Self-Contained and Easier to Defend
Tiny homes are intended to be self-contained, very similar to an RV type camper. This means that everything you own is all in one place, inside the tiny home. Because the home is small, it is more easily defended. You will know immediately if your house has been breached by an intruder and you don’t have to worry about whether someone is in the garage or basement that you just can’t see yet.
While some people choose to live tiny in one specific location, many tiny homes are designed to be mobile. This means that you can more easily move your tiny home to another area if things are getting dicey in your current location. Technically, if you build your tiny home in the right way, you could move frequently to stay out of harm’s way from looters and zombies looking to take your supplies.
Off Grid Methods
Because tiny homes are so small and are intended to be self-contained, many of themmake use of off-grid technology such as solar power, rainwater collection, and woodstove heat. Because a tiny home is able to sustain itself with renewable resource and is not dependent on city utilities, if you are living in one when SHTF, your daily routine will be intact. You will still have power, still have water, and still have heat. As long you stock supplies and/or have a garden or other way of securing food and water, and are prepared to defend your tiny home, you should be in good shape longer than most people…
Movable Tiny Homes
Many people have been building their own tiny homes and putting them on wheels. This began as a way to skirt the building codes and has now morphed into an entire movement called Tiny House on Wheels (THOW). Some people are spending about as much money building their tiny home on wheels to their specifications as they would spend on building an entire traditional large home structure. The difference is, once it is built, it is typically paid for and there is no debt.
Many people purchase or have their THOW custom built to include all the luxury fixings including things like granite countertops, custom Ikea storage items, and luxury flooring and tile. Other people, perhaps with less discretionary income, build their THOW themselves a little bit at a time or convert an existing vehicle or structure until they have the final product which is functional for their family.
There are a whole group of people who are using traditional RV’s (recreational vehicles) to join the tiny home movement. Although RV’s were originally intended to be short-term, vacation housing, they are built to be fully self-contained which is great for anyone who preps. Many people, preppers and non-preppers, are now modifying RV’s to be used as year round housing.
Pull behind camper trailers and mobile homes have always involved “tiny” living. Many of these are under 800 square feet anyhow. Campers need modification in order to live in them year round in cold climates but mobile homes are typically already year round houses. With some modifications, campers and mobile homes can use renewable energy sources such as solar power and be self-contained using a composting toilet and rainwater catchment system.
Converted School Bus or Truck
One of the most creative ideas I’ve seen so far is those who take a school bus or truck and renovate it to turn it into a tiny home. School buses and trucks are great for preppers who want to go tiny because you can get these vehicles with diesel engines. Diesel engines can be modified to run on other sources such as straight vegetable oil (SVO) and biodiesel fuel (modified SVO). You can even use old used vegetable oil if you filter it as described in this video:
These wagons are very quaint, the most famous one is probably the one from The Wizard of Oz, if you’ve seen the movie, you will recall the scene where Dorothy and Toto run away and come across the traveling salesman/crystal ball reader (who later looks an awful lot like the wizard). He was traveling in a Vardos. They are definitely tiny and usually on wheels for mobility.
Houseboats and Sailboats
Obviously houseboats were intended as longer term housing. Sailboats were originally intended for short term trips. Many people are turning to these vessels as their choice for permanent tiny homes. For the prepper who loves the water and wants to avoid traffic jams and hordes of zombies trying to steal supplies, a houseboat or sailboat just might make the perfect tiny home for a post-SHTF event.