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Posted: 10/7/2018 7:29:42 PM EDT
Looking for information if anyone has ever done this.

I recently purchased 11.2 acres of beautiful hunting land. Electricity is at the road, and a year round spring-fed creek. Two possible sites to put a hunting shack.

Thinking about either placing a small camper here, or possibly a prefab hunting shack.

Doe anyone have previous experience with this? Any potential pitfalls? Manufacturers I can investigate--the Internet has tons of options, and I'm trying to stay under $10K.
Link Posted: 10/7/2018 7:39:38 PM EDT
Originally Posted By 19Charlie278:
Looking for information if anyone has ever done this.

I recently purchased 11.2 acres of beautiful hunting land. Electricity is at the road, and a year round spring-fed creek. Two possible sites to put a hunting shack.

Thinking about either placing a small camper here, or possibly a prefab hunting shack.

Doe anyone have previous experience with this? Any potential pitfalls? Manufacturers I can investigate--the Internet has tons of options, and I'm trying to stay under $10K.
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I have no experience, but you could always do a “Tiny house”. I just googled Tiny House and “Tiny House Kits” and found this

https://www.kitsuperstore.com/best-barns-sheds/5042-lakewood-12x18-wood-shed-lakewood_1218.html?gclid=Cj0KCQjw3ebdBRC1ARIsAD8U0V7yO1GTZL37g-bu5EqJYzFlvOzkHrFOkl_fXDRh7usJqbdvYmU-MXcaAo72EALw_wcB
Link Posted: 10/7/2018 7:41:34 PM EDT
For under $10k, buy a nice used camper....
Link Posted: 10/7/2018 7:43:39 PM EDT
I hunt on 141 acres that started at 80 which had been untouched for 40 plus years. We now have a lake with dock, 2 ponds one with a dock and a cabin that comfortably sleeps 4 all built on nights and weekends.

What exactly are you wanting to know?
Link Posted: 10/7/2018 7:57:54 PM EDT
I'm leaning more towards a prefab cabin to place on the property--I don't want to drag a camping trailer back and forth if I can avoid it. Did you elevate your cabin, or building slab? Cost to build the base? Orient for 100-120 square feet.

Would you recommend a generator for power (lights, coffee maker, portable heater), or pay to run power lines and hook up to the meter? I still need a soil sample to see which building site I can install septic, so this will dictate location and cost to run electric lines.

Would you recommend the expense to place a well and septic for toilet/shower, or go with a composting toilet? This is only going to be a weekend hunting cabin, and compost toilets would be inexpensive.

I plan on bringing a propane grill for cooking, and cooler for cold stuff. So, I don't need a lot of interior kitchen space. This is just a location to get out of the weather/sleep prior to hunting. Just trying to balance a simple set-up for ease of use. Any input is appreciated!
Link Posted: 10/7/2018 8:00:39 PM EDT
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Google offers a plethora of information, and thank you for the quick hit. I found one from BZB Cabins that are capable of being built in a day or two. I'm considering this company.
Link Posted: 10/7/2018 9:14:07 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By 19Charlie278:
I'm leaning more towards a prefab cabin to place on the property--I don't want to drag a camping trailer back and forth if I can avoid it. Did you elevate your cabin, or building slab? Cost to build the base? Orient for 100-120 square feet.

We laid a base of gravel, then bought an insulated construction trailer they used for an office, we built 2 full size bunk beds. We then built a kitchen/dining room roughly the exact same size with a roof over both.

Would you recommend a generator for power (lights, coffee maker, portable heater), or pay to run power lines and hook up to the meter? I still need a soil sample to see which building site I can install septic, so this will dictate location and cost to run electric lines.
We have power, we built an outhouse out back over a gully.

Would you recommend the expense to place a well and septic for toilet/shower, or go with a composting toilet? This is only going to be a weekend hunting cabin, and compost toilets would be inexpensive. We poop into a gully.

I plan on bringing a propane grill for cooking, and cooler for cold stuff. So, I don't need a lot of interior kitchen space. This is just a location to get out of the weather/sleep prior to hunting. Just trying to balance a simple set-up for ease of use. Any input is appreciated!
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Some general stuff.
If you have electric get a hot plate, I feed 4 giant eaters off a hotplate and griddle.
No cabinets or drawers all open shelves because of fucking mice. They get in everything.

No cloth, bedding anything left that can be used by rodents or allow kids to comfortably fuck on. Guys down the road a bit left matttresses until they started finding used condoms every time they opened the cabin up for the season.
I will be there next week I will try to get pics of our setup.
Link Posted: 10/7/2018 9:21:49 PM EDT
Are there any Amish near you? If so, ask them to build you a building. It will be better built than any camper. They are amazingly cheap. My fil had them build a storage shed. They basically built the shed for what it would have cost him just to buy the materials.
Link Posted: 10/7/2018 9:26:45 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Crash1433:
Are there any Amish near you? If so, ask them to build you a building. It will be better built than any camper. They are amazingly cheap. My fil had them build a storage shed. They basically built the shed for what it would have cost him just to buy the materials.
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Unfortunately, no. Closest Amish are upper Kentucky. I'd have to import a few...
Link Posted: 10/7/2018 10:00:28 PM EDT
Tuff Shed.
Link Posted: 10/7/2018 10:14:23 PM EDT
when i was younger my dad got some land to hunt and play around on. lucky for us it had a "decent" shack on it. did a lot of work and even doubled the sqft of the shack. i would say build something over buying prebuilt.

i would also look at leveling the spot and building on pillars a foot off the ground. wire mesh under so critters can't get underneath.
Link Posted: 10/7/2018 10:17:21 PM EDT
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Build on either a slab or piers.

Check out THIS link.

Unless you have no building ability, I wouldn't do the camper. Campers are made to be light, not made to be durable. If you do go the camper route, put it under a roof to preserve its lifespan.
Link Posted: 10/7/2018 11:38:19 PM EDT
For the cabin I would look for an Amish built,where they can build it then haul it out there and drop it on site.My cabin is wired for a generator for lights.I ran lines for a propane heater,which also fuels a Premier battery ignition propane range.I also have a wood stove(which I mainly use)I have a Laveo Dry flush off grid toilet,but use a bucket on the porch or tree most often.I also have a few solar lights,& a Storm battery pack ,for when I don't feel like listening to the generator.I do most of my cooking outside on a park grill.I bring water out with me when I go.I have a 300gal. tank that my gutters will drain into it.( not done with this project yet) but won't be for drinking.
Link Posted: 10/8/2018 8:09:10 AM EDT
A 12 x 16' cabin with loft should comfortably fit 4 adults.
Not that expensive if you DIY.
There's plans all over the web.
Should be able to build in 3-4 weekends with 2-3 guys.
Check out permits for a primitive toilet (shit house)
Power with a 1-2K generator, bare bones wiring.
As stated.. leave nothing for mice to eat or thieves to walk off with.
Use salvaged lumber where you can, if available.
Should be well under $10K
Link Posted: 10/8/2018 4:02:41 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By ruffhowzer:
For the cabin I would look for an Amish built,where they can build it then haul it out there and drop it on site.My cabin is wired for a generator for lights.I ran lines for a propane heater,which also fuels a Premier battery ignition propane range.I also have a wood stove(which I mainly use)I have a Laveo Dry flush off grid toilet,but use a bucket on the porch or tree most often.I also have a few solar lights,& a Storm battery pack ,for when I don't feel like listening to the generator.I do most of my cooking outside on a park grill.I bring water out with me when I go.I have a 300gal. tank that my gutters will drain into it.( not done with this project yet) but won't be for drinking.
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Thanks for your feedback! I'm looking into these items you've listed!
Link Posted: 10/8/2018 4:06:37 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By FN64GR:
A 12 x 16' cabin with loft should comfortably fit 4 adults.
Not that expensive if you DIY.
There's plans all over the web.
Should be able to build in 3-4 weekends with 2-3 guys.
Check out permits for a primitive toilet (shit house)
Power with a 1-2K generator, bare bones wiring.
As stated.. leave nothing for mice to eat or thieves to walk off with.
Use salvaged lumber where you can, if available.
Should be well under $10K
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Thank you for the feedback! I'm already working with the county health department for soil sampling and permits for sewer. I was thinking about either running electricity from the road or a Honda generator. Both have pros and cons.
Link Posted: 10/8/2018 7:13:48 PM EDT
16 X 24 2 story cabin on my ranch
8k 6 years ago. Added electric.100ft leg Interior walls. Carpet. Wood burning stove . No plumbing. Sitting at about 11k. So far
Link Posted: 10/8/2018 7:40:30 PM EDT
http://cherokeestoragebuildingsllc.com

Check these out. They build to suit and deliver.
Link Posted: 10/8/2018 9:21:46 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By FN64GR:
A 12 x 16' cabin with loft should comfortably fit 4 adults.
Not that expensive if you DIY.
There's plans all over the web.
Should be able to build in 3-4 weekends with 2-3 guys.
Check out permits for a primitive toilet (shit house)
Power with a 1-2K generator, bare bones wiring.
As stated.. leave nothing for mice to eat or thieves to walk off with.
Use salvaged lumber where you can, if available.
Should be well under $10K
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That's just about what I was going to suggest. Ours started out with modest plans, 12x16. Ended up 20x30. I wouldn't change a thing, but it's a house not a cabin. A 12x16 version would be much more stripped down and functional.

One thing to note, you'll never wish you insulated "less". Leave room for an oversized overhang or porch area. At a camp not everything needs to stay inside, but it does need to stay dry. Steel roofing lends well to later add-ons. But don't skimp on a moisture barrier. Steel will sweat otherwise.
Link Posted: 10/8/2018 9:42:26 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By AFCarbon15:

That's just about what I was going to suggest. Ours started out with modest plans, 12x16. Ended up 20x30. I wouldn't change a thing, but it's a house not a cabin. A 12x16 version would be much more stripped down and functional.

One thing to note, you'll never wish you insulated "less". Leave room for an oversized overhang or porch area. At a camp not everything needs to stay inside, but it does need to stay dry. Steel roofing lends well to later add-ons. But don't skimp on a moisture barrier. Steel will sweat otherwise.
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Regarding insulation, did you use spray-in foam, batting, or something else? Safe to assume walls, ceiling, and floor? Would you recommend leaving the floor bare, or adding a water-resistant flooring (like a laminate)? Thank you for the feedback!
Link Posted: 10/9/2018 12:50:09 AM EDT
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Insulate walls, ceiling and floor. We used mostly batting, spray is better but a lot more expensive and harder to DIY in remote locations.
As for flooring, start bare. You can always add when something cheap, free or appropriate comes along. If you don't have something easy to clean, you'll find yourself (and others) wearing outside footwear inside, making it a LOT harder to keep clean.

This is where our plans started.
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But something like this would be easier and faster to DIY without thorough plans.
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Google "shed with loft", click on images and throw away time...
Link Posted: 10/9/2018 1:03:47 AM EDT
While I do love it, at times I wish we kept the plans more modest.

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Link Posted: 10/10/2018 9:48:22 AM EDT
Very impressive!! Thank you for your feedback!
Link Posted: 10/10/2018 10:13:36 AM EDT
Check local laws first...................

In order to have livable space you will most likely need a well and septic system, to be legal.

You can avoid all this with a camper that has current license and inspection.
Link Posted: 10/10/2018 5:05:23 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By vatopa:
Check local laws first...................

In order to have livable space you will most likely need a well and septic system, to be legal.

You can avoid all this with a camper that has current license and inspection.
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This is also a viable option. I was considering a RPOD No Boundaries camper. Small enough to keep at home when not hunting. A quiet-run generator for power, and military wag-bags (ziplock baggies for poop) for my latrine purposes. The downside to these is the expense, and rapid depreciation...not sure of TN requirements for license/registration at this time.
Link Posted: 10/11/2018 2:43:35 AM EDT
A friend of mine did something like this for his "hunting cabin".



This one is three short containers put together.

Link Posted: 10/11/2018 9:07:27 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By 19Charlie278:
military wag-bags (ziplock baggies for poop) for my latrine purposes.
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Amazon has pop up shower tents. If you're only staying there occasionally buy a free standing toilet seat, pop up privy and dig a hole. Cost about 100 bucks and dug hole.
Link Posted: 10/11/2018 3:39:58 PM EDT
11 acres is enough to hunt, but I doubt you could hunt and have a cabin on the same 11 acres and be very successful. That's not a lot of land.
Link Posted: 10/11/2018 3:41:43 PM EDT
Google arched cabins. Pretty interesting concept and definitely worth considering
Link Posted: 10/13/2018 2:45:44 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By ScooterInVegas:
A friend of mine did something like this for his "hunting cabin".

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-i7X4j-MgbOM/T7QsTLQX9gI/AAAAAAAARRc/weafEZnKzBE/s1600/container-house-14.jpg

This one is three short containers put together.

http://www.tincancabin.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Deck1.jpg
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Details? Prices?
Link Posted: 10/15/2018 10:52:44 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By 19Charlie278:
Thank you for the feedback! I'm already working with the county health department for soil sampling and permits for sewer. I was thinking about either running electricity from the road or a Honda generator. Both have pros and cons.
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Originally Posted By 19Charlie278:
Originally Posted By FN64GR:
A 12 x 16' cabin with loft should comfortably fit 4 adults.
Not that expensive if you DIY.
There's plans all over the web.
Should be able to build in 3-4 weekends with 2-3 guys.
Check out permits for a primitive toilet (shit house)
Power with a 1-2K generator, bare bones wiring.
As stated.. leave nothing for mice to eat or thieves to walk off with.
Use salvaged lumber where you can, if available.
Should be well under $10K
Thank you for the feedback! I'm already working with the county health department for soil sampling and permits for sewer. I was thinking about either running electricity from the road or a Honda generator. Both have pros and cons.
Run your wiring in conduit or BX/armored flex conduit. Mice love the insulation on Romex inside stud walls. Nice unseen fire hazard.
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Originally Posted By IntoTheEther:

Run your wiring in conduit or BX/armored flex conduit. Mice love the insulation on Romex inside stud walls. Nice unseen fire hazard.
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Great tip! Thank you!
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