These are some of our favorite books!

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Whether building a tiny house or renovating a camper, these are the tools we can't live without!

The DEWALT Large Angle Grinder, for grinding and polishing tarnished aluminum. Worth the investment. You need the large angle grinder (not the small angle grinder) because it has the correct RPM for polishing aluminum.

The Dewalt Cordless Drill Kit, I have this same one. It was the first tool I purchased for myself with my own money, and I'm not just saying this, it changed my life. This is just a basic must-have. You'll use it every single day.

The Dewalt Jig Saw is something I use almost everyday when working on the camper or other projects. It's perfect for cutting out unique shapes in 1/4 inch plywood, rounded edges, and anything else that needs a saw. Use this tool to cut out a new table, make custom shaped/sized furniture, and replace birch paneling. Good for quick cuts too.

The Rockwell Sonicrafter Oscillating Tool is an absolute must-have if you're going to be renovating a vintage trailer or anything like that. I wasted so much time and effort trying to surgically remove damaged parts of the COMET and the Beemer before I got this tool. It makes the job SO MUCH EASIER, it is the single best thing to have if you're re-doing a trailer. Absolutely worth the investment, because you can use it for sanding and a hundred other purposes too. I went ahead and got the "kit" version, which comes with a lot of good accessories for the money.

The Milwaukee Sawzall is the perfect tool for the demolition phase of vintage trailer renovation, and just about every type of renovation. We bought the Sawzall when we could not get the original steel water tank out of the COMET after days of trying everything. This baby cut through the steel like butter and we pulled that piece of crap right out. Since then, it's come in handy for anything demo-related, cutting down brush, cutting steel, etc: it just works so well.

I love the Porter-Cable Circular Saw for making long, super straight cuts. If something needs to be square over a longer length, this tool is the one to use. Perfect for both dimensional lumber and plywood of all thicknesses. If the Jig Saw is taking too long, The Circular Saw is the tool to use.

The Hitachi Chop Saw came into our lives recently, and oh boy is it nice to have. We used to cut all of our 45 degree angles with a miter box, but no more. This tool cuts job time down significantly, it sakes seconds to make accurate cuts. Now that I have it, I can't imagine building without it. If I could go back, I would have spent a little more and gotten the Sliding Compound Miter Saw, but that's on my want list now!

We end up using the Ryobi Router with Router Table so much now that we have it. I used to have to purchase molded trim and anything fancy at the store for more than I would like to spend on a piece of trim, but now I can make my own. We've made picture frames, custom cabinets for the camper, routed custom molding for the joints in the campers, and have saved a lot of money since we're not purchasing fancy trim pieces. It makes custom work a breeze. It's just nice to be able to round off edges so easily.

Another tool I wish I had gotten sooner is the Ridgid Pneumatic Nail Gun, for installing those custom cut trim and quarter round mentioned above. I didn't realize how much time I was wasting hammering in ring shank panel nails by hand (putting up trim and wall paneling) until I got this awesome nail gun. Makes everything go so fast! (You'll need a compressor to run this tool, this is the one that I use.)

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These are products I have used myself in the COMET and companies that have helped make the COMET possible!

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Green Building Materials

  • Marmoleum Natural Linoleum Flooring (both "click" system and sheet good used in the COMET for floors and counters) from Green Building Supply
  • No-VOC paint from Green Building Supply
  • Ultratouch Denim Insulation from Green Building Supply
  • Organic Fabrics and Upholstery from Sew Fine Fabrics
  • Organic Sheets set and Duvet from West Elm donated by On the Green Road (
  • FSC Certified Lumber, from local hardware store
  • Everything else salvaged, found, reused, or original to the trailer.
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