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Whether you’re towing a teardrop or a multi-story tiny home, you’re likely to appreciate having access to electricity in the middle of whatever isolated forest. More often than not, that means installing a secondary battery next to the primary battery under your hood or to be towed around in front of the camper.

This can cause a lot of confusing, mysterious, and potentially very dangerous electrical problems for you unless you take the proper precautions. Step one? Install a continuous duty 12 volt direct current solenoid or relay to protect your vehicle’s primary battery from needless (and often perilous) draining. A solenoid makes it possible for your secondary battery to receive charge from the primary battery when the engine is running, but not to sap energy from the primary battery when it runs out of juice. That means you don’t have to risk needing to jump your car all alone in a desert or difficult terrain where few people pass by.

taco buikdHow do solenoids work? Solenoids disconnect the charge line between the primary and auxiliary batteries when a car’s ignition is turned on. If possible, it’s a good idea to power your solenoid using your car’s fuse panel, which is generally located under the hood or behind a plastic lid under the dashboard. You can use a test light to figure out which fuses are energized then the ignition is on but are not energized when it’s not.

When you’ve found one like that, you can use the male end of a spade terminal to wire 12 volts of power to your solenoid with 16 AWG wire; it should plug into any vacant fuse slot in most vehicles. Want a simpler option? You could use a standalone 12 volt power socket that is only energized with the engine running.

If your vehicle doesn’t have extra 12 volt power sockets, you can probably get away with wiring directly to the fuse panel.

Once you’ve got your start battery safely protected from your house batteries, you’re set to saux2tart focusing on exactly how you’d like to wire your home. It’s nice to have two batteries for your living quarters. You’ll also probably appreciate having an inverter rated to at least 1,500 watts, potentially rated to 2,000. That way you can change the 12 V direct current from the batteries to 110 V alternating current, and then you can start to use standard appliances in your home like water boilers, blenders, toasters, microwaves, egg beaters, air conditioners, and whatever else you deem necessary in your mobile paradise.

As for a brief overview of what all the wiring will look like, you start from the positive end of the vehicle start battery, connect it to a circuit breaker, and then to the solenoid. The solenoid is connected to the ground and to the automobile’s fuse box, in addition to one of two secondary batteries. These secondary batteries are connected to each other, and each is connected to a 1,500 to 2,000 watt inverter. This creates 120 V of alternating current, prime for usage by your appliances in your home.


Tiny homes which are defined as being personal dwellings ranging from about 50 to 300 square feet, are becoming more than a cute trend and are putting their foot in the doorway of the millennial home buyer market. This is a trend that did not happen over night, but the speed of change that is occurring says you should get on board now and beat the curve before it becomes the next overly priced hipster lifestyle fad. This is one of the most cost effective decisions you will ever make. lkjlkj

The beauty of tiny home living is in respect to the fact that this is the work of a largely counter culture in conjunction with the maker phenomena. What this means is that if you go on the internet right now you could make it your full time job to read plans and tutorials on how to make and live in a tiny home and not run out of material to read for quite some time. So if you go at it you won’t do it alone necisarily and will save a lot of money of someone to design it. Moreover, there are a lot of kits so even if you have very limited building skills they make it very simple for you, so much that they do all the cutting and jointly with CNC cut components. From there its just like you’re building a model or a Lego set its so simple.

As we all know no matter what city you go to in the united states, if it even has a little bit of character chances are you are being priced out of living there, or are dramatically settling for something you don’t really want. People are willing to pour thousands of dollars into a housing system that gives you a roof over your head while your there but nothing for when you leave. This is a headache and will never allow you to retire in peace. So if you are going to take this as a serious en devour you should consider making it a five year plan. Save a little bit here and there, whatever you can, and in time you’ll be able to build your own tiny home. In time you’ll be able to be an actual owner of something, and have something that you only put money into for maintenance and general upkeep, but it won’t be a drain, it will be an investment into something is equity with a retained value.

“a lot of people come to the tiny home movement because of finances. They are looking to get out of the rat race, to get out of debt, things like that and it seems like a lot of people stay because of the lifestyle.”  Says Ryan Mitchell an tiny home expert.

gogo“it was just the effort and time took to maintain a large house and we filled it with a lot of things that we didn’t necisarily need and didn’t really add any value to our every day life or experience.” If we want to break the cycle of debt and spending of frivolous things for rooms we hardly go in with cheap crap from pier one, then we should consider tiny homes on a large scale.