About Us

As a family-owned and operated business, we are deeply passionate about our community and the planet, infusing professionalism, craftsmanship, and growth into every aspect of what we do.

Tru Form Tiny Home builder hauling studs for a new tiny home build.

What began deep in the Pacific Northwest Forests quickly became a Lifestyle.

Tiny Homes
Built for Your Life

Built from a deep appreciation of the land, Tru Form Tiny continues to pioneer ideas of thoughtful living that started as a solution to off-grid living.

Where it All Started

In 1978 Jon Carroll (co-owner) planted trees with the largest worker owned co-op in the United States – Hoedads Reforestation Cooperative. With his family, including his 3 year old son Jen Carroll (co-owner), Jon spent half the year in Northwest forests, working and living. They began with pitching a tent, but quickly found living this way difficult when the weather turned in winter. 

 

Needing to get his family out of the mud and into a clean, warm environment, Jon decided to construct a tiny house travel trailer, long before “Tiny” was in style. After some trial and error, the house became a functional and beautiful home for use during planting seasons. Warm, cozy, and out of the mud!

Later the Carroll family changed professions and moved into town, leaving their tiny lifestyle behind.

 

38 years later; Jen and his wife Malia (co-owners) have decided to revisit small scale mobile design, applying their many skills to certified, and inspected Tiny Homes. This time the passion is strong to develop beautiful Tiny Houses, and the Tiny Living vision is widely shared.

Jen and his Father working on a tiny home

Innovative Beauty

Combining sleek design with sustainable materials, we craft tiny homes that redefine modern living. From clever space-saving solutions to elegant finishes, we truly prioritizes aesthetic appeal without compromising functionality, setting new standards in tiny home design.

Craftsmanship

Crafting with precision and care, we exemplify unparalleled craftsmanship in every detail of our tiny homes. From meticulous joinery to fine finishes, each element is expertly crafted to ensure durability and longevity, reflecting their commitment to quality and excellence.

Sustainability

At Tru Form Tiny, sustainability is not just a buzzword; it’s a guiding principle woven into every aspect of our tiny home construction. Utilizing eco-friendly materials, energy-efficient systems, and innovative design techniques, we create homes that minimize environmental impact while offering comfortable and sustainable living spaces for their occupants.

Jen and Malia of Tru Form Tiny standing in a half finished tiny home talking though design details and decisions.

A Mission of Going Tiny

At Tru Form Tiny, we are pioneers in the tiny home industry, meticulously crafting each home with an emphasis on elegant design and superior craftsmanship. Our commitment to aesthetic excellence and sustainable building practices ensures that every space is not only beautiful but also perfectly tailored to meet the unique needs of our clients.

Frequently Asked Questions

You have questions, we have answers. Here are a few of the most common questions that we get asked. Hopefully we’ve answered the question that you have, but if you have any more specific questions, don’t hesitate to reach out. We’d be happy to help answer any questions that you still might have.

RVIA stands for the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association. As a member of RVIA, we certify compliance with more than 500 safety specifications for electrical, plumbing, heating, fire and life safety established under the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standard for Recreation Vehicles. Additionally, we are subject to periodic, unannounced inspections by RVIA representatives to audit our compliance. Most Tiny Houses are not inspected – by anyone – putting you at risk for any number of harms or problems. You may check their website for more details.

 

Not having an RVIA seal can limit financing, insurance, DMV registration, and parking options. Tru Form is committed to meet all required safety standards and federal motor vehicle regulations as a recreation vehicle (RV). This may offer many advantages including the transportation, placement and financing of your unit.

 

Additionally, we use licensed plumbers, electricians, and HVAC technicians. This is just one of many practices Tru Form is committed to as a leader in safety and quality! We aim to set the standard for quality in the industry of Tiny Homes.

PARK MODELS differ from 8.5 ft wide travel trailers in a couple of ways. Our versions are built over 10ft wide, with varying lengths, and they don’t require escorted travel . They are built to RVIA’s Park Model code, but with Tru Form Tiny’s added quality standards. Park Models need special permits and licenses to travel when over 8.5 ft wid. This means that they moved only when absolutely necessary. The axles and tongue can be removed, and the undercarriage hidden with skirting. Rather than our online designer we currently offer Palette Design Packages that determine the finishes for the Villa Series. At present we have farmhouse modern builds to share. Modern/ Urban Park Models are available and in concept phase.

 

All TRAVEL TRAILER tiny home units are 8.5 ft wide – making the interior living space 7’7″ wide through-out. The Payette and Kootenay leave a lot of open space in the great room. This allows you to furnish it your way, or we can add furnishings, built-ins, beds, and more, to maximize storage. We’re excited about this space being customizable to meet your unique needs.

TRU FORM FINANCING

 

We are partners with many different banks, credit unions, and financial institutions in order to get our customers as many financing options as they can get. In order to get the process going, fill out your information and we can take it from there. You can navigate the form here (Financing page). A 5% – 20% down payment is standard on most loans for RVs and Mortgages.

 

RV LOAN

 

Since we are members of RVIA, NADA listed, and a RV dealer you can apply at any bank or Credit Union for an RV loan. Seven, 10, and 15 year loan terms are available. We also work closely with several RV lenders to give our customers the most viable options. It’s a very easy to apply, and we’re happy to help you navigate your loan process.

 

HOME EQUITY LOAN

 

Another common financing method is to get a Home Equity Line of Credit or “HELOC”. Lenders will often loan you a percentage of the equity in your home. Home equity loans are easy to qualify for, and the terms are highly competitive. However, this method requires that you already own a home.

 

UNSECURED LOAN

 

Banks, credit unions, online lenders and peer-to-peer lenders can provide personal and unsecured loans. Personal and unsecured loans are not backed by collateral. Therefore lenders demand more stringent credit requirements, ang give higher interest rates compared to other loan facilities.

 

HOME MORTGAGE

 

Tru Form is revolutionizing the industry by offering a mortgage option. This is ideal for individuals who want lower payments and a longer term loan, and whom plan to live in a Tru Form Tiny full time as a primary residence. We have achieved this banking relationship through rigorous review, time-tested quality and design, and a commitment to excellence above and beyond current building standards of this industry. This mortgage lender knows our product will long outlive the longer length of their loans.

Depending on the model and size, we recommend either a 3/4 ton pickup or a 1 ton pickup truck for moving your Travel Trailer RV. Once you have decided on a model and options, we can determine the pickup size you will need.

 

You may need to have your RV licensed, insured, and registered. Contact your local DMV for more details. It may be that all you need is a trip permit, depending on your use and type of lending. If you don’t plan to move it very often, a licensed mover can move your RV for you from one place to another; usually for a “by-the-mile” fee ($3.00-$5.00/mile). Tru Form delivers to all contiguous United States.

There are lots of RV Parks out there, both for free (usually it is for one night only), and for a fee. If you are in Oregon, you can visit Oregon State Parks and reserve a spot!

 

You can also rent a space on someone else’s property. It may be possible to share their utilities as well, based on local laws and guidelines.

 

It’s important to be aware of laws and code concerning RV parking wherever you decide to keep it.

Since we are members of RVIA and listed in NADA, you can purchase your insurance at any major insurance carrier. Just like your car. If you get a mortgage through us, your insurance will be rolled into your mortgage payment.

Skill

Building a safe, durable tiny house takes skill. You need to be able to answer important questions as safety is of utmost importance. You can never put a price on peace of mind.

It is important to have construction knowledge and experience, and acquiring such experience will take time, patience and extreme commitment. Skills acquisition will cost you more time and money than what you initially intended and expected.

Test yourself first by doing something simple. If you’ve never built anything, try making a set of shelves or a table to test your skill and gain confidence before beginning construction.

 

Insurance

 

RVs manufactured by certified RV Manufacturers and tiny home builders, such as Tru Form Tiny, can easily obtain insurance. For many tiny homes, finding insurance can be challenging, and if insured, will cost more than those built by certified manufacturers.

 

Build Space

 

Building a tiny home is no small feat. You need to have a big enough space where you can construct and test your structure.

Another thing to consider is where you live and the weather/environment conditions. If your area has severe weather or is exposed to elements (such as salt water) you may require an indoor space.

 

Time

 

Building a tiny house takes between 400 and 1,000 hours, depending on your skill level and the complexity of the house. It is important to ask if you could give this much free time. Can you be comfortable extending your build timeline as necessary to fit it into your existing work and family commitments?

 

Money

 

If you have savings and know where you’ll park your tiny house, buying one that’s already complete may be the best path. If money is tight and/or you’re not sure where you’ll live, take it slow and work through your options.

Can you afford to buy tiny house plans, materials and tools? – If the answer is no, proceed with caution so you’re not left with tools, materials, and lost time with very little, to no resale value.

Can you afford to buy a new, completed RV (around $45,000 to $80,000)?

What’s great with buying a new one is you are rest assured that everything is in tip-top shape. You don’t need to worry about wear and tear that comes with a used RV. What’s more, some companies build to RV standards which makes financing an option. Note, RV financing offers shorter terms and higher interest than a conventional 30 year mortgage. You can buy read- made tiny houses.

 

Can you afford a used RV or partially built tiny house?

Second hand or used trailer homes/RV offer cost-savings, but be careful. If the house or RV is used, get as much information as possible on how it was built (construction methods and materials). If new but partially built, ask why the owner decided not to finish it. Were there issues with the construction? Also, be aware that finishing a tiny house – or an RV – is expensive. Adding walls, flooring, cabinets and shelves can cost as much or more than the house shell alone.

The Tru Form Tiny design and build team hashing out details for a new tiny home development in the office.

Build Your Own

At Tru Form Tiny our styles are representative of our customers. We provide custom solutions for most jobs, and are always excited to start a project from scratch.

 

If you are looking for a completely custom tiny home, a group of tinys for a commercial property, or any other idea – we would love to chat.

Contact Us

Get in touch with us today to start your Tiny Home journey. We are always eager to learn more about your dreams and help bring your vision to life. Please fill out the form or contact us through one of the options below. We can’t wait to hear from you!