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Franklin Vintage Caravan Tiny House

This is a Franklin Vintage Caravan Tiny House renovation.

It’s the story of how a young lady bought and renovated a vintage camper with the help of her father.

Have you ever thought of renovating a travel trailer instead of building a tiny house from scratch?

I think it’s a great idea, especially if you see yourself traveling around the country with it because it’ll be lighter than a tiny house so you’ll save money and hassle when towing it around.

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Video: Franklin Vintage Caravan Renovation

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Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!
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  • David Remus
    July 1, 2016, 12:14 pm

    Inexpensive place to start. Nice simple design, restful. It makes me want to open the windows, smell the pines, and put on some coffee.
    FYI – Beware of any trailer that has ever had the roof leak, it can have dangerous wood rot in the roof and down the sides. People often just fix the roof.

    Good journey!

  • alice h
    July 1, 2016, 1:21 pm

    Nice, classy reno. One thing to keep in mind about a trailer is how low the ceiling can be. This may or may not be important to you but after several years with a 13′ Boler the low ceiling was one of the things that really drove me nuts.

    • Eric
      July 2, 2016, 4:31 am

      Hah, for me was those diner type tables with bench seats. Pain in the youknowwhat to get in and out if you are the one on the wall side. And that was when I was young and dextrous. I’m neither of those now.

      • alice h
        July 2, 2016, 9:12 am

        I had the same problem but since I didn’t need the double bed conversion I replaced one dinette bench side with shelves and cut back the table so I can get in and out of the remaining seat easily (60+ and bad knees). I have a small folding chair for a guest to sit at the end of the table but usually entertain outside.

        • Eric
          July 18, 2016, 4:22 am

          I’m 60+ with bad knees. We must be kinda related then! LOL, yeah, going back as far as the original Adam maybe.

          I don’t have the luxury of living by myself. Hampered by a ball and chain.

  • July 2, 2016, 2:06 am

    Wow!! You & your Dad did an awesome job renovating the vintage caravan. You are both very creative and I love the colors you chose for your cabinets and walls. Everything matches so nicely. Love the curtains & the cover for your bed/couch. It’s really pretty!! Did you make them?? I was just wondering because. They match perfectly!! Just think what a little creativity can do for you. Your camper is just
    beautiful!! Thank you so much for sharing!! Enjoy traveling!! Carol???

  • Poul
    July 2, 2016, 4:27 am

    Alex, off topic, but for some reason lately the Facebook posts have all gone skinny and narrow. Some issue with the blog software?

    I’ve tried Chrome browser, Firefox, Vivaldi, Pale Moon, Opera (version 12 even) etc.

    Checked on my son’s computer and he is also getting the same result.

    • Alex
      July 2, 2016, 7:04 pm

      Hey Poul, thanks for letting me know, I’ll look into fixing this. I’m getting the same thing on my screen. I appreciate you letting me know and testing it on those browsers, too.

    • Michele
      July 9, 2016, 12:25 pm

      Yes, I’ve been seeing the long, thin comment sections for a couple of weeks now.

  • Tijs
    August 25, 2016, 6:48 am

    Hey Alex, love the trailer – thinking of converting one for myself, but in a camper, I would be worried about condensation. Do you have any problems with that or do you just live in a warm enough environment not to have any?

    • Cat
      September 9, 2016, 3:13 pm

      From living in RVs for the past 12 years, I recommend Damp-Rid type moisture absorbers in the cabinets, kitchen and bath, and other areas where air circulation is limited. They keep the indoor humidity down, at least well enough for where I live in northern California, with cool, wet winters and hot, dry summers.

  • Cat
    September 9, 2016, 3:26 pm

    Totally charming! Fresh and clean, yet it keeps the “vintage” feel. If it were mine, I’d improvise a basic, portable toilet/bath area, somehow.

  • Lynne
    September 20, 2016, 9:32 pm


  • Mike Neal
    December 5, 2016, 6:45 pm

    Wish to live fulltime in RV, but off grid as much as possible, but am unable to figure out how to handle ‘black water situation’ legally…….how do I get rid of eventual accumulation?………..Any ideas?…………………Mike

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