Or, Alice's Adventures in Salvageland
We picked up a recycled RV water tank that we'll use for our grey water tank. We found it at a great surplus place here in Phoenix. Arizona RV Salvage. You should definitely check them out if you're building your own tiny house, they have a huge lot and several buildings packed with salvaged recreational vehicles and parts from those already disassembled. They gave us a great deal on a bunch of essential tiny house bits! We got the grey water tank, a NEW 3 gallon per minute 115V water pump, a valve for the grey water drain, and a nifty electronic display that will show us our water tank levels.
The opening in our floor in between two of the steel cross struts is 72" long x 30.5" wide x 10" high. Our goal was to find a tank that would fit in there that was our target size of greater than 40 gallons. This one is 62” long x 23” wide x 9” high and holds about 50 gallons. This is a great fit in the floor opening and allows room on the sides and ends for fittings and insulation.
And so it begins, not with a bang but with a flurry of design...
Our build is underway at last, we've signed the letter of agreement with our amazing builder, Michael Pearce of Carbon Vudu! Wednesday we went shopping and got the "belly board" metal for the underneath of the trailer's floor, like the bottom shell of a tortoise.
It's hard to define when a build begins. There's the obvious point when the first piece of material is attached to the trailer, but in our case many months of design and materials sourcing preceded that point. And there have been many important moments in the project -- getting the trailer, buying windows and doors, finding our builder.
In our case, our design has reached the final stage and we're ready to build, starting with the floor of course! We're calling this the start of our build since it's the first structural materials purchase (besides the trailer of course!), starting the process of turning the design into reality. It's a big moment for our little project, and it gives us pause.
We would never have made it this far without the help and support of friends, relatives, and new friends we've made in the many businesspeople we deal with and the many places we've stayed along the way. With very few exceptions we've been treated fairly and even more, with friendship and kindness, by the people who are helping us realize our dream.
We're grateful every day for your assistance, as they say it takes a village to build a tiny house. Thank you all, and we’re off!