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Woman Builds Micro Cabin on Wheels: Part II

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This is a 60 sq. ft. micro cabin built by Barbara Diaz of Cottage Camper.

Since we last featured Barbara’s camper, she has added some upgrades to it. She raised the roof so that it’s now 6 feet tall, painted the roof white to reflect the Florida sun, added more windows, installed custom made curtains and cushions, and installed solar exterior lights. Pretty nice, isn’t it?

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Woman Builds Micro Cabin on Wheels: Part II

Woman Builds Micro Cabin on Wheels: Part II

Images © Barbara Diaz

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Related: Man Builds $2k Military Style Teardrop Trailer

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Images ©  Barbara Diaz

VIDEO: Cottage Camper Interior Tour

Learn more: http://www.cottagecamper.com/

Related: Woman Builds Micro Cabin on Wheels to Break Free (Part 1)

Our big thanks to Barbara for sharing her micro cabin with us!

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  • Dan
    September 8, 2015, 10:34 pm

    Well I’m going to be building one similar from same kinda of trailer as youRr’s except mines used, had to re weld cracked bottom frame, it’s older so going to have to remove all the rust and some of the the square posts to reduce weight . I’ll be using plastic siding used in bathrooms and aluminum studding, foam filled walls, I’m keeping the folding Gate butcutting it by 1/2 so I’ll still have gate to lift for length adding 1 solar panel on top plus a couple of 6 volt batteries for LED lights & fridge conversion of cooler. Will send you Pictures as you did. Only have 4 cylinder Caliber total towing 700 lbs

    • March 22, 2017, 9:16 pm

      Dan, I’d love to see if you ever finished your build as you described. I know how creative you have to be in order to keep it under the weight limit of the pulling vehicle. You should submit your photos here to Tiny House Talk & share with us.

  • Liz
    September 9, 2015, 10:53 am

    Yeow. Lots of pictures of some sort of weaved box but basically, this “home” looks like it was thrown together and very poorly built. And, I don’t really think you need a nearly 12 minute video of this place. Yuck!!

    • Doris
      September 10, 2015, 7:05 pm

      Did you drop by to be nasty? Do submit a video of the campers and houses you have built, I’d love to see what perfection looks like.

    • Sally
      September 13, 2015, 12:08 pm

      Liz must not have much of a life outside her immaculate condo or is one of those poxish trolls , since she loves to get personal and criticize on here.
      Barbara’s micro-camper reminds me a lot of the personalized vans and campers that I used to see at old Florida campgrounds, which often meant the person had a sense of humor and was self-sufficient, and would come over and help if you had a problem with your own vehicle or tent. What a notion! Now we have the Liz mentality.

    • March 22, 2017, 9:25 pm

      Without watching all my construction videos, I can imagine one might think this is poorly constructed. However, after triumphing over 4000 miles, several tropical storms and the intense Florida summers on the waterfront of Lake Okeechobee, I think it speaks for itself. Alas, everyone is entitled to their opinions. Thank you for taking the time to offer yours.

      • Paul Larsen
        March 22, 2017, 9:34 pm

        As someone who is very familiar with construction and electrical, I can attest to the fact that Barbara’s Little home is ruggedly built ( and its cute too) Some of the material is recycled ? which is good too!

        • Natalie C. McKee
          March 23, 2017, 9:12 am

          Gotta love recycled materials!

  • Glema
    September 10, 2015, 4:16 am

    Thank you for sharing your little camper project with us. I love that you put the tiny white picket fence attachment, just darling. You might be interested in the avani stove/sink/cabinet combo for your little camper before you actually attach the sink you have. the Avani has a small sink but it has other things you need as well. If it will fit in there for you. Here you can check it out.

  • Glema
    September 10, 2015, 4:22 am

    Sorry went to get this so you can look it up and it submitted already. Here ya go Barbara, you might want to put a porta potty? Oh and take as long as you need when sharing no one is twisting anyones arm that doesn’t want to stay. 🙂 I enjoyed your share.
    Avanti CK301SHP 30 Complete Compact Kitchen with 2.4 cu. ft. Refrigerator. Hope this helps.

    • March 22, 2017, 9:42 pm

      Thanks, Glema! That compact kitchen is absolutely adorable! I did not install a fridge due to weight’s sake and the uncertainty of my shore power access. But I do use my “dry sink” by having a gallon jug (with spout) mounted above the sink & a small bucket below to catch my gray water. I empty it every morning and it really keeps me living simply. Also, I did already acquire a 4.5 cu ft fridge which I will install in my next build, the TakeMeHomeTinyHouse. And, I already bought a large, hammered copper farm sink for it too. But if I ever get a larger vehicle to tow this little CottageCamper, I may just consider that mini-kitchen. THANKS! I’m going to share it with my Tiny House facebook groups!

  • Mimi
    September 23, 2015, 5:17 pm

    Aw it’s adorbs! All you need is a coffee pot and a microwave and a little potty and you’re all set! Good for you for doing this yourself! Can you come and help me re do my RV now? Please?

    • March 22, 2017, 9:44 pm

      Mimi, I would be glad to give you some tips and come up with some creative alternatives for standard RV components. Feel free to ask! If you have already remodeled your RV as you mentioned, please share the photos! We’d love to see it!

  • Paul Larsen
    December 8, 2015, 1:55 pm

    Beautiful! and so creative! As one who has built my own camping trailer and small truck camper , I can really appreciate this! Well done Barbara!
    I love the use of common materials in your build! This impresses me WAY more that those commercially built RVs! Keep on Camping!

  • May 17, 2016, 10:07 pm

    I came back to look at my old post and I didn’t realize how many comments there were. THANK YOU ALL! I’ve been living in my little Cottage Camper FULL TIME since Nov. 2015 and just this past month I started a “full size” 8×20 Tiny House and I’m registered to take it to the Florida Tiny House Festival in November 2016 at St. Augustine. In the meantime, the park managers here at Gracious RV in Okeechobee are extending my special discount so come by & visit & see the new place! I’m also blogging the new build = Search on facebook: “TakeMeHomeTinyHouse” (all one word). Thank you all for your kind comments. Don’t you just love TinyHouseTalk???

    • Paul Larsen
      March 22, 2017, 7:26 pm

      Barbara, after I watched your video , very well done I may add, You said something about having a Battery bank inside. I would really recommend that you use a sealed battery not the vented ones that give of gas ( hydrogen I think ). I used a sealed one in my little truck camper, installing it under the bed, since there was no space avalable in the engine compartment. The vented batteries are fine if installed outside your living quarters. I worked in the electrical industry for almost 40 years, so I learned a few things. Nice to get satisfaction from building these and using them !

      • March 22, 2017, 9:11 pm

        Thank you, Paul for your kind words, your moral support and your informed warning. You are correct, it is hydrogen gas that is given off as flooded batteries take on their charge. I studied this at length before deciding on, designing and installing my batteries. I do indeed have 2 Trojan T-105’s inside my camper, but they are in an air-tight cooler which is vented thru the wall to the exterior. I installed one 100 watt solar panel on my roof and it runs my lights and fan. I have shore power for my water cooler and in the summer, my A/C. I am grateful for your input. Have you gone over to my fb page to take a peek at my 20-footer? http://www.facebook.com/TakeMeHomeTinyHouse I’m still living in my Cottage Camper as I build the bigger one.

        • Paul Larsen
          March 23, 2017, 5:52 pm

          Hi Barbara, I am impressed by your knowledge and the research you did for your electrical system. I take it your 2 Trojan Batteries are 6 V each connected in series?. If anyone is interested and with the permission of Natalie and Alex, I would seriously consider doing an article on 12 VDC systems for Tiny Houses and RVs. and promise not to make it to boring.

  • Paul Larsen
    March 21, 2017, 9:20 pm

    I really don’t know why people have to post negative or even nasty comments about other peoples builds. A Tiny home or trailer is a personal home built for you , not for the masses and you build it to suit your own needs. I too have my personal likes or dislikes, but I do not need to apply them to someone elses creation. ( puts away my soapbox). I just enjoy reading about the amazing people and their homes here. Let’s keep it positive!!

    • Natalie C. McKee
      March 22, 2017, 8:21 am

      Couldn’t agree more, Paul!

  • Miriam
    August 3, 2020, 12:14 pm

    Hi Barbara , my husband and I built a 6×8 camper from a pop up trealer that we gat from Facebook market , the problem is that we are having problems registered here in jacksonville fl , is any information you can give us thank you

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