This is the story of a family’s tiny caboose cabin and their 1981 mobile hot tub. The chassis was bought in 1999 and the caboose cabin was built on it in 2003.
By 2005, the couple were able to move in as newlyweds and lived in it for about 12 years.
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Couple’s Tiny Railroad Caboose Cabin
We had to comply with county code of 90 mph wind restraints before being allowed electric. So we needed architect, structural engineer, steel fabricators and concrete “deadman” in each corner.
We moved in with only an exterior shell in September 05. No heat, no insulation, no wiring. No one walls, kitchen, closet or plumbing other than a working toilet. We did have an alarm clock with extension cord from garage.(train station). No bank would mortgage such a “strange”home. We have built all along the way. The only job to finish is interior window trim. Kitchen walls are cherry wood, living area is mahogany with stamped tin ceiling. We wanted to move the bedroom downstairs so us old folks didn’t need to climb a ladder to cupola. It has a 4’5” ceiling to floor measurement. Now our granddaughters guest room. Malia is 6. The plan was to make the twin bed into Murphy bed on main floor. Tempurpedic claimed that if we stored it on its side, it would ruin the mattress. So it now is in the living room. We drilled our own well and installed septic system. A 30 gallon hot water tank sits hidden in the cupola.
We found chassis for sale from a private owner from Henry, Illinois in a classified section of a train magazine. We went there to truck it back so we knew how to disassemble and rebuild it.
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