Foundations — Albeit Temporary

If you think you are going to go build yourself a life in the forest next to some streams and you are not going to have sore muscles, then you should think again!  I really don’t recall being so tired and sore from work in a very long time, maybe never.  Of course, that could also be a commentary on my age…

Exactly how hard could it be to build a tent platform for your safari tent home?  Interesting enough, a 12×16 foot tent platform requires about 2000 pounds of materials.  And you get to schlepp each item multiple times it turns out.  Of course this is no ordinary tent platform.  Why make it easy?  Instead this is a tent platform designed to be moved.

Why move it?  Well I have some cleared land area immediately available.  So instead of spending a few weeks clearing land deeper in the forest where I would ultimately like to have my safari tent (closer to my streams), I chose to build it in the open area, knowing I will move it later.  Still the view from my new front porch of my safari tent won’t be half bad.

The second key feature was to design it so I can pre-fabricate pieces and pre-finish wood here in the dry and warmth of my garage.  While somewhat more costly, “with a little help from a friend,” we did actually install the entire platform in about a day.  So I am declaring this a mission success.

The next phase will be to actually install the tent.  Of course, the tent would have to be here for that to happen.  Still not exactly sure how I will raise a circus tent by myself, but I will put on my project planning/engineer hat on to go figure this one out.  I feel pulleys and diesel power coming into use!

The really good news though!  Unlike our last adventure which left my leg pinned beneath a tree, no injuries this trip!  Of note, the guys who will be clearing land for the tiny house noted that it appeared I knew nothing about felling trees based on my tree cuts.  I heartily agreed, and they promised to teach me!  I really am not overly excited about adding lumberjack to my resume though.

Even a temporary home though demands a good foundation.  In my case, sliding down the hill into Peabody Creek would not be a fun ride at all.  So lets hope the earthquakes are not too bad!  But, like all good planners, I have  margin in the design of my tent foundation to account for even the unexpected or very unlikely events.




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