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Old 02-16-2014, 09:57 AM   #15
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This house ... uses a composting toilet.
I thought the question about traveling with a full black tank was settled on this forum already! Interesting at first glance, but that's about it.
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Old 02-16-2014, 10:25 AM   #16
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Nice...I like it.
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Old 02-16-2014, 10:49 AM   #17
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I was never "into mortgages" either but there came a time when I could see that living out of a hearse wasn't going to work. The silver spooners who infest these New Age daycare academies don't have to worry about insulation; they live in the biggest and best transparent bubble money can buy!

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Old 03-03-2018, 01:51 PM   #18
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"can be towed by a four cylinder Car!!

Utterly meaningless!! Most present day 4 bangers make more horse power and torque than a mid seventies small block chevy!!
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Old 03-03-2018, 02:12 PM   #19
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yes, but most modern cars are FWD overgrown econoboxes with no frame and low payload, particularly rear axle. horsepower/torque is only part of the picture in towing
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John, I happen to disagree completely regarding modern front wheel/all wheel drive, unibody vehicles (in general, without referencing any specific vehicle). But it misses the point of this (4-year-old) thread...

As does the previous post about modern 4-bangers, which is true but irrelevant. The OP's point was that the trailer is as light as fiberglass and towable by a smaller vehicle, that is all.

Since there are no molds involved, and you can't spray it out of a chopper gun, though, it is (1) outside the scope of this forum and (2) impractical for mass production. It's a lot like a hand-made wooden canoe: beautiful to look at but expensive to make, an exercise in craftsmanship over practicality.
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Old 03-03-2018, 03:27 PM   #21
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old shasta

last summer at Bennett springs state park a couple turned up in a 13f Shasta. that thing wasn't big enough to have weighed too much it was completely remodeled I forgot to ask the weght?
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Old 03-03-2018, 08:31 PM   #22
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Most everyone that looks at the picture of that tiny house immediately form an opinion. Read them. Crazy students. Impractical. Not really the square footage advertised, which must mean new math. Not fiberglass, so it can't be on this site. Designed by rich students, so we already know it's wrong, etc.

Any new design, in an engineering or design class, is valuable. All the deliberation and materials study and comparisons to current products are what train designers and engineers to do their job. This is not a sales brochure, it's a design concept.

All of the opinions that flowed from looking at it are part of the second phase. That part is to evaluate the practicality of the concept. Can it be built? Does it fit a market need? Will it last? How much does it cost to make? How can we improve the shape? How will a skeptical public respond to it? Why hasn't this idea been produced before? Is it to far ahead of it's time? Is it behind current thinking? Who is it designed for? Etc.

The many knee jerk responses written here are the exact questions that will be brought to the table and evaluated, except possibly the put down of supposed rich students that don't have a clue about the real world, simply because they are rich. The designers must always keep in mind that people hate change and will fight it violently if needed. People also resist success by others.

This are the real world design experiences and challenges.

As examples of resistance to new ideas look at the resistance to LED lights, electric cars, solar systems, self driving cars, etc.

Some new products happen to be in the right place at the right time, such as smart phones.

I find it interesting that commenters would rather be negative toward the concept, and the designers, than look for any good it might offer. I wonder if fiberglass trailers met the same resistance early on? I know of one fiberglass boat manufacturer that had to build boats and race them and beat the competition, back in the 1950s, to prove the concept to skeptical boat builders that insisted that "boats must be made from trees".
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It's a lot like a hand-made wooden canoe: beautiful to look at but expensive to make, an exercise in craftsmanship over practicality.
I believe it was Herrshoff that listed the three most important features of a canoe. in descending order they are: First, it must look good. Second, it must be light. Third, it must handle well in the water.

The reasoning is that it must look good in order to get your attention and make you want to to use it. Then it must be light enough to easily transport to the water. After all of that, its sea kindly nature becomes important.
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Old 03-04-2018, 06:44 AM   #24
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small house concepts

I for one don't understand the small house concept. many are built on wheels where do you take them what then? there will be an expense to park them or who is going to allow them? then the quality is not built for trailering far what then? you still have to have plumbing and electricity for long term!

they put so many doodads in them then they become too pricey! what bank is going to loan money on these things most people don't have 60k laying around!

it just seems to me with depreciation, maintance costs and depreciation people are kidding themselves. Maybe a good apartment would be better!

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Being in a vintage camper group, I've been part of many frame up restorations and have also seen new design/builds of teardrops and 'tiny homes'. This is just one more example of a movable camper, behome, or just a weekend retreat. in today's world of reliance on technology and boxed ideas, I like to see creativity at work. For me, I love the stained glass wall.
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For me, I love the stained glass wall.
Had a stained glass door in my house. Didn't take long for it to fall apart from being opened and closed.
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Old 03-04-2018, 01:09 PM   #27
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I am startled at new home prices today! I talk to a builder he claims he cant make any money on a 150k house which in todays world is a starter home.


we have some Amish in the area they are booked up on building 1m homes. holy cow! are our wants now way in front of our needs? all this just seems spooky to me!


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Not fiberglass, but why not wooden trailers?

Just happened to notice there is a new development of tiny homes in a nearby town. It's in an area that has already been developed for manufactured homes on private lots, but I think the tiny home development consists of rental spaces.

They all appear to be true, custom built tiny houses in the 150-200sf range, no RV's or park models I can see.

When I hear about so many municipalities trying to keep them out, it's refreshing to see one town learning to accommodate them. I'm curious how they address the issue of codes and inspections.
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