The Cottage Camper was born out of necessity and then creativity.  It’s a series of DIY how-to videos for a self-build cargo trailer converted into a self-contained off-grid camper.

The YouTube channel named “Tiny Living” holds all the videos regarding this camper build.   This website is the blog-style counterpart to the YouTube channel.


It started with a 6×10 utility trailer and a dream of Tiny Living in a log cabin in the mountains. In order to transport goods & equipment to the North Carolina mountains from my home in Florida I cheaply & quickly enclosed the trailer to protect the contents from theft and the weather during transport. I chose to make it cute as well as functional. It was made of lightweight and recycled materials because it had to be towed by my little 6 cylinder car.

It was a success, but after selling the cabin I built in the Blue Ridge mountains, I decided to convert the trailer into a usable homemade RV camper. It needed to be remodeled because the I had only built it about 4-5 feet tall, and that is too short to stand up inside.   The ceiling would have to be raised at least a foot taller since I am about 5ft 4in tall.

I decided to document the conversion / remodel/ build on video and share my adventure with you all.

I welcome your comments, questions and input.

Thanks for visiting!

2 thoughts on “About”

  1. I’m almost ready to do something like this, but I’m hesitant because you haven’t posted many trips, and other tiny builders rarely follow up after they finish, so it makes me wonder why. How is it holding up?

    Thanks and your cottage is FABulous!
    Leslie Comer
    San Antonio, TX

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