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They Built Two Micro Homes for Homeless


Hope and Manny are an awesome couple who recently completed their own DIY van build and are traveling the country with their dogs working on other vans and doing philanthropic work in their spare time. The couple built not one, but two different bike trailer micro homes for homeless men on the West Coast.

Their first build was for a man in Bakersfeild, California, and it was a bit more rudimentary as they were learning what would work best, and they were using their own funds for the build. After their YouTube following fell in love with their work, they started a GoFundMe and made an even better one for a man in Seattle that included a solar panel and generator! Let us know what you think, and you can donate to their cause here.

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Micro Bike-Pulled Trailer w/ Solar Power!

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The base of the trailer is made with 2x3s

They Built TWO Micro Homes for Homeless People

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They used foam panels (covered in weatherproof paper) for the body.

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They sealed up all the edges to keep Seattle rain out.

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Moving in!

They Built TWO Micro Homes for Homeless People 2

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VIDEO: Micro Bike Trailer #1

VIDEO: Micro Bike Trailer #2

Highlights

  • Hope and Manny are a couple who completed their own DIY van build and are now traveling the country with their dogs, working on vans and engaging in philanthropic work.
  • They built two bike trailer micro homes for homeless men on the West Coast. The first build in Bakersfield, California, was more basic as they were still learning and funding it themselves.
  • After gaining a following on YouTube, they started a GoFundMe campaign and built an even better micro home for a man in Seattle, which included a solar panel and generator.
  • The post includes images showcasing the micro homes and their features, such as the base made with 2x3s and the use of foam panels covered in weatherproof paper for the body.
  • The couple ensured all edges were sealed to keep the Seattle rain out.
  • Videos are provided to showcase both micro bike trailers and viewers are encouraged to subscribe to their YouTube channel, donate to their GoFundMe, and follow them on Instagram.

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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
    May 26, 2023, 9:03 am

    That is 1 way. I like just using a 1/2″ sheet of ply for the floor, frame and make the rest out of metal duct tape and foam.
    Large wheel casters, the fixed ones from hardware supply stores, etc, it better than bike wheels and fit under the trailer making it narrower or the trailer wider. I’d go wider as the bike wheels forced it to be.
    In youtube ‘foamie bike camper’ shows a good number.

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