Joe Builds a DIY Travel Trailer – Part 6

Joe at Homesteadonomics has been building a Travel Trailer and sharing each step of the process with how-to videos on his Homesteadonomics YouTube Channel. In this most recent update he works on completing interior seating. There’s a ton of relevant tips in his videos for tiny house construction.

He’s very close to completing this project. You can also follow Homesteadonomics on Facebook and Instagram. For the other parts in this video series visit the Homesteadonomics YouTube Channel. Video and photo by Joe.

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Tiny Home Builders Explain What to Look for in a Used Tiny Home

Tom at Tiny Home Builders explains what to look for in a used tiny house. Tom’s been on the tiny house bandwagon for years and has some good tips in the article. In a nutshell he suggests:

  • Get the scoop on who built the home.
  • Find out why it’s for sale.
  • Weight the price carefully.
  • Factor in the features and upgrades.
  • Check out Tiny House Marketplace for used tiny homes.

Some other things to think about:

  • Inspect the trailer. Look at the springs to see how much they are stressed under the weight. For example if the house is sitting on it’s suspension bump stops, that would indicate an overloaded trailer. Also check the hitch for any stamped weight ratings to make sure it matches the weight of the house.
  • Ask how heavy the house is empty and full. This will factor into your tow vehicle needs. Also ask about the tongue weight and if it’s well balanced. Ask if the trailer has breaks and corner jacks – definitely features you’ll want to have.
  • Look at the windows, skylights, and doors for signs of water penetration. Every opening in a wall or roof is an opportunity for rain and ice to penetrate and damage the home.
  • Ask about how the house is constructed and insulated and consider the climate you intend to use the house. Some types of insulation are better suited for extreme climate conditions with spray foam or SIPs (structural insulated panels). If the house has spray foam insulation the roof doesn’t need to be vented, so if it’s not spray foam look for soffit vents to make sure the roof is properly vented.

Read the full article about What to Look for in a Used Tiny Home. Photos are tiny houses currently available for sale at Tiny House Marketplace.

DIY LED Awning Lights

Derek and Hannah have a large awning/porch that’s about as big as their tiny house, and basically doubles their usable living space when the weather is nice. But until now the lighting out there has been a bit inadequate. In the video below, Derek from DIY Homestead Projects demonstrates in detail how he installed LED lighting in the awning. He worked as an electrician for several years – so he knows his stuff, making his DIY electrical videos awesome.

Derek has been super busy lately – finishing his new tiny house construction book and making more DIY videos. You can check all that out on his DIY Homestead Projects website. He also has tons of free how-to videos on his DIY Homestead Projects YouTube Channel.  Photo above via Derek’s video below.

Learn to Build a Tiny House with Nelson Tiny Houses

This summer the folks at Nelson Tiny Houses will be filming a how-to series that will show owner builders how to build their own tiny homes.

Soon they’ll launch a KickStarter for those who want early access to the how-to video series – and for those who just love their work.

Speaking of their work, take a look below and head over to the Nelson Tiny Houses website. Once there you can learn more about the upcoming KickStarter campaign.

Kootenay Lake Ferry - Nelson Tiny Houses

Acorn Interior - Nelson Tiny Houses

Acorn Loft - Nelson Tiny Houses

Acorn Interior from Loft - Nelson Tiny Houses

Acorn Kitchen - Nelson Tiny Houses

Tiny House Plumbing at Life Inside a Box

Derek at Life Inside a Box has started plumbing their tiny house. He has experience as an electrician, but not a lot of experience with plumbing – so we get to watch and learn as he does. This is also an opportunity for us to see how a tiny house owner-builder can really accomplish seemingly difficult tasks – like plumbing a house.

Below are the last three videos on plumbing from the Life Inside a Box YouTube Channel. You can also follow them on the Life Inside a Box Blog. Once the rough plumbing work is done his next big task is wiring the house.

Sol Haus Design Photo Book – Tiny House Construction Process from Beginning to End

This is a 69 page book that documents the construction process from beginning to end, from the customization of the trailer to the installation of the hardwood floors. The book provides an excellent visual aid during construction.” – Sol Haus Design

Learn more about this book at Sol Haus Design.

Scottish Blackhouse

The blackhouse is built on clay where the base stones of the wall stand on pebbles to prevent movement. The thick insulated walls of the home are built from two layers of dry stone with an infill of peat topped off with a layer of clay to prevent water getting in to the wall and then capped with turf which absorbs any excess water.” – Natural Homes

Learn more about How to build a Blackhouse