Shipping Container Tiny Home and a Cargo Trailer Bedroom

Shipping Container Tiny Home and a Cargo Trailer Bedroom

Lulu is a single mom who’d gone back to school and didn’t have the time or interest in working full-time to pay for rent. So when she had to move out of her more conventional home, she decided to move herself and her daughter into a shipping container.
With no building experience, Lulu spent just one month cutting windows and a door and installing insulation and a basic kitchen (complete with propane-powered campstove and on-demand water heater). 
Then she and her daughter moved into the 8 by 20 foot square foot home, fitting a bed, couch, bookshelf and kitchen cabinets into the 160 square foot box.
When Lulu decided they needed a bit more space, she went from shipping to trucking waste and began to build their bedroom on a used flatbed trailer.
“It’s really mostly built like a shed. It’s a nice looking shed, but it’s really an 8 by 16 shed with windows in it.”
Using only recycled building materials- including used floorboards, windows, cabinets, doors, bathtub, toilet and sinks- she built the entire thing for about ,000 (trailer included).

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Documentary:  Pathways to Self Sufficiency

Documentary: Pathways to Self Sufficiency

The Office of Community Wealth Building brings a real account of those barriers to self sufficiency and pathways out of poverty in RVA. As we “take it to the street” to gain a better understanding on how the nations first office of its kind will be able to reduce overall poverty by 40% in Richmond by 2030 you will hear the real life obstacles, challenges and community based solutions from residents and agents of change in our communities!
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Tiny House on Wheels Tumbleweed Trailer Arrival

Tiny House on Wheels Tumbleweed Trailer Arrival

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Our 26′ Tumbleweed Trailer for our tiny house on wheels is finally here!
We are so excited to start building our tiny house, and this was the first big milestone for our build: Trailer Delivery Day!

Mike Flowers, who owns Coyote Express out of Hobbs, New Mexico hauled our trailer from Colorado Springs to St. Louis for us.
Mike was very helpful, he got our trailer here safe and sound, looked it over for us, gave our building project his blessing, and made us promise to send him pictures!
If you need hauling service for YOUR tiny house trailer (or anything else, for that matter) you can reach Mike at (575) 318-3077.

About the trailer:
Our trailer bed is 26 feet long with a full porch, and the length of the entire trailer – tongue and all – is about 30 feet. It has three axles, each with a 5,200lb load rating, and it is equipped with tail lights, brakes, four stability jacks, and 8 threaded rods for hurricane ties.
The trailer came with metal flashing already installed underneath the metal tube framing, which was important to us because crawling underneath the trailer to screw aluminum into metal sounded like a giant pain in the butt!

We bought our trailer from Tumbleweed Tiny House Company and we were very happy with the quality and design of the trailer.
We purchased a Utility Trailer because that’s what the Elm plans that we purchased called for (more on that in a later video), but since we did a lot of re-designing anyway, we could have probably gone with their Low-Wider trailer or the Deck-Over trailer and gained an extra 11″ of width inside.
The Utility trailer does have the lowest deck height of all three Tumbleweed options (24″ off the ground), which gave us the greatest amount of head-room inside the house (max height to stay street-legal is 13’6″ above the ground).

In case you are wondering (we were), the metal framing (essentially our floor joists) are spaced at 24′ on center, starting from the tongue side of the trailer, OUTSIDE of the 2×4 and plywood that the Tumbleweed plans call for around the outside of the trailer deck. This will make more sense in a few videos when you can see this outside framing.
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Teardrop Trailer: Classic 50’s Mobile Micro-Home Renaissance

Teardrop Trailer: Classic 50’s Mobile Micro-Home Renaissance

Teardrop trailers first became popular in the 1930s when Scientific American and Popular Mechanics published DIY plans. The idea was simple: a travel trailer small enough to accommodate plywood-only construction, so easy enough for any user to build.

The concept fell out of favor for a few decades, but has come back into fashion now that plans are easily accessible online. The layout is classic minimalism; the inside section is the bedroom and the kitchen (or galley) opens up out of the trunk.

There are also companies that build teardrops ready-made. Blogger Christina Nelleman– The Tiny House Blog and Tiny Yellow Teardrop– bought her bright yellow “Sunflower” trailer from Amish craftsman in Ohio. She fell in love with the design after searching for something her Dodge Neon could pull and an alternative to a tent for her 75-year-old mother (who asked to join her at Burning Man).

Christina and her husband became teardroppers 6 years ago and have since become so enamored with their tiny trailer that not only did she start a blog on the topic, but they are dreaming about retiring in one (and soon, she says her husband hopes to retire young, i.e iin a few years).

Their teardrop is only 40 square feet (8 feet by 5 feet), but she thinks it’s enough room (as long as you don’t hit long stretches of bad weather) because the outdoors is the rest of your home.

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