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Using a tiny home as an RV

| Updated Nov 13, 2019

In this week's RV Podcast, we meet a couple who recently built a very unique tiny home and plan to visit all 48 states with it, using it as an RV.  They plan to stay in each state for a month.

You'll meet them in the podcast interview of the week, and see their amazing tiny house in an accompanying video on our RV Lifestyle YouTube Channel.

Plus, also this week in episode 268, we have RV News of The Week, tips, audience questions and a great off the beaten path report from the Burketts.


Show Notes for Episode #268 Nov 13, 2019 of The RV Podcast:


Using a tiny home as an RV 1MIKE
This week finds us on the road, traveling up and down the Gulf Coast of Florida working on one of the two 7-Day Adventuring Guides we are planning on the Sunshine State.

We're moving from Pensacola down to Naples and the Everglades for the first book on Florida's west coast and then, in a week or so, will do our research on the east coast guide  that runs along the Atlantic shore from Jacksonville down to the keys.

Our hope is to get these new titles out before the holidays for you snowbirders out there who'll be spending part of the winter of 2020 in Florida.

We’re recording this podcast at one of our favorite RV Parks, the Ho Him RV Park located on a part of Florida called the Forgotten Coast.

The Forgotten Coast is located on what’s known as the Big Bend part of the western Florida peninsula and it is a unique place in the Sunshine State, reminiscent of “Old Florida,” without lots of the commercialization and development that characterizes much of the rest of Florida.

This area was absolutely devastated by Hurricane Michael a little over a year ago. The beachside town of Mexico Beach was almost wiped off the map. Literally. We spent some time there this week and we will show you what is happening there today in our Thursday YouTube video.

We’re calling that video “A Road Trip to the Forgotten Coast” and we think you’ll find it very interesting and informative, not just the part about Mexico Beach but our whole trip down here.

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Camping in South Dakota state parks will cost more starting Jan. 1
Before it was under consideration – now it is official. Camping in South Dakota state parks will cost more next year. Prime campsites will cost $26, preferred campsites will cost $23, modern campsites will cost $20 and tent only sites will cost $15. The new fees are expected to closer resemble how much it costs to run the campgrounds, and it is expected to bring in $3 million. The South Dakota park system is largely funded by user fees, and the state had not had a fee increase in five years.

Man and woman arrested in Mexico for driving truck and camper belonging to couple murdered when camping
A man and a woman were arrested in Mexico last week driving the pick up truck and camping trailer belonging to a murdered New Hampshire couple. The New Hampshire couple,  James and Michelle Butler, were camping on the beach at Texas' South Padre Island when relatives reported them missing. The Butlers were later found buried near their campsite. The man and woman arrested in Mexico were driving their truck and camper, but had not been charged with their murder. The story was one we discussed at length last Sunday night and on our Facebook page as the Butlers were living the dream, traveling the country, camping, when this tragedy happened. Here are some good reminders on how to stay safe, especially when camping in more remote spots.
Two separate deer hunts will close 17 Indiana State Parks for several days soon
If you are planning to do some camping in an Indiana state park in the next few weeks, be sure to check first. Seventeen of the state's parks will close Nov. 18-19 and Dec. 2-3 for deer hunts. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources sends in biologists to determine which of its parks need deer hunts for the health of plants and other animals. This year 17 parks were chosen and each will be closed during that time.
Amendment added to federal bill to study how federal government is spending money on outdoor recreation
The RV Industry Association reported last week the U.S. Senate passed a spending bill that included an amendment to have the federal government study where spending on outdoor recreation was taking place and at what levels.  The RVIA is applauding the move, saying it is a first step toward creating a clear federal spending vision to support the outdoor recreation economy. Outdoor recreation supports 5.2 million jobs and contribute $778 billion in economic output, according to the story.

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QUESTION: First, thank you for your channel. Y'all offer such helpful information. My husband and I are going full-time sometime next year and are searching for a Unity Twin Bed. We're actually going to tour one today in Ft. Worth, Texas. It's a 2020. I'm hoping to get your advice on negotiating price. My understanding is that LTV's aren't discounted much off of MSRP due to supply and demand but any information or advice you have would be greatly appreciated.

Additionally, I have questions about boondocking with the Unity. My husband and I love to explore hiking trails and plan to stay in locations for several days at a time and hike that area, maybe even do some backpacking trips.I hike the entire Appalachian Trail in 2018 with my best friend and am forever changed – hence the big life change to fulltime RVing.  In your opinion, is the Unity a good option for the lifestyle I'm referring to? My concerns are with power and water storage capabilities. We are newbies to this whole Rving thing so any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Additionally, are we crazy to buy new? We're hoping it would mean less repairs and better resale (if we decide to sell down the road) value. Thoughts?

Again, thank you so much for all the great work you and your wife put in to your YouTube channel, pod casts, emails, etc. I'm a subscriber and y'all have been so helpful…and entertaining. 🙂

Sincere thanks,

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Using a tiny home as an RV 2The tiny home movement is sweeping the country.

But most tiny homes are used as permanent residences.

Not so with our guests this week – Robert and Julia of, a very innovate couple who built an amazing tiny home that they plan to use as an RV. Be sure and watch the YouTube video version of this interview on our show notes page as we have lots of photos and video showing you what this tiny home looks like.

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Patti and Tom Burkett

By Tom and Patti Burkett

Across the USA, in cities and small towns, in churchyards and seemingly in the middle of nowhere, you can find shrines.  Some are a simple cross with plastic flowers by the road to mark the death of a loved one, some are built to honor heroes—military or otherwise—and some are inspired by deep religious faith.  In our experience, the latter seem to be the most elaborate, often the work of years or even a lifetime.  One such extraordinary tribute can be found in the town of Jasper, Indiana.

The Providence Home was established here by the Order of the Sons of Divine Providence, a religious order dedicated to helping the less fortunate, and for many years served the elderly population of the area.  Young Phillip Ottavi was living in Messina, Italy when an earthquake collapsed his home, killing his parents.  After becoming a priest, Ottavi realized that his feelings about stones, resulting from the tragedy in his mouth, were keeping him from honoring all of God’s creation, and set about building a grotto to heal that relationship.

Using a tiny home as an RV 4 He began his work on the site of an unused handball court at the Providence Home in 1954, using geodes, a rock form plentiful in southern Indiana.  These rock spheres, often filled with crystals, were a perfect medium for the gracious structure he intended to build.  The priest kept up his work for more than fifteen years, eventually creating a shrine that covered four city blocks.  Much of it has been overtaken by construction in the intervening years, but the striking central rock structure remains.

Using a tiny home as an RV 5The Mother of God shrine and the St. Joseph shrine face each other across a paved a decorated courtyard.  The arching structures of the memorials are made up of thousands of geodes set in concrete.  Many of them are open, revealing the crystals inside, and on a sunny day they glitter like jewels.  Various smaller shrines dot the courtyard, and there are several marble statues that were commissioned and imported from Italy to complete the project.  Just recently, the Friends of the Grotto had made a new statue that had weathered to poor condition.

An interesting place to see, for its unique construction, it’s also a calming spot to sit for a while and contemplate the marvels that simple people are moved to build in response to deep beliefs.  We’ve encountered several such spaces.  Some are similar to this, like the Grotto of Redemption in West Bend.  Others, like Our Lady of La Leche in St, Augustine, include actual chapels, and some are truly grand, like the White Dove of The Desert, a mission cathedral in Tucson.

While you’re out here on the road, keep an eye open for spaces that someone has carved out for contemplation.  They often have a special feel to them and reward your quiet attention with a sense of calm and a renewed spirit.  And you might come across a fellow traveler or two, maybe even us, out here off the beaten path.


Mike Wendland

Published on 2019-11-13

Mike Wendland is a multiple Emmy-award-winning Journalist, Podcaster, YouTuber, and Blogger, who has traveled with his wife, Jennifer, all over North America in an RV, sharing adventures and reviewing RV, Camping, Outdoor, Travel and Tech Gear for the past 12 years. They are leading industry experts in RV living and have written 18 travel books.

One Response to “Using a tiny home as an RV”

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