Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Country road, take me home!

Mt. Rainier, volcano waiting to explode
Greetings and Salutations from Lacey, Washington in the terrifying shadow of the beautiful Mt. Rainier!

Some of you know that I temporarily left Texas for some work opportunities to boost my tiny house fund. It's been a cold, dark and wet 5 months but the time has come for my triumphant return to the Lone Star State. My happy dance is in full effect right now.

I'll be making the drive from Lacey, WA back to Texas next week with a few touristy-type stops along the way.

However, before that happens, I'm very excited say I'll to be flying to Sacramento, CA this weekend to attend a Tumbleweed Tiny House Workshop. I attended this workshop once before in 2014 in Dallas back when my tiny house dreams were just a few sketches in my notebook and I was searching for ANY way to avoid using a compost toilet. How times have changed, huh? The workshop was great and I got to meet a lot of people in the Dallas area that were interested in the movement. I still have all my notes but a lot of what was discussed, I can't remember. As I get closer and closer to my build date, I realize I can use all the help I can get so I decided to attend again.

I would like to take a moment, once again,  to tell y'all how awesome Tumbleweed is. I'm not sponsored by Tumbleweed. I don't get anything from them for saying that. That is just my opinion and I want you to know. Every interaction I have had with them has been polite and helpful. In fact, I really feel like they have gone above and beyond for me more than once. I purchased my plans from them and plan to purchase my trailer from them as well. They definitely value my business. The woman that I've been working with even commented on how much she enjoys reading my blog! Awesome right?

Ok...where was I before that brief detour? Oh, right...the workshop. So yea, I'm going to Sacramento this weekend to get educated again. I'm hoping to sit and chat with a representative there about ordering my trailer. I did a little research and found a few shippers, using the UShip app, willing to deliver my trailer to me for around $500. I'll probably do that.

That being said, let's talk trailers for a moment. I purchased the plans for the 20' Tumbleweed Cypress and originally planned to build on the Tumbleweed Utility trailer. The utility trailer gets you the lower overhead clearance to allow for a loft but requires that you build within the wheel wells, leaving you an interior living space that is 6'8" wide (it's bigger than you think...but not much LOL).

Imagine my excitement when I got an email introducing the new Tumbleweed Low-Wider trailer! This new trailer allows you to build on the outside of the wheel wells while still maintaining the overhead clearance and highway compliance exterior width of 8'6". That means more interior space to the tune of 7'7".  You might be thinking, "11 inches?! What's the big deal?" But in a space that small, 11 inches along the full 20 foot length is a decent addition.

Tumbleweed Utility Trailer (Credit:Tumbleweed)

Tumbleweed Low-Wider Trailer (Credit:Tumbleweed)

So, I decided this was gonna be it. The new Low-Wider trailer had my name written all over it. Until I contacted Tumbleweed to ask some questions. As it turns out, introducing a new trailer is one thing, getting all of your different model plans up to speed to match the specifications of said trailer is another. They told me that some people are just making the adjustment themselves. Yea...I don't have those kinds of skills.

This is me making adjustments to the plans myself
They anticipate having the Cypress plans up to date by this summer. I planned to start building in Spring. I'm not sure I want to start a project in the Texas summer heat. I'll blow my whole budget on bottled water and ER visits for heat stroke! Also, as we all know, deadlines are seldom met. Good intentions aside, I don't want to postpone my project just to find out the plans are taking longer than anticipated. I plan to discuss all this with a representative this weekend and see what they recommend. I'll keep y'all posted. 

That is all for now. Please share any thoughts you have on anything in this post. Follow me on Instagram if you want to keep track of my cross country drive and other random antics.

Ok this time for real, that's it. Thanks for stoppin' by!

-Big Jerm

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