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World’s Simplest Tiny House? 16ft THOW For Only $12k!

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Could this be the world’s simplest tiny house on wheels? Is this not what the tiny house movement is all about?

A simple and truly affordable tiny home on wheels for only $12,000. Thoreau on wheels?

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16ft Tiny House on Wheels For Only $12,000

16ft Tiny House on Wheels For Only 12k

Images via Tiny Home Builders

16ft Tiny House on Wheels For Only 12k 16ft Tiny House on Wheels For Only 12k

Images via Tiny Home Builders

Built by husband and wife team, this tiny house is cozy and fresh. As the pictures show, it is contains simple finishing details to create a natural space with loads of light. While this tiny house is move-in ready, it can also be customized to create a more personal look.

The house is built with standard 2 X framing and is fully insulated with R-13 fiberglass insulation. The interior ceilings are 7′. The kitchen features a Baby Whale marine foot-powered faucet and large countertop with storage area beneath. The bathroom includes a shower with space allocated for a toilet or auxiliary storage. The windows are vinyl double-pane with opening sliders. A window AC unit is included. The siding is T1 -11. The house is protected with a steel roof.

The trailer is 8′ X 20′, the house is 8′ X 16′ with a 4′ deck on the back.

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Related: Life in a Less-than-$20k Tiny House

Also: Henry David Thoreau’s Tiny House

And: Modern Thoreau-like Tiny Cabin in Italy

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  • Steve in Micco
    October 8, 2018, 6:39 am

    I do like the concept. Spartan to be sure, but quite functional. It appears spacewise, it could be upgraded to suit the needs of its new owner.

    While I don’t in the least begrudge the simple, uncluttered look, I do wonder how the owners arrived at the selling price of $12K. Hey, ask what they like, it’s theirs to sell….but, w/o provision of a toilet, hot water for that shower and closet, I’d say they are a bit optimistic. Looks to be more of a weekend get-a-away than home.

  • Mike Miller
    October 17, 2018, 8:02 pm

    I am a follower, opening each of the newsletters, but I am still bewildered why to buy or build an $80,000 THOW when you can buy a heck of a travel trailer for $30,000 or less. I am not being critical. Just been in real estate for over 40 years and don’t see the point unless long term living is the goal. But no logic for traveling unless as spartan as this one. So, I’m a fan of this one, but probably going to need a toilet sooner or later.

    • Vickie Gnad
      August 11, 2019, 2:30 pm

      makes sense to me what you say, ive often thought exactly the same.

      • Mike Miller
        August 11, 2019, 7:26 pm

        I have found somewhat of a reason, but still not for traveling. My wife might consider having one of these for vacation near the “windy” ocean, but probably not a travel trailer or manufactured home (trailers). These maybe could look more conventional inside and have an exterior that is covered with more conventional materials. But, again, why pull an ultra heavy unit all around the country? And, again, not in my eyes but may be perfect for many. They certainly can be cute and interesting to look at.

        • Marsha Cowan
          December 20, 2019, 12:39 pm

          I understand your logic and agree with it, but most of us who have these tiny homes do not travel around the country a lot, so aren’t pulling a heavy house around all the time. I do contract work, so I am here in AZ for a while, then back in NC for a while. I can keep my tiny house warm in the cold weather, and cool in the hot weather a lot easier than a travel trailer as I don’t get to choose my climate, just my work. So you are right, I would not try to haul a tiny house all over the country on a regular basis in lieu of a travel trailer, but for staying put a while between 2 places each year, it is ideal and not as costly as you might think, especially mine which is only 5 1/2′ by 9′! It is under 3000 pounds but has a 3500 pound axle so travels and pulls really easily, and I can sleep comfortably in it during the 3 days travel it takes to go one way across the country.

  • Scott
    December 18, 2018, 10:16 am

    And we’re coming full circle! This is the kind of idea that got me interested in tiny living. Well done.

  • Karen Blackburn
    December 19, 2018, 4:23 am

    Is that hint of a room beyond the kitchen area the bathroom? Looks like a shower on the left hand side so presumably the toilet is opposite. Spartan but liveable though I would like more storage and the bed is very low to the ground, lots of lost space beneath it. Would lose the bench and add a table and a couple of chairs, good ones that can be sat in for ages rather than the usual ‘can’t wait for meal to be over to get off the chair’ types. Good ideas and more my style but poor layout.

  • Paul Larsen
    December 19, 2019, 7:31 pm

    To me this tiny house pretty much sums up what a tiny house should be, nice and simple. I do like the layout and the main floor bed, And looks like easy customization to your own needs. Myself being in Canada , a furnace would be more desirable than A/C , Sure you can buy a RV travel trailer for more , and spend lots of money on repairs afterwards. But I guess it depends on your usage.

  • December 19, 2019, 9:39 pm

    Really Close to my dream ! All it needs is a compost toilet with a drop-down slide-out ramp ! ! !

  • Michael F. Schuster
    December 20, 2019, 5:04 am

    Thank You TINYHOUSETALK How can I get one from you and Move south with it behind my truck? TINYHOUSETALK you all have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

  • Marsha Cowan
    December 20, 2019, 12:46 pm

    This is a good house for adding your own charm. It seems well built, though I am sure I would raise the bed and put drawers underneath once I bought it. The price seems reasonable to me. It cost me about $4900 to build my present tiny house from scratch using a trailer and all supplies from Home Depot in Casa Grande, AZ (thanks, guys!), and my house is only 5 1/2′ wide and 9′ long (and has no toilet or shower), so to build one 8′ wide and 16′ long (and with a shower and toilet ready to go), well do the math. They put at least twice the hours into it, too, so I think the price is very reasonable, and someone should snatch it up quickly while you can and turn it into your lovely home.

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