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Old 08-01-2015, 08:06 AM   #21
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You'll absolutely need a bathroom, which most 13'ers don't have. Those that do give up a lot of space and lack a dedicated sitting/eating area, so you'll have to make up the bed and take it down daily. You may also find a 16'er easier to find and cheaper, because there are a lot more out there with bathrooms. That said, if you still decide to go with a 13' bath model, Floyd is the resident expert at making that layout work for long-term use. He's done some nice mods, particularly with the dinette area, making it more flexible for day/night use.

Couple of concerns about living in the trailer inside a garage…

(1) You won't be able to use propane appliances inside an enclosed space, and that includes the HW heater. Some are 2-way; many are LP only.

(2) In some places the lease terms or local codes may prohibit what you're planning to do. A night here and there, and folks might look the other way, but more than that could raise eyebrows.
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Then you have the water/sewer to deal with living with it inside a garage. Something else to think about. One thing's for sure...ALL electric!

First time I've ever heard of doing this....but as my dad use to say, "What I dont know would make another world!"

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You'll absolutely need a bathroom, which most 13'ers don't have. Those that do give up a lot of space and lack a dedicated sitting/eating area, so you'll have to make up the bed and take it down daily. You may also find a 16'er easier to find and cheaper, because there are a lot more out there. That said, if you still decide to go with a 13' bath model, Floyd is the resident expert at making that layout work for long-term use. He's done some nice mods, particularly with the dinette area, making it more flexible for day/night use.

Couple of concerns about living in the trailer inside a garageÖ
(1) You won't be able to use propane appliances inside an enclosed space, and that includes the HW heater. Some are 2-way; many are LP only.
(2) In some places the lease terms or local codes may prohibit what you're planning to do. A night here and there, and folks might look the other way, but more than that could raise eyebrows.
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Then you have the water/sewer to deal with living with it inside a garage. Something else to think about...
With careful management, a once or twice a week dump/refill run might suffice. But I did wonder about venting into an enclosed space. No idea how much of a problem that might be.

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First time I've ever heard of doing this....but as my dad use to say, "What I dont know would make another world!"
So true!
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Old 08-01-2015, 10:35 AM   #24
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Here's a couple of ideas I had that could save you 52 trips to the dump station per year:

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I've been thinking about this "fulltiming in a garage" as probably the least expensive but fun housing option in an urban area.

I think it's less expensive than any of the "Tiny House" approaches, and much easier to remove if requested by authorities, since it's probably illegal in most cities.

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For me the Casita 16' has the best combination of low clearance and high resale value for this application. I'm sure I can even squeeze it through a 7' garage door.
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