I just got back from my trip to Portland where I nailed down some of the details for the Tiny House Conference for April 2015. We will be having the next conference in the city of Portland itself. The city is a great place and I think you’ll like it too when you come to the conference.
Before my flight out I had to move out of my apartment, but I’m still making some sawdust in my tiny house while I finished the walls and install the floor. I also needed to treat the walls with Tung Oil and then I can at least move into my house. I’ll finish the kitchen, but most of the cutting will need to be done outside the house.
Since I wasn’t quite ready to move into my tiny house yet I started to think about my next project and what I might want to do. It lead me to getting an enclosed trailer which I was able to load my personal belongings into and would later serve as the start of my next project. The trailer is a 7×12 foot dual axle trailer, which can hold 5,500 lbs of weight. A convenient thing is I can drive my smart car into it, so when I later decide to go on long trips abroad or need to move I can park my smart in it to be safe while I’m away.
I drive a Smart Car which can’t tow my house or my trailer, but the truck cost me $65 a day in the city and with my Smart covering 99% of my needs and being only $13,000 I am glad I didn’t buy a truck now, especially after seeing how it guzzled gas. One thing to note is that I had to rent a truck, but most car rental places don’t allow you to tow with rental cars. I found a local company that allows you to tow, but if you’re looking in your area try calling the commercial arm of some of the rental companies.
So when I got back to Charlotte I have a house that needs to be finished, its now very hot and humid here and I’ll need to figure out a gym membership so I have a place to shower and then I’m going to have a water service come out for a while until the water gets hooked up. For the time being I’m going to have to use my generator while I figure out solar, read all about my woes with the city.
Tomorrow I’m meeting with a guy to go over laying down some gravel and clearing a spot for my tiny house.