Honey, I Shrunk the House into an RV

Forget Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.

Instead, think, Honey, I Shrunk the House into an RV.

Jim Turley and Brian Scobey of Signa Tour Campers are constructing homes that are 8 x 24 feet, with less than 300 square feet of living space. It’s all getting done by hand inside of a Hillsborough County (Florida) warehouse, reports ABC Action News.

“People are downsizing their houses, their cars,” said Turley.

“It is a trend. It’s a niche.”

The trend is catching on nationwide. These homes, commonly called tiny homes, are springing up not only in Florida but in places like Washington, Texas, and even New York.

Turley builds his tiny homes on wheels. It qualifies them as an RV, so there is no mortgage.

“No increased property taxes. No permits to build. You basically pull it in and park it,” he explained.

Turley and Scobey are currently constructing a beach house for a Florida couple. It has everything from a bathroom and kitchen to sleeping room for up to five people.

Tiny homes are typically 8 x 24 feet with less than 300 square feet of living space. (Courtesy: SignaTour Campers)

The buyers are also adding a few bells and whistles. There will be a built-in spice rack, solar panels on the roof, and a deck that disassembles should a hurricane come through.

Turley says the couple has picked out drapes, paint color for the house, and even French doors that are equipped with blinds that never need to be cleaned.

These homes are made to order. You can either use your own design or Turley and his partner will let you choose from different models.

“I have one called the Rhode Island,” explained Scobey.

“It is about seven by twelve feet. It is all in one room.”

Each house takes about two months to complete.

The average cost is $25,000.

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SignaTour Campers

SignaTour Campers, LLC is cutting edge camper manufacturer that prides itself on building a high-quality camper using state-of-the-art materials and processes yet maintain a price point that is untouchable in the industry.

SignaTour Campers was started in 2011 in response to the teardrop camper revival. They strive to maintain the advantages of yesteryear found in the original teardrop campers of the ’40s and ’50s.

Signa Daytona (Courtesy: SignaTour Campers)

They were created to tow behind a smaller car, be affordable, and allow the users great ease of operation.

Fast forward to today and SignaTour have updated the design to give the maximum interior space, utilize today’s superior materials, all while retaining the fun and affordability of the old days.

Their facility in Tampa is open by appointment only.

Phone: (813) 381-6492

Website: signatourcampers.com

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Airstream Introduces Interstate to Canadian Market

Jackson Center Ohio-based Airstream Inc. announced that its Interstate Class B motorhome model will be available in Canada beginning in the spring 2013.

The Airstream Interstate, built on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis, is the No. 1 selling B-van model in the U.S. for 2011 and through September 2012 according to Statistical Surveys Inc.

The Interstate boasts over 50 best-in-class features that distinguish it in the marketplace, according to a news release.

As a result, the Interstate has experienced tremendous growth in the US market, commanding 17 percent market share through the first nine months of 2012.

Interstate sales are up 72 percent year-over-year in the United States, leading Airstream to discuss opportunities for expansion in Canada.

“The Interstate offers a unique blend of luxury, design, and performance that we are confident will do well in the Canadian marketplace,” said Airstream President and CEO Bob Wheeler. “We see tremendous possibility in this region and look forward to a very active spring, when our Canadian customers can hit the open road in the Interstate for the first time.”

Airstream plans to meet with potential Canadian dealers at the 50th annual National RV Trade Show in Louisville, Kentucky, November 27-29.

Airstream Interstate Class B

At the show, the company will also debut a new nine-seat option for the Interstate, at the request of many dealers.

“As a result of our success in the United States, we have had several inquiries from both dealer and retail customers from Canada,” said Airstream General Manager Tim Garner.

“We believe the combination of best in class product with progressive dealer programs will drive similar success in Canada and we look forward to discussing these opportunities with Canadian dealers in Louisville.”

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Airstream

Airstream, maker of the iconic “silver bullet” travel trailer, is the oldest recreational vehicle manufacturer in North America.

Following founder Wally Byam’s credo, “Let’s not make changes, let’s only make improvements” Airstream has remained a timeless classic.

Airstream manufactures travel trailers (Sport, Flying Cloud, International Signature, International Serenity, International Sterling, Classic, and Eddie Bauer) and touring coaches (Avenue and Interstate).

A division of Thor Industries, Airstream is based in Jackson Center, Ohio.

Address: 419 West Pike Street, P.O. Box 629, Jackson Center, OH 45334-0629

Phone: (877) 596-6111

Website: airstream.com

Airstream Interstate Class B motorhome interior

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