Hello everybody how goes it? At last we are almost ready to move on in to our temporary tiny home. It really feels like we are getting some forward momentum. So far this week the rear wall is complete and sealed along with the window, or so we thought… Upon my arrival yesterday, after a heavy rain storm the prior night, there was some water sitting in the window track. I am confident that the butyl tape and silicone we applied did the job when we re-installed the window, so it appears the window seal to the frame it self needs to be addressed. No biggie.
Anyhow, we also had to install new Shark Bite fittings. I had already finished running the water lines but we sprung a leak. I am no plumber and have never worked with pex before so I half expected there to be at least one leak. Because we are running pex to poly there is a special fitting for that type of application I did not originally know about. Once that was all set and the correct fittings were installed, no more leaks. I rerouted the propane line that was for the old water heater for a more direct shot to the new water heater location. And removed the propane line for the furnace capping it off at the splitter. So with that all taken care of the I was as able to install the Excel water heater which went in flawlessly. And let me tell you this little tank less vent less unit produces some seriously HOT water. Since we are dealing with a tiny area I had to carefully think of how and where it would fit well. On top of that since its vent less it could not be in the bathroom or bedroom for safety reasons. After we are moved in I am planning on installing a small exhaust fan to help with the heat and fumes the unit puts out.
Jenny built some sweet shelves for storage in the shed. The fridge had gotten a little funky from not running and being closed up for a while so she worked her magic bringing it back to its original luster. Benny seems to be taking to the small space and the big outdoors. We have to keep him on a lead/run because him and the cat do not see eye to eye, but he seems to love it none the less. Benny has already claimed his seat as you can see. Well its still going to need some work but we can wrap it up while we are staying there. I feel like it will be much easier to take care of everything while we are living there because we wont have to go home to make dinner, or let the dog out, or whatever. This way we can work on this or that at our own pace and not try to rush everything to get it done.
This weekend is going to be the big day, wish us luck!
Hello hello. Like the title says we have made a tiny bit of progress. Its actually not so tiny, its a lot more than I feel it is but the progress is more in the construction of the shed and not so much on the Mallard. The rear room had been at a temporary stand still due to needing butyl tape to install the window and the rear corner beads. Turns out its kind of hard to find. None of the hardware or automotive stores around here carry it. I could have just ordered it online however shipping was like a minimum of 2 weeks and I figured a local RV dealer would carry it but I did not know of any in the immediate area. Good news is we found one and picked up 4 rolls today so we can focus more on the RV again.
So for the shed. We scored some great heavy duty 4×8 pallets for free, my favorite, and used one for the floor. I had originally planned to use the second one for the roof but its a bit heavy and the shed needs to be light for mobility. We are only going to be at this location for a year or so and can always use some storage for tools, seasonal clothes, camping gear, etc. so we opted to stick build the frame to keep the weight down. Since there’s no major load on the roof we went with 2×3′s 24″ OC. It held me up no problem while putting on the roll roofing. Oh yeah, in addition to the free pallets, also got the material for the roof for free, some free plywood/OSB (which took care of the sheathing for the floor and some of the roof) and some of the trim boards free. The exterior sheathing is texture 1-11. And I am making a simple door made from the t 1-11 I cut out for the door rough opening and some furring strips.
Just need to finish the door, trim, and some shelving then the shed in complete! My focus for the reminder of the week is going to be the camper.
I almost forgot we ordered a propane tank less vent less hot water heater last week! Should be here any day now!
Hello all, long time no type. Life has been crazy as usual lately but we are still chugging along. We had a very successful yard sale last weekend and it felt so amazing to see all that stuff get going out of our lives! Someone actually said to us “you guys have some great junk”. This coming weekend we may go for another attempt at unloading some more stuff to the general public.
As for our progress in rebuilding the rear room, its almost done. We can not wait to get moved in! The back wall was totally rotted, some of the sheathing on the floor was rotted, a section of the floor joists. It was more work than I had anticipated but it could have been much worse. I am hoping to have the room buttoned up and potentially start staying there by this weekend. I am excited to start doing the finish work and to see the final product! We have been taking a bunch of great pics for you all to check out. Let us know what you think.
Hey everyone! We were so excited to finish running the electric service, no not because digging trenches is the most fun I have ever had, but because once we did we could back the Mallard up into her home. Which we did! I am a little concerned the 30 amps we ran may not be sufficient but we will have to make due. It will also help us to get more on point with monitoring our electric usage in preparation for solar.
Looking good over there, huh?!
There has been so much going on, so many ideas, and so much to tell you all…. Well lets see, I did start the demo of the rear room and what a mess I uncovered. Water damage real bad, as expected. The rear wall framing is pretty much toast and will require full replacement. We are having a yard sale this weekend and I have high hopes of getting the remodel complete before the start of next week. We will see I am optimistic (and a damn hard worker). Another exciting change we are planning is removing the black water tank, toilet, and building a composting toilet. Are we crazy for thinking we will be moved in by next weekend? We will keep you posted with more to come!
So in our last post we noted that resealing the windows and remodeling the rear room was next on the list. Yea…no. Totally overlooked the fact that we need power and water to live in this thing. Well it is an RV and is fully self contained so I suppose direct power and water its more of a want than a need, however in our transition to tiny we still want it to feel somewhat homey to start off.
Today I set out to run the water supply as well as the electrical out to the RV site. Plans changed fairly quickly, I should have done more research. Apparently in Rhode Island it is now recommend that water service be buried at 4′. Trenchers that we could find to rent only had the ability to go down 18″, not what we were looking for. We are still living in our apartment and have all our regular bills to pay so renting an excavator right now was not a feasible option.
Since we have on board water storage, we decided the direct water hookup can wait till we can save some pennies for the excavation. Instead we broke out the shovels to run a hand dug trench for the electrical. 131′ long and a measly 6″ deep. It took some time but we got it done and the wire and conduit are in the ground. Yet another step closer and it is oh so sweet!