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Goodbye NYC, Hello RV! Traveling in Big Blue, Architect’s Tiny Motorhome


Ange was tired of the grind as a NYC architect, and decided to hit the road. She bought “Big Blue,” a 1986 Toyota Dolphin, in January of 2020, and hit the road in May. She faced a lot of ups and downs from water damage, but her resilience allowed her to create an awesome DIY space.

She admits it was a big adjustment going from full-time city life to suddenly being alone with her thoughts without wifi at times! But now she can spend a day alone in peace. Could you travel alone full-time?

Now she’s been able to see so much of the country she wouldn’t have otherwise. Check out her awesome self-built tiny home tour with Tiny Home Tours at the end of the post. You can also follow her travels on Instagram here.

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You can tell why it got the name “Blue.”

She has a cooler and hanging fruit basket.

Her bedroom area was all rotted and she had to rebuild it!

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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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  • Linda Baker
    January 20, 2021, 1:27 pm

    Fierce young woman traveling alone and exploring not only life on the road but herself – you will go far in life – nicely done conversion but I missed anything about heat/cooling in living area.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      January 20, 2021, 2:45 pm

      Hmm I didn’t hear her mention that either.

      • James D.
        January 20, 2021, 3:44 pm

        It’s just a basic camper set up that was done on a limited budget. She only has a basic power setup with a single led acid battery and inverter that’s just enough for lights and powering her devices. Also, no propane and just some butane cans for cooking with…

        So no heating and cooling systems to condition the interior, she just adjusts the windows and skylight for venting, adjusts layers of cloths, and she has some Reflectix panels she can attach to windows for additional adjustment.

  • Kellie
    January 23, 2021, 10:50 am

    If you make it through Alabama, hour southwest of B’ham, looking for a long term space check out Seven Lilly Luxury Lots.
    All River lots and most peaceful community of 23 lots.

  • Marsha Cowan
    April 3, 2021, 10:37 am

    This is really pretty and so organized! I love the kitchen sink and the shelving. Everything is lovely!

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