Build Day 1

The “foundation” arrived Friday night ahead of schedule. The trailer was built by Eagle Trailer in Portlandia and brought down by their sales manager who was coming to California to call on some dealerships. The trailer is 18′ long for the house, 2′ for the porch and 25′ feet overall. Made from welded steel, it’s rated for 10,400 lbs. Maybe I can work in some granite counter tops!

It wasn’t till daylight this AM we saw how large it is – fortunately, we have a big driveway, so we can still get a car into the garage. The first task was leveling it using the four corner jacks and lots of wood and paver block spacers. This was a very iterative process, but I had Brooke’s help and we got it dead level in about an hour.

My dad and I bought the materials for the deck/sub floor at Home Depot and San Lorenzo Lumber – we need to build out a fascia around the perimeter of the trailer and the porch using 2 x 4s, which the sub floor nails into. We got good quality heart redwood for the fascia and porch deck and are using 3/4″ tongue and groove CDX ply for the sub floor.  Brooke and I got about half the fascia cut and routed (to accommodate the threaded rod anchors you can see in the photos), which we’ll glue and screw into the trailer on Sunday.

It was a great first day, partly because it feels good to actually get started after all the planning and waiting, but mainly because I had the help of my family. I’m looking forward to tomorrow!

The foundation
The foundation
Brooke leveling the tongue jack
Brooke leveling the tongue jack
Level - check. Will have to get back to you on square and plumb.
Level – check. Will have to get back to you on square and plumb.
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