Tiny homes are designed not only for moving to a minimalist lifestyle but also for travel. For long-term travel and living, you need to ensure you have a solid plumbing system to offer you fresh water when necessary. Though some tiny homes only use a small water tank system, others that are used for long-term living have full plumbing systems in place. Here are a few of the plumbing systems that plumbers can install for your tiny home and what to know about each option.
One of the more common plumbing systems for tiny homes is a tankless system. Plumbers can install a tankless system in a small amount of space in the tiny home. In fact, most tankless systems can be placed in a small closet area or within the wall construction of the tiny home. The system can work with the plumbing in the kitchen area and bathroom area to give hot water on demand without holding the water in a tank. This system pulls water from your main water resource and can be connected to most water systems at caravan parks and forestry areas.
If you are staying in one spot for a season or more, you may want to consider a rainwater catch plumbing system for your water source. This is especially true in areas where there are heavy rains or snow that can melt into the rainwater barrel. Plumbers can connect the rain barrel to the plumbing system in the home. The water can then be filtered into the shower area and the kitchen. You can also connect a rainwater system to a tankless system for water heating or to a solar system for heating water as it sits in the rainwater barrel.
Traditional Plumbing System
If you know you will be travelling from caravan site to caravan site and those sites have water hookups, you may want a traditional plumbing system. This type of system will allow you to connect to a tank within the home that holds water in reserve while you are traveling. If you choose to stay at a caravan lot, you can easily switch over to the caravan lot water source. Your plumber can suggest different options to make the switch easier and to allow for full-service water system usage during travel.
If any of these plumbing systems sound ideal for your tiny home living, consider contacting local plumbers for pricing estimates. They can also help with other options that may benefit your specific tiny home design and living situation. If you already have some plumbing needs in mind, share them with the plumber you choose for the job to determine if they can be incorporated into your home design.