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20acreheaven

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This is my first post, go easy....

The wife and I decided to ditch the rental and get a TT to live on our property while going through the building process. We currently have no utilities and expect to be a year to 18 months without any hookups. I'm opening myself up to a broad array of topics here, but looking for any advice I can get. A few things specifically:

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1. As much as I wanted a metal shelter, it just isn't feasible for a temporary location, so we're planning to leave it out in the open with a metal carport serving as a patio. Are there extra maintenance steps I should take since the popout will be extended the entire time?

2. Pest control - found a product called Mouse Free online and being in a wooded area I'm seriously considering applying it. Figure I'll thoroughly inspect the underside and plug any holes with steel wool and try to illuminate the outside somehow. Anyone ever have a problem with yellowjackets though?

3. Thinking of pulling the toilet and placing a composting toilet in the bathroom. If anyone's ever done that I'd love to hear how it went. I really don't want to drag it into town every few weeks to dump the black tank and if I used a portable tank I'd have to get it up in the truck to use the nearest neighbor's septic.

4. For power I'm planning on a Champion dual fuel 3800 W generator and a small solar kit for the batteries (TT has a furrion outlet pre-wired) Noise isn't an issue and I figure the tv is the only thing I need to worry about "dirty" power with, hoping a UPS will prevent any damage the few times we watch tv.

Any tips and advice or things I haven't thought of are greatly appreciated. Thanks!


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I'd spend the money and install a septic tank to hook to. Figure out where your house will be and get a tank in the ground. Then you just need to deal with fresh water/propane/gas.

Skirt the trailer with insulating material. When I lived in mine for two years (full hook ups), I skirted with thin OSB backed with 1" styrofoam sheets. Take it a couple inches into the ground and to the edges of the trailer to help eliminate rodents and bugs. Make a small access flap or door for draining your holding tanks.

Have a lot of gas on hand for that generator for temperature extremes (hot or cold).


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20acreheaven wrote:

I really don't want to drag it into town every few weeks to dump the black tank and if I used a portable tank I'd have to get it up in the truck to use the nearest neighbor's septic.
A macerator works well for pumping bw into the tank on the truck bed. Then all you need is a sewer hose long enough to reach the dump hole.

You say this is on your property? Do your septic first and use that. Otherwise, dig a big hole.

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Welcome to the Forum..
I don't know the specifics of your particular situation, but since you are building a home on this property....why not get the infrastructure in first (water, power, septic) and then hook into that while you build...

Doing this will eliminate the need for a generator, for hauling water in and hauling out sewer.....and will certainly make the construction of your new home easier...

Anyway, good luck with your new adventure.


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Up here you can’t build a house or cottage till the septic system is built and passed inspection.

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boogie_4wheel wrote:

I'd spend the money and install a septic tank to hook to. Figure out where your house will be and get a tank in the ground. Then you just need to deal with fresh water/propane/gas.

Skirt the trailer with insulating material. When I lived in mine for two years (full hook ups), I skirted with thin OSB backed with 1" styrofoam sheets. Take it a couple inches into the ground and to the edges of the trailer to help eliminate rodents and bugs. Make a small access flap or door for draining your holding tanks.

Have a lot of gas on hand for that generator for temperature extremes (hot or cold).


I wish I could, but first we have to improve the driveway (running conduit for power at that time) then dig the well to prove we have adequate water before we can get a septic permit. In the meantime the cash savings pencil out significantly. I like the skirting idea, gonna use that!

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well if it were me I don't think I would give up the place I am living in now before I get into living in a TT without a few things like sewer or electricity or water. get those three things in then think about moving into a TT long term

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Did you say what your water source is?


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It kinda seems like your concentrating on some of the wrong things (patio, pest control).

You need:

Electricity. This is the one thing that can make an RV habitable long term. Also, in order to build anything, you need a temporary electrical post.

Water. You will need a constant source of water whether you haul it or what ever.

Sanitation. You need a way to get rid of your sewage. You may be able to get a "Porta-potty" type service to come by at regular times to empty your tank. Or, you can use a tote if there's someplace near by to dump it.
Doubt you would like a composting toilet..

Don't even try to live in your RV without some way of covering these needs.


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I wouldn’t worry about a septic system, especially if you’re not even started building, but a buried holding tank and a ‘honey wagon’ to pump it out every couple months is pretty cheap.

I’ve never seen a place where they wouldn’t stick a pole in the ground and give you a temporary service panel. The construction folks will need electricity too.

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