Welcome to TinyLivingEndlessDreaming, my name is Deb. When I realized that living in a Tiny House on Wheels (THOW) would be more practical for my living situation, it was a fairly spontaneous decision. I had heard of THOWs and had seen some through social media, but it was never at the forefront of my mind that I dreamed about someday living in one.
In need of a life shift, in 2015 I said goodbye to my 9-to-5 job and life in the suburbs. I bought a 26-foot motorhome and set out on the open road for several months with no plan of what I was going to do when I got back to my home state. When I returned, I found a place to settle down in the country while staying in the motorhome. This allowed me to reduce my monthly expenses and pursue work that mattered to me. Life is sweet and I try to remind myself of that every single day by choosing to engage in activities that interest and inspire me. Living in the motorhome was a way to live simply so I could work towards my dreams. Though I don’t consider myself a minimalist, I strive to be on that end of the spectrum.
The motorhome, however, soon became a less than ideal semi-permanent living situation. There was basically no insulation to speak of, the layout was nonfunctional for daily living use, and I had a lot of money tied up in this vehicle that I had already decided I wasn’t going to take on any more road trips (due to its size). So, it would just deteriorate as it sat unused. That’s when I began thinking about other options, of which there were not many. I loved the location I was now living in, but affordable rentals were hard to come by. And since I had a cat at the time, it would be that much harder to find a place to rent that allowed a cat. In addition, I needed my own space. Finding a roommate to be able to afford a larger place was not an option. Really, the motorhome was the ideal setup, but I needed something better. And that’s when I remembered the THOWs. It was the perfect solution.
Somehow, I managed to wrangle my boyfriend into helping me build it. He had experience with framing houses, and he’s an engineer who can pretty much make or fix nearly anything himself. The tiny house project took the better part of our lives for thirteen months working on average three days a week which doesn’t count the months of preparation. I had no idea what I was getting ourselves into and at times, regretted the project. But now that it’s done, I love living in my THOW and it works perfectly for me. Someday, I hope to get my own land to put the tiny house on, but until then it allows me the opportunity to focus on things that are important to me.
This site is in no way a how-to in building a THOW. It is, however, my experience building and living in a THOW, and hopefully it’ll shed some light for people who may be wondering if this might be an option for them. Or, maybe you’re designing and building a tiny house of your own and in the first stages of research just like I was when I undertook this project. Perhaps this will spawn some new ideas. Regardless, thanks for stopping by and checking it out!