The Pennybago (so named for its dog occupant, Penny, and as an homage to Winnebago), is a tiny home on wheels. This tiny home is tucked inside of a 2018 Ram Promaster cargo van and is a full time residence and travel vehicle. The build was custom designed by Laurén Ettinger and built by Off Grid Adventure Vans in Maryland. Featuring cedar paneled walls and ceiling, black walnut floors, and butcher block counter tops, the van is warm and inviting. The Pennybago is equipped for off grid living with a solar powered electrical system (300w of solar panels on the roof and 400ah of lithium ion batteries). The van even features an outdoor shower and a hidden composting toilet, tucked away under the butcher bock counter top. Cooking is a breeze with a small convection oven powered by a 2,000w inverter, an energy efficient fridge-freezer combo, and a two-burner propane stove. Running water from the 25 gallon water tank completes the setup. Ingeniously, the full-size Murphy bed folds up to the wall to easily convert the bedroom space into a functional dining, living, and office space.
The table tucks away when not in use and is easily installed into the floor when needed. The Murphy bed can be seen on the left. The right side has upper cabinet storage for clothing and pantry items. Doors are kept latched on even the most rugged of roads with super strong magnets.
Back doors open and fold away for unparalleled views into the outdoors. Both sets of bench seats have access to large storage areas.
An additional bench seat can be created from part of the Murphy bed and is a favorite reading spot. It can also be used for additional seating when entertaining. The home does not have A/C or heat and instead using strategic window placements and rooftop fans to control temperature.
View of the home from the back doors. A small felted pocket acts as a bedside table when the bed is down. Weather proofed cedar paneling keeps the doors from looking industrial. A small sticker on the left back window and additionally on the kitchen window creates a rainbow effect when the sun shines through.
Home owner, Laurén Ettinger and her pup Penny live and travel full time in their tiny home on wheels.
A hidden composting toilet as well as laundry and bathroom storage are underneath the right side butcher block counter top.
A drawer under the right bench seat can be accessed by pulling out or by lifting up the top of the bench. The van has an aluminum roof rack and a back ladder to allow roof access. 300w of solar are mounted on the roof as well as a wifi signal booster. The roof is an excellent place to watch the sunset.
A tiny home fully equipped for off-road adventures! Upgraded all terrain tires and front-wheel drive make most roads accessible for wonderful off-grid camping.
A large sliding door on the side and large back doors can be opened to allow for a cross breeze and to seamlessly bring the outdoors into the home.
A full size Murphy bed completes the bedroom
View of the hidden composting toilet
Kitchen storage and the small convection oven.
A large awning doubles the living space.