Living small: When Home is a 150-square-foot RV

They only get about 7-10 mpg, but RVs can be environmentally friendly… when parked. “What I use in electricity and water in one month is about the same as the average American household uses in one day.”

In this video, faircompanies’ blogger Bakari Kafele (biodiesel hauling from our site and from his Bio-Diesel Hauling business) invited us into his 150-square-foot home, an RV in Oakland (California), where the appliances are designed to save energy and water: in a month, he uses about 500 gallons of water and 40kwh of electricity.

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Cat McClary - October 27, 2010 Reply

hey, I don’t mean to disagree, but I think you need to measure that trailer…it looks a lot bigger than mine, and I have 160 sq. ft. without a slide-out. I have to agree, the cost of living is really cheap..and if you keep everything in it’s place..easy to maintain.

Shea - November 1, 2010 Reply

I saw that, too, Cat: it would have to be an 8 X 17 trailer to just land in under 150 sq.ft. and this one can’t be a 17-or-18 footer…
Was it ‘supposed’ to read 250 sq. ft? Sounds more realistic, because that’s would be an 8 X 31-32 foot 5th wheel/trailer, and close to what this place looks like… just sayin’… 😉

STILL a very liveable little place, and the kitchen is NICE and roomy, which always wins big points with me, even in a ‘tiny home’!

Kirsten Dirksen - November 18, 2010 Reply

Cat and Shea, thanks for pointing that out. Actually when I did the interview with Bakari and asked him what his square footage was he wasn’t quite sure, but estimated 150 square feet so it sounds like you both have a better idea. He did add that it was much bigger than the camper trailer he had been living in so for him it felt very large.

Bakari Kafele - November 24, 2010 Reply

Hello all.
I just learned that this site exists; and that I am on it!

Yes, it should say 250sq ft.

Bakari Kafele - November 24, 2010 Reply

I’ve had nearly 100 comments on the original youtube site, and a half dozen people track me down on Facebook to ask me questions about this video.

So I finally decided to compile all my answers into a blog:


Michelle - April 9, 2011 Reply

I was wondering if anyone had ever tried building a tiny home and using RV appliances instead of standard appliances? They could be salvaged or new I suppose… but the point he made about them being made to run on battery power just kind of started me thinking about using them in a regular house as well, especially if one were trying to build off the grid and only had limited solar/wind/etc power available.

Lindig Harris - May 24, 2011 Reply

I live in a 1985 Toyota Class C RV and the living space is about 100sf — just enough for one person who likes her own company. I don’t have a tow car so this is my vehicle, too. Average 13mpg, which isn’t too shabby for a 6000lb house. I replaced all my lights with fluorescents; LED lights don’t focus the light well enough for me. I think I’ll get some of that window film.

Sean Kane - June 27, 2011 Reply

I was wondering, is everyone that builds a tiny house building it from an RV chassis?
We have a 31′ RV that I have gutted and want to build a tiny house on the trailer. I also want to keep the slideout I have…

Dave S. - July 23, 2011 Reply

Bakari —

I have wondered what it would be like to live in an RV . . . and you have wonderfully answered my question. It can be well done!

And if you really want or need to move, you can.

Thank you for sharing.


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