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Armored Prepper Compound HQ on the Cheap (long, but pics)
« on: March 16, 2021, 12:50:47 PM »
I've mentioned that one of the reasons I haven't been on much is MAJOR lifestyle changes - one of which is setting up my living situation for (hopefully) life. Well a couple months work, effort, budgeting, planning, etc. on that went down the drain due to some probably unintentional but badly worded text in the county code.

A large part of the plan involved largely gutting my mobile home for climate controlled storage, workshops, utility etc., and tying it in with decking and porches (once the lumber crisis eases, of course).

Well, turns out, the definition of a mobile home to the county is "anything DESIGNED as a mobile home", meaning there's nothing you can do to it to decommission it as a residence, and residences have to be 70 feet apart. I'm sure I could fight it, but why make the lawyers rich.

When God closes a window, as they say, he opens a door.

So, sitting dejected at the loss of all of my plans and hard work, I idly typed "office trailer" into the internet and started exploring. What I ultimately landed on was an ad on Craigslist for classroom trailers. Only $4,500! There were three sizes available. So I went and looked.

Turns out - classroom trailers are super heavy duty! They're rated as blast-proof (I have no idea what that standard is, because nothing is really blast proof) and an empty classroom trailer weighs as much or more than a fully outfitted mobile home. The doors are full size commercial steel doors like you'd see on the back of a business. When I bang on one, it's more solid than when I bang on any of my stick framed houses. It's also windowless except for the small windows in the doors. Those could easily be grated or barred.

So a super sturdy heavy duty steel windowless building with insulation, climate control, electrical, lighting, etc for $5,000. Yes please. The size I selected, 16x40, was $500 more. $300 delivery (first 25 miles free), and $1,000 installation to code.

We talked back and forth for a few days, and after planning, measuring, talking to the county and EMC, I secured mine yesterday. The company is coming to inspect the site on Thursday, and I should have it in about 2 weeks.

If it sounds like something you're interested in, here's the ad. They list two sizes, but there is also a 16x60.
https://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/for/d/winder-mobile-portable-trailers-for/7286337076.html
« Last Edit: March 16, 2021, 03:12:14 PM by Lilburner »
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Re: Armored Prepper Compound HQ on the Cheap (long, but pics)
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2021, 01:49:02 PM »
Hopefully the AC is not 3 phase. I am sure you checked.

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Re: Armored Prepper Compound HQ on the Cheap (long, but pics)
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2021, 03:08:28 PM »
Yes. I've been pretty thorough. I have pictures of all the data plates. One hundred amp single phase for the entire building. I'm changing to 400 amp underground service. 200 for the house, 100 for this, and 100 for the barn.

It was the EMC engineer who came to the house that alerted me to check the three phase. The transformers in the background of the picture are three-phase service.

For this price, it wouldn't have been a deal-breaker. I'd have slapped a mini split in there. I still might in the long-term. I'm thinking I'm going to wall it off into pure storage and then occupied workshop area. Then I would put in a dual zone to heat and cool the occupied area more aggressively.
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Re: Armored Prepper Compound HQ on the Cheap (long, but pics)
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2021, 03:17:13 PM »
Well with three service access points, it gives you three places to inject Solar into the grid and run your meter backwards.

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Re: Armored Prepper Compound HQ on the Cheap (long, but pics)
« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2021, 01:33:09 PM »
Welp! Experience: not recommended.

The building is still a good idea, but that seller is awful. Complete lack of business ethics.

I stressed that I needed something in writing that the building was secured for me, be it an invoice or whatever. And they provided exactly that. A statement in writing saying that the trailer had been secured for me, so that I could invest money.

After the trees had been cut, utilities found and marked, and LITERALLY WHILE THE GRADER WAS HERE, they reneged on the sale, telling so many stupid lies it was clear they'd sold it on a better offer.

So now I have a lawsuit on my hands. Lovely.
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Re: Armored Prepper Compound HQ on the Cheap (long, but pics)
« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2021, 03:32:27 PM »
Good luck with that. Even if you put money down as a deposit, they can still cancel it and return the deposit. Deposits mean nothing and are not a binding contract. Unless you paid in full and got the title you're stuck. Even if got the title, if you didn't arrange a pickup date in writing and it was over 30 days, in some counties they can consider it abandoned and sell it again. At best they can charge you storage fees. I once had a car dealer sell my trade-in before I picked up my new car the next day.
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Re: Armored Prepper Compound HQ on the Cheap (long, but pics)
« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2021, 06:32:20 PM »
I'm not suing because I didn't get the building. I'm suing because I spent $1100 prepping the site based on written assurances. It's a doctrine called promissory estoppel.
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Re: Armored Prepper Compound HQ on the Cheap (long, but pics)
« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2021, 09:31:52 PM »
Okay. That's a good reason.
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