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Tiny Homes on the Move: Wheels and Water


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Tiny Homes on the Move chronicles 21st-century nomads — people who inhabit homes that are compact and mobile, either on wheels or in the water. In photos and stories, this fascinating book explores modern travelers who live in vans, pickup trucks, buses, trailers, sailboats, and houseboats that combine the comforts of home with the convenience of being able to pick up and go at any time. With over 1,000 color photos accompanying the stories and descriptions of these moveable sanctuaries, this is a valuable and inspirational book for anyone thinking outside the box about shelter.


About the Author

"I started building almost 50 years ago, and have lived in a self-built home ever since. If I'd been able to buy a wonderful old good-feeling house, I might have never started building. But it was always cheaper to build than to buy, and by building myself, I could design what I wanted and use materials I wanted to live with.

I set off to learn the art of building in 1960. I liked the whole process immensely. Hammering nails. Framing — delineating space. Nailing down the sub-floor, the roof decking. It's a thrill when you first step on the floor you've just created.

Ideally I'd have worked with a master carpenter long enough to learn the basics, but there was never time. I learned from friends and books and by blundering my way into a process that required a certain amount of competence. My perspective was that of a novice, a homeowner — rather than a pro. As I learned, I felt that I could tell others how to build, or at least get them started on the path to creating their own homes.

Through the years I've personally gone from post and beam to geodesic domes to stud frame construction. It's been a constant learning process, and this has led me into investigating many methods of construction — I'm interested in them all. For five years, the late 60s to early 70s, I built geodesic domes. I got into being a publisher by producing Domebook One in 1970 and Domebook 2 in 1971. I then gave up on domes (as homes) and published our namesake Shelter in 1973. We've published books on a variety of subjects over the years, and returned to our roots with Home Work: Handbuilt Shelter in 2004, Builders of the Pacific Coast and The Barefoot Architect in 2008, and Tiny Homes in 2012.

Building is my favorite subject. Even in this day and age, building a house with your own hands can save you a ton of money (I've never had a mortgage) and — if you follow it through — you can get what you want in a home." —Lloyd Kahn

Table of Contents



Vagabond Surfer Van 4

Lloyd House's Van Revisited 6

Custom VW Vanagon 8

Amerikanomade 10

Nomad Oasis 12

E-Camper 14

Van Studio 16

La Cam'bane de Yogan et Menthé 18

Pickup trucks with camper shells 

Mikey's Snowchaser 20

Quickupcamper™ 22

Casual Turtle Campers 24

Jay's Lightweight Camper Shell 26

Old-Style Pickup Truck Camper 28

Pop-up Camper, for Two 30

A Day in the Life of Two Ski Bums 32

Rick's Rustic Camper 34

Wooden Camper Shell 36

The Roulotte 37


Federal Housetruck 38

Rob's French Army Housetruck 42

The Beermoth 44

Shachagra 46

Rustic Campers 48

Studio Trucks 50

The House-Box 52

Custom-Built House Truck 54

Traveller Dave 56


School Bus Medicine Show Gypsy Wagon 60

From House to School Bus Home 62

Jif's Bus 64

The Wayland Family Schoolbus 66

School Bus Erickson 68

The Schoolbus Experience 70

School Bus Dentist 72


Homemade Vardo 74

The Don Vardo 76

Little Yellow Door 78

Renovated Trailer in California Desert 80

The Shepherd's Hut 82

Gypsy Wagons by Joseph 84

Matt's Solar-Powered Wagon 86

Kian's Mobile Home 88

Willow's Wagon 90

Roulotte in France 92

French Circus Caravan 94

The Fortune Cookie 96

My Teardrop Trailer 98

The ArcStream 100

Bear, the Tinker 102

Sisters on the Fly 106

El Cosmico Trailer Park 110

The Cub - A Micro Shelter on Wheels 112

Sumaya: A Little Piece of Sky 114

Phoenix Van 116

Cricket Trailer 117

The Campa All-Terrain Trailer 118

The Whinny-Bray-Go 120

The Reading Gypsy Wagon 122


Mobile Workshop / Overnight Camper 122

The Veggie Wagon 124

Two-Wheeling It 126

Motorcycle/Camping Trip from Canada to South America and Back 128

The Tricycle House 130

Bike Trailer 132

Mark Hansen - Builder of Useful Things 134



Tara Tari 142

Living Aboard a Sailboat: A Way of Life 146

Misty Across the Pacific 150

Tolly's Sailboat 158

The Yonder 162

Native Girl 164

Sailing Solo on the High Seas 166

ToomanyPocketts S./V. 170

Chu Wey 172

Snookwis 174

Guided by the Stars, Powered by the Wind 176

Pacific Voyagers 178

The Proa Jzerro 182

Living Simply on a Sailboat 184

Slider, a Cruising Catamaran 186

Sailboat on the Road 188


Shantyboat 190

Leviathan 192

Houseboat in Southern England 194

Halong Bay, Viet Nam 196

Houseboat in British Columbia 198

Dianne's Rose 200

The Moron Brothers of Kentucky and Their Shantyboat 202

The Huckleberry Houseboat 206


La Fille - Tugboat Home 208

Product Details

Kahn, Lloyd
Shelter Publications
Design & Construction
Home Construction-General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
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12 x 9 in

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