3. What kind of hookups will you have for water, electricity, etc?
Our tiny house will have regular RV hookups for power and water. This will provide us fresh tap water and 120V power for outlets and appliances. The majority of our large appliances (water heater and stove) will run off propane, so we will also carry two 20-pound propane tanks with us. This means that we can easily connect to any RV spot in a campground, or to an extension cord and garden hose in a friend's driveway (if you have a driveway you want to offer, shoot us a message on our contact page!). We will also have fully contained electric and water systems so that we can do some off-grid camping, with no hookups. These systems will include a fresh water tank and pump, grey water tank, solar panels, batteries, and a charger/inverter. We are only planning to have these system supply us off-grid for a few days at a time. So, during this time, we will pack light and keep our food in a cooler, rather than the fridge. We can use our propane stove top, but not our convection counter top oven. So life will be just slightly more primitive.
4. How do you dispose of your waste?
The conversation about tiny houses inevitably always ends up with us talking about toilets. That's just a part of life, I suppose. Our tiny house will have NO black water, meaning we won't need to connect to a sewer system. Instead, we will have a composting toilet. This clever device has two waste containers, one for liquids, and one for solids. The solid waste container is churned after each use with some peat moss to encourage composting and is emptied every few weeks. The liquid waste container will get emptied every few days. We also want to keep a larger compost bin in the back of our truck, for other biodegradable food waste. All other water leaving our house (from our two sinks and our shower) will be grey water, and we intend to use all biodegradable cleaning products so that this can be safely disposed of pretty much anywhere. We will keep a small, portable grey water tank with us, so we can collect it all and dispose of it wherever makes sense.
5. What will you use to pull that thing?
As we mentioned previously, we bought a truck... a big truck.