Tiny Homes on the Move
Wheels and Water

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By Lloyd Kahn

224 pages 9” x 12” Trade paperback
$28.95 2014 ISBN: 978 0-936070-62-9

In November, 2011, Capuchine Trochet, a 30-year-old French woman, left Marseille in her small sailboat and, with no engine and no GPS, sailed 1,500 miles to the Canary Islands.

In 2012, Jim Bob and Candice Salazar sold their home (no more mortgage payments) and now live, with their 2 kids, in a very spiffy self-remodeled school bus.

These are just two of the stories in our latest building book, which contains photos and stories of 20th century nomadsó people whose homes are tiny and mobile, and either on wheels or in the water.

There are:

  • 8 vans
  • 8 pickup-trucks-with-camper-shells
  • 9 housetrucks
  • 7 house buses
  • 23 trailers
  • 15 sailboats
  • 8 houseboats

These are people who, either permanently or temporarily, have chosen to build and inhabit homes that move.


  • A 72-year-old Swedish sailor who is building a 10-foot sailboat and plans to circumnavigate the globe. He's already sailed around the world solo.
  • Further adventures of Swedish welder Henrik Linstrom (in Tiny Homes), sailing with his girlfriend from Baja California to the South Seas and then to New Zealand
  • A high-speed asymmetrical catamaran, a "Proa," that recently crossed the Pacific, from San Francisco to the Marquesas Islands
  • The Vaka Moana sailing canoes from the South Pacific. Three of these 66' catamarans sailed into our bay here in 2011, and our local fishermen visited them, and learned of their mission with the Pacific Ocean. They're navigating by the stars.
  • A French circus wagon home on the road
  • Two ski bums (a couple) and their winter camper/home
  • The Moron Brothers, two good-ole-boy Kentucky bluegrass musicians who drift along the Kentucky River in a shantyboat, fishing, eating, telling jokes, and playing some really good bluegrass
  • Sisters on the Fly, a group of over 1,000 women who have vintage trailers and go fly fishing and horseback riding and sit around campfires in camp-outs, just us girls
  • Bruce Baillie's 23,000-mile trip from British Columbia to South America and back on a 1969 Moto Guzzi motorcycle
  • A beautifully crafted shantyboat moored on a wooded waterfront in the UK
  • Drew and Deb McVittie's 35-year-old, 58' long tugboat home in British Columbia

As in Tiny Homes (2012), there are over 1,100 color photos, along with accompanying stories and descriptions of the different homes. A valuable and inspirational book for anyone thinking "outside the box" about shelter. Lloyd Kahn is editor-in-chief at Shelter Publications, which has been producing books on owner-built homes for over 40 years.