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Re: Tiny house on a trailer

Postby Lostranger » Wed Jun 25, 2014 12:30 pm

Sounds and looks like a fun project, Dennis. I researched tiny houses extensively before we decided to buy another bus. I think they're great for folks who only want a little mobility.

Is that your housebus in one photo?

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Re: Tiny house on a trailer

Postby Dennis The Bus Dweller » Wed Jun 25, 2014 1:12 pm

Next year I'm gonna get me a big boy powerstroke or Cummins pickup to drag it around with :D
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Re: Tiny house on a trailer

Postby Lostranger » Wed Jun 25, 2014 2:04 pm

Dennis, the GM looks fine, and from what I've seen of your work, I'm sure the tiny house will be great. Anxious to watch the build. In fact, I'm still thinking of building one as a means to raise capital. All the material is locally available, and I could probably finish it over the winter and spring. I think I could make a modest profit, but my larger motivation is acquiring that much money in a lump. I believe covering material cost and paying my labor is certainly doable.

What length is your trailer? Are you using someone's plans or making it up? Do you mind talking about costs as you go?

All the best on this project.

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Re: Tiny house on a trailer

Postby Dennis The Bus Dweller » Sat Jun 28, 2014 2:08 pm

Nobody lives here but me. There are some plastic RV' s stored here off and on though the year
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Re: Tiny house on a trailer

Postby Dennis The Bus Dweller » Sat Jul 05, 2014 10:37 am

I got a chance to do some pre-cutting today 8) I did jacks for 14 windows and 1 door, headers and sills, 4 exterior corners, 3 interior corners and all the floor joists. I screwed it all with these really tuff hardened screws. The 2 skylights showed up yesterday and the windows should be delivered on the 16th :thumbup:
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Re: Tiny house on a trailer

Postby GoodClue » Sat Jul 05, 2014 11:53 am

... ah ... progress ... good to see you have a shop to work in :thumbup: makes all the difference. Hope hurricane Andrew hasn't messed you up ...
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Re: Tiny house on a trailer

Postby Dennis The Bus Dweller » Mon Jul 07, 2014 8:47 am

im thinking I'll need to get the tipi poles out of the mud room, living room, kitchen, bath room and out from under the bed room before I start building :D
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Im gonna install stainless inner fender well this week some time :thumbup:
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Re: Tiny house on a trailer

Postby GoodClue » Mon Jul 07, 2014 8:57 am

Hi Dennis ... good looking pole hauler ... :) ... N. Americans would be pleased, could move the whole village on one travois ... Tiny Houses now has a two story unit ... folding roof for transport ... interesting idea ...
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Re: Tiny house on a trailer

Postby Dennis The Bus Dweller » Sun Jul 13, 2014 12:46 pm

I got a little work done today
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These are some great hardened self tapping screws
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4" floor beams and 4" foil backed foam board which I did but forgot to take pic's. those outer spaces will get a full 6" of foam board when I finish the stainless at the bottom
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The four outside corners have hollow spots
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so I filled them with foam board
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Re: Tiny house on a trailer

Postby Dennis The Bus Dweller » Mon Jul 28, 2014 1:38 pm

These are the stainless drill screws I used to fasten the stainless sheets to the trailer
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24 ga stainless for the inner fender wells
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this is the last piece of the stainless bottom panels
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the foam board down the center was a walk in the park but the outer perimeter was a little trouble because of the extra "L" steel I put in to beef things up a little
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its a rap for today 8)
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I would have gotten a lot more done if the traffic wasn't so heavy on my driveway 8)
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Re: Tiny house on a trailer

Postby ol trunt » Mon Jul 28, 2014 2:25 pm

"its a rap for today 8) " ?????? What? it isn't even dark yet! Just kidding--the progress looks great. Jack

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Re: Tiny house on a trailer

Postby Dennis The Bus Dweller » Mon Jul 28, 2014 9:16 pm

After the fender wells are installed im taking 10 days off to really go after it. I have to start a big renovation around the end of august which will carry me through to the winter. In the spring im going to try and find me a big boy dually pickup to pull the "Dew Drop Inn" around. im thinking ford "7.3" powerstroke or a ram/cummins. whichever I find a good deal on 8)
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Re: Tiny house on a trailer

Postby stuartcnz » Tue Jul 29, 2014 9:00 am

Just remember that it is not just having enough engine power that is important in a tow vehicle. You also need to have enough weight in the tow vehicle, to not get pushed around by the trailer. You can increase the weight of the tow vehicle by adding ballast, if necessary.
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