What Our Cozy Roller Has Taught Us
Being that we are young adults at the age of 22, we have had to learn quite a few things since living in our tiny home. What better way to learn things than by throwing yourself into a full- fledged cross-country road trip?
1. How to Hook up the Tow Hitch
One of the coolest parts about living in a tiny house is having the freedom to move your home from place to place. You are no longer geographically limited to any area so long as you have a vehicle capable of pulling the tiny home. Once you have a vehicle, you will need to know how to properly hook up your automobile to your tow hitch. Neither of us had ever had to tow anything up until we built our tiny home, so we were both foreign to this important step. Thankfully, we had plenty of help and support from our family and park neighbors who had towed a thing or two in their lifetimes. After being shown the steps a few times, we caught on, and can now honestly say there is not all that much to it!
You would think that the hardest part would be backing up straight into your trailer but that is actually quite easy with the help of another person (or your backup camera). It is actually harder to remember the small things like raising your leg up all the way before traveling. It can also be easy to forget to check all your lights and tire pressure before hitting the road. One of our neighbors told us about their checklist they use before they depart – not a bad idea!
2. How to Hookup RV Appliances
Our tiny home obtains water and electricity through the same hookups that a traditional RV would. This is awesome because there are thousands of RV parks across the country who can easily accommodate our tiny house. Every now and then a RV park will tell us they only take traditional RV’s but thankfully this has not happened often. Since our tiny home was our first foray into the world of RV’s, we have had to learn how to properly connect and disconnect all of our hookups so that we can safely move from one spot to the next. It is a pretty simple process for the most part and only requires basic tools such as wrenches and screwdrivers. However, simplicity aside, if we did not know these steps, we would not have the amenities we used to take for granted in our big houses; water and electricity!
Apart from our own safety, it is important to hook our appliances up correctly so that we are following health and safety regulations. For example, the grey water needs to be hooked up correctly or it can cause a huge mess in our park. It is also important to know what type of voltage your home can run off of so you can request the correct spot.
3. House Repairs/Carpentry Skills
Some of the most valuable skills we have learned through this endeavor came from getting hands on and building our tiny home ourselves. Thankfully, we had some help and guidance from seasoned handy men. Throughout the build we learned how to properly use many different tools while also soaking in architectural knowledge about things like the importance of structure and weight. Over the past few months of us being home owners, we have already gotten to use some of the skills we learned during our initial construction on everyday house repairs!
4. To be Patient
There are a lot of stressful things that can happen when living in 120 square feet, especially when you regularly pick up your home and tow it across the country. We have had to learn to practice patience with one another, with our dog, and with the world in general. Things happen when you travel as often as we do. Tires pop, phone service can be lost, your dog finds the nearest mud puddle, etc. All types of unpredictable situations happen that sometimes affect our original plans. We have learned that practicing patience and gratitude are the best two ways to combat against the different stressors that we cross paths with while on our journey.