If you’re noodling down the road with your tiny house on wheels in tow, there a couple of things you should probably have with you or should use to keep your tiny house on wheels in the best ‘road shape’ possible. Enjoy our list.
Why would you need plywood when you’re tiny house is already built? Chances are you have a window or three on each side of the house. Some windows are less expensive than others. However, no window is worth the aggravation of repairing. Just like you were battening down the hatches for an Atlantic Ocean hurricane, use plywood to cover your windows while in transit. Once parked, you can remove the plywood and even mark them in correspondence with the window they cover. Your morning view through sparkling glass the next day will thank you!
A QUIET GENERATOR
Not everywhere you pull into will have electrical hookups. You also may not have solar power. But to use your water pump or your toaster oven or even your ceiling fan, you’ll want some electricity. That is where the generator comes into play. You can purchase a good unit for less than $1,000 and they even come equipped with remote starts now!
A GENERAL TOOLKIT
Just a few weeks ago we outlined a basic toolkit that may be just what you need for taking to the open road.
FIRST AID KIT
There is nothing worse than having a little accident while doing the most mundane of tasks, needing a Band-Aid, and not having anything within reach. Carry along a first aid kit and you’ll have Band-Aids and much more….or you should. Some great items to consider are:
- Cloth tape
- Antibiotic cream
- Antiseptic wipes
- Cold Press
- Hydrocortisone ointment
This may not even be needed if you have built your tiny house with a composting toilet. However, if you use more traditional holding tanks (like an RV) you will want to make sure you have your sewer hose with you. Dumping black water is no fun to begin with but without the right tools it can be a downright stinky job. When purchasing your hose be sure to keep a few things in mind. Purchase a length that will reach most dump tanks (15′ is usually plenty) but isn’t too long to sag when liquids are flowing. Second, get a hose with a right angle bracket with a clear view piece. This allows you to be able to see what’s going through the hose and flowing appropriately.
WATER PRESSURE REGULATOR
You’ve taken the time to make sure your plumbing is absolutely flawless in your tiny house on wheels. There is no sense in wasting that effort by blowing out the water system in your home. Some water lines have too high of water pressure, which can cause stress on your plumbing and eventually cause leaks in the system. Carry a water pressure regulator that goes between your fresh water hose and your tiny house so as to prevent the problem.
A tiny house is…well, tiny! It picks up all sorts of debris from foot traffic. Sometimes a broom just doesn’t do the job. Therefore, consider a small handheld vacuum that will help keep your sacred space clean and clear.
Whether for your generator or your tow vehicle, carry a can of gas with you at all times. Even if you are parked right next to a gas pump there is nothing to guarantee you and your house can fit in the space. With a gas can you are sure to at least not run out of gas completely.
Sometimes propane fridge units can be damaged by an off-level tiny house. Doors don’t work correctly, and life just seems a bit unsteady. Add a small, adhesive bubble level to your tiny house so when you arrive on-site you can level quickly and have some semblance of terra firma.
With agents like Martin Burlingame of Tiny House Insurance working hard to provide more tiny house insurance options each day, there is no excuse to go driving down the road without a policy in place. Road safety followed by protection for yourself, your home, and those you are sharing the road with, is a must!
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