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The Tiny House movement has a lot of good ideas. Last fall we toured several tiny houses in a CA College competition held in Sacramento. I have to admit some of the designs / concepts were really clever.
However as we compared them, we found a few other areas besides portability where we fell the tiny houses were seriously lacking. Storage seems to be way less than an RV, closet space in some tiny houses was almost non-existent and forget reasonable kitchen storage or a place to put extra linens.
I do think it will be interesting to see how this trend continues over the next several years.

George's SIL's niece and husband are living in a tiny house, and were featured on the show 'Tiny House Nation' on FYI network last month. So far they seem to love living in it, and as far as I know they haven't had any issues finding RV parks that will accept them. My question is the same, Why not just buy an RV? Seems for the cost, there is more square footage in an RV.

Soon there may be tiny home communities in National Parks, right next to the oil wells! Tiny houses are cute but way too small for me. But does get you thinking about size, 40' RVs, 4,000 sq ft homes. Happiness in the 21st century.

We were discussing this a while back with friends. They were thinking of a Tiny House parked in the woods on in some undeveloped acreage. We noted the lack of utilities unless you were set up in a park would be detrimental to tiny house living. The things we talked about were the lack of a sewer system, (like RV holding tanks), or power source (like solar, batteries or generator on an RV) or fuel source like propane (built in and refillable on RVs). They were thinking of a tiny house but having those needed resources and utilities setting outside cluttering up the view kinda ruined their illusion of a sweet little home in the woods. Envisioning a bulk propane tank setting outside, a big water tank that can be refilled by a delivery truck, a big generator and storage batteries in a shed, and a septic holding tank needing pumping... well, they decided that would be too big of obstacles to overcome. Those are all built into an RV and you do not have to "reinvent the wheel" to how to live comfortably and adapt to those amenities. Of course there is always the "Kitty Litter Toilet" hahahahaha

I think the Tiny House vs. RV argument simply boils down to political correctness which, as we all know, has run amok in modern America.
In the world we find ourselves today, a tiny house is viewed as a "cool" type of living arrangement for the eco-conscious millennial with a middle class (or lower) income.
RV's, on the other hand, are viewed by many in this select class of intelligentsia as basically large, inefficient SUV's, owned and driven by an older, and most importantly (in their view), rich person who is largely responsible for the woes of global warming.
Therefor, the RV is basically shunned by the cooler, hipper "tiny house movement" folks.
Personally, I believe full timing in an RV is a highly desirable way to escape this PC madness!!

I've watched many of the tiny house shows and one thing stands out. These houses are nailed together. Makes me wonder just how well they will hold together going down the road which we know causes shakes and rattles. Nails won't hold wood together under those conditions. Why they aren't screwed together, that would be stronger construction.

I can see a few years down the road a junkyard of tiny houses falling apart.

Retama Village in Mission TX is now building tiny houses BUT you must have an RV to park in the drive. No living in the tiny house without the ability to leave and travel in the RV, I am not sure I understand the thought behind this stipulation!

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