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This Family of 5 Is Living in an RV for 1 Year to Save for A Home

Sometimes living tiny is a lifestyle choice, and other times it’s a stepping stone on a journey. For this awesome family of five, downsizing into a camper is allowing them to save a whopping $1,500/month so they can save up to buy land and build their dream home. The Price family is a great lesson in delayed gratification.

That said, their home (while tiny) is gorgeous! It’s light and airy with fun pops of color, and a far cry from the drab and dark canvas they started with. Despite being cooped up in an itty-bitty space with three kids under three, mom Angelina said her love life with husband Cliff has been better than ever before because the only place they can really hang out once the kids are asleep is in their bed 😂 Amazing!

We got to interview Angelina about living tiny with littles, so be sure to read that Q&A after the photo tour! And go ahead and follow the family on Instagram here.

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Their Stunning RV Renovation for Family of 5

The RV was looking pretty drab before…

But now it’s stunning!!

Another “before” photo here.

Love that red-orange pop!

The bed isn’t *always* made (neither is mine ha…)

These swinging doors keep the kiddos from falling.

Little ones living happily.

Here’s the kids’ “playroom” den.

Helping mom cook in the kitchen.

Hands full of such good things!

Interview with Angelina:

What are your name(s)?

Cliff & Angelina

How many people (and animals) are living in your home?

3 babies, ages 3, 2 and almost 1!

How long have you lived tiny?

Going on 6 months!

What do you do for work? Or do you travel full-time?

I, Angelina stay home with the kiddos while running my photography business. Cliff works full time in the city working for a landscape company. We plan to travel in our rig for the first time next month! For now we’re parked on family property.

What are you hoping to get out of living tiny/small?

Hoping / planning to save a large amount of money for our next home, we have a pretty specific dollar amount we’re aiming for.

Describe your decorating style and philosophy.

We like to keep things warm and cozy, but not too cluttered or overcrowded. We’re not into the whole all-white look, but it’s worked as a great base color to contrast some of the warm tones.

What inspired you to choose an RV (rather than say a tiny house or a bus)?

We chose an rv because it would be the least cost to renovate. I just gave birth to our youngest so a full gut/ rebuild just wasn’t season appropriate for us.

How did you acquire your home? Did you do a lot of renovations?

We found it on Facebook marketplace! The guy who sold it to us had used it only a handful of times, so we really lucked out, it was like brand new, still smelled brand new!! All the renovations were solely cosmetic for the most part, the biggest change to the flow of the space was taking out the jack knife bed and replacing it with a smaller table to allow for more floor space, which was much more of a priority with 3 smaller kiddos.

What are bills/utilities like compared to before?

Oh man, so drastic. We’re saving over $1500 monthly!!

Before going tiny, what was life like?

Honestly it was getting pretty tight financially and there was a lot of upkeep around the yard, life has definitely been simplified during this season. This is just a transition season while we get land and build, but it’s been a nice break financially and physically!

Is there anything from your old life that you miss?

Cliff is the cook of the family and his biggest thing is he misses more space to cook! But it has us grilling outside more often, which is his favorite anyways, so it works out.

What benefits are you experiencing after going tiny?

Minimizing on all the things we had has been a breath of fresh air. Cleaning is much easier and not as overwhelming. Saving cash more than ever! Living tiny has also forced us all to be more organized and that’s a *really* good thing! And…. honestly love life has been amazing!! 😂😂 Who knew a tiny space would make that better!??? Our main hangout spot after the kids go down is the bed. So…..

What about some challenges?

Kitchen size, and the small space in general is hard for Cliff 😂 we spend a lot of time outdoors!

Have you dealt with any push-back from friends and family about your choice to live tiny? How do you respond?

None at all really! We’re so grateful!

What makes your tiny home special?

How we renovated it really made it unique to us and truly feels like home!

What is your favorite part of your tiny home?

Cliff says the bed is super comfy, the fridge and the gas oven! I would say the custom bench Cliff built for our dining / living area space. Also, the Bluetooth speaker system built into the RV is so great when trying to get the kids down to nap!!!

What helpful advice would you give to others interested in going tiny?

We would both say do your research and if you can, buy newer than older. We know it’s more pricey but in the long run it’s worth it. Especially with fun features like the Bluetooth speakers and electric powered awning!

Anything I didn’t ask about that we should know?

We don’t plan to live tiny full time for longer than a year, but this has been a the best transition plan. Much better option than renting! Also, we’re living proof that you can do it with 3 babies!! 😂

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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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  • Marcia
    June 11, 2021, 9:20 am

    Was it just me or did anyone else notice the plug from the coffee pot hanging over the edge of the counter? And I don’t understand the doors on the kids’ bunks. Was this to keep them from falling out at night, and wouldn’t those toddler bed sides work the same but not claustrophobic? Maybe it’s just me! 🙂

    • Angelina
      June 11, 2021, 4:27 pm

      Hey Marcia,
      We leave the coffee pot unplugged when not using it!

      The doors were more for keeping the kiddos in while sleeping, for safety reasons. We have a smaller rv so the bedside sleeping wasn’t an option! With 3 babies, this was the best bet for their sleeping safety!

      • Natalie C. McKee
        June 12, 2021, 5:45 am

        You do what works best for you and your family, Angelina! It looks perfect.

  • Marsha Cowan
    June 11, 2021, 10:17 pm

    It’s very pretty. I like the spacious kitchen and eating area. That’s where families usually spend most of their time. The whole home is nice and light and inviting. Love the kids’ bunks! You did a great job!

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