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You know, you really ought to have a nice new pick up truck to pull that tractor...




"The people hate the lizards and the lizards rule the people."
"Odd," said Arthur, "I thought you said it was a democracy."
"I did," said Ford, "it is."
"So," said Arthur, hoping he wasn't sounding ridiculously obtuse, "why don't the people get rid of the lizards?"
"It honestly doesn't occur to them. They've all got the vote, so they all pretty much assume that the government they've voted in more or less approximates the government they want."
"You mean they actually vote for the lizards."
"Oh yes," said Ford with a shrug, "of course."
"But," said Arthur, going for the big one again, "why?"
"Because if they didn't vote for a lizard, then the wrong lizard might get in."
 
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You are correct, I should.
But it isn't going to happen.
It's about 20 miles from my home to the hunting property. And paved secondary/country roads all the way except the last mile or so which is dirt.
I can't justify the initial cost of the new pickup, or ownership expenses for the limited number of times I need to get the tractor to the property. The Jeep is a Rubicon with Dana 40 heavy duty 4.10 ratio axles, manual transmission, heavy duty cooling system.
There are a few hills between here and there where I wish the Jeep had more power, but overall the Jeep tows the tractor without issues. Besides, anyone that doesn't like the speed I drive up those big hills is welcome to pass! And the Jeep doesn't have a payment booklet...



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I so want one, but the price...
 
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Last year at the beginning of spring we decided to do a cabin. We started accumulating appliances/cabinets/sink/furniture.
The cabinets came from Lowe's, scratch & dent units for cheap.
Sink was free. Appliances were free.
Granite slabs under/behind wood stove cost $110. I saw those granite slabs in a front yard here in town for sale.
We looked at many cabins/builders/options and finally chose the 2 story. It's built locally with the lower floor fully assembled and the components for the upper floor & roof piled on top of the lower floor for reduced height when being delivered.

It was delivered on a fancy trailer, (hydraulic tilt, height, and jog capability towed by a GM heavy duty diesel pickup with flat bed) set up and leveled in a afternoon. The second day a five man crew assembled the upper floor and installed the water/vapor membrane and metal roof.

The cabin was delivered as an empty shell.
All the exterior trim is Trex (composite) and the exterior sheathing has a 50 year warranty with a hard facing that is impervious to wood boring bees. Windows are vinyl and double pane low e glass. Door is fiberglass and has double deadbolts.
Big window on the upper floor is the egress point for upstairs in case of fire.

The cabin was on site July 28th last year (6 week lead time) and we began our interior projects soon after.

We hired a local electrician to install the circuit breaker box, buried entrance cable in conduit, meter board, and the coordination of both electrical inspections.

We did all the trenching and backfilling with the Kubota ourselves.
This also reduced the cost of the electrician significantly.

Dealing with the power company was the worst part of the whole job. The original electrical pole wasn't tall enough for installing our new transformer so they took practically forever getting a new pole installed. The 4800 Volt lines running across the open field was already existing. I eventually emailed the CEO/President of the power company and got the process moving.

I finished the digging between the meter board and the new pole in mid December. It only took a couple days after the new pole was in the ground to finish the entrance cable/conduit between the meter board and the transformer.

We did all the interior wiring ourselves.
Including the 240 Volt/50 Amp circuit for the electric stove.
The cabin has a 200 Amp/240 Volt service with 36 slots in the breaker box.

I installed a plug on the meter board for hooking up a large Honda 7800 watt/240 volt generator and we ran the cabin on that big generator during the late summer/fall and the beginning of hunting season while we WAITED for the power company to install the new pole and transformer. During construction we used a small Honda 2000 watt suitcase generator for power and lights.

The electrician was the only person we had to hire, we did everything else personally or with family/neighbor assistance.

The cabin shell was about $12K delivered and set up.

The electrician was about $3K.

Interior wiring/lighting was about $1K in materials.

All interior wiring is metal cased for protection against chewing rodents.

Chimney components (triple wall and double wall) was about $3K and we did the install.

The cabin sits on 7 pressure treated 6" x 6" timbers that are 14' long. We did the crushed stone pad ourselves with the Kubota and had 25 cubic yards of crusher run stone delivered in a big 10 wheeler dump truck owned by a neighbor.

Eventually we will install running water but for now we haul about 20 gallons for a weekend cabin visit

We stayed at the cabin last weekend and moved some interior stuff around to maximize interior space.
And put a TV upstairs on a wall mount.
The downstairs TV got hooked up to a Walmart clearance priced ($20) interior powered/amplified TV antenna.
It mounts to an upstairs window and now we get 5 channels of digital over-the-air TV. (for news & weather)
Both TV's have BluRay players hooked up as well. As of now, NO internet or cell phone signal.
We also installed a new color LCD weather station.
We may install a land line phone with shitty 15 Mbps DSL internet but that's $50 per month. (the only choice other than satellite)

It's a wonderful place to get away for a weekend!

If anyone wants more details on the money end of the cabin install, send me an email.



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FYI: The cabin is 14' x 28' outside dimensions.
The covered porch is 6 ft.
So downstairs is 14' x 22' outside dimensions.

The 1st floor inside under the plywood floor is spray foamed when it was built and the 2nd floor where it overhangs the porch is also spray foamed.



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The bulldog doesn't like change.
It was a blistering hot day when the builder was setting the cabin on the pressure treated timbers and leveling it up. Helga climbed up on the porch before they had even finished setting up and leveling and claimed the cabin and porch as hers.
So that is why we call the place "Helga's Dog House".

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What are you going to use for flooring?


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Immediately after delivery, we sealed the plywood floors with a good sealer.
So to answer your question, no idea yet.



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So understanding that all things are relative, about how big a pile of wood is required to cover a 24 hour period in the NY winter woods? How long does your wood collection time take?


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If you look at the first photo on this page, you can see the remainder of the wood pile.
It's one pickup truck load stacked on two standard hardwood pallets. That load has lasted all of the hunting seasons and into the new year. There is enough remaining for several more weekend visits. I expect that just keeping the ATV trails cleared of limbs/trees will keep us supplied in firewood forever.
As for the time, in the past we just cut whatever fell across the trail and moved it off the trail.
Now it will get hauled near the cabin, sawed, split, and stacked.



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