Next Stop – Vancouver Island

Portability is one of the advantages of owning a tiny house. While they may not be as easy to tow as a travel trailer – due to their weight and shape –  they are more comfortable for year-round living. So while a tiny house move won’t be something done on the spur of the moment, with a little preparation and planning, a change of scenery is always an option.

Kyle and Jesse are in the midst of planning a move out to Victoria, BC, and they are looking for a new place to set up housekeeping.

“We’re looking for a place to host this little beauty in the Victoria, BC area come mid-September. We’re also open to other locations on the Island, if there’s a spot available. We don’t need much: a parking spot, water and electrical connections, and if possible a place to compost our composting toilet stuff. We’re easy-going people and flexible for a variety of arrangements. We’re hoping to be on the Island for at least a year, and possibly even longer.” – A Tiny House on the Prairies.

If you happen to know anyone in the area interesting in hosting them you can find contact info on their blog, A Tiny House on the Prairies.

Kyle and Jesse on the road

20 thoughts on “Next Stop – Vancouver Island

  1. Ron R says:

    Stanley …
    The fact is we’re not tiny house people we’re people living in tiny houses …..all people are unique living our own lives in our own fashion there is no requirement for greenness amongst us just the standard requirements of living in a civilized society treat others fairly with an open mind with a wide view..open mind ….without judgement …….it a great way to live I highly recommend you give it a try :-))

    Sincerley ….a tiny house dweller

  2. Ron R says:

    Love to see you on an adventure ……I’ve been living in my tiny house since November I work out of my house as a carpenter which means I “move” quite often I love the ever changing scenery the plan is to move to Maui in the coming years.
    Best wishes for you on your adventure :-))

  3. Jesse says:

    Hi Stanley,

    Good question about the BIG truck! Yes, it’s a downside to tiny house moving, but unfortunately there isn’t a more environmentally friendly way of moving it yet (we’re just waiting for an awesome electric/solar/horse-powered version of a big truck to come along!). We actually don’t own the truck, but just borrow it for transportation. Other options would include renting a U-Haul. Sometime in the future we hope to settle a bit more, so then our carbon footprint will be even smaller w/o moving! Hope this helps a bit.

    • Michael Janzen says:

      Thanks for posting that reply Jesse.

      I tend not to judge folks for their personal choices. Everyone’s shoes are their own to walk in. For me it’s enough to admire the great things people do, and I love to see folks like you sharing you’re experiences.

      Along the line of trucks – I’ve got a truck. It’s not a big truck, its paid-off, and I use it as a truck all the time (and in a pinch have found the 4-wheel drive and all-weather tires a life saver) . I rarely buy gas because I normally don’t travel more than 5 miles from my home. I’d like an electric car but they are so darn expensive – and well… I need the utility of a truck. Someday I bet someone like Toyota will come out with a plug-in hybrid 4×4 truck that’s affordable and we can all have our transportation tools and planet tool. Well… we can hope. 🙂

    • Louis says:

      There is one truck that is an EV that can pull a tiny home it’s called the Bremach EV truck from the US. At $100000 not cheap, but it would work. And of course the Buddy EV car out of Norway would be my dream too!

  4. Lisa says:

    VStanley-
    Gee! That wasn’t a nice comment! I’d love to know how you’re “keeping it green” yourself? Give these people some credit for trying! I’m sure their tiny home is making a hell of a lot more impact on the environment by reducing their carbon footprint – regardless of how they’re moving it there. Give them a break! There was no reason for you to post such a mean-spirited comment like that!

  5. Sue says:

    Okay so enough talk about the truck, they have to get it there somehow right?
    Back to the question about your Victoria move, do you have a place to go yet? I have been trying to think of a few people that I could ask for you and some have property so the question is do you prefer city to country? I can’t think of a better place than Metchosin or Sooke at the moment for a tiny house to be “planted” for awhile.
    you can let me know via e-mail.
    Thanks and good luck on your adventure 🙂

    • Jesse says:

      Sue,

      Thanks for your question! We are still looking for a place, but we’re getting lots of responses and possibilities, which is awesome and encouraging. Keep ’em coming! We are open to either the city or the country. So if you have some ideas, we’d love to hear them! It doesn’t list your email, but ours is listed on our blog site (tinyhouseontheprairies.wordpress.com) so you can contact us there as well. Thanks for your well wishing and ideas!

  6. Iain says:

    How mean spirited vstanley! Curious to see where you live and what you drive! I know some of your fellow trolls live under mushrooms and ride low-carbon footprint unicorns, but humans can’t. Give us a break!

    Iain

    • Dave says:

      You burn wood for heat? That’s awfully wasteful. Hemp is much more efficient and better for the earth. You should be ashamed burning all that wood. You call yourself “green”? You’re glorified camping.. a step away from RV’ing

  7. Timaree says:

    It may be a gas hog but it may only be used occasionally rather than in a long daily commute like others use their vehicles. A gas hog driven once a week to buy groceries can use less gas than a small car driven 40-50 miles 2 times a day times 5 days a week plus weekend use. Don’t judge what you don’t know. Not everyone does a lot of driving and a small car cannot tow this home anywhere.

  8. Garth says:

    I drive a huge 1988 Ford 15-passenger E350 van with a 460 engine. It’s kind of like driving a building, but I’ve been averaging well under a gallon of gas a week. I only use one of its two tanks, and go months without buying gas. I ride bike several times as many miles a year as I drive. The van should do fine to pull a tiny house when the time comes that we can get into one.

    • Teddi Jackson says:

      Stanley,

      Everyone’s got an opinion, and clearly, none of us like yours. Leave it alone and find someone else to pick on. It’s not RVing, but even if it were, so what? It’s clearly their decision and not really any of yours or anyone else’s business how they choose to live.

  9. Dana says:

    Hi
    I live on Vancouver Island and am in the beginnings of building a tiny house. I would be very interested in meeting you when you arrive, and may have a spot to park you home but live about 2 hrs outside of Victoria in the country on Lake Cowichan.
    Shout back and we can discuss.

    • Jesse says:

      Yay Dana for tiny house adventures! That’s awesome that you’re building! I hope it’s going well for you. We will plan on having an open house sometime once we get to the Island, and we’ll post that on our blog. Parking options are always good, feel free to send us an email! (posted on our blog)

      Happy building!

  10. Douglas says:

    Here is the dilemma which we all struggle with.
    We have some romantic notion of living in a beautiful small home…hand-crafted lots
    of wood…etc….and yet we yearn to be free and travel…and bring our home with us.
    This really does not work from an energy conservation standpoint. Such a home is quite heavy to move. The really small beautiful home should stay put in the same spot and use exceptionally little energy.
    If you need to travel to other beautiful areas…walk or ride a bike…it just may take a bit
    longer to get there and back….and simply camp out along the way.

  11. Douglas says:

    Part of small footprint really should consider the weight of things.
    Think living small…but also think living light weight.

  12. Eric Wentworth says:

    The bigger point is missed by everyone, I believe. It’s great being “green” on an individual level…however, if everyone concentrated their personal energy on the real polluters in our world, perhaps a significant difference could be made.

    Our corporations do enormous harm to the planet with wasteful processes, packaging, and disposal of waste products.

    Our government wastes billions of gallons of fuel, wastes raw materials, destroys resources with unnecessary (an almost constant) warfare.

    Countries like China and India operate with almost no concern for damage to the environment…China alone emits more toxins into the air than the next five major countries combined. India dumps billions of gallons of raw sewage into their waterways.

    If you go to any recycling/waste management center in America you will be astounded by the amount of waste…people throw out perfectly good refrigerators, furniture, TVs, etc. simply because they want what is newer and “better.” I submit that driving an old, but inefficient, truck may be more “green” than buying a new high-tech electric or hybrid with its lithium ion batteries, etc.

    Wealthy people are also a problem for the environment…among the most wasteful of all, taking a far greater share of the earth’s resources than they should. Huge yachts, big mansions, and expensive toys all use up resources. They also throw out more usable items than others. Living in a tiny home, off the land, using few natural resources seems more acceptable.

    If an individual is using a truck that gets poor fuel economy it is insignificant in the greater scheme of things. Our efforts should be directed toward those areas where the biggest results can be obtained. The “little guy” is having enough trouble these days just surviving because of the big wasters.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: