Bob's caboose build

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Re: Bob's caboose build

Postby bobhenry » Mon Oct 17, 2016 6:40 pm

Now I went and done it :shock: I found a deal I couldn't turn down ! A P3500 GMC step van. Yep it is a giant potato chip or laundry type chassis. I spent a large portion of its life as a U.S. Military supply truck on a base somewhere. Later turned loose somewhere along the way it was given a new long block overhaul. The current owner and I estimated 80,000 on the new motor +/- . Good tires and runs out great. Now it gets better...... Ambulance inverter that will run about everything but a welder. Motion sensing led light fixtures inside front and rear. Insulated and white corrugated steel siding walls brighten the interior and ceiling. It also has an on board compressor system and a 5000 LB class 4 hitch. The caboose has a towing buddy if ever needed. Mean time it will be my flea market fliver. A mobile warehouse and thanks to onboard 120 volt AC it can be an on site work shop as well. Once the part time retirement becomes full time I can start the flea market circuit with my wood projects and beer and wine lamps for sale and make a few extra bucks.

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OH the best part $2600.00 :D

Hell I may take it over to Frankfort and camp out in it on the property just to upset the zoning czar who ran me and the caboose off of my property. You can park your vehicle on your property can't you ????
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Re: Bob's caboose build

Postby pchast » Mon Oct 17, 2016 9:43 pm

Sounds like a great deal. :thumbsup:
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Re: Bob's caboose build

Postby bobhenry » Mon Oct 31, 2016 10:05 am

Well I got a bit done this weekend. A new mini deck /back porch/steps for the land lady and 7 hours on my rent payment.

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I went up the hill and finished out the garden window with trim. Added the missing battens

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and took down the white lantern porchlite and painted it to match the trim

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Raked about 2 truck loads of leaves from around the caboose and burnt them a safe distance away. I always worry about leaves stacking up around any home but especially the caboose as it is a good distance to a water source.
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Re: Bob's caboose build

Postby kludge » Tue Nov 08, 2016 10:51 am

Bob,

My wife and I visited the Tiny House show this weekend in Indy.

We talked briefly to one of the local (Indiana) builders of tiny houses and asked how to do it legally in Indiana.

His answer was that the trailer was registered with the BMV as a cargo trailer. They don't care what is on it - it's cargo. However he said, you can't live in it on your own property, you have to park it and live in it on someone else's property.

It seems like his answer mirrors you situation. Yes? No?
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Re: Bob's caboose build

Postby bobhenry » Tue Nov 08, 2016 2:23 pm

I don't have an answer. I never registered mine with the BMV. It is a tiny house not a cargo trailer and not an RV. I have a letter from the building and zoning boys let me see if I can find it......

Mr. Henry,

The tiny house that the Purdue students built is being done on Purdue owned land. As such, state owned land is not subject to local zoning or subdivision regulations. I checked with Lafayette, West Lafayette and the County Building Commissioner. Lafayette told me that they have Housing Standards in the City Code that include Occupancy Limitations, Section 13.03.010, Section 404. This lists minimum room sizes as well as required bedroom square footage per occupant. Based on these standards, the City could not approve a tiny house to be built within the city limits. A person in the City Engineer’s office talked to the student in the article and he was told the project could not be allowed within Lafayette.

West Lafayette had not heard anything about this, but they also agree that it would likely not be allowed within West Lafayette. According to the County Building Commissioner, Mike Wolf, the state has building code regulations that would also most likely prevent a tiny home from meeting state code. I think that this would have to be addressed before any locality in Indiana could permit a tiny house.

I hope this answers your question.

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So it goes further into size of unit and size of rooms If you want to really fog your brain look up Indiana zoning statutes Section 13.03.010, Section 404. Indiana is just not tiny friendly. Despite what you heard you will play hell placing a tiny on a habitated piece of property as an auxiliary building.
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Re: Bob's caboose build

Postby bobhenry » Tue Nov 29, 2016 7:01 am

Still trying to get the tiny house on wheels underpinned for the winter. Well on the way home Wednesday before Thanksgiving I stumbled over a litter bug's trash pile. Seem some damn fool decided to get rid of some of the parts of his dismantled deck in a side ditch. Now me, not being too proud just pulled over and loaded up the pickup, took it out to the tiny house and spent about 20 minutes pulling nails.

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I now have 28 feet of 2x6 treated sill plate and 50+ feet of 1x6 5/4 board to utilize as vertical studding or as doubled up plate as needed. About $85.00 of treated lumber as a gift from some unknown litter bug. Thank you LB !


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Re: Bob's caboose build

Postby rebapuck » Fri Dec 02, 2016 6:30 pm

Your eye sight is $20-$20!
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Re: Bob's caboose build

Postby bobhenry » Thu Dec 08, 2016 7:45 am

I found time for a little snow day project for the land lady...... I found these little curio racks at Goodwill for a buddy and he turned up his nose at them for a display rack so I offered them to her and this is the result........

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Re: Bob's caboose build

Postby bobhenry » Thu Dec 08, 2016 7:50 am

Anyone remember the newly installed garden window ?

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Well the first snow made it all worth while.......

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Re: Bob's caboose build

Postby bobhenry » Thu Dec 08, 2016 7:55 am

There is something magical about the first snow.....

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yes those are snow flakes...huge snowflakes

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the view out the tongue side front window


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and the view when I open the front (side door)

Did I mention I love my location ! :D
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Re: Bob's caboose build

Postby S. Heisley » Thu Dec 08, 2016 7:50 pm

:thumbsup: Very pretty! :applause:
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Re: Bob's caboose build

Postby bobhenry » Tue Dec 13, 2016 12:22 pm

I HAD A TRESPASSER OVER THE WEEKEND AT THE CABOOSE. :shock:


From the hoof prints I think it was Rudolph. If I were able to open the garden window enough I think I could have patted him on the butt. It was kind of neat to see deer tracks In the snow. I wish I had caught a glimps of him !
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Re: Bob's caboose build

Postby bobhenry » Mon Jan 02, 2017 10:58 am

Well made it to another year ! Took a short side trip this morning and went and investigated a 8 x 20 cargo shipping container. The tare weight of 4800 pounds kinda scared me at 1st but then I realized the caboose has probably blossomed to over 5k so that helped to put it into prospective. I am thinking strongly about a fireproof utility building for the monster wood stove and a water storage building. It is less than 2 miles from the caboose so I have got to make a call this evening and find out a price. It was pristine inside and out so it is probably not what I am looking for ! $$$$$ I like cheap!
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Re: Bob's caboose build

Postby rebapuck » Wed Jan 04, 2017 10:00 am

Sounds to me like another build.
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Re: Bob's caboose build

Postby bobhenry » Wed Apr 26, 2017 6:15 am

Holy Moly it damn near May. I spent this weekend cutting and cleaning up 6 downed trees and mowed and trimmed the caboose grounds. Built the land lady a dog house for the monsters

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and assembled a 10 x 10 wire kennel for their "day park" and a OK corral for the house.Image

The tree cutting crew and I had our very first dinner at the robin hood table. Image


It felt good getting the trash and dead fall limbs all raked up and burnt. The campfire went a full 36 hours with all the tops and trash we burnt.
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