My Mini Mobile Cottage Building Journey
This is the story of my journey building a tiny house, my mini mobile cottage. 8ft x 24ft of living space, I can't wait to see the end product and I want to share it with you! It is my goal to be both smart and helpful in what I post to help you in your journey. Thanks for following along.
Monday, February 22, 2021
Two New Fans for ventilation
Making progress with an excellent Internet connection
I purchased a Pepwave MAX Transit Cat 18 router and a MobileMark 7-in-1 5G Antenna. While this can house up to 2 SIM cards, I am running just one at the moment. I got a T-Mobile 100GB data plan for hotspots & routers. After testing it, which was very easy to set up. I got this router package from www.mobilemusthave.com and their videos on installing it made it simple and super easy.
I did a Speedtest on both my computer and smartphone, I was getting about 27 Mbps down and 15 Mbps up, this is awesome and while I only have one SIM in the unit, I could add another, and then the router would pick the fastest connection as I travel around. So far this is have been a very good experience.
Monday, December 14, 2020
The power situation evolved
I have been busy in the background working on the Dream Weaver. She is in a new location that is covered, I will be able to work on her all winter long, primarily on weekends until we have a bit more daylight and the temperature comes up. The current status of the build is the inside is completed cleaned out, and I have placed furring strips on the walls and ceiling. I am focused on the major systems, the first of which is electrical.
I had created a system in my last post for a moderate solar system. I have changed the game and created a far more robust system that will manage the 110v AC system and the solar system. I will be putting 1000 watts on solar to the roof of Dream Weaver and I will have 400 amp hour at 24volts of a battery bank, It is the equivalent of 7.2 kWh.
I went with a 3000 watt Victron Multiplus Inverter that will handle the incoming AC Power and a Victron MPPT to bring in the solar. There is a ton of information on both products on YouTube so I won't re-create it here. The move to the Multiplus is making change the 1/0 gauge wire I originally used to 4/0 gauge wire. That is a bit of a project in and of itself but it is required.
I have a lot of wire management still to do, I should be testing the AC power input this coming weekend and then start routing the AC and DC runs to wire up Dream Weaver. At that point, I can clean things up and move on to the HVAC system.
As a side note if you look at the bottom right-hand corner you see a red box, that is my diesel heater, a little heater that packs a huge clean punch. That was a great find, if you are looking for one, get the one with the White ends, not the black ones.
Saturday, June 13, 2020
Cargo Home - We have POWER!
I did make some modifications to his proposed set up. All my Battery cables are 1/0 gauge. The major change was a more robust MPPT from Victron Energy. I went with the MPPT 150 I 60 - Tr. I am set up to have 8 solar panels on the roof of the Cargo Home but I have room for at least two more. I am using Rich Solar panels @ 100Watts each, which is 800Watt all running at 24v.
Here is a link to his website and the system I duplicated: RV Solar Power Blue Prints
So my previous post I had all the components mounted on the board. As I started to wire them, I made some adjustments moving the power strip to the top of the board and adjusting the red battery cut off switch.
I connected the batteries and switched the battery cutoff to battery bank 1 or "on". I have both breakers tripped to the DC side and to the MPPT which does not have solar connected. I then tested both the DC and the AC Inverter.
On this video I had connected two solar panels in series to make 24v and then connected it to the MPPT to see if I could get a flow coming in. It was a raining cloudy day but was able to pull 8watts. It worked was all I was concerned about it and I am pleased with the results.
Friday, May 15, 2020
1st Step - Solar
Friday, January 31, 2020
A New Home - now it is time to start the project in earnest
As with all these projects it is what the person building it brings both in the vision and capacity to build that guides the project. I have been following blogs on cargo trailers for the last two years. I don't quite understand the "haters" who have to jump in and correct someone else's project so be nice and I will gladly respond. I would love to hear about your project as well.
Here is a shot of my little solar generator. I am currently charging it on 110v but once the weather changes I can get some sun in my life and do it correctly.
Sunday, September 23, 2018
I want a lot of open space so I have designed it as such. I have a plan for electrical and a plan for plumbing. I will probably go back to what I know and use a composting toilet but I still need a grey water system for the sink and the shower. All good things to think about.
Well here is the rough outline that more then likely will change a bit in the final outcome but this is a good starting point. I did notice that the right side drawing is backward, so much for my architectural skills.