Tortoise Shell Home Update

by Kent Griswold on October 25th, 2012. 29 Comments

Bill Kastrinos from Tortoise Shell Home contacted me recently to let me know that they have officially moved to Southern California. So a loss for us here in Sonoma County, but a real plus for people in Southern California looking for a great tiny home builder. Their new location is in Cedarpines Park and you can get their contact information at the contact page of the Tortoise Shell Home website.

Bill wanted to let me know that they are now offering bare trailers for sale. Here are the details:

  1. 15,000# G.V.W.
  2. RV axles, 3
  3. 6 leveling jacks
  4. Removable tongue
  5. Emergency break away kit
  6. 8 inch channel
  7. Cross members on 4ft centers
  8. 8ft wide outrigger to outrigger, and the bed is 28ft long

Tortoise Shell Home is selling these for $3,900. I have put a couple of pictures below so you can get an idea what they are like.

If you are interested contact Bill either by phone at 707-206-7581 or by email info@tortoiseshellhome.com. Let Bill know you heard about them at the Tiny House Blog.

Thanks for the update Bill and good luck at your new location.

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Teardrop Trailer Gatherings

by Christina Nellemann on October 5th, 2009. 3 Comments

Throughout the year, owners of tiny trailers will gather together for rallys or gatherings, in order to show off their designs, bargains or builds. The best way to get ideas for a tiny trailer is to go to one of these trailer gatherings. You will also end up meeting a wide range of really great people.

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I recently went to a teardrop trailer gathering outside of Austin, NV. This was my third gathering and while there were only about 20 trailers, it was a wonderful way to see what other teardrop enthusiasts are capable of building and creating. Most gatherings will have over a hundred trailers. Continue Reading »

October 5th, 2009and filed in Travel Trailers
Tags: teardrop, tow, trailers, travel, vacation
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The Tiny “Houses” of Black Rock City

by Christina Nellemann on September 14th, 2009. 13 Comments

For only a week out of each year, Black Rock City, the home of Burning Man, is the fourth largest city in the state of Nevada. While the festival participants’ camps are only temporary, a lot of work goes into creating a comfortable, beautiful tiny shelter. These tiny “houses” have to be able to withstand up to 80 mile an hour winds, have to protect their inhabitants from the desert heat and cold, and the notorious dust storms of the Black Rock Desert. It also helps if they are colorful and attract attention. It makes them easier to find in the mass creativity that is Black Rock City.

Our neighborhood of 3:15 and Inherit in Black Rock City, NV

Our neighborhood of 3:15 and Inherit in Black Rock City, NV

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While at Burning Man, you “live” in the city. When someone asks you where you live, you say something like, “On the corner of 7:00 and Chaos, right next to the giant spaceship.” (referring to the horizontal “C” street and vertical number street of the Black Rock City map). This year’s city was 9,460 feet in diameter and included 44 miles of streets. It helps to know exactly where your tiny house is located.

To the un-Burned eye, Black Rock City looks a little beat up and run down, but when you are in one of the most inhospitable places on earth, any little bit of comfort is appreciated. The inhabitants of Black Rock City are an amazing group of people with extremely creative ideas and skills who create little laps of luxury in the desert.

These are some of my favorite tiny houses of Black Rock City:

Hexayurts were quite popular this year

Hexayurts were quite popular this year

So were tipis

So were tipis

I even found a half-finished gypsy wagon down the street

I even found a half-finished gypsy wagon down the street

A very well insulate yurt

A very well insulated yurt

This structure has a central living area and a loft for sleeping

This structure has a central living area and a loft for sleeping

A beautiful, handmade truck trailer

A beautiful, handmade truck trailer

This geodome uses solar panels for power

This geodome uses solar panels for power

The Oliver trailer owned by Chris and Cherie from Technomadia

The Oliver trailer owned by Chris and Cherie from Technomadia

Each house roof was on hinges

These tiny houses were built for storage and sleeping

The trailer of the Hollywood Death Squad

The trailer of the Hollywood Death Squad

Our neighbor converted a toy hauler into a tiny shelter with French doors

Our neighbor converted a toy hauler into a tiny shelter with French doors

This dome was used as a steam room

This dome was used as a steam room

A lovely pink setup at the entrance to Kidsville

A lovely pink setup at the entrance to Kidsville

This mutant vehicle, also a shelter, was towed by a tractor

This mutant vehicle, also a shelter, was towed by a tractor

The inhabitants of the VW Bus Camp travel in groups

The inhabitants of the VW Bus Camp travel in groups

You can even have a white picket fence in Black Rock City

You can even have a white picket fence in Black Rock City

And my all-time favorite…

The Neverwas Haul, one of the best known mutant vehicles on the Playa

The Neverwas Haul, one of the best known mutant vehicles on the Playa

By Christina Nellemann for the Tiny House Blog

Sisters on the Fly

by Christina Nellemann on May 25th, 2009. 70 Comments

Howdy ladies! This post is for all those cowgirls, or wanna-be cowgirls out there…and the men who love them.

Sisters on the Fly is a group of nearly 1,000 women from around the U.S. who own and restore vintage camping trailers. They take their colorful homes on wheels on the Cowgirl Caravan to partake in outdoor adventures like fly fishing, horseback riding, rafting, or just eating fried food and watching fireflies.

Reel Suite Sister #684

Button Willow Sister #595

Button Willow (Sister #595)

Each sister is designated by a number and by the name of her trailer. The Sisters also engage in vintage trailer sales, restoration, customization and registry. For a $40 annual fee any woman with a vintage or new trailer can join the cowgirl caravan.

The Sisters were started in 1999 by two real sisters, Becky and Maurrie. They wanted their female friends to experience their love of fly fishing and began to invite and teach other women about the outdoors. Their motto is “WE HAVE MORE FUN THAN ANYONE”.

Miss Rodeo Sister #6

Miss Rodeo (Sister #6)

Each of the Sister’s trailers are about 12 feet to 24 feet in length. The trailer makes vary: Holiday, Shasta, Aljoa, Scotsman, Aloha, Fireball and even an Airstream thrown in for good measure. Each trailer reflects its owner’s personality with its theme and sister number proudly posted on the rear of the trailer. They are decorated inside and out in usually a western kitschy theme. The Sister’s believe after a hard day of driving and having fun it is pure bliss to fall into your own feather bed at the close of the day, and awake to the smell of coffee and bacon right outside your door.

By Christina Nellemann

Rockin' Robin Sister #269

Rockin' Robin (Sister #269)

Norma Faye Sister #250

Norma Faye (Sister #250)

Jadite Jane Sister #71

Jadite Jane (Sister #71)

Puck Sister #847

Puck (Sister #847)

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