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Photo story of a tiny house truck build

tiny house truck build process
Just purchased cheap 28ys old truck at other end of the country
tiny house truck build process
Have to get my car back home with me
tiny house truck build process
But how do I get it off the truck? No one has planks for me!
tiny house truck build process
Okay, take off what we don't need
tiny house truck build process
Pity, the air intake reaches above the cabin!
tiny house truck build process
Miguel checking my work
tiny house truck build process
"Good job" he barks, "I can still smell the burnt steel"
tiny house truck build process
Asked everyone, no one wants these parts
tiny house truck build process
Local welder putting together the outer frame
(1.5mm thick hollow steel tubes)
tiny house truck build process
His finished work
tiny house truck build process
Okay, let's lift this beast (roughly 100kg) on the truckbed!
tiny house truck build process
Was easy - with Miguel's help
tiny house truck build process
Get a glimpse of the welded part
tiny house truck build process
Off to the DIY to put the basement floor on
- yes, we will have a basement! grin
tiny house truck build process
Miguel getting his (late) breakfast - still homecooked, yes!
tiny house truck build process
Okay, let's add U-tracks only where we need them
(money is tight now!)
tiny house truck build process
Determining the right placement of the windows
tiny house truck build process
Brackets for the cabover floor supporting C-studs
tiny house truck build process
Preparing for the 5cm roof incline (which is just 1.4%!)
- this material is only 0.55mm so I double all C-studs for rigidity!
tiny house truck build process
The light steel frame structure - all screwed
in STEEL, which takes foreeever rolleyes
tiny house truck build process
Making sure the window frames don't fall on the road
before I can screw them in position!
tiny house truck build process
Both windows secured in position
tiny house truck build process
Securing the huge double door frame
- even more important!
tiny house truck build process
Okay, the 100kg / 220lb(!) heavy double door is in place as well
tiny house truck build process
Hard to find a place where I can climb up to fit the roof!
tiny house truck build process
Miguel watching in amazement from below
tiny house truck build process
Finding a place to cut the final roof panel
tiny house truck build process
Good feeling: the roof is finished - in just half a day smile
(the clearfilm I'll take off when I have time later)
tiny house truck build process
This photo is proof how much the heavy door pulls
the truckbed down to the right! eek
tiny house truck build process
Miguel is terribly bored during the house-build!
tiny house truck build process
Water-proofing the basement floor
tiny house truck build process
Something's missing? Yes, but I don't know just yet...
tiny house truck build process
After the first tour I notice cracks in the welded frame - Arrgh!! eek
What's holding the house up is my screwed light steel framing! grin
tiny house truck build process
You can clearly see how the entire frame is being
pulled to the rear right (the heavy double door).
I am wavering: Should I run or should I SCREEAAM?
tiny house truck build process
Pulling the entire structure back into position - HOW SCARY!!
tiny house truck build process
No walls yet, but we have to "move in" - first meal for Miguel
tiny house truck build process
"As long as it's REAL FOOD I'll eat uncooked too, don't worry"
tiny house truck build process
"Yes, that looks good to me"
tiny house truck build process
"Ummh, and it tastes good too"
tiny house truck build process
No walls, so we're livin' under tarp for three weeks sad
tiny house truck build process
Finally! We can add walls, phew! smile
tiny house truck build process
The welder re-welded his part
yet I better add what was missing:
steel wind braces, yeah
tiny house truck build process
Wind braces everywhere, yes!
tiny house truck build process
And screwing them to each and every welded part!
Further securing the welds with corner brackets too smile
tiny house truck build process
Miguel doesn't do any work, yet is always hungry sad
tiny house truck build process
"Of course. What dog could resist this REAL FOOD?!"
Right. smile
tiny house truck build process
I am wondering how to fit the "corner castings"
(for lifting the house!)
without breaking through the walls??
tiny house truck build process
Working from dawn to dusk
tiny house truck build process
No funds for beauty - let alone more windows
tiny house truck build process
Trying to break the monotony of tin food
tiny house truck build process
The sausage and cottage cheese go first
tiny house truck build process
Not livin' - existing
tiny house truck build process
Yet we have all we need - except power cry
tiny house truck build process
And what a view!

Summary:

  • Building the entire shell took only 7 weeks - because I knew I had to move in then rolleyes
  • Drilling hundreds of screws into STEEL is most tiring - and those into the 1.5mm thick main steel structure take looong!
  • Adding the sandwich panel walls three weeks later (when I had the cash) took 9 days: I had to "secretly" use windows of opportunity to charge my drill's battery packs at the DIY store. mrgreen Plus, I suffered MASSIVE spine discs pain (was pretty much stiff), which prolonged the work.
  • Fitting the roof took only an afternoon because almost all screws went into the double-layered light steel studs that make my "rafters". Those are easy to drill into.

When I find the time later, I will add a post with my top tips on building a steel tiny house on wheels. And whether I would do it again. smile

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