Update 6.09.13 – Moving Day!

June 11, 2013 § 26 Comments

I apologize for being so late to update, it has been a BUSY couple of days!  I Moved!

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I had a LONG weekend, picked up around my folks’ farm, I made three distinct messes as my house moved around… Packed up my tiny house and got it ready for moving.  Then Sunday was the big day.  Originally my friend Jed was planning on helping me move Sunday around noon.  He was right on time and came over only to find out his truck is TOO big :).  He has an extended flat bed which made it about a foot to big to be able to fit under my hitch.  It was a good effort but it just wouldn’t work.  I almost called off the whole thing but then I decided, hey, this is what its like when you don’t own a truck… try some other options.  I posted an ad on Craigslist but then was too impatient to even wait.  I instantly called a tow truck to see how much they would charge to move me the 21 miles I needed to go.  I called the first one and they said they could do it but instead gave me the name of a guy with a dually, just in case.  Turns out that was a great call on their part.  Called the guy, he did ‘want’ to help on a Sunday but said he would and it would cost between $100-$110 to move it.  That was actually cheaper than I thought he would say.  I didn’t want to surprise him when he came out so I was sure to tell him it was a ‘home-made RV’ (which is what they technically are generally).  He said it would be fine.   He came out, hooked everything up, we had to modify the light wire so that it would plug in but other than that it went pretty smooth.  We couldn’t get a good ground to the truck so the hazards didn’t work well but all the other lights worked great.  I followed close behind and took way too many pictures (I only posted maybe half of them and it’s still a lot for one trip… I was nervous!) as we nervously went down the road.

He said it traveled really well, it was HEAVY.  His guesstimate is between 15k-18k pounds.   I still think that is way too high knowing all the materials I put into it.  We were not able to swing by a scale unfortunately to get a weight :(.  Eventually that will happen but in the short-term I am going to add up the materials and get a rough estimate now that it’s pretty much complete.   He did say that it is the heaviest thing he’s ever pulled but also that it pulled very straight and well.

Dad and mom followed down to complete the caravan with their tractor so we could get the site ready.  I moved downtown and am renting an empty lot from James.   The tractor made extremely short work of leveling the place and even digging a hole where the remote composting bin will be located.   I am very fortunate to have the family I do, it would have been a whole weekend long project at least otherwise!

We had a little mishap while backing the trailer in place, the ground was so soft that the trailer sunk a good 6-8 inches so there was a point that the tractor was just plowing it back there.  Unfortunately after the trailer got a few miles on its new axles the leaf springs and U-bolts got a little better acquainted and loosened up.  two of the axle’s leaf springs had a little bump out that holds the U-bolt in place when tightened down, I remember now thinking ‘what’s that for and why doesn’t this axle have it?’  Well now I know. With the sideways pressure the middle axle actually slipped on the leaf spring and was touching the front wheel.  Not to self, if replacing axles get a few miles on them then tighten again.   At first I freaked a little and thanked someone that it happened at our final destination instead of on the road somewhere but it really wouldn’t have happened anywhere else or there either if we weren’t plowing through the lawn instead of rolling through it.  It was a slight snag, we had to jack up that side of the trailer and put it back in place on the leaf spring then we (James) tightened down all the others to be sure.  then BAM, dad moved it into place.

On the way over I only noticed a single person who was mouth open looking at whatever contraption that was rolling down the road.  James was nice enough to ride with the tow dude, Gary (I think), and he may be able to speak to whether they noticed others.  There were just a couple of people who walked by while we were placing it who made a comment about it being ‘neat’.  And ‘Oh, it’s a house, cool!’.  It actually fits really well in the neighborhood too, it’s hard to actually see unless you’re right next to it.

So that Sunday was followed but a 16 hour work day Monday to catch up for a deadline or I would have updated sooner.  This afternoon I go get the new title for my ‘brand new’ 2013 RV.  and then I will try to snap some more photos of where the house is at now, below are all the process photos of the move, sorry, I know there are a ton!

Things still left to do:

  • Install water line at new location
  • Install composting toilet
  • Build media center/book shelf
  • Build 10 drawers for kitchen/dresser
  • Second coat of paint on the mill-work
  • Recover couch
  • Electrical closet doors
  • Hook up radiant floor heat
  • Build the fence for Denny

As you can see there are still plenty of project to keep me going before I can call this complete, I will be sticking around a little while longer on this topic at least and may start to post about my other projects I have going on too.  Just because you never say it enough though, thank you for sticking with me through this project, the encouragement you give me goes a LONG way!

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§ 26 Responses to Update 6.09.13 – Moving Day!

  • estherflute says:

    Congrats on the move! How tall is your house? We’re 13’2″ and although I KNOW we’ll be under, I’m still curious to see it under bridges and street lights!

    • Macy M says:

      Thank you Esther! My house is 12′-7″ tall last I checked, I really should check that again just to make sure… I will update that! There was oodles of clearance, probably a couple feet! Thanks for the congrats!

  • Macy,

    I got a lump in my throat looking at the photos and reading. I cannot imagine how you must feel. CONGRATULATIONS!! You totally rock.

  • Mark A Johnson says:

    Alright Macy,
    I sent good vibes all day sunday and sat here wondering how it was going, so glad to see your little bump happened at destination and not while enroute, looking at the pictures, I don’t think it’s too dark, it goes well with your Black trim and Chartreuse doors, I’m so happy for you and that all your hard work has come to fruition, Wishing You Well in Your New 2013 RV Home!

    • Macy M says:

      Thank you so much Mark! You know, I actually had a discussion about Chartreuse this last weekend, i always thought it was purple! And so did most of the people I hang around, I would have never guessed it was that green color but I am happy to have a name to call my accent color now, learn something every day! Thank you so much!

      • Mark A Johnson says:

        You know, there was a time when only royalty could use, wear and even have those 2 colors, purple and chartreuse, so you have royal doors, go ahead and be the queen of your castle, on another note, when Denny get’s big enough you’ll have to build him a dog house, probably bigger than your tiny home???

  • Lisa M. says:

    Yay!!! Congratulations on your new home 🙂

  • Karen says:

    I just recently discovered your blog, what a beautiful job you’ve done on your house! and now you are moved in – congratulations! Thank you for taking all the time to post photos and explanations of things – it has really helped me in planning my own tiny house. I start building this fall. I hope you thoroughly enjoy living in your new place 🙂

    • Macy M says:

      Thank you so much Karen for dropping by! I am glad to hear of another person taking the plunge! I hope I can follow along with you as you build, are you going to blog about it by chance? Thanks for your kind words!

  • Rachel says:

    Good job on the move, and the site looks nice with shade for your porch. I’m looking forward to hearing how Denny does in your house–I want to build a tiny, but I have a Tibetan Mastiff and when he stretches out he’s six feet long. Not much room to maneuver around him in a regular-sized house!

    • Macy M says:

      OMG! I just heard that the most expensive dog in the world is a Tibetan Mastiff, is that true?? They are gorgeous! Thanks for your kind words, I will certainly update (probably way too much) on how Denny’s doing 🙂

      • Rachel says:

        Some wealthy people in China have paid as much as 25K for a TM, but mine cost about the same as any purebred dog from a good breeder.

  • What a project! Beautifully done. What will you do with all your free time?!?
    You would be proud to know that we both spent our day helping our friend frame his little home as we anticipate starting on our own tiny next week.
    It’s a tiny world!
    -Mitchell & Nicholette

    • Macy M says:

      I know right!? I am actually worried about crashing a little once I don’t have this stuff to fill my evenings and weekends! That’s awesome, a little hands on before really going hands on! So excited to follow along with you two 🙂 Thank you for your kind words!

  • caseyfriday says:

    Congrats! So excited for your home location! Is it close to some urban action?

    • Macy M says:

      It is just off of State Street and a number street which makes it right in the heart of our little down-town. I had my first pop-by visitor to come take a tour last night, it was my new neighbor, they LOVE it so I think I am clear of complaints from them at least! 🙂

  • Interesting. It must have been scary to watch when it went under the bridge and street lights.

    • Macy M says:

      The bridges are required to be certain heights, I had to build the house under those heights to pass inspection so I actually wasn’t too concerned about that part… tires rolling off… yes ( you can’t help but think the worst! 🙂 )

  • cryssT says:

    Congrats on a safe relocation. What type of dog?

  • Joost says:

    Neat modern design! Nice green place to live!

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