Kent Griswald has written up a great rundown of how to take an old RV and gut it for parts in order to build a Tiny House. He outlines three main points that are great advantages to this approach:
- RV components are designed to withstand trailering long distances, are made to be turned off for many months, so they are very durable.
- Most RV’s utilize 12 volt direct current systems or DC electricity, so generally use 12 volt appliances. However they usually have an inverter for when they are plugged into a grid which converts everything back to AC usage. Most inverters will transfer back and forth automatically.
- Many RV’s have portable gas stoves that can be moved in and out of your home. Many of the new bathrooms are one peace and incorporate everything in them form tub to toilet, so this can make setting up your new space a relatively easy process.
This is also a great approach because you can get it for cheap or free. The only thing you should look into is checking to see if there will be a cost to dispose of the left overs, however, there are certain parts that you can actually sell for scrap metal and make a pretty penny doing it. Imagine get a trailer for free, taking what you need and then making money off it!
There also has been who took these RVs and took the top off them, grinded it down to clean it up and had their trailer for free!
So their blog has a broken link on it and there is no actualy way to link to it. The full story is below and was taken from Tiny Tumbleweed House Blog. (if Jay or Kent gets it fixed then Ill just post a link)
Salvaging an old or destroyed RV trailer can be a great way to furnish your tiny house. Many salvageable items can be claimed from an old trailer to be used again in a tiny house on wheels.
The above photo shows a 32 foot trailer that was listed in Kentucky for $600. The side was ripped off but the owner still had the sink, tub and other appliances available that were included in the purchase. Watch your local craigslist for bargains like these or check around your town, you may find someone who would be happy for you to take it, just to get it out of their way.
The base trailer was not damaged so the the outer shell could be completely removed and you would than have a 32 foot trailer to build your tiny house on. You could than salvage all the internal items, such as the electrical control system, plumbing and water supply. Re-use the furniture and cabinets and incorporate the kitchen appliances and bathroom toilet and tub into your tiny house.