans must be really difficult.
    Otherwise, it’s great.

  • Eric
    June 25, 2021, 9:16 pm

    Had to go back and look, and OMG, that’s teensy weensy smalley for a sink.

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