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Orlando’s Tiny Trailer Home

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Built on an old pop-top camper trailer by Orlando Garcia. Weighs 1900 lbs; trailer max is 2100.

Great cozy little interior space. Alternative to teardrop trailers. Great design.

I like the way he has extended outdoor space with shade.

At the TinyFest Festival in Pleasanton Sept. 10-11, 2022

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Shelter Booth at Last Weekend’s TinyFest Festival in Pleasanton, Calif.

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Our booth at the TinyFest Festival at the Alameda Fairgrounds last weekend, where we sold books and had a great time meeting new friends.

At the booth, we introduced our just-published Rolling Homes book and we sold a lot of copies. Everyone seems to love it. For one thing, the timing — with all the new vans, trucks, trailers and other nomadic vehicles on the roads now.

Two of the contributors to the book showed up and parked their rigs next to our booth: Ben Bloom’s homemade redwood camper shell on his Toyota Tacoma truck and Paul Elkins’ bike-pulled solar- and wind-powered trailer. Both of these generated a lot of interest, with a steady stream of inquiring fair goers

On the first day, maybe 20 people came into the booth and thanked us for the books through the years. Really gratifying.

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Rolf Pot’s Ford Transit Connect Van

Having always been attracted to compact living spaces on wheels and having been stranded several times in VW Westfalias, I decided to start off with a basic solid vehicle with reliability, safety and small size in mind. The challenge of fitting as many desirable features in a limited space attracted me greatly. Found this 2017 Ford Transit Connect passenger van with 16K miles for 20K dollars here in the Bay Area.

Essential for me was being able to stand up and a sense of spaciousness. Hence the rear-hinged pop-top, purchased from England. Cutting it to size was a bit of a pain, a local welding shop made the strengthening frame, the rest was pretty straight forward. A single flex solar panel and a ceiling fan just fit on the 6″ top. The bed slides forwards and backwards to max 6′3″, while still allowing standing space to cook and stretch. A 200ah battery and 1K watt inverter is sufficient for blender, 150-watt space heater, movie screen etc. Slightly larger size tires and a yet to be installed 1″ lift kit gives it a bit more clearance. The van took 8 months to complete, gets 32 mpg at 65 mph on level road. Inadvertently the additional weight gives it a smooth ride while retaining enough power. The six speakers and good seats makes this a perfect rig for my travel needs and stealth camping. My pup Bella agrees!

Rolf Pot
Santa Cruz

Note: Rolf’s bus “Old Red” is featured in our new book Rolling Homes on pp. 204–205.

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Tiny Person Reading Tiny Book

Hi, Lloyd and company!

Greetings from New Hampshire, coast to coast!

I thoroughly enjoy reading your blog and find it to be one of the consistent stops I make on the web. Several years ago I wrote and asked for a selection of your tiny books for my first and second graders, a gift which many of them loved. Now I have a 1½-year-old daughter and she has loved the tiny Tiny Homes to pieces!

Just a quick thank you for all of the wonderful publications, blogs, skating, surfing, traveling, coffee, pictures, music, and insights throughout the years!

–Sam

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Tiny Home Inspired by Tiny Homes Book

Hi Lloyd,

I saw your email address in today’s Instagram pics of the Muir Beach tractor, and thought I’d send you some photos of a little shed I made in our backyard, when we lived in Chico [California], eight years ago. I got the idea from the cover of your Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter. I love that book!

For some reason, I can’t find a picture of my completed shed, with the door installed. I used to love to sit on that little porch, in the early evening, with a beer and a great view of my garden.

We’ve moved to Sandpoint, in North Idaho, and love it. Life is good Lloyd! Keep those pictures coming.

Cheers ~ Rich

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Homeless Oaklanders Built a “Miracle” Village

Article in The Guardian, words and great photos by Gabrielle Canon, Tuesday May 11, 2021

Homeless Oaklanders were tired of the housing crisis. So they built a “miracle” village.

Tucked under a highway overpass in West Oakland, just beyond a graveyard of charred cars and dumped debris, lies an unexpected refuge.

There’s a collection of beautiful, small structures built from foraged materials. There’s a hot shower, a fully stocked kitchen and health clinic. There’s a free “store” offering donated items including clothes and books, and a composting toilet. There are stone and gravel paths lined with flowers and vegetable gardens. There’s even an outdoor pizza oven.

The so-called ‘Cob on Wood’ center has arisen in recent months to provide amenities for those living in a nearby homeless encampment, one of the largest in the city. But most importantly, it’s fostering a sense of community and dignity, according to the unhoused and housed residents who came together to build it. They hope their innovative approach will lead to big changes in how the city addresses its growing homeless population.…

Now, roughly five months since they broke ground, a community has coalesced around the space that not only hosts events and workshops but also offers food, hygiene, and skill-sharing to the estimated 300 people who live in nearby encampments.

‘It is working,’ Schusterman says, smiling broadly. ‘This is the vision we had and it is working like a miracle.’

(I’m not showing photos due to copyright considerations.)

From Maui Surfer

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Two Tiny Homes by Ward Hensill

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A few more photos of Ward Hensell’s tiny buildings. www.bodegaportablebuildings.com.

To conform with state laws of max. 8′ wide on roads, he adds the pop-outs after arrival at site. The one with red trim was added to an existing house as second story.

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Tiny Homes by Ward Hensell, Bodega Portable Buildings

A few weeks ago, I dropped in on Ward Hensell, who builds tiny structures (Bodega Portable Buildings) in Sonoma County, Calif.

These are my favorite tiny homes; they are built with 1⅛″ plywood, so no framing necessary, and the pop-outs are a unique feature, both visually and practically. He says buildings this small don’t need insulation (at least in Calif. climate becuz they’re so small). The pop-outs don’t count as floor space, so you’re still within county rules where no permit is necessary for an under–120 sq. ft. structure.

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Manufactured Homes in Petaluma, California

Stephen Marshall has been building small- and medium-sized homes for 50 years now. Here’s a walk-through tour of one:

Sonoma Manufactured Homes – a partner company with Little House on the Trailer – builds Accessory Dwelling Units (aka ADUs, Second Units, Granny Flats, Prefabs) both HUD approved manufactured homes and RVIA certified Recreational Trailers.

Sonoma Manufactured Homes is located in Petaluma, CA and serves the North Bay Area including all of Sonoma County, Napa County, Marin County, and Solano County. Shipment to other areas can be arranged.

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