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A solar-powered appliance startup built a $69,500 tiny home that can stay off grid for a month in a pivot to the tiny living trend — see inside ‘Dream’


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Solar-powered appliance maker GoSun has unveiled its first solar-powered tiny home on wheels: the off-grid capable GoSun Dream.

The tiny home movement has become more popular during the coronavirus pandemic. However, according to GoSun founder and CEO Patrick Sherwin, this growing community and tiny homemakers have continuously missed out on prioritizing energy efficiency in these portable home builds. 

Enter GoSun, which pivoted from its traditional solar appliances product lineup to tiny homes on wheels in order to fill this power efficiency gap.

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“Many of our customers were purchasing our solar appliances for tiny houses, so we attended a couple of tiny house conferences,” Sherwin wrote in an email interview with Business Insider. “What we found is that the builders of tiny homes are either concentrated on luxury items or low cost. No one was focused on energy efficiency and solar, yet many potential buyers want a well-built tiny home that has off-grid capabilities or solar for emergency power.”

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GoSun spent about two years in the research and development phase with the goal of creating a crossover between a tiny home and an RV, according to Sherwin.

Construction began early 2020, but like other companies, GoSun saw delays amid the coronavirus pandemic.

According to Sherwin, “outdoor products” like the ones GoSun produces — which can be used for both “family fun and disaster relief” — have seen an increase in sales amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The home was designed to be “durable, versatile, and super energy efficient” with elements like sloped walls, solar systems, and a bed that can be electronically lifted.

Dream can be towed by a three-quarter-ton or one-ton pickup truck. GoSun decided to take the “home on wheels” approach because it’s cheaper, easier, and more eco friendly to create than a foundation-based home, according to Sherwin.

“Our customer base wants independence and resilience,” Sherwin wrote. “A home that can move provides more freedom, fun, and flexibility.”

GoSun’s Dream tiny home includes a kitchen, bathroom, raised queen bed, and a seating area that can convert into another bed. Unsurprisingly, the tiny home is filled with its maker’s proprietary products, such its portable solar-powered kitchen.

The Dream will be available in 2021 and starts at $69,500. Since its unveiling, GoSun has already received immense interest from the public.

“Deposits are coming in, calls are coming in, new ideas are flooding in,” Sherwin wrote. “It seems there’s a tremendous amount of interest, perhaps even for communities of tiny homes.”

The GoSun Dream sits at 195 square feet and weighs about 11,500 pounds. It measures 8.5 feet wide, 22 feet long, and 13 feet tall.

The home can accommodate up to four people and is filled with smart appliances that can operate off-grid with the help of the tiny home’s power systems.

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Source:: Business Insider

      

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