What started off as somewhat of a joke between Hannah and her dad about building a tiny house to live in off-campus while attending college took legs and here we are. We started with a wrecked travel trailer and a rough drawing on paper of how we wanted the final product to look. We demo’d the RV down to the frame and built it back up as a tiny house. We reused as much of the original RV as possible, such as the frame (with slide-outs), appliances, fresh and waste water tanks, etc. We did strengthen the frame and replaced the axles with heavier ones to handle the weight.
We reused the slide-outs that were part of the original RV, though we had to move and shorten one and move it forward to fit the design. These add an additional 36 square feet and opens up a large area for the living room. The overall outside dimensions are 27 feet by 8.5 feet with roughly 300 square feet of living space with slide-outs and lofts. The total weight is 14,500 pounds outfitted for full-time living. It is powered by 50 Amp RV service to be able to power the 220V requirement of the Mitsubishi mini-split heat pump (though it only needs 15A). All connections (water, power, sewer) are standard RV hookups because it will spend the first few years of its life in an RV park setting.
Even though the short-term goal is to have it in an RV park, this tiny house is built to be capable of being completely off the grid if that is what we eventually decide to do. All appliances are RV-style that are either propane fired or propane capable. Most all lighting is 12V LED, and those that aren’t are 120V LED that are connected through a 2000W inverter, as are most all outlets. The power is broken up through two breaker boxes – one that is for shore power / generator only (electric portion of the water heater, HVAC, microwave, washer/dryer) and one that is powered through the inverter to be battery-powered if off the grid. It is also wired for solar panels and controller in the chance that those are added later. The intent is that the fresh water tank will be filled by a water-catchment system (gutters on the roof) in an off-the grid setting. Currently the bathroom is configured with a standard household toilet since it will be in an RV park setting for a while, but that will be replaced with a composting toilet if it is taken off-grid.
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