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i'm thinking of building a tiny home on wheels as my rv. are rv parks picky on tiny homes and how hard is it to find parking for em :ph34r: ? they seem to be more energy efficient than a traditional rv wich is fiberglass. any ideas or opinions about the choice I might make. and tiny homes seem more like home than a traditional rv and a lot more sturdy as well. as well as I can build it to my specs so I can be completely off the grid and still be independant

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Getting into RV parks is going to depend on the RV park and their attitude, some will have no problem while others won't let you in the door. The better the rig looks the less chance you have of being turned away but you might want to call ahead for reservations and describe your rig to avoid surprises on either side when you drive up.

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Stanley P. Miller, on 24 Nov 2014 - 09:24 AM, said:

Getting into RV parks is going to depend on the RV park and their attitude, some will have no problem while others won't let you in the door. The better the rig looks the less chance you have of being turned away but you might want to call ahead for reservations and describe your rig to avoid surprises on either side when you drive up.

I agree that getting into a park depends on the owners and there attitude!! I expect for some parks to look at me like i'm crazy :D . I agree the better the rig looks the better chance that i'll have of getting in I would not want some old clunker parked next to me!! and I will be calling ahead and describing my rig :lol: to see what they say so I know weather I can park there or if I need to keep moving on. though it will be interesting to see how many times I get pulled over even though there legal :o:D

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Getting into RV parks is going to depend on the RV park and their attitude, some will have no problem while others won't let you in the door. The better the rig looks the less chance you have of being turned away but you might want to call ahead for reservations and describe your rig to avoid surprises on either side when you drive up.

Their attitude AND their insurance company.

 

Some parks exclude ANY type of home made RV.

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I think you would be better served by approaching a few custom RV manufacturers about building a 5th wheel with the amenities you are looking to be included in a smaller trailer. This way, you would have something that would look acceptable to the RV community.

 

I would contact Excel (Petersen Ind.), New Horizons, or SpaceCraft. I do not know if they would build as small as you like, but they all build a good RV and can do a lot of customization.

 

 

Ken

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Building it and doing the construction yourself would sure save a great amount of money. The completed units to me seem greatly over priced on the face value.



If it were me, I would go ahead and do it if for no other reason that the experience. Heck it looks like it could be fun. One thing I think I would do is rather than build it where it is permanently mounted to the trailer, I would build it is such a fashion that it could be removed. That way if it was not widely accepted or it did not meet your expectations you could sell it as a cabin, play house or tiny house in the future. By not being only a trailer mounted tiny house you may have a wider group of interested parties interested in buying it.



Just thinking out loud here,


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I'm going to rain on the parade. Why not purchase an older RV? There are many affordable RVs out there. Your time is worth money. You will not in most cases design & build a better mouse trap than the commerical builders. Buy an older RV in good condition, move into a park and enjoy life. IMHO!!!!!

 

rocmoc n AZ/Mexico

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Some folk like to think outside of the box and be a little different. Not to mention take a little

pride in what they built with their own two little hands.

 

While a Tiny House may not be for everyone, they do fill the need or wishes for others. So to the OP

I still say go for it and please keep us updated with photos as the build progresses.

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Dog Folks, on 27 Nov 2014 - 06:01 AM, said:

Their attitude AND their insurance company.

 

Some parks exclude ANY type of home made RV.

just for the hell of it I called an rv park and questioned them if I could park my tiny homes on wheels!! well first of all there was three transfers to 3 different people!! and the third one had no clue what so ever!!

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jonrjen, on 29 Nov 2014 - 05:40 AM, said:

Some folk like to think outside of the box and be a little different. Not to mention take a little

pride in what they built with their own two little hands.

 

While a Tiny House may not be for everyone, they do fill the need or wishes for others. So to the OP

I still say go for it and please keep us updated with photos as the build progresses.

i'm not gonna build it though I have it all planed out. why. because some rv parks will look at you like your crazy :rolleyes::D . and there more regulated by the rv industry than traditional rv manufactures!! something they don't disclose on there websites!! and theres no place for a genset for boondocking that's a minus as well. and I was upto 110k :blink: so not worth it. and they won't customize it fully to how I would want it. i'll give new horizons my money!!

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yea it was fun dreaming LOL. I still might do it I don't know. all I know is that more research needs to be done!!

 

ganto go for it. been thinking along the same lines myself. I'm retired and need a project this sounds like a good one. I'll say it again GO FOR IT.

 

grant

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grant, on 19 Dec 2014 - 06:46 AM, said:

grant, on 19 Dec 2014 - 06:46 AM, said:grant, on 19 Dec 2014 - 06:46 AM, said:

 

ganto go for it. been thinking along the same lines myself. I'm retired and need a project this sounds like a good one. I'll say it again GO FOR IT.

 

grant

the project is still up in the air. the tumbleweed cypress model needs atleast an F350 to tug it around :blink: . seeings that being said. I would be looking for an older F350 Diesel before the government mandated all the emissions BS be wrapped around the motor :wacko::blink: . and with that F350 id'e convert it to run off of veggie oil :) . after having a 40 yr old Mercedes and a 2005 vw golf TDI running off of veggie oil. the benz has almost a million miles on em barley any problems and the golf has got almost 200k miles on it no issues running on veggie :) . and getting 2000 miles to a tank of diesel is completely awesome. and a veggie car is considered an alternative fuel vehicle so you also get a one time tax credit!!. I am just starting my journey into the minilamist lifestyle. I am now 150% DEBT free unlike some people that are 100k in CC DEBT with intrest pouring out there ears wondering why they have no time for vacations or no life because there to busy slaving away to pay there bills

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Stanley P. Miller, on 20 Dec 2014 - 7:59 PM, said:Stanley P. Miller, on 20 Dec 2014 - 7:59 PM, said:

Depending on the location a swamp cooler can be good enough and a lot cheaper to operate.

that is true. a swamp cooler won't be to usefull in a humid climate. I have one when I lived up in northern ca. the one thing that I did notice was the humidity level going up in the house. that's why I am thinking of going with a ductless mini split system. being in a warm climate for so long I got a chill at 70 now :D so probily all i'll need is a fan :rolleyes:

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spindrift, on 20 Dec 2014 - 5:04 PM, said:spindrift, on 20 Dec 2014 - 5:04 PM, said:spindrift, on 20 Dec 2014 - 5:04 PM, said:

How do you air condition something like that, or don't you?

a mini split system or a window unit that can handle the load of the space to cool it off and a gen set and for heat I would use an inferred heater since those have a higher CFM rating than standard portable heaters. Dickenson makes some nice marine stoves to that burn propane diesel or solids pellets wood ect ect. they do make a propane powered multi split unit but I don't see it to be cost effective seeings how propane was 3.29 a gal in my area

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