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Couple clocks 22,000 miles in tiny home

The couple put 22,000 miles (about 35,406 km) on their tiny home
The couple put 22,000 miles (about 35,406 km) on their tiny home
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The couple put 22,000 miles (about 35,406 km) on their tiny home
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The couple put 22,000 miles (about 35,406 km) on their tiny home
Not only did the pair travel to rustic locations, they hit cities like New York seen here
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Not only did the pair travel to rustic locations, they hit cities like New York seen here
One of the configurations of the dining/lounging area
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One of the configurations of the dining/lounging area
Ready for breakfast
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Ready for breakfast
The bookcases and cabinets double as stairs
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The bookcases and cabinets double as stairs
Smart use of overhead space in a tiny home is a must
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Smart use of overhead space in a tiny home is a must
The kitchen sink
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The kitchen sink
On-board composting toilet
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On-board composting toilet
The shower and toilet areas clad in metal roofing, which helps keeping the magnetized shower curtain in place
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The shower and toilet areas clad in metal roofing, which helps keeping the magnetized shower curtain in place
Everything in its place
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Everything in its place
A queen bed is found in the loft
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A queen bed is found in the loft
The bottom of the dining table serves as a chalkboard when it's folded up
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The bottom of the dining table serves as a chalkboard when it's folded up
Pantry/stair
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Pantry/stair
Jenna Spesard and Guillaume Dutilh of the blog, Tiny House Giant Journey
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Jenna Spesard and Guillaume Dutilh of the blog, Tiny House Giant Journey
The solar generator the couple uses to provide power to their tiny home
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The solar generator the couple uses to provide power to their tiny home
Salies the dog is along for the ride too
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Salies the dog is along for the ride too
Dutilh in the kitchen which, he says, has more counter space than the couple has ever enjoyed
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Dutilh in the kitchen which, he says, has more counter space than the couple has ever enjoyed

There are lots of tiny houses that are made to be moveable, but typically, such homes stay stationary for an extended period of time before they're relocated. For Jenna Spesard and Guillaume Dutilh, their tiny home was built from the ground up with the idea that it would be a rolling abode they'd take all over the United States and Canada. So how did that work out for them? In just two years they visited more than 30 states and five Canadian provinces. A new short video highlights their home and lifestyle.

In 2013, Spesard and Dutilh found themselves unsatisfied with their lives. "Three years ago, Guillaume and I were stuck in careers we hated," they write on their blog, Tiny House Giant Journey. "We had debt, thousands of belongings, and no money to travel. Finally we came up with an idea that would free us: budget travel and a minimalist lifestyle."

The couple spent the next year building their rolling home and then set out on the road. They used plans and a trailer from the Cypress Tiny Home company as their base, and when the project was complete, it cost US$31,460. A new film from Goal Zero, maker of heavy-duty solar-powered equipment like the generator used by the couple, highlights the life of Spesard and Dutilh and gives you a peek into their tiny home.

Jenna Spesard and Guillaume Dutilh of the blog, Tiny House Giant Journey
Jenna Spesard and Guillaume Dutilh of the blog, Tiny House Giant Journey

The house is 20 feet long (about 6 meters) and weighs 10,100 lb (about 4,581 kg) when it's got a full tank of water onboard. One of the more charming parts of the house is that the bookcases and cabinets that line part of one wall also double as a staircase to a loft where a queen-sized bed lies beneath a skylight. There's also a tiny wood-burning stove weighing just 56 lb (about 26 kg) that was one of the bigger splurges for the couple, at $4,495.

While the overall look of the home is rustic, there is a dash of tech included in the form of a battery-operated projector that the couple incorporated into the design to satisfy the need for TV on the road. The projector is battery-powered, so when the evening weather is fine, it – and the roll-down screen onto which it beams – can be taken outside. Hooks on the side of the trailer accommodate the screen.

There are a few other fun features built into the home, but instead of ruining the surprise, we'll just let you see for yourself how a tiny life on the road looks in the following video and accompanying photos.

Tiny House | Giant Journey

Sources: YouTube, Tiny House Giant Journey

5 comments
Fairly Reasoner
So they pulled a trailer for xx,xxx miles. So?
Nik
Must be fun. I did my 21,000 mile 45 state tour of the US with a 2 man tent, and a motorcycle, but summer/autumn only. I prefer to travel light.
Vandemataram
You guys are at peace! Hope you make your own you tube channel & share your stories.
Keith Reeder
"Couple go on long holiday with home-made caravan" is NOT "a story that matters" (to quote one of Gizmag's tag-lines).
Runklmstiltzskin
I did my 30,000 miles in an 8 window Blue Bird schoolbus it was 38 ft.long,and ran on used vegatable oil,yes it was a diesel 425 Cat, I'd still be following the Greatful Dead on tour but Health reasons put me in a stationary dwelling.It was really fun...........LOL :-)