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The Tiny Cabin Wanderer: From ‘Big House’ to Tiny Life


Michael decided to sell his big house in Tennessee and use the equity to buy his very own tiny house to take with him on his US travels. He found this awesome 18 foot Firefly from Little Homes of Texas and prettied it up with an awning, shutters, fold-up deck and more.

His home has a downstairs bedroom, compact bed and galley kitchen. It only weighs 3,800, meaning he can take it just about anywhere he’s wanted to travel since he hit the road in July! Read his story after the photo tour below.

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He Travels the U.S. with his THOW!

His compact galley kitchen with a snazzy purple wall.

His daybed that doubles as a couch.

The door takes you to the bathroom.

He has a little desk set up, and an A.C.

There’s handy under-bed storage.

Shower stall in the bathroom.

He’s ready to set up just about anywhere.

The back ladder lets him access the solar panels.

All tied up and ready to go!

Michael’s Story:

In late June of 2021, I sold my “big house” on 8 acres of land in Tennessee for $245,000, took what little equity I had from the sale of the house, and bought this “Firefly” micro, light weight home (7ft x 18ft – no loft and only 3800 lbs) from Little Houses Of Texas in Houston TX.

I bought it the moment my “big house” was sold and closed on, drove from Lyles TN to Houston TX to pick this micro house up.  From there, I put on the blue roof, blue accent panels, blue folding deck, and a complete off grid solar system, then began my full-time Nomad traveling adventures.

With the micro home’s light weight and high ground clearance, this tiny home allowed me camp in the wildernesses in just about any location in the U.S.  So far, my Nomadic adventures with my “Firefly” has taken me from Houston TX to Utah, New Mexico, back to Tennessee east and west, the Ozarks of Missouri, and currently at the Blue Mountain Arkansas area parked on a wilderness homestead.

I have plans now to go to Southwest Arizona for wintertime “camping” to escape the cold weather of winter.  My recommendations for any tiny home enthusiasts who want to travel full-time with a tiny home other than the poorly constructed RV’S that are out there, this is the way to go… a micro tiny home that is light in weight, good suspension and tires, and high clearance so you can get into those hard to get into wilderness campsites.  Trust me, some of the places I’ve been to… if I had a regular RV, the “roads” I’ve been on would destroy the poorly constructed RV.

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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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  • Michael
    October 19, 2021, 7:22 am

    Yeah, he is right with this size and ground clearance you can go every there. Lightweight not high, no loft but all essentials are there. Beside that it’s made from SIP but it seems to me that they don’t make this little gem anymore. A pity But I love it

    • Natalie C. McKee
      October 19, 2021, 10:04 am

      Yea I think this was made by a company that no longer builds tinies, which is a huge bummer.

      • James D.
        October 19, 2021, 5:58 pm

        Yes, the Firefly was one of the first models from Core Housing Solutions LLC which Andrew Bennett and his business partners tried to push through SIPs based affordable housing solutions but it didn’t work out and it appears Andrew Bennett may have returned to his previous business, though, I don’t know if he re-acquired his previous Trekker Trailers company as he sold that to some friends when he took on Core Housing Solutions and may have started over but it appears he’s back to making custom camping trailers…

        However, they weren’t the only builder that offers SIPs options or something similar. Like Incredible Tiny Homes now offers ESP (Engineered Structural Panel) homes that are basically just metal SIPs that’s more affordable than most other options.

        While the Firefly was a simple design that just about any builder that has ever worked with SIPs could replicate…

  • merryl
    October 19, 2021, 9:37 am

    Wow I really love this. This is very cozy. I would totally live in this. Great job.

  • Joyce Rader
    October 19, 2021, 12:43 pm

    The “all tied up” photo must have been taken when Firefly acquired as the other photos show his color changes and additions. A simple and nicely done home for one minimalist. I did not see the heat source. Being set up for off grid I assume there must be some type of compost toilet as none shown. Where are the water tanks stored for the shower under the kitchen cabinet I presume? Can this gem be a bit hard to handle with most of weight placed on one side of home? Too often we hear of other folks speak of not properly distributing weight to smooth out a rough ride.

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