My camper is very simple in nature: Just a 5/8″ BC plywood box on a Harbor Freight 4′ x 8′ utility trailer. As you can see from the photos though, I’ve made it into quite a utilitarian little home-away-from-home.

The basic premise was to build a getaway vehicle for my frequent snowboarding expeditions, which typically take me anywhere between 400 and 2400 miles away from home (one way). You can see from the photos that the snowboards stow away flat on the passenger side wall; there is a full-length shelf on the drivers side wall; plus, ample cargo space in my 2008 Toyota Yaris for incidentals. What you can’t see in the photos, is the full-width storage compartment in front of the bed, that doubles as a shelf/headboard combo.

Recently, I’ve made the camper a bit more “home-y” by adding a painting, some candles (great to read by, plus they add a little bit of warmth, as well as sweet scents to the air), several lanterns, and a small library of classic novels to pass the time.

Thanks for checking it out! I’m quite proud of my work, although I have to admit that it’ll probably never be “done”. That’s one of the perks of working with wood- it’s infinitely amendable, and can be cut, nailed, glued, and screwed into any shape, and I can add (or delete) features as I gain experience spending quality time in my tiny space.

Thanks for the inspiration…! -Bud

Laura is a contributing writer for Tiny House Listings and she walks the walk. She lives in a 120 square foot cabin in Asheville, NC that she and her partner Matt built themselves. You can learn more about Laura and Matt at their website

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