D Rivera

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Phoenix, AZ
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So I have property in Northeastern Washington that I am trying to move to asap (corporate america is sucking the life out of me). Already have septic and water. I'm looking to move a used older (cheap) singlewide mobile home on it to live in until we decide what to build (we have three kids so a tent or RV won't work). We will more than likely keep it on the property and renovate it. Sustainable affordable house that we will own. I want to accomplish this this year. Not alot of funds for this. The County has a snow load requirement of 50 lbs/sf. (with a WA state structural engineer to sign off on the permit stating it meets the snow load requirement) Most mobiles do not have a snow load that high. I do not want to spend 5K+ for a roof over pole structure to go over the entire singlewide. What are my options? Do I have any? is there anyway to look up a mobile home serial number to check the snow load if we find one we want to purchase, or do we need to hire an engineer to look at it? are there plans out there to put a new snow roof on a mobile without hiring someone? Has anyone done this? Any advice would be helpful. thanks!

As an example, I found the below single wide that looks like it has a snow roof on it but the owner doesn't know the load. It looks like it would hold 50lbs/sf...link below

https://spokane.craigslist.org/for/4895620590.html
5 years ago
Thanks Meghan! this gives me some things to consider...
5 years ago
I have 20 acres in northeastern WA. I do not live there full time yet, but I would like to start planting some fruit and nut trees so In five years I will have fruit bearing trees. When I develop the swales next year and start planting do I need to do any watering or will they get enough from the annual rainfall and wales by design? any help will be appreciated

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5 years ago
Chase -
we will be completely off-grid. We have secured about 8 solar panels as a start to our solar PV system on the property, and may supplement with wind. We have a spring/creek that runs through the property but unfortunately is not fast enough for microhydro.
6 years ago
Hi Chase Hill

My husband and I just bought 20 acres in Newport, WA area which is on the border of ID close to Priest River and Sandpoint. We have a small cabin and a creek and we love it. We will be preparing the property to live on full-time over the next three years or so. We are currently in AZ. I took a PDC a couple of years ago and we are going to be incorporating extensive permaculture concepts as we develop it. Our first order of business will be to start planting our food forest and building on contour swales. We love the Sandpoint area hope to find more like minded permies as we transition to our property. Next summer, after the snow melts, we will be up there to start finishing the cabin and building our rocket mass heater. My husband is modifying a wood stove into a mass heater...should be an adventure!

There is plenty of information out there on mass heaters and it's a pretty simple concept and very doable.

here is some info and inspiration.

http://www.inspirationgreen.com/rocket-mass-heaters.html

Cheers!
6 years ago