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She Moved Her Tiny House Out of Hurricane Florence’s Way


This is a 360 sq ft tiny house on wheels located in Goldsboro, NC. Which was right in the path of the latest hurricane, Florence. The owner, Tanya, shares a few tips on how she prepared for it.

By the way, you may remember seeing Tanya’s tiny house on House Hunters. Below you can get a full tour of the home along with helpful tips in case of a hurricane.

Hurricane Florence forces Tiny House Owner to Move Home

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VIDEO: House Hunters: Living Tiny in North Carolina

Success so often is being prepared. I live in a hurricane vulnerable area and hurricanes are forecasted at least a week out. I always have some ideas and plans for how I will move my tiny house and where it will go. Make a decision early. Getting transport for your tiny or a place to put it is best done before everyone is booked or busy.

I’ve learned not to rely on my weather app to tell me that “rain and wind” might really be 125 mph hurricane force wind and catastrophic flooding rainfall. I keep a little bit of hurricane food in my pantry. Food that can be eaten without water or power but that also fits my nutritional needs.

Think about your pets and how to feed and care for them during an event like this.

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Our big thanks to Tanya for sharing her hurricane prep tips with us! Hope everyone is safe from Hurricane Florence!🙏

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Andrea
Andrea has lived simply in small spaces for more than 7 years and enjoys sharing her space saving (and space multiplying) tips from experience.

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  • Eric September 19, 2018, 10:43 pm

    One of the conumdrums with Tiny Homes is you need a relatively big grunty vehicle to tow it. Which is all hunky dory when shifting but massive overkill when you are parked in a spot for some considerable time. But… if you don’t have one, say you’ve hired a grunty ute or a big truck to move to the current location… then you’re pretty much at the mercy of the weather if it turns bad, as per this story. One one hand you don’t need a massive vehicle, with its inherent costs for fuel, purchase etc., for doing everyday normal stuff… but it sure could get you out of the way of a hurricane, forest fire, flood etc. relatively quickly.

    • James D. September 20, 2018, 2:13 am

      For things like hurricanes, you’ll typically have over a week warning… So you can just rent a truck when you need it or hire a service…

      It’s more a issue if you live in an area that may be hit by something that’ll give little to no warning… Like tornadoes…

      But it may be a issue that may be addressed in the future as electric vehicles start becoming more standard because that technology allows the house trailer to be motorized as well to assist the tow vehicle and thus you won’t need as powerful a tow vehicle and the house battery can help with range…

      More immediately, there’s some trailer technology that allows the trailer to be moved without needing a tow vehicle. Good for changing positions when parked and short distances but right now it’s mainly only available in Europe… But in the states there are companies producing motorized tow dollys and they at least help get the house out of tight spots that a tow vehicle may have trouble navigating and in some situations can let a 5th wheel be towed by a regular tail hitch vehicle…

      But of course it’ll be awhile before these sort of things are common or easily affordable… So good to plan well ahead of any possible threats…

      • Eric September 20, 2018, 2:49 am

        I bow to your knowledge of hurricanes… not something we see much of in New Zealand. Well, not of the magnitude that the States gets. See, there’s benefits of being small… lol

        Electric vehicles are fine for slow moving and for easy tight manouvering but I don’t think we’ll see in my lifetime that they’ll be commonplace for heavy hauling, especially on highways. And, I’d be delighted if I am proved to be wrong. I’m sceptical that electric can provide the grunt and distance that heavy haulage requires. Maybe after I’m dead and gone… and I’m just 7 month shy of 65 so mayhaps after the improbable age for me of 80.

        • James D. September 20, 2018, 3:40 am

          You’ll be still around then… There’s going to be quite a few companies coming out with either hybrid or full electric trucks within the next 5 years…

          Like Ford is coming out with a Hybrid of its F-250 in 2022… Not to mention Tesla is already coming out with a Semi Truck and will come out with a electric pickup truck later as well…

          Mind, there’s multiple tricks they can do to provide range… The Trailer can have its own batteries and solar panels for extending the range and not require the tow vehicle to hold the entire charge… Like trains they can have overhead power lines along major routes that the truck can just extend a pole up to to tap the lines and then have unlimited range… Hybrid designs allows the fuel to run a generator for extended ranges… Commercial electric vehicles can have swap-able batteries instead of needing to wait for the batteries to charge… Among other options that have been in development for years and just waiting for the market to open up to offer more options for increasing range…

          So it’s going to happen sooner than you think… Probably may not be that affordable for many years but the option will be there in just a couple of years…

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