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The Moving House Tiny Motorhome


This is The Moving House.

It’s a custom converted tiny motorhome using a 2011 Mercedes Benz Sprinter 313.

You can actually see how they built most of it right here on their blog.

When you go inside, you’ll notice it has a cozy space feels a lot more like home when you compare it to most motorhomes.

According to This Moving House, they can build a van for you. It takes them about 13 weeks to complete.

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  • Avatar David

    Sorry, this isn’t a home, this is a beautiful camper. Showing 6 times the same view isn’t making it a home either. If it had a bathroom I’d love it as a camper.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie

      Many people wouldn’t classify a Tiny House on Wheels as a home either. I think it’s wise to be cautious about labelling things “not home” if someone, in fact, wants and can live in them. It hurts the whole movement! — Tiny House Talk Team

      • Avatar Mal Smith

        Nice motorhome/camper/weekend van,call it what you will. No loo or shower? Would be very hard to live in this. And believe me, I’ve tried living in a van like this!

      • Avatar Sgmaps

        Just wondering what makes you feel that every comment is one from a wise and experienced user? I comment from time to time on how I feel about some of the tiny homes featured in regards to how they would be suitable or slight changes that would make them me suitable for me if were ever to live tiny.
        Perhaps you would care to fill the rest of us in on ‘your expertise’

      • Avatar Silver Gypsy

        I’m with David. Beautiful camper; not a home. A home meets three (3) requirements: (1) eating, (2) sleeping, and (3) bathroom facilities for washing up and other physical (and private) needs. Going in the woods doesn’t qualify a place as a home. Even cabins minus bathroom facilities may be spaces people occupy but it doesn’t make them a home; I call them “shacks”.

        • Avatar Silver Gypsy

          PS THOWs that meet the requirements of three are, most certainly, homes.

        • does a tiny house actually need an inside bathroom to be considered a home? If that was the case all those homes in the past and even to this day that have outhouses, would not be considered homes for that reason, and we all know that is not the case. A home or house mostly is a shelter from the weather, a place to sleep, and eat. If it has inside pluming that is a plus but does not make it any less a shelter to be used as a homestead. I like this design, could it use a portable potty sure and a shower and a washer and dryer. But there are places we can all go to do the very same things outside of the van/tiny home/cabin/camper/. Minimalist means you do not have to have a trump style bathroom. Just a bucket, 5 gallons of water, and a creek to wash your clothes work as well as any thing else

  • Avatar Michelle

    I love this. I have often fantasized about living in one of these with my kiddos!!! The toilet and bathing would be an issue. I’d get a longer one and add a bathroom at the back. I would also probably lose the back bed and make more storage for clothes and gear. It’s really nicely done tho!!!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie

      Good ideas! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Avatar Keith G

    I don’t think we need to blur the lines this much. It’s not a house. It’s a small motorhome. Or camper. I suppose they would call it a “3 bedroom home?”

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie

      Not trying to blur lines — Although many people associate “tiny homes” with THOWs, our definition of tiny home is simply a dwelling smaller than 400 sq. ft. — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Avatar Melissa

    I would own one of these beauties in a hot minute! Too bad they are in UK.?

  • Wow! I think they did an awesome job! I really like it! It’s too bad they don’t have room for a bathroom. I like how they have the two bedrooms fixed up! Nice job!?

  • Avatar jm

    Yes, a motorhome for sure. Are we to be flooded with these?

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie

      We post a variety of housing for the extremely varied audience we have 🙂 THOWs for couples looking for a first home, motorhomes for single folk wanting to travel, 600 sq. ft. places on foundations with no lofts for older people — you’ll get it all! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Avatar Susanne

    If someone had to travel constantly for work or for fun this is perfect! Also even though it’s not a house, certainly beats
    Being homeless!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie

      That’s the truth! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Avatar Eric

    The problem with these vehicles is that living in them, unless you are very, very short, means you are going to be stooping all the time where you should be standing. That would get very old, incredibly quick.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie

      Unless, you are short … like me 😉 — Tiny House Talk Team

      • Avatar jm

        This van has had a raised floor installed further lessening the headspace. I know some people even live in cars–but I don’t think this was meant to be a long term home. Besides, just how short are you?

    • Avatar Eric

      Well when I said very, very short I was meaning sort of like my wife who is 4′ 11 1/2″ tall.

      But even she would have an issue with the height of one of these. Not everybody (most people?) would be amenable to stooping all the time in a motorhome. Heck, for me the twisting and turning in a conventional caravan is bad enough, especially in and out of a typical caravan’s family dining table with bench seats either side.

      • Natalie C. McKee Natalie

        It’s certainly not fun for many!

  • Avatar kevin

    I think I would lose the bed in the back and use that space for a bathroom and storage. I’d also most likely lose two of the seats personally I think they take up too much needed room. it’s a cute lil camper van.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie

      All good ideas for customizing it to your needs 🙂 — Tiny House Talk Team

    • Avatar Liz

      Ditto your comments up to the “camper van” comment. Although I am not one of them, there are a lot of minimalists out there that live in this amount of space or less and call it home — many of them live in New York City. The fact that this “home” has wheels like any other THOW means it is a “tag-along house” and I like that idea.

  • Avatar Annette

    What a lovely adaptation. Suddenly I can think of several trips I really need to take. I just love seeing projects where beautiful design has been so thoughtfully integrated with function.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie

      Me too! It’s awesome. – Tiny House Talk Team

  • Avatar Dug

    Ok guys simmer down
    It’s Christmas for goodness sake, and it’s built in the UK (an almost first for here, many more to come from these shores I trust 🙂 )
    It’s most certainly a Motor Caravan actually as Bourne out by its DVLA (motor beauro registration DMV I think you call it)
    Having designed and built a few in my time 🙂 mostly based on the ever popular VW Transporters (Eurovans to the US) my last one an early VW T4 (circa 1990) a swb, tin top, as this was prior to steel high tops and LWB models being produced anyway a company in the UK called Autosleeper custom made a lwb high top version for the camper market called a “Trophy” it had a fibreglass HT grafted on and a fibreglass complete shower & Toilet on the back protruding about 2 ft or so further than the original swb would have, and in fact taking it to the length of the later 92/93 model LWB models but it allowed for a nifty complete shower room on one side and full flushing toilet on the other on a walk through basis allowing 4 seated and belted persons on board and walk through from cab to toilet (a very handy addition with my ex let me tell you how has such a weak bladder but anyway moving on >>>> as I am disabled it meant I had access to the toilet always and was able to getup out of bed to make a cup of tea through the night also as it had a full galley kitchen with house quality/size white goods but having two single beds worked well for us in truth and is a design not favoured by builders who seem to favour r/r beds that block everything up when down also restricts early morning breakfasts etc etc so no it’s a superb plan but if it were me I would loose the top bunk going breadth ways and bring the double forwards and have an L shaped kitchen that would allow space right at the rear for a toilet one side and shower at the other easy peasy making it a spectacular vehicle for two plus one oh and loose 1 X front (rear) seat

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie

      Some great ideas! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Avatar Dug

    Oh I forgot also just at the door opening I would install a small wood burner of the type found on boats to keep it always toasty warm

  • Avatar Bigfoot

    This is a nice build. Would I do it differently ? Absolutely, I think most everybody would just because there are so many options to roll with & we all have various wants, needs, & desires. I believe they built this van to suit their needs & desires & they did a great job! Obviously a bathroom was unimportant to them & they decided to utilize the space in a different manner. They also wanted to have travel capacity for 4 people (seats). Pretty cool & unique bed layout. I don’t ever recall seeing one like it so 2 thumbs up for the creativity.
    My daily driver is a 2015 Nissan NV200 van. I’m going to start a conversion on it shortly after the new year. Not much space to work with so it will be a challenge.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie

      Love this comment, Bigfoot! It’s good to remember everyone needs something different. You can take great ideas and leave the bad ones behind 🙂 — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Way to tiny for long term living and there is no bath, which makes it even more less appealing…..!

    • Avatar Eric

      Ah, but Zachary, they are surfers. So it suits them and the ocean would be their bathtub I would think.

  • Tiny Functional! Tiny Cozy!

  • So if it had a port a potty then could it be call a TH? I would like to know. I have two TH that have no built in bathroom. 4 of my TH are under 9 feet long , 6.6 feet wide do these count as TH or am I just kidding my self? What these people did to this van took time and they care how it look to others. It is their home and they have the right to live how they want to live. I think they did a good job on it. I try to build my TH s out of what ever I find. Plywood or even a fiberglass sheets can be made into a TH.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie

      I mean, I think by adding a composting toilet you could call it that. I try to never discount tiny houses because I think people should build homes that work for them! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Avatar Nancy

    VERY nice!! I like everything about it. They DO have bathrooms & Showers in campgrounds too!!!

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie

      Yes they do! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Avatar jm

    One day we will all be in tiny houses…called coffins. No bathroom…
    I like dug’s one sentence–whatever it was. Or why someone would have tea in the middle of the night with a weak bladder. Such mysteries…
    Anything can be a house, tiny house, ugly house, cheap house, expensive house, modify it any way you want. What does a label matter? No one is contesting anyone’s right to live as they please. It is what this is all about. And every comment is nothing more than just an opinion.

    • Avatar Dug

      I should just point out nobody said I had a weak bladder ? I often can’t skeep due to extreme pain thus a cup of tea settles me helps to dissolve pain killers and get me back to sleep hence why it’s important that I can access the kitchen without waking the other half ! That said I’m now single again and am currently designing a unit for just Moi and this will be a total custom vehicle to suit me and only me, possibly with added ability to accommodate my much now needed wheelchair and other disability needs all built into a far smaller Connect or Caddy sized vehicle – Watch this space along with a container home if I can ever obtain suitable land on which to do so as Scotland/UK is very hard to achieve this sadly but I won’t give up trying regardless

    • When I was building mine the “city” and “cops” came by to talk to me day. I change it to look like a homemade enclosed trailer. No ton of windows, nothing that makes it look like a TH. The AC unit is stuck in the windbreaker on the front. With the doors closed you do not see it. I have travel with my smaller day runner TH. Fishing trips and Cops came by to make sure I was not drinking or making a mess of the grounds . Bless your heart. Happy New Year.

  • Avatar jm

    Plenty of cheap land in the states if you don’t need a job. And out in the sticks you can have a tiny house built for you real cheap–or have a pre-fab delivered. If an area where property taxes are calculated on your home’s worth–then I would have all kinds of paperwork showing how little it cost! Whatever it took to establish that low valuation from the beginning. With an efficient house your utility costs will be low. Food is about the same everywhere. The five-thousand pound gorilla that is now up in the air is health care cost(s). Many seniors have to work crappy jobs just to have coverage. Now THAT’S a sin!
    But maybe it’s time for all states to designate some free living land areas. No taxes, no restrictions, no harassment. Why not? They build refugee camps in other countries and provide them with food and health care.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie

      Interesting idea! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Avatar Dug

    If anyone should come accross any leasable serviced land that could be a certainty please let me know Scotland main and the many islands or land not suitable for conventional building on.
    If you find any such piece please contact me ASAP pls 🙂

  • REALLY smartly designed kitchen, storage and sleeping areas. They’ve even put in a good sink! Whoever designed this is clearly talented enough to be able to reconfigure things to included bathroom facilities over where the two back seats & table are now.

    • Nice kitchen but no refrigerator??? Unless it’s very cleverly hidden somewhere.

      • I looked and didn’t actually see a fridge. There might be a mini behind the doors under the sink. No one was asking me but if they did I’d say maybe ditch two of the big swivel chairs and that big bed area just beyond the sink to make room for a fridge and bathroom-like facilities.

      • P.S. I checked out the “See More” link. There is a mini fridge behind the doors under the sink.

  • Avatar Kees Spruit

    Put a hook on it and tow your toilet and bathroom. Perefect tiny house.

  • Avatar Kralik

    THOW, camper, tiny house, whatever you’d like to call it
    . It’s very well done. The creativity in each of the builds here serves as a source of new (and usually better) ideas.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee

      I love seeing creativity!

  • I’m working on a tiny home for Papa Smurf, he called my consultation line today… any suggestions where to start? 🙂 Matchbox, Pinewood Derby model?

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee

      🙂 A lot of blue paint and some toadstools 🙂

  • Avatar Heather

    Who are we to say what someone else may call home. It is a great tiny motor home. How often most forget, indoor plumbing was not part of a home in our history. Those living off the grid, living in Alaska, and certain communities (Amish) etc, still may use other means to wash or take care of business out side of the home/motor home. For all we know the park right next to a very expensive lavish spa! Thank you Tiny House News. I enjoy all your information you share. I may not alway like the layout, plan or decor. But I remember it also is someone else’s great idea, and with them enjoyment.

    • Natalie C. McKee Natalie C. McKee

      Thanks Heather! Exactly, we just need to appreciate that people want different things from life 🙂 I don’t always love everything we post, but I appreciate that someone does!

  • Avatar Paul Larsen

    Great design I think! Who cares what you call it. People can get to obsessed with labels I think. If you live in it, then it is your home, be it a van, trailer or tiny home. I call my tiny truck camper my home when I am out in it.

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