A (tiny) Triumphant Return

Oh boy is it good to be back! We cant wait to share our experiences thus far living the tiny life.  After an extended hiatus I decided we were long overdue for an update. I don’t even know where to begin there is so much to tell… Jenny, Benny, and I have been in our temporary tiny home for over 3 months now, there have been highs and lows as to be expected, but living tiny is pretty amazing. After the initial excitement, there was a brief period where we were both not too sure about this. But, we have it figured out pretty well now and things have come together nicely.

When we did the “big” move we were saying goodbye to a 2 level apartment and shacking up in an incomplete RV, still under construction. We had a small tv no reception, laptop no internet, faucets no hot water, heat…yea no. It was a true test to our dedication of wanting to succeed in our not so tiny goal. In our time here we have been able to address our peeves making living a bit more comfortable. We are not trying to go all Thoreau by any means. We now have heat, hot water, tv reception, wifi, etc. There are however a few things that are still a little caveman when it comes to our tiny life:

 We don’t shower here
Black water, need I say more?
The water lines must be drained every night
It’s winter in Rhode Island…we live in an RV…
Tend to leaky windows when it rains

Because we have to fill and drain our on board water storage tanks we shower at Jenny’s dads house to help lessen the frequency of fill ups. Now, the black water is another story. We do use our bathroom and in turn we have to dispose of the waste.  This consists of  carting it in 5gal buckets across the property and pouring it down a perk tube into the septic. It is not our favorite weekend activity, I can assure you that, very smelly.

Moving on, the floor gets really cold at night and the water lines are fastened to the not so insulated floor. After our first morning waking to frozen pipes we learned our lesson and now drain the lines every night. The first few cold nights we could see our breath in the house but a couple of oil filled radiators alleviated that issue. However it still can get quit cold, we have taken extra steps in winterizing such as covering the windows with plastic, constructing a wall sectioning off the cab, adding insulation to the exterior access panels, but it is December in New England.

Living in our temporary tiny home has been a great experience so far. I am thankful we had the support, means, and courage that it took to take that first leap and start down the path to our dream. We have been able to experience life in under 200sf before making a large investment and we will take away so much value from it. It has opened our eyes to new things, ideas, designs, that we would have missed in our tiny home has we just gone ahead and started a build. Not to mention we now know we can comfortably live in under 200sf.

If anyone is considering making the transition to tiny DO IT, I could not encourage you enough. If there is a will there is a way.


7 thoughts on “A (tiny) Triumphant Return

  1. This is an adventure, indeed! Y’all did amazing work on the RV. I love the little sitting area in the back. I am not sure how this would look or how to do this, but perhaps you could cut some wood to fit the underside of the RV and seal it off from the cold air? It would help keep the floor a little bit warmer and the rest of the RV.

    • Great minds! I had purchased some rigid board insulation that was on sale for under $2.00 per 4×8 sheet for that exact application. I was thinking I would easily fasten the insulation to the frame. Once I crawled underneath this beast again I realized it would me a monumental task with all the lines, hoses, wiring etc. Jennys father suggested constructing a “skirt” similar to what mobile homes have.

  2. I am sooo glad you found my blog and I found yours! I love tiny houses and we too have this dream of minimizing our life at some point. We are definitely not there yet. It’s more like a 10-year goal. But it is wonderful to see how others managed to do it 🙂 Congrats!

  3. I’m so proud of both of you! I knew you 2 would do it and make it work. Keep the updates coming!!! You’re both “AMAZING”!!!!

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