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Lightweight Tiny House on Wheels with Two HUGE Slide Outs!

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This is a lightweight 245 sq. ft. steel-framed tiny house on wheels with two huge slide outs.

This model is called the Rogue and it’s designed and built by Raymond McCue in Sherwood, Oregon. Enjoy!

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Lightweight, Steel-Framed Tiny House with Dual Slide Outs!

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Photo credit: Raymond McCue

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Photo credit: Raymond McCue


  • Steel framed
  • Two hydraulic slide outs for extra space
  • Full kitchen
  • Stainless steel appliances
  • Bathroom with shower and body jets
  • 88 sq. ft. loft with custom flooring
  • Heat pump (A/C & Heat)
  • Propane heater
  • Wood burning stove
  • Granite counter tops
  • 16 windows throughout
  • Outdoor BBQ
  • Aluminum shingles with foam insulation on roof
  • Exterior siding is Alaskan Yellow Cedar

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  • Ray
    August 29, 2017, 8:32 pm

    Very cool construction. If RV builders were smart, they would get on the band wagon with their own version of the tiny house format.

    • James D.
      August 31, 2017, 11:02 am

      Ray, some have… Some builders were previously in the RV business and have either expanded or converted to Tiny House builders, though some do so in name only and try to market their products as Tiny Houses but are really RV’s like Park Models, but for most of the rest it’s a issue of the business model that has worked for them for so long.

      Since, they rely pretty heavily on people constantly buying new products from them, which wouldn’t happen as often if they were really built to last and they didn’t focus on short term appeals like how many TV’s are included, etc. rather than how well designed it is to live in…

      Their market is for short term recreational usages and business is still too good for them to seriously consider changing…

      At least until the Tiny House market gets a lot bigger, which probably won’t happen until more states make them legal, without so many compromises as they have now…

      Though, those who can afford it can have custom made RV’s that blur the lines between RV’s and Tiny Houses but these can cost hundreds of thousands on up into the millions, putting them out of the reach of most… But that’s another reason they are unlikely to change soon as there’s just too much profit with what they’re doing now…

      • comet
        November 26, 2017, 7:05 pm

        I live in a 1993 Foretravel RV, 36′ Long by 8′ wide, no slides. I don’t know what the price is on the so-called “tiny house” featured here but I will guarantee I paid no where near as much! This one shown is— pretty, totally NOT road worthy, and most likely will end up as a PAR MODEL– Somewhere. Whats the point of putting it “on wheels”?? How much would it cost to hire transport, or to buy a truck big enough to haul it– you certainly are NOT moving this often. Whereas I can drive anywhere at any time. I have a bigger bathroom ( this has an RV toilet!! How— quaint!) I can visit any part of the US and further- and have. I have handcrafted solid walnut cabinets, and a surprising number of them. I have a full kitchen with two ovens, a huge cedar closet, ceramic file floors ( and after 110,000 miles not one is cracked), Windows all around,full hook ups that you can put into an RV park, or with small additions into a household sewer/septic, generator, electric— two furnaces, 4 burner stove, even a but on vacuum system.

        Why would any one spend the $$$ on something like this that you really CANT MOVE???

        • James D.
          November 26, 2017, 9:10 pm

          comet, people get tiny houses because they want real homes… A Tiny House is typically built like a traditional house, just on wheels, and that makes them far stronger and longer lasting than any RV.

          Consider the simple fact the renovating and repair industry for RV’s is a multi-billion dollar one! You’re example is an exception but the vast majority of RV owners have to pay a lot for maintenance and repairs over the years of ownership, especially if they use them all the time.

          You don’t get up to over six months waiting time on something that never breaks down!

          While you can look at examples like the simple fact multiple tiny houses have survived situations like hurricanes in Florida, the last one with Irma did destroy many RV’s, including entire parks, but of the over dozen reported Tiny Houses in Florida none were damaged.

          There are in fact Tiny Houses rated to withstand things like over 200 MPH winds… The fact they’re heavier actually helps in that regard because they’re far harder to blow over. While, much like manufactured houses, they can be anchored to the ground or even put on a foundation… The thicker and stronger walls can usually withstand multiple high speed impacts from things like 2×4’s with minimal surface damage…

          The DIY’ers like this one actually typically pay less than a brand new RV would cost and can custom make them any way they want… No one who builds a Tiny House has to ever settle for whatever the company made and can have each and every one custom built just for them.

          Owners thus have full control over how it is made, what it is made from, and how it looks and how it is designed, which they wouldn’t get from a RV unless they were willing to spend a heck of lot more.

          While RV’s, because they’re not built well and are pretty much just mass produced products with unreliable build control standards, they depreciate fast and thus what you paid is most likely a fraction of what it would have cost new… Even a few years after it was manufactured it can be usually sold for a lot less.

          But you’ll pay more for just about everything except moving it… RV’s are easier to tow because they’re lighter but that also means they’re less durable and that means they break down far more often. So you’ll be paying more for maintenance, repairs, etc.

          The lack of slides is actually a benefit to you versus most modern RV’s because that’s less mechanical moving parts that will eventually break down… Motorhomes, especially, can be very costly to maintain and repair over time.

          While well built tiny houses can have manufacturer warranties on things like the metal roofing for up to 60 years. So can have little to no maintenance cost for up to even decades.

          Though, wear and tear for those who do travel still applies but they will usually be limited to things like keeping the house clean, fuel costs for towing, maintenance and repairs on the tow vehicle, and replacing the tires of the trailer.

          RV’s are also less energy efficient, most having thin walls with little to no insulation, so you’ll be paying more for heating and cooling, unless you spend even more on moving to nicer climate zones…

          Some RV’s are so cheaply made that they barely can handle their rated GVWR or have so much off-gassing that anyone spending lots of time in them can get sick, especially if they’re already chemically sensitive… It was one of the complaints of the FEMA travel trailers, for one of many examples you can look up.

          While Tiny Houses may be harder to tow but people can still tow them anywhere in the country… There are Tiny Houses that have accumulated over 40,000 miles and are still traveling, for example.

          Tiny houses are also not really new, people have been doing things like putting a Tiny House on flat bed trucks since the 60’s/70’s and many of them are still around, with most maintenance costs being for the truck…

          Those who can afford a little higher can even have Tiny Houses engineered to still be pretty light enough and small enough to go anywhere a large camper can go but the point for most is not to be nomadic but to have a place they can call home that will last, allow them to live the life they want to have, live a more efficient life, and save them on long term costs.

          Everything from minimalism to environmentalism, along with real need for alternative housing options that are long term practical and just creativity and having the satisfaction of building/desiging your own home are reasons why people get Tiny Houses.

          This doesn’t mean you can’t live in anything else, or that nothing else is ever better because that really depends on one’s situation and where they want to live, but there are reasons why RV’s are generally not considered good for full time living but tiny houses are… In fact, it’s a point of contention legally because by law RV’s are only considered for recreational uses and there are many places that will not let you live in them full time because of this.

          This is one of the reasons why mobile/manufactured houses are considered separate and operate under the federal HUD building code and why Park Model RV’s don’t officially exceed 400 sq ft because by law anything over 400 sq ft has to follow the HUD building code instead of the lesser RV building code.

          While many who build tiny houses meet or exceed most building codes because they are building them with the intent of using them as full time homes.

          It’s only the lack of a legal recognition that causes any confusion because manufactured houses have to be built in a factory and can’t be DIY and RV’s aren’t designed for full time living… So Tiny Houses fall into the gray area of the law but that will eventually change…

          There’s already multiple states starting to change their laws to recognize Tiny Houses and that will only spread over time.

          The 2018 ICC IRC is starting to be widely adopted and Appendix Q provides language that let’s people petition to have their Tiny House legally recognized as a residential dwelling… Among other examples of works in progress across the nation and even in other countries as the reasons for a Tiny House aren’t limited to just people living in the states…

        • Dick
          January 18, 2018, 4:14 pm

          @comet, adding to what James D. said, mobility is usually *secondary* to a tiny house owner. JD outlined several reasons people want to go tiny: affordability (as compared to a traditional site-built house), minimalism, reduced carbon footprint, etc. One of the big drawbacks to TH living is that most communities have zoning regulations that specify a minimum size for houses built in that community–say (I’m pulling a number out of the air) 800-1000 square feet–which means a tiny house built on a foundation is illegal. Building a tiny house on a wheeled trailer changes things: yes, it is mobile, but more importantly, it is no longer under those zoning regs because the wheels make it an RV (see Jay Shafer’s “Small House Book”. So those who build THOWs are not necessarily looking for mobility, but for a way to live their life and not be hassled by certain regulations.

          In a sense, a THOW is like a mobile home–you can move it, if needed, but you usually won’t.

    • Michael Trahan
      January 22, 2020, 3:10 pm

      Hi Ray,
      I am planning to build a tiny home with slideouts.Would like to discuss some time my email address is [email protected].
      Best regards

  • Ellen McCann
    August 29, 2017, 9:10 pm

    Wow. Gorgeous. The woodwork is stunning. Slideouts. Brilliant. I wonder how much extra it costs to have them? It seems so right to have a larger living room to make a tiny house feel like a home. I would love to see more photos. The small closet in the entry. Yes! Even a tiny house needs that! Are there more closets? How long is this house?

    • Ray McCue
      August 30, 2017, 11:42 am

      To build slide outs properly to support the weight, you add about 2500.00 per slide out due to all the hydraulics, steel and support items. House is 26ft long + tongue which has 24′ bay area on it

      • JIM
        August 30, 2017, 1:21 pm

        One of the most beautiful ones I have seen. Thanks Ray. Have you ever used heavy duty industrial sliders for the slide outs. The ones that are rated for 500 lbs. a piece. I am thinking of using four of them on a 8 ft. wide by 44 inch deep slide out.

        • Ray McCue
          August 30, 2017, 1:38 pm

          Be careful, the weight on a tiny house construction will stress that and it will bend. You have to design the slide outs to handle at least 1000 lbs and do not go deeper than 36″ deep. the stress on pull out will cause bending and will have many problems. I am writing a article on slide outs and will be out soon.

        • James D.
          August 31, 2017, 11:08 am

          Folds out may be a more practical solution that’ll last longer…

          But you can consider having dual layer slide outs… The first being a platform that’ll also extend a jack so the extension will be supported before the main slide out then comes out on top of it… But adds complexity and more things that can break over time…

          While a awning or some kind of roof can really help keep stuff from getting into the slide out’s moving areas and jamming up the works…

          And there’s maintenance issues like needing to check and eventually replace the seals because they will eventually fail and let water in…

          Plus you need to be level to use the slide outs, especially with such a potentially heavy weight to handle…

  • Betty
    August 29, 2017, 10:10 pm

    This is one nice tiny house. Don’t care for lofts, but still like it.☺

  • Michael L
    August 29, 2017, 10:57 pm

    Love the idea of the slide outs

  • Michael
    August 29, 2017, 11:46 pm

    I always liked the idea of slide out for more interior space and to keep overall width within street legal 102″ but it needs to be done properly done.
    This THOW is a bit to cluttered for my taste. However it seems to me properly designed and many clever details.

    • comet
      November 26, 2017, 7:48 pm

      You should check out better brand used/ vintage RVs that have stood the test of time. Usually better designed and far better built the ones that were expensive to buy new often offer fabulous value now. And they are meant to be lived in, not built to imitate your house with super size appliances taking up huge amounts of space vs what you need, and without sacrificing looks. Be aware, all slides need endless maintenence, and if they fail, you have huge expense and possible water coming in. You have to be level to use or keep them extended or they will twist. If they are not extended you might not be able to get past them to use the rest of the house. If the engine is gone and you dont want to replace it you can have it moved to a site and use it as a stationary house. And you don’t need a special license, or $60,000 truck to pull it!
      Many points on both sidez, cost is one, for a fraction of the trendy “tiny houze” you can find beautiful well made vintage RV’s and you can park them in far more places than placing a tiny house.

      • Don
        November 26, 2017, 9:12 pm

        One thing I don’t like about the opportunity to comment is you always get the dough head factor, people that lack the creativity to build one of these from the frame up sharing on something that they know little about. This site is about Tiny Homes not RVs. Although some have taken RVs and done some amazing modifications, where the rubber meets the road is when somebody takes something from nothing, wraps hundreds if not thousands of hours developing and then brings all those ideas to life. There are many reasons why people pursue this interest and only one of those consists of pulling there creation across country. So unless you have something positive to ad, keep it to yourself, do you not think for a moment that most people pursuing this craft have not considered many of the concerns posted. Maybe those in question could build a site and call it “redneckin rvn” then everything you are saying would fit right in .

  • Terressa
    August 30, 2017, 3:06 am

    BEAUTIFUL!!! I’ve been waiting to see if anyone used slide outs. Awesome!

    • Jeff Schwager
      January 25, 2018, 5:26 pm

      Yeah, I’ve been waiting to see someone use slideouts as well. How well do they seal, and how well do they do from an efficiency standpoint? Sometimes it’s better to keep things simple and maintenance free. I think cost and ease of construction two other reasons people tend to lean toward less complicated designs.

  • Michael Isabell
    September 1, 2017, 1:07 pm

    I once owned an older park model trailer which had a “tip out” that housed the couch. Wouldn’t that idea help alleviate the weight stress on the section as long as the surrounding structure that held the tip out was built to take the extra weight, making motorized slide outs unnecessary?

    • James D.
      September 2, 2017, 10:15 pm

      Not really, it’ll just perhaps limit how much you can extend out and what can fit in the hinged tip-out vs slide-out…

      But the weight will still be cantilevered, you’ll still have a mechanical system that will wear out over time and require maintenance, you’ll still have to worry about keeping everything sealed to prevent water being let in and debre getting caught as the section is moved in and out, people will still prefer to have it motorized rather than use manual labor, especially for large sections like the entire kitchen, etc.

  • James D.
    September 6, 2017, 3:54 pm

    Looks like Tiny House, Giant Journey has posted a video on this THOW…


    She also commented that she may do a follow up that focuses on the detailed workings of the slide outs…

  • Don
    November 26, 2017, 5:08 pm

    Way to go Ray you nailed it, Ray do you have plans for this one?
    Best regards

  • Henry
    November 26, 2017, 6:00 pm

    What is the total dry weight of the tiny house with slide outs? Dimensions?


  • Kristen
    November 26, 2017, 11:01 pm

    LOVE the built-in BBQ grill! Brilliant idea.

  • keepyourpower
    November 29, 2017, 12:18 am

    Best one I have seen yet. Still would like a bedroom downstairs. Wonder if that couch could be a bed?

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