Luxury living off the grid

To make trailer living off the grid we are working on two fronts.

1) Shade – I took the old side door panels from the old shop and put them over the trailer and shop container.

2) Cooling – Built a 12 volt evap cooler from a plastic tub and pvc pipe.  Used some old plywood to duct the air into the trailer roof vent.  We won’t freeze but it takes the edge off the heat – Maggie isn’t quite the desert rat that I am.

The wood box behind the cooler drops down over the vent and cool to duct the air inside.   Once a day I fill the tub with water.


Reality sure can be difficult.  We have sorted thru most of the stuff that was quickly strewn about the ground during the move.  It will be months before we have APS power so we are learning to live with our generator for power.  No shop means I get to sit in the dirt when welding.  I have a few customer projects to finish then back to house construction.


Aerial view of the chaos.

Our neighbor, Bob Hughes, took these photos with his drone.   We got the shop completely moved off the old property at the end day (in the dark) on the 15th.    Once we get our belongings sorted out and stored back in the containers construction will resume.  As you can see the area of disturbance is very small.  The house will go where the dirt mound is – just to right of the 5 red containers.  The shop and carport will be located where the 5 red containers are currently sitting.


Our property extends across the wash and up the 30ft bank to near the corner of the white house.

Containers have moved

All eight containers are now on site.  Tight squeeze but we still have room for our trailer and room to spare for the concrete truck and pump.

Next item (after we finish cleaning up former shop site) will reloading all the stuff we took out of the containers so they could be moved.


This container will be part of the carport structure.  I’m welding angle iron that will become full length shelves on both sides of the container.



The original plan was to pour the concrete piers for the house, build the carport and shop and then move the shop and house containers over to the property in a nice orderly manner.  The shop landlord is selling the property so we have until March 15 to be out.  So we opted for full chaos moving as a new plan.  We moved the first of 8 containers onto the property only to realize we had blocked the access to the power pole that APS will need to set us up with a temporary construction power meter.  So we got George the crane guy to lift, rotate and move the container 15 feet.


Putting rebar in the pier foundation holes.

Relocated this pincushion.  Been walking over it for months.

More dirt work

Using my 75lb jackhammer to tamp down the pier footings.   Driving in 1 in rebar alignment stakes.

Digging foundation holes

Pete from Larson Excavating digging 24 holes for the house foundation.