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Off-Grid 5×8 Micro Cabin on Wheels for Sale: $8,999


Always wanted a cabin, but want to bring it anywhere you please? This micro cabin for sale in Pennsylvania is just 5×8 and easy to tow, letting you bring that cozy cabin feel all over the US!

While the THOW is currently set up off-grid, the builder can add electricity, shelves, or a sink to make it more livable for an additional cost.

Despite being just 40 square feet, it has a twin bed with oodles of storage, and seems surprisingly spacious inside! Learn more below!

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Take This Micro Cabin Anywhere! For Sale in PA

It has awesome metal roofing.

Inside feels especially cozy.

Black walnut countertop for food prep.

That mountain scene is so cool.

Look at those great storage drawers under the bed.

I would love one of these!

Highlights:

  • Built on a 2000lb gvwr trailer
  • Most SUV’s and large cars can pull it and nearly any truck can as well
  • Total Exterior Dimensions: 150″ length (with trailer tongue) x 78″ width 79″ height
  • Total Interior Dimensions: 90″ length x 56″ width x 57″ height
  • Total tiny cabin weight is 1480lbs
  • Includes live edge black walnut counter top
  • $8,999 (now sold)
  • Check out wildboundcabinco.com for more details!

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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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  • jerry dycus
    November 24, 2020, 9:53 am

    Nice but a lack of storage and a shower/head. These can be made in this size with a curtain around a portapotty, etc.
    And under the shelf/table should be storage.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      November 24, 2020, 1:29 pm

      Good ideas!

  • November 24, 2020, 2:07 pm

    Nice looking metal roof and walnut slab. However, I don’t see any insulation? and I do see lots of plywood? It appears as though water intrusion might occur where the wall meets the trailer frame? I believe that one could purchase a more more complete and useful camper trailer for half that price!

    • James D.
      November 24, 2020, 10:35 pm

      You wouldn’t see insulation unless the wall was open and the space between the interior and exterior was exposed… Though they don’t mention it on their site whether it is insulated, it just can be, but they do mention options as they offer some customization, you’d just have to contact them to be sure… However, it does have conventional framing, so has studs and thus there is a space between the interior plywood panels and exterior wood siding. What you see on the interior is just trim and not the actual framing, just to make it look like timber framed…

      While these are the specs they list for it…

      Built on a Brand New Steel Welded Box Frame Trailer
      Bed Frame with Drawers Converts to a Double Bed with Mattresses Included
      4 Sliding, Tempered, and Insulated Dual Pane Windows
      Spare Tire
      Leveling Jacks
      High Quality Metal Roofing and Snow & Ice Shield
      Waterproof Flooring
      High Quality Treated Cedar Siding and Outdoor Countertop
      Black Walnut Live Edge Foldaway Interior Countertop
      Lockable Utility Box

      Note the waterproof flooring… The trailer frame is also powder coated… So it should take more than a little water intrusion to be a issue…

      While they can build these to order, which you wouldn’t be able to get for a camper trailer for half that price but these cater to those seeking a particular look and feel of a cabin, which if that doesn’t interest you then there are of course alternatives…

      • Patrick Barron
        November 25, 2020, 8:46 am

        The current average price for a used “Scamp” ’13 is
        $5,489.00 The interior dimensions of the 13′ are 120″l x 78″w x 78″ h.
        The average (unloaded) weight is approx 1000lb. and the tongue wt is 85 lb.
        As someone who has traveled, camped, and lived in converted vans, and sailboats I can say
        that comfort and “livability” are directly related the amount and access of storage and the
        amenities one has available. Being warm or cool and dry is paramount. I once spent 3 months
        and 11,000+ miles in a VW Karmen Ghia (Northern Ca to Chicago to East coast to Key West Fl to
        LA to Seattle). With bicycle on the roof and a good tent it was not a comfortable road-trip. I couldn’t even look at celery, hummus or peanut butter for years thereafter. The ability to store and prepare food impacts the comfort and cost of travel, “camping” or off-grid living. I lived for years on a farm in the frozen north in a geodesic dome which I built – with a wood-stove, composting toilet, and outdoor shower. I’ve lived in FL for nearly twenty years (32′ sailboat, 10×20 tiny house, 400′ cottage, and
        2000′ green home) and insects, heat, wind, and water are ever-present threats. I have found that the longer one resides in a dwelling of any sort the less important the “granola factor” seems.

        • James D.
          November 25, 2020, 9:28 am

          Like I said, there are of course alternatives. They won’t be custom, they won’t be new, they most likely won’t even remotely look like a cabin and will be even built more minimally but there are always trade offs…

          The thicker framing of this means less interior space and heavier weight, 1480 lbs on a 5′ x 8′ (2000lb GVWR) 2020 Karavan Trailer, but that also makes it more durable and could actually have some insulation because it has room for it… The Metal Roofing and Snow & Ice Shield means it can handle a snow load, which is not something you would really want to do with most scampers and is another contributing factor towards its durability advantage… The 4 Sliding, Tempered, and Insulated Dual Pane Windows at the very least will reduce moisture issues and give this a better insulation value than most scampers… There’s a fair amount of bed storage that many needs for an outing can be stored in but it’s not meant for long trips and thus depends on how one wants to use it… Being a custom builder they do cost more but they can also add electrical, shelves, sink, etc. and means you’re not limited to just what they are showing, which can allow it to be improved for longer periods of use…

          So, a bit more than just the “granola factor”, but still not for everyone… Again, always trade offs…

  • Marsha Cowan
    November 24, 2020, 3:52 pm

    I think the key word here is camping, having a small, affordable, easy to tow camper to hang out for a few days while you cook on a fire, or set up your stovetop on a picnic table, be with family or friends together outside, take it easy for a few days. It is like tent camping only better, dryer, and warmer in the winter, and cooler in the summer. When you go to a campground for a few days, you can use the showers and bathrooms there, and you don’t take a large wardrobe, just enough clothes to get by, so storage is not an issue. Most campgrounds (even at tent sites) usually have an electrical hookup (I noticed it has a string of cute lights around the top), or you can have a solar setup, and campgrounds always have places to fill up water jugs. It is a great little camper not built with full time living in mind (though I think I could easily live in it full time). It’s a dry camper, and a darn good one at that!

    • Bob H.
      November 25, 2020, 5:09 am

      Well put, it’s a camper.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      November 25, 2020, 1:30 pm

      Exactly! Without some kind of water or solar set-up it would be quite tough to live here full-time.

  • Theresa Perdue
    November 25, 2020, 8:26 am

    It’s cute.

  • Pete Wilson
    November 25, 2020, 1:11 pm

    I for one really like the looks of it with the whole cabin vibe. One could very easily put in a wood stove and it would be quite comfortable even without insulation. I love the wood mountain scene, adds an awesome touch.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      November 25, 2020, 1:23 pm

      Very true. A tiny wood stove would be a great touch.

    • August 10, 2021, 11:34 pm

      A wood stove would be great if this was a bigger unit. I have a 4×8 teardrop that I used a small electric heater in and that was way too hot for me even on the lowest setting. I question how warm a ‘hobo’ type stove would be in this small unit. Then you have to think about safety clearances and how often you may need to feed that stove. I agree this is a very cute camper. Just wish it had a few more inches for height since I have back issues and get leg cramps too often. So I rarely use the teardrop.

      • James D.
        August 11, 2021, 4:02 am

        Practicality of wood stove usage depends on design of both the stove and the structure. For example, pre-modern times, old homes with wood fire places were very drafty and inefficient. So when the fire was running most of the heated air went up the chimney as fresh cold air got sucked into the home. Basically, they operated at maybe 10% efficiency, with 90% of the thermal energy going up the chimney and the interior cooled rapidly once the fire went out because of the outside air being drawn in…

        Other examples are wood stoves for camping tents, when most of the heat gets lost to the outside the output of the stove is less of a issue for even small spaces.

        Modern wood stoves and homes are far more energy efficient, though, EPA compliant stoves being over 80% efficient and they’re getting up to around 90% on the high end, and that’s the main issue with getting them to work with small spaces and not easily over heat them.

        However, there’s also alternative designs. Like you can have a wood burning furnace on the exterior and just vent the heat into the interior as needed… Pellet Wood or Gas Stoves can operate with a thermostat for controlled heating… There’s double sided wood stoves you can mount through the wall, along with zero clearance fireplace/stove inserts, that can isolate the heat and vented it into the space at a controlled rate… You can mount the fireplace to the exterior and vent the heat in or use a heat exchanger or use it to heat a glyco or other hydronic heating system like for heated floors, etc… You can just have the window visible but use it primarily on the exterior for cooking and/or heating hot water…

        Or skip the real wood burning for an artificial display one that mimics the appearance and heating becomes optional part of it…

        So there’s some options if you really want that feature…

        While have you considered modifying your tear drop with a pop up section? Or trade it in for one that has more height?

  • William
    November 25, 2020, 4:20 pm

    I live in a 54″×144″×75″ Tiny Framed House in the Mountains of Western North Carolina, year round.
    All this cant this and that is bunk.. It can be whatever they want and it has alot of issues resolved for people who want something small and different…

    • Natalie C. McKee
      November 26, 2020, 9:17 am

      Love this perspective!

  • FRANK DAVIS
    September 8, 2021, 2:39 am

    This is a great tiny cabin on wheels! A nice return to the roots of the tiny house movement that has been lost with 20′, 30′ and longer and wider houses on wheels…gimme a break…the movement has lost it’s soul…this tiny cabin puts the soul back in the movement and beckons me to take a breath, buy a fully outfitted one, go off grid and find some peaceful solitude!

  • FRANK DAVIS
    September 8, 2021, 2:59 am

    There’s a definite niche here that hasn’t been tapped in the USA. The French unfortunately have it down at Baluchon. They build the Baluchon Nano which costs roughly 45K Euro or 51K dollars US. It’s only 2.3 M wide and 3.3 M long or 7.5 FT x 10.8 FT. It’s a wonderful THOW beats the heck out of a flimsy piece of fiberglass like so many small travel trailers are made of, not mentioning any names though…but it’s not available in the USA.
    So, Austin Kratz of Wildbound Cabin Company has it going on! This is a niche that he is going to take over and grow like crazy, so let’s spread the word Tiny Cabin Loving Guys and Gals! OK?….and he’s even into customizing the interiors of vans to look like cabins…how cool is that! Rock on, Austin! Here’s to a world of success for you!

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