Tiny House with Expanding Roof That Slides Up to Reveal Another STOREY and Can Be Towed Goes on Sale

A tiny 300-square-foot two-storey mobile home in New York has gone up for sale, featuring an ingenious roof which expands to provide a second storey when parked and retracts when it's being towed.

Described as a 'camper van with a pop-up roof', Devasa was created by Tiny Houses NYC and is on sale for $125,000.

While slide-out spacing saving features are commonplace these days, the slide-up mechanism on Devasa means that the portable home that can sleep a family of four, yet can still be within the legal height for towing.

Incredible images show the unfurnished interior with wood-panelled walls and a wooden floor as well as stairs leading to the second floor.

Other shots show the tiny home from outside in its normal guise and with the roof extended to allow access upstairs.

Devasa comprises around 300 sq ft (28 sq m) of floorspace, with a cosy living room, kitchen and a bathroom with a shower, sink, and composting toilet.

Power and water come from standard RV-style hookups.

A storage-integrated staircase leads to two upstairs double bedrooms.

The expandable roof mechanism runs from a 12 V car battery attached to a motor by the trailer's tongue, which operates four screw jacks on each corner of the house, but can also be operated manually.

Devasa measures 23.5 ft (7.16 m)-long and 12.5 ft (3.81 m)-tall when in the lowered position and 17 ft (5.1 m)-tall when raised, with 6.5 ft (2 m)-high ceilings upstairs.

Making Money Buying and Selling Mobile Homes
Here's a biz model that a friend of mine uses. I plan on getting into it, because it really can be more than just a business. You're helping people buy homes that would normally be stuck renting for years due to credit issues, income issues, etc.Keep in mind that in my area the rent for a three-bedroom house runs anywhere from $700 a month on up, and most places are over $1000 a month to rent a three-bedroom house. Mortgage payments tend to run in that range for a modest home, perhaps a bit lower than that, but not much.My friend buys mobile homes. They have to have a few criteria met:1. Completely paid for - no payments left, no liens.2. They have to be in reasonably good repair - he checks for water damage for the floors, water leaks, etc. (He has a checklist - not sure if it's just one in his head or one that he has written down.) 3. They have to be in an area where they do not have to be moved - moving costs for a mobile home can be as expensive as the mobile home itself, if not more.He will purchase the mobile home out right. He does talk with the mobile home park owner before doing so. He is very upfront about what he does for a living, and he likes to know what policies the park owner has in place when it comes to taking new tenants.He will do some cosmetic work - he has worked out some great deals with local suppliers for carpeting, fixtures, etc.He will advertise the homes with a very basic ad. "Mobile home for sale. Down payment required. Owner financing for 36 months." Some of the mobile home parks also advertise for him on a limited scale.When he finds a buyer he says that he used to run a credit check himself, but he found out that if he selected the right mobile home parks, they would actually have the same criteria that he did. If he has the applicant go to the park owner first to make sure that they can be accepted into the park ( which they have to do anyway), if the park owner accepts the applicant, then he knows that they meet the criteria. It saves time, effort and expense for him.He then has a contract for the buyer. He requires a down payment of anywhere from $1000 and up. The down payment will cover at least three monthly payments, and the down payment is nonrefundable. All of the payments are nonrefundable and forfeited if he has to take back possession of the mobile home.He draws up a very simple contract - 36 payments of $XXX a month, and then the mobile home is theirs.A few items in the contract of note:1. The buyer is responsible for all of the payments to the mobile home park owner, and that the contract that is between the buyer and the mobile home park owner has nothing to do with the contract my friend has with the client about the house itself.2. The buyer is responsible for all repairs, insurance, taxes, etc.3. If the buyer misses a payment, my friend can start proceedings to take back possession of the home. (This is done because he wants to be with take possession of the home back for the three months is up [which is covered by the down payment] so that he's not out any money.) 4. Once he takes possession of the mobile home again, he is free to sell it and does not owe any money to the buyer.There are a few other things I'm sure, but those are the gist of it.The payment between the lot rent and the house payment will generally be well under $600 a month, so this makes it a very attractive offer for someone who may be struggling with finances. At the end of the 36 months, they own the house free and clear and they only have to pay lot rent - another good prospect.It's also a way to get a nice monthly income and have a steady stream of income over the course of three years. The way he has it worked out, he has a number of homes that he's doing this with and the end of 36 months will run out at different times for each one, so it's not like he's going to have an abrupt halt to his income.He prices the mobile homes so that he will double or triple his money (or more). In some cases, he's made much more than that. In some cases, the down payment covered his costs, so the monthly payments were all profit.This is also a business model that is very recession-friendly, and it genuinely helps people.I hope this helps. Like I said, I am definitely going to be getting into this.If you have any questions, let me know. If I know what the answer is, I'd be happy to tell you. If not, I can ask my friend.
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