April, 2016 Updates

Announcing Pacifica, Our Newest Tiny House

Pacifica joined Caravan in March of 2016. Pacifica was built in Olympia, Washington by nationally known and highly respected tiny house builder, Abel Zyl, of Zyl Vardos. http://www.zylvardos.com/

Pacifica has a very unusual design for a tiny house on wheels. It is built on a 10ft. wide single axle trailer and is designed to be universally accessible to accommodate those who use a wheelchair for mobility.

The billowing and undulating roofline and the concentric arcs of the cedar-shingled exterior reminds us of ocean waves. The name Pacifica, a nod to our west coast ocean, embodies all of these architectural characteristics.

See more pictures and book a night at http://tinyhousehotel.com/pacifica

Roly Poly is for Sale!

Caravan is saying goodbye to our adorable tiny house, Roly Poly, to make room for our brand new, super star tiny house, Pacifica!

Roly Poly arrived at Caravan-The Tiny House Hotel in late August, 2014. It is fun and whimsical – thematically roly and round. Roly Poly has a sheepherder’s wagon rounded roof, and a cantilevered loft bed. It is 80 sq ft plus the sleeping lofts. Roly Poly has one queen bed, and one twin bed, and can sleep 1-3 people.


  • Exterior dimensions are 12′ (l) x 6.66′ (w) x 12.5′ (h), and weighs roughly 5,000 lbs, electric, no gas or propane. It could run off of either 30amps or 50amps, flush toilet, a shower, a water heater, fridge.

See more pictures and read reviews of Roly Poly here

Tiny House Tours on May 1st and 22nd

Upcoming Sundays, May 1st and 22nd, we will open our gate to the public for one of our Tiny House Tours. People from across the city, county and country attend and learn about the tiny house movement, Caravan, building techniques, and legal aspects of tiny house living. Tell your friends and register here at: http://tinyhousehotel.com/Tiny-House-Tours

Season Two of Caravan Campfires Songs & Smores

Last summer, we kicked off an incredible music series at Caravan, which serves as a unique venue for showcasing great local music talent. It’s a BYOB and BYOBBQ event. We’re excited to announce our 2nd season. Shows are $10- tickets are available here. Here’s the line-up:

The 2016 Summer Line-up


June 1st:    OPENING NIGHT!








July 20th:   FERNANDO

July 27th:   LOVE GIGANTIC



August 10th:  SWAN SOVEREIGN

August 17th:  ERIC BOHNE & FRIENDS

August 24th:  TONY FURTADO

August 31s:   THE UKELADIES

Tear Drop Trailer Rental for Traveling Around the Region

Ever wanted to camp in style? Caravan’s sweet tear drop trailer provides an awesome chance to experience the remote scenery and freedom that the Pacific Northwest has offer, from the comfort of a memory foam queen bed, with a surround sound system and a DVD player to boot!

Any vehicle with a hitch is capable of towing Rosie, our 900 lbs teardrop trailer. Learn more at: http://tinyhousehotel.com/teardroptrailerrental

ADU Updates

The best place for ADU related updates is AccessoryDwellings.org. But, here’s a few quick tidbits for those who care about ADUs or have been considering building one.

Portland City Council is considering extending the SDC waiver for ADUs. Please reach out Portland’s City Council to show your support for an SDC waiver extension.

Kol Peterson, one of Caravan’s owners, is writing a book about ADUs. It’s going to be the authoritative work on the ADU development process for homeowners, and ADU policy for wonks. We’ll be describing this effort more in upcoming posts, but just wanted to give you a heads up about it.

There won’t be an ADU Tour this spring—but, we’re planning to run another big city wide tour of ADUs in Portland in the spring of 2017.

Build Small Lecture Series- Starting this Wednesday

Portland Alternative Dwellings, a local company that does tiny house related education programs, is starting a new speaker series about building small. Caravan’s owners, Deb and Kol, are speaking at two of the events. Here’s PAD’s announcement- Register for the series here.

Are you interested in tiny houses on wheels, Accessory Dwelling Units or creating a community in your own backyard? The Build Small Lecture Series is where you can learn how to create a home that works for your life and your budget. In four sessions, expert speakers will demystify the most popular types of small homes, tell you how to design, build and finance them, and explain the legal, zoning and code requirements you need to know.

The series will help you clarify your interests, navigate your options, and meet the people who can help you move your dream home forward. Each session features experts in the small home movement and some of the most creative and inspiring case studies out there – many of which are right here in the Portland area. Network with experts and like-minded friends, get practical information that applies to you, and discover the resources that will take you forward!

What Type of Small Is For You? on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 | 6:00-8:00 pm
Dee Williams, PAD Tiny Houses and Deb Delman, Caravan Tiny House Hotel

Intro to Tiny Houses on Wheels on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 | 6:00-8:00 pm
Dee Williams, PAD Tiny Houses and Derin Williams, Shelter Wise

Building an Accessory Dwelling Unit on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 | 6:00-8:00 pm
Kol Peterson, Accessory Dwelling Strategies and the Caravan Tiny House Hotel

Creating Community with Small Housing on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 | 6:00-8:00 pm
Mark Lakeman, Communitecture

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