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My Tiny House on Wheels

 
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Growing up in the wild hills of the Pacific Northwest, it seems like SunRay was always building something. His favorite source of inspiration and materials is the woods around him, "God's Hardware Store" as he calls it. When working on a project it is not uncommon to see him pick up a saw and head off into the woods looking for the right piece of wood to present itself. If he says anything, he'll mumble "I'm going shopping."

Check out more of SunRay's work here: www.sunraykelley.com
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On a mountain top in the woods we had built an off-grid 12' by 15' cabin with loft using knotty pine for walls & ceiling. It had a number of large windows including two sky lights that gave lots of light. We also built a rock wall to go behind the wood burning stove to hold heat. There was a mattress in the loft and hide-a-bed couch. The front porch was screened in and there was a domed cement oven for baking outside. The toilet was just one of those folding camping type seats where one could go sit anywhere outside. Building a bathroom would have been the next project but after the baby we moved to be closer to our parents.

I was scoping out an area to build a studio on as our next project and have been researching different designs. Either that or build a tiny house on one of those trailer beds so it can be moved if we sell this place.

Loved that little cabin and really regretted having to let it go.

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Alfred University MFA student Ann Holley designed and built Protohaus, with about 150 square feet of living space, using as many recycled, reused and/or sustainable materials as possible. The house, located on AU property, is completely "off-the-grid:" powered by solar energy, with propane-powered refrigerator and stove. Holley will live in the house this academic year as both an art and environmental project.
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Laurie Halse Anderson recounts the conception and building of her writing cottage. The cottage is off-grid and was built to be easy on the environment as well as warm and quiet. It was designed and built for her by her husband, who is a carpenter, and several of his friends.
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I like how they show how this was built.

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When I saw this it looked like a great idea for putting on some acreage we have in the woods. This unit looks like it's made of a shipping container where one outside wall is designed to protect sliding glass doors when closed and provide a deck when lowered down. What I liked is how the desiged would totally fool anyone who didn't know what it was when it was sealed up. Yet when opened up it's a tiny house. This is great for off-grid building sites.

"A standard 8’x20’ steel shipping container creates the building platform, main shell and structure of the ecopod. ECOsurfaces flooring is comprised of post-consumer tire rubber and ColorMill EPDM, made from pre-consumer waste and organic fillers. These materials are bound together using a water based polyurethane polymer. The ecopods insulation is a soy-based product is water-blown into walls and ceilings cavities to provide excellent thermal protection to the ecopod. One entire 20’ side wall of the ecopod has been designed to be raised or lowered by 2 hydraulic cylinders. The 12 volt hydraulic pump is powered by the battery. When leaving the ecopod for extended periods you simply raise the hinged deck into the wall position via the handheld remote providing the ecopod with the most secure building protection against vandals and extreme weather. When lowered to the deck position a 20’ wall of double glassed thermal glass sliding doors gives you the ultimate picture window."

ECOPod
[link to ecopods.ca]
Photo: [link to ecopods.ca]
What makes the ecopod unique?

It's secure like no other home allowing it to be left in remote locations for months at a time, with no worries of pests, vandalism or break-ins.
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Great thread, OP! Thanks for sharing!

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This one is nice too.

"1992 International 3700 school bus that's been converted into a tiny house. Repainted a subtle shade of blue, this mobile home has one bedroom and one bathroom. There’s also a fully functioning kitchen with two sinks, propane stove and “plenty of storage for water.” And this particular home has solar panels and runs on diesel and waste vegetable oil."

Tiny Homes: School Bus Houses Bring Living Small To A Whole New Level (PHOTOS)
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Off-grid float cabin: retirement tiny dream home in BC wilderness


Margy and Wayne Lutz were camping in Coastal British Columbia when they discovered their dream home: the float cabins of Powell Lake. They're not houseboats, but "float cabins", that is, they're permanently anchored to shore.

Float cabins were first built on Powell Lake as inexpensive and portable homes for loggers and fishermen. Since then they've become regulated and the 200 float cabin owners here these days lease their water lots from the BC government for $500 per year.

The Lutz's bought their retirement home in 2001 for 35,000 Canadian dollars (about $25,000 USD, at the time), what they considered worth the risk if their experiment in off-grid living didn't workout.

A few years later they retired early from their school district jobs in Los Angeles, anxious to start living their dream, and moved into their small (420 square feet, plus a 200-square-foot sleeping loft) floating home. At the time it didn't have indoor plumbing so they hiked 4 flights of stairs up the granite cliff to an outhouse (they've since installed a composting toilet indoors).

Today, the Lutzs live completely off-the-grid. There's no water heater (they boil it on the wood stove as a luxury) and no plumbing. They hand-pump water from the lake (for washing dishes, they remove most food first and use only biodegradable soap and the water is returned to the lake).

There's no trash pickup. They compost nearly everything. For their energy uses, the Lutzs rely on solar, wind, and thermoelectric power. For heat, they rely on a wood stove (fueled mostly with driftwood) that has been rigged with an experimental thermoelectric system generating a trickle charge to their batteries.

Their buoyant home doesn't make gardening easy, but Margy has found a way to provide much of the summertime produce. In addition to a hillside potato garden, she created a floating vegetable garden.
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The "wheels" thing is laughable.
Not like the house on wheels can be licensed. Maybe you could build it as a home-made trailer, but I'm thinking these are built on mobile-home type frames and those require a permit to transport and a licensed transporting company to move them. The permit is probably a one trip valid item and pretty expensive.

So, you got wheels; but you aren't really "mobile".

You either need sewer, electric and water connections if putting your tiny home on a lot, or if out in the boonies you need all the same or have to provide for yourself.

Out in the boonies, cost of bringing electric and phone can be staggering; like tens of thousands if possible at all. A septic is a $10k minimum thing. If you can't get a rural water connection, a well can cost $25 a foot to drill.

As far as living cheap, seems like you'd be ahead of the game if you bought an older house and demolished it; salvaging as much as you might to recycle or resell.

This happy-shit about tiny homes costing tens of thousands is just stupid. To be halfway self-sufficient requires space and places to do work processing the stuff that you take sustenance and life from.
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These houses are built on a 7' x 14' double axel flatbed trailer. Almost all trailers are 8’6" wide when you include the wheels; and as it turns out, this is the widest possible width for road travel without a permit. The bed of the trailer would be 14'; long, and when you add the hitch, it would probably measure 17' long. [link to tinyhouseblog.com]

Toilets are composting or flush
Everyone Poops. Tiny House Toilet Options.
[link to clotheslinetinyhomes.com]
1. RV low-flush toilets
2. Incinerating Toilets
3. High-Tech Composting Toilets
4. Low-Tech Composting Toilets
5. A Litterbox.
6. Toilet with sink on top
[link to sinkpositive.com]


How-To plumb a Tiny House
[link to tinyrevolution.us]

In addition to that the home is fully plumbed so you can hook it up to a sewer or add tanks to make it more like an RV. The toilet installed is a SunMar composting toilet and the refrigerator is great because it can either run off of the electric or propane.

It's easy enough to have a cell phone and satillite connection for computer

Other tiny houses have solar panels and generators for electricity.

Rain water can be collected off the roof and stored or water put in water tank at any gas station.

Shower in Paradise in this Tiny House on Wheels
Now that shower that you’re wondering about in the link below - is a beach mural covered in plexiglass.
[link to www.tinyhousetalk.com]
[link to tinyhousetalk.com]

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DIY home for less than $3500

In a town where the median home price is over half a million dollars, Jenine Alexander decided to build her own. Using resources like the tiny house blogs and the 1950 bestselling DIY book "Your Dream Home: How to Build It for Less Than $3,500" (a gift from a friend), Jenine spent less than $3,500 on her home. In fact, she used nearly only materials recovered from the dump or found on craigslist and the only things she paid for were a used trailer and fasteners (nails, screws, hinges, etc).
She built it on wheels not just to get around minimum size standards, but mostly because she couldn't afford land in her hometown of Healdsburg, California.
[link to faircompanies.com]

I just bought a used copy of this book from Amazon.com for 33 cents.
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that girl is pimp. she has skills that most men do not have. I'm surprised she doesn't have an awesome man at her side, or at least one I can see. I'm married but a girl that can do that kind of construction is attractive as hell in my opinion. Skills equal attractiveness to me.
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Cool. So the future is gonna be we're living in shoeboxes, basically.
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this was my first thought

while those at the forefront of this 'tiny house' movement appear to be snubbing TPTB, this is what the TPTB want for everyone. all crammed in, taking up as little space as possible. very agenda 21

i couldnt live in such a tiny space, squashed in like a battery human

curious stuff though!
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I know... It's so funny how these people think that they are flipping the bird at The Powers That Suck, when in reality, it's an elitists wet dream come true... lol. Serfs that not only live like a rodent, but actually think they are smart by doing so.

The criminal "elite" live in their mega mansions, in the lap of exorbitant luxury, while the "smart" serfs live in shoe boxes, thinking that they are kicking the Scum That Be's asses. Not realizing that this is what the Scum That Be had in mind for them all along. The NEW "American Dream"...

LOL!!
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When you don't have a house payment and a big house to take care of you actually have time to sit around and THINK. That, I believe, would scare the heck out of TPTB. People that don't actually have to work like a dog to make ends meet because they love living with less and having time on their hands.
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The "wheels" thing is laughable.
Not like the house on wheels can be licensed. Maybe you could build it as a home-made trailer, but I'm thinking these are built on mobile-home type frames and those require a permit to transport and a licensed transporting company to move them. The permit is probably a one trip valid item and pretty expensive.

So, you got wheels; but you aren't really "mobile".

You either need sewer, electric and water connections if putting your tiny home on a lot, or if out in the boonies you need all the same or have to provide for yourself.

Out in the boonies, cost of bringing electric and phone can be staggering; like tens of thousands if possible at all. A septic is a $10k minimum thing. If you can't get a rural water connection, a well can cost $25 a foot to drill.

As far as living cheap, seems like you'd be ahead of the game if you bought an older house and demolished it; salvaging as much as you might to recycle or resell.

This happy-shit about tiny homes costing tens of thousands is just stupid. To be halfway self-sufficient requires space and places to do work processing the stuff that you take sustenance and life from.
 Quoting: Lester 19901567


These houses are built on a 7' x 14' double axel flatbed trailer. Almost all trailers are 8’6" wide when you include the wheels; and as it turns out, this is the widest possible width for road travel without a permit. The bed of the trailer would be 14'; long, and when you add the hitch, it would probably measure 17' long. [link to tinyhouseblog.com]

Toilets are composting or flush
Everyone Poops. Tiny House Toilet Options.
[link to clotheslinetinyhomes.com]
1. RV low-flush toilets
2. Incinerating Toilets
3. High-Tech Composting Toilets
4. Low-Tech Composting Toilets
5. A Litterbox.
6. Toilet with sink on top
[link to sinkpositive.com]


How-To plumb a Tiny House
[link to tinyrevolution.us]

In addition to that the home is fully plumbed so you can hook it up to a sewer or add tanks to make it more like an RV. The toilet installed is a SunMar composting toilet and the refrigerator is great because it can either run off of the electric or propane.

It's easy enough to have a cell phone and satillite connection for computer

Other tiny houses have solar panels and generators for electricity.

Rain water can be collected off the roof and stored or water put in water tank at any gas station.

Shower in Paradise in this Tiny House on Wheels
Now that shower that you’re wondering about in the link below - is a beach mural covered in plexiglass.
[link to www.tinyhousetalk.com]
[link to tinyhousetalk.com]
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Hi op do you know good companies based in uk or europe that i could get in touch with. Thanks
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Cordwood masonry is inexpensive and has been used forever. I want to build a one or two room and use a rocket stove for heating. Icould begin building this summer. I would pay $30 for the wood (love my state) and probably less than $1k for everything else. Land payment will be $230/m.
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Quick explanation on wood. I have to cut it myself.
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Isn't a steel building the cheapest building available? I would live in a steel building and be happy.
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If I had it to do over again I would put up a 40X60 post frame building with 18' sidewalls and finish off the inside myself over time. I would not tell the code asshats what I was doing other than to say it is an outbuilding for storage on the acreage. I put one up for my shop about 12 years ago, insulated the hell out of it and finished it out and have thought since then it would be the cats ass to do the same thing again but make it a home. Just think what you could do with a 2,400 square foot layout with room for a second floor, and consider the building shell and concrete pad will only run about $25,000-$30,000.

I'm the opposite of the tiny house people, and want things that are huge. I pull a travel trailer to the lake on the weekends that is twice as big as those tiny houses.
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Cool. So the future is gonna be we're living in shoeboxes, basically.
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this was my first thought

while those at the forefront of this 'tiny house' movement appear to be snubbing TPTB, this is what the TPTB want for everyone. all crammed in, taking up as little space as possible. very agenda 21

i couldnt live in such a tiny space, squashed in like a battery human

curious stuff though!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 18558820


I know... It's so funny how these people think that they are flipping the bird at The Powers That Suck, when in reality, it's an elitists wet dream come true... lol. Serfs that not only live like a rodent, but actually think they are smart by doing so.

The criminal "elite" live in their mega mansions, in the lap of exorbitant luxury, while the "smart" serfs live in shoe boxes, thinking that they are kicking the Scum That Be's asses. Not realizing that this is what the Scum That Be had in mind for them all along. The NEW "American Dream"...

LOL!!
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When you don't have a house payment and a big house to take care of you actually have time to sit around and THINK. That, I believe, would scare the heck out of TPTB. People that don't actually have to work like a dog to make ends meet because they love living with less and having time on their hands.
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That guy that posted earlier from Rykers must be livin the dream then.
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this was my first thought

while those at the forefront of this 'tiny house' movement appear to be snubbing TPTB, this is what the TPTB want for everyone. all crammed in, taking up as little space as possible. very agenda 21

i couldnt live in such a tiny space, squashed in like a battery human

curious stuff though!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 18558820


I know... It's so funny how these people think that they are flipping the bird at The Powers That Suck, when in reality, it's an elitists wet dream come true... lol. Serfs that not only live like a rodent, but actually think they are smart by doing so.

The criminal "elite" live in their mega mansions, in the lap of exorbitant luxury, while the "smart" serfs live in shoe boxes, thinking that they are kicking the Scum That Be's asses. Not realizing that this is what the Scum That Be had in mind for them all along. The NEW "American Dream"...

LOL!!
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 309500


When you don't have a house payment and a big house to take care of you actually have time to sit around and THINK. That, I believe, would scare the heck out of TPTB. People that don't actually have to work like a dog to make ends meet because they love living with less and having time on their hands.
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That guy that posted earlier from Rykers must be livin the dream then.
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Whatever works.:0) Everyone's dream is different. Really none are worse than others. It is just perspective. Just make sure you aren't living someone else's dream.
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Living in small spaces

[link to ireport.cnn.com]
New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg called on designers this week to come up with a proposal for a Manhattan apartment building made up primarily of "micro-units," defined as rentals with 275 to 300 square feet of living space.
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My best friend and his girlfriend are saving for one of these man.
Luckily I'm adhering to a pretty strict, uh, drug regiment to keep my mind limber.
:Dudeism:
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We traveled over 22k in a 22' RV and plan on retiring going on the road. Still not sure if we will purchase another large RV (most deffinately will get the RV B-Class RoadTrek 190 or Rialto). However as we have acreage on land where we're not allowed to build another house where we can have these tiny houses on the property in the woods or by the creek with no hassels from the country because they're on wheels. These make great portable guest cottages or can be rented out like they are here on the island for some extra income. Since it's self-contained expenses are at a minimum. I also prefer guests to have their own space where the main house is private.

Awesome Tiny House on Wheels that was for sale
[link to tinyhouselistings.com]

Trailer can be modified with new axles, a new tongue, new brakes, springs, new added front and back steel frames for decks, and new tires.

The inside dimension is 8′ x 18′, plus two outside decks, one 8’ x 3’ and one 8’ x 2’. There are two lofts, one for storage and one for the bedroom, but the living area is an open A-frame.

Utilities include propane, 12V wiring, 120V wiring, a power converter, surge protector, and 50amp power connection There’s 8 circuit breakers so you can easily ramp down your power connection with pigtails depending on what type of shore power you have available. The wiring is all there for you to add your own inverter, solar panels, and batteries.

There’s plumbing for pressurized water and future water tanks/pump feed. Sewer connections are also plumbed for the sink and shower. The shower is an awesome design with plexiglass mounted over murals of Hawaii. Take a tropical shower every day.

Appliances include a SunMar composting toilet, 9cu-ft refrigerator that runs on 120V or propane with a 12V brain, a three burner propane stove and oven, a 12v oven hood fan and light, and a Dickenson propane heater. There’s 12V lighting throughout.

The kitchen sink is a custom frabricated, deep restaurant sink. The countertops are Paperstone, a recycled paper product, 100% earth friendly and the floors are bamboo.

There’s an on-demand propane hot water heater, tons of windows, and even a huge skylight window that opens to allow air circulation. The cabinetry has solid cherry select doors.

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Cordwood masonry is inexpensive and has been used forever. I want to build a one or two room and use a rocket stove for heating. Icould begin building this summer. I would pay $30 for the wood (love my state) and probably less than $1k for everything else. Land payment will be $230/m.
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I was just reading up on the rocket stove and ordered this book.

Rocket Mass Heaters: Superefficient Woodstoves YOU Can Build [Paperback]
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Welcome to the NWO prison cell!! You did do a nice job thought...
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6 years ago I lived out of a 30' 5th wheel trailer. Old heavy sucker. 1986 Winebago built by Toyota, or so the paperwork said. Weighed 10,000 lbs. On a good day I got 15mpg, on a bad day I got 8mpg.
I almost miss it. Traveled the eastern half of the country working at power plants as a Millwright, turbine mechanic.
Also did some wind turbine work.
Went as far as Massachusets back when fuel costs were nuts. Paid $5.67 a gallon coming back from that trip. New york turnpike that was sold to Sentra, the Spanish company.
My ass still hurts.....fukkin politicians.

Pulled it with a 2005 Dodge dually, 4X4 5.9L diesel.
Helluva truck, till the heat exchanger goes out between the tranny and motor....ruins the tranny and all the coolant hoses.
Kinda fond memories though. Made $17K in one month on that trip. Got back to Missouri with almost 10K of it.
Used Hughesnet satelite for internet (it sucks) and took a class to be an "installer" so I could set it up myself wherever I went.
Some high points were staying at Wampatuck state park in Massachusets almost by myself.
Lived in that sucker almost 3 years. Still have the trailer, sold the truck recently, starting to have too many maintenance costs. Laying low these days. Old house trailer that should have been burned down, fixed it up, addeed a back room for shop, big woodburnr with a heat exchanger I built.
This year a 30'X15' greenhouse with 5000 tomato and pepper plants another 1000 of miscelaneous, growing just out my front door. Big garden is all tilled and have started planting a month ago.
SW Missouri here. Fukk working, fukk the system. Fukk my own union.....There's work 5 miles from my house and the pricks won't let me on it.
Unemployment just started. Going to file my retirement.
Won't pay much but it's a whole lot less stress than pulling a 30' trailer to the east coast.
Or putting up with all the BS chasing the American dream that no longer exists.
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Good thread, thanks Alexander.
If all the guns and stuff I had with me had been found out by "authoritah" in New Jersey I'd still be in jail.
Hoping to do some work on the off grid thing this year.
I have generators, I think a hydrogen system on a large scale might actually work.
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04/24/2013 05:53 PM

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Re: My Tiny House on Wheels
The "wheels" thing is laughable.
Not like the house on wheels can be licensed. Maybe you could build it as a home-made trailer, but I'm thinking these are built on mobile-home type frames and those require a permit to transport and a licensed transporting company to move them. The permit is probably a one trip valid item and pretty expensive.

So, you got wheels; but you aren't really "mobile".

You either need sewer, electric and water connections if putting your tiny home on a lot, or if out in the boonies you need all the same or have to provide for yourself.

Out in the boonies, cost of bringing electric and phone can be staggering; like tens of thousands if possible at all. A septic is a $10k minimum thing. If you can't get a rural water connection, a well can cost $25 a foot to drill.

As far as living cheap, seems like you'd be ahead of the game if you bought an older house and demolished it; salvaging as much as you might to recycle or resell.

This happy-shit about tiny homes costing tens of thousands is just stupid. To be halfway self-sufficient requires space and places to do work processing the stuff that you take sustenance and life from.
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These houses are built on a 7' x 14' double axel flatbed trailer. Almost all trailers are 8’6" wide when you include the wheels; and as it turns out, this is the widest possible width for road travel without a permit. The bed of the trailer would be 14'; long, and when you add the hitch, it would probably measure 17' long. [link to tinyhouseblog.com]

Toilets are composting or flush
Everyone Poops. Tiny House Toilet Options.
[link to clotheslinetinyhomes.com]
1. RV low-flush toilets
2. Incinerating Toilets
3. High-Tech Composting Toilets
4. Low-Tech Composting Toilets
5. A Litterbox.
6. Toilet with sink on top
[link to sinkpositive.com]


How-To plumb a Tiny House
[link to tinyrevolution.us]

In addition to that the home is fully plumbed so you can hook it up to a sewer or add tanks to make it more like an RV. The toilet installed is a SunMar composting toilet and the refrigerator is great because it can either run off of the electric or propane.

It's easy enough to have a cell phone and satillite connection for computer

Other tiny houses have solar panels and generators for electricity.

Rain water can be collected off the roof and stored or water put in water tank at any gas station.

Shower in Paradise in this Tiny House on Wheels
Now that shower that you’re wondering about in the link below - is a beach mural covered in plexiglass.
[link to www.tinyhousetalk.com]
[link to tinyhousetalk.com]
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Hi op do you know good companies based in uk or europe that i could get in touch with. Thanks
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A number of the essential items used in this type of house can be purchased via [link to www.amazon.co.uk]

House plans can be purchase from Tumbleweed Tiny House Company
[link to www.tumbleweedhouses.com]
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Re: My Tiny House on Wheels
what's wrong with caravans trailer homes to you over there why make one when you could just refit an old one seems rather wasteful of earth's resources but that is your culture or so it seems from here

oh yes the young boy deserve's some credit at least he saw it threw to till the end of the project shame more adults don't do likewise
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04/24/2013 06:08 PM

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Caravans trailer homes are cold in winter and the pipes often freeze. Not enough insulation.

I did purchase my windmill off Amazon.com as well

Windmax HY1000-5 1,000 Watt Max 24-Volt 5-Blade Residential Wind Generator Kit for $1,042.79

Got the solar panels and generator from Safe Castle - they have free shipping in the lower 48.
[link to www.safecastle.com]

AEB OX Mini Power Plant Solar Generator
Price: $3,058.98

We've been accumulating essentials over time by purchasing one or two items a year. There is a trailer bed at our Oregon site. It would be nice to get something like that here so we can start on this project.. maybe next year.

Right now a chicken coop is needed as the sneaky hens have been popping up with a clutch of 11 chicks or so every few months. We're now overrun with roosters, which are hard to catch as they like to roost at the top of the trees and run as fast as a roadrunner when be chased. Arrggg. If we can trap them in a coop it would help. There must be at least 50 fowl (all sizes) by now.

Last Edited by Alexander on 04/24/2013 06:09 PM
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