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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 Home in Northern California

A month or so ago, I saw a unique elliptical wooden teardrop trailer in the surfers’ parking lot at Salmon Creek (Sonoma County). Inside was Mira Nussbaum, who was painting on a silk scarf. The trailer will be one of the units covered in our forthcoming book (publication date May-June, 2022), Rolling Homes. Mira told me she and her husband lived in a tiny home, and she sent these photos. A link to her art work is at www.silkstorymaps.com.

Our tiny house, Tree Song, was inspired by three years of visioning and design for a better way of life. We built this sanctuary so that we could take a step towards living our own beliefs and values in our day-to-day choices. Tree Song was built in 2010 from locally harvested and produced material sourced from local businesses who care about their ecological impact, furthering our intention to live a simple life connected to the land. Tree Song was built on a 22′ × 8′ trailer and is 13′ tall. This amazing home has been at two retreat centers on the East Coast, made an arduous cross-country journey, and now resides in Northern California where we have called it our home since 2017.

–Mira and Alex

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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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