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Man Converts Shipping Container into Tiny Home on Wheels

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Hi Alex and Tiny House Newsletter readers, I’ve recently completed (and sold) a 20′ shipping container conversion.

I did it all almost on my own with the exception of electric and plumbing, working out of a storage unit and wanted to share it with you.

It’s just under 160 sq. ft. and has a full kitchen, bathroom with toilet and shower, flat screen TV, and more.

Man Converts Shipping Container to Tiny Home on Wheels


Images © Graham B

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This shipping container conversion tiny house has been sold (was listed for $28,500) and I just spoke with Graham on the phone and he is now working on his second project! I’ll let you all know when that’s finished. Thanks Graham for inspiring us all! We’re looking forward to your next micro house project. Beautiful work!

If you enjoyed this shipping container tiny home on wheels you’ll absolutely LOVE our free daily tiny house newsletter with more! Thanks!

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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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  • Elle
    September 3, 2014, 3:23 pm

    I think this is beautiful. It’s perfect “as is” but appears as though the builder designed it to allow the buyer to tweak and modify it in a-hundred different ways. Assuming this is 8′ wide and at least 8′ high I’d actually put a wider mattress on a platform widthwise verses length, high enough to allow for a sitting area underneath with a low-sitting love seat style couch or 2 chairs. I love the french doors. Beautifully done and selling for a reasonable price.

  • LK
    September 3, 2014, 10:16 pm

    I love the simplicity of this and think that this is beautiful AND something that I could live in.

  • Sarron
    September 4, 2014, 11:34 am

    You are an artist!
    Your BauHaus simplicity is peace for the soul.
    If you keep creating like this, you will grow a great clientele following.
    Thank you for adding beauty by keeping it all purely simple.

    • Alex
      September 4, 2014, 12:16 pm

      I totally agree, Sarron, thanks so much for the kind words he definitely deserves the recognition

  • September 4, 2014, 10:29 pm

    HI, what is the total weight please?

    • Brett
      November 15, 2014, 11:45 am

      Just looking at the axles, 3 3500# axles equals a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,500#s. That means it can’t weigh more than that, not necessarily what it does weigh although I’d say it’s pretty close to that.

      • Mindy
        January 25, 2020, 8:40 am

        So, no information at all? Is it on a flatbed? Tounge? Gooseneck? Flat back lorry?

  • Barbara Marsh
    September 19, 2014, 12:30 pm

    I love tiny houses! And have dreamed of building (with help) my own for over 10 years. I’m 75 raising 4 grand kids but they are growing up and will, hopefully, be on their own soon. This site is inspiring! Thanks so much

    • Alex
      September 19, 2014, 3:47 pm

      Thanks Barbara!

  • Karen
    October 27, 2014, 9:01 pm

    So nice! Would’ve more photos and details. (I hope Barbara Marsh gets to follow her dream. I LOVE living in MY tiny home.

  • Randy Harwell
    January 22, 2015, 2:28 am

    We lived in these 4-man conversions in Iraq… except for full kitchen (microwave only) & bathrooms. Toilets & showers were in separate “common” converted containers. Covered them with camouflage netting & tarpaulins to keep cool (+90°F vs 130°!)…

  • February 13, 2015, 1:48 pm

    I really like this house. I am wanting to do something similar with a 40ft high cube on a 44ft long trailer with a goose neck. Has anyone here had any experience with such a project?


    • Terry
      November 4, 2015, 11:53 pm

      Hey I was thinking of doing the same have you followed thru with is ? If so do you have pics?

  • Mitch
    March 30, 2015, 1:21 am

    awesome build, do you have contact details for this builder? i have questions about the trailer design and build to move the container.

  • Mike Wensel
    March 31, 2015, 4:40 pm

    Hey Alex!
    Do you have any more pics of this Shipping Container on Wheels?
    It looks like something I’ve been looking for and planning!

  • Marlene
    April 2, 2015, 12:50 am

    Hubby & I are moving to vancouver island and just purchased a single axel tractor & 40′ trailer. We’re looking to convert the trailer to a tiny home. Any info available on the plumbing & electrical schematics.

  • Amanda
    August 24, 2016, 1:06 am

    Love this! Do you have the builder’s contact info?

  • Todd
    November 3, 2016, 5:13 pm

    So I am wanting to do s shipping container conversion for a hunting cabin on some land I have. I know insulating the container is a must and can be tricky with condensation issues. Is there any way to insulate the container without framing the structure on the inside? I feel like that cuts into the already tight space inside a container. Thanks.

  • Allison
    June 24, 2017, 10:30 pm

    Can you find out how he put it on wheels? I mean the process. I’m very interested in creating one for my mom who has dementia.


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