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Old 09-24-2020, 04:06 AM
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I’m looking to buy it long term lease a chunk of rural land and will want to put some sort of cabin on it. Have thought of anything from a camper to a pre fab log cabin to a metal building finished out. Cost is a primary consideration.

Tell me about your cabins and if you’re comfortable share the pricing.
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If this is going to be strictly a hunting camp and you are only going to use it 3 or 4 months out of the year then I would build something specifically for that purpose. Build it so that it is easy to drain the water lines and winterize when leaving if in a cold climate. Probably not a bad idea to "winterize" it if leaving it for a long period of time anyway. Make it comfortable but minimalist and utilitarian will be the most efficient. Do some planning so it is easy to move in and out of each year. I would do things that don't require a lot of maintenance, may cost a little more upfront but will pay off in the long run, like metal roof and probably all metal building. My experience with lake cabins that don't get used in the winter and hunting camps where you try to keep a camper that only gets used a few weeks a year have lead me to the conclusion that in the long run a metal building built for this purpose pays for itself.
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Camper will go to shit quick if you leave it outside for extended periods of non use.

metal building varies wildly depending on utilities, water, septic/sewer, grade of dirt for site, finished, non finished, etc. I just looked at doing this on a piece of property we looked at buying. I was told by several companies to figure $75-$80sq foot for fully finished.

if it’s just going to be you...they make plenty of really small prefab buildings, etc you could use. I would highly encourage getting water and electric run. The great outdoors sounds fun until about 6 hours into living like a homeless person with no toilet and no heat.
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Do it on your own.. no partners or share owners.
Boogan explained it well.. That s how our cabin is built.
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Shipping containers. They last forever. Secure. Cheap. $1500 + delivery. Depends on location and access. Cut some holes, install some windows, AC, heating, lighting, build an overhang or shed for shade, done.
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Shipping containers. They last forever. Secure. Cheap. $1500 + delivery. Depends on location and access. Cut some holes, install some windows, AC, heating, lighting, build an overhang or shed for shade, done.

This ^^^^^^^^ or build a pole barn and find a used camper to stick under it or look for one of those fema mobile homes.
Building is gonna get expensive quick.

Is the site gonna have water and electric?
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Dodge truck 😂

I drive to the 2 places I hunt , one is 10 min from home other about 40 min


Seriously my old hunt club is near where I hunt now (furtherest from home ). My 2 buddy’s bought a pre fab metal bldg and just up fitted the interior of it

They even put a porch roof on front. One guy has his wife and 2 teen boys and other guy and they have plenty of room . Seems like he told me less than $3K in everything and it can be moved if they ever decide to
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How about a modified garden shed of some kind?

Or one those little cabin / garage kits they sell alongside the highway?

Or a metal carport of some kind that you could easily finish siding with metal?

Really depends on how often you plan on using it and what your budget is.
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When we acquired our last couple of places I put a single wide trailer under a pole barn.

Close off the side where the wind predominantly blows from.

They last a long time.
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I thought about doing something similar with one of the bigger prefab sheds they sell at Home Depot.
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Originally Posted by SeaCat22 View Post
Shipping containers. They last forever. Secure. Cheap. $1500 + delivery. Depends on location and access. Cut some holes, install some windows, AC, heating, lighting, build an overhang or shed for shade, done.
We used them for mobile labs, you can configure it any way you want. Have a vestibule with a wall you can mount an A/C and door on. When you leave just close the outer door and lock her up. A heavy lock with a cover protecting the hasp and you're good to go.

You can add a deck, screen porch, roof, whatever but you always have that secure base unit

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Originally Posted by SeaCat22 View Post
Shipping containers. They last forever. Secure. Cheap. $1500 + delivery. Depends on location and access. Cut some holes, install some windows, AC, heating, lighting, build an overhang or shed for shade, done.
Originally Posted by FishnDive View Post
We used them for mobile labs, you can configure it any way you want. Have a vestibule with a wall you can mount an A/C on. When you leave just close the outer door and lock her up. A heavy lock with a cover protecting the hasp and you're good to go.
Would love to see pictures if anyone here on THT has done this up right for a hunting camp. I'm guessing no running water? Or have yall seen them plumbed for bathrooms/septic??
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Originally Posted by FishnDive View Post
We used them for mobile labs, you can configure it any way you want. Have a vestibule with a wall you can mount an A/C on. When you leave just close the outer door and lock her up. A heavy lock with a cover protecting the hasp and you're good to go.
And easy to add insulation is a big bonus...
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I'll get a picture next week..

16x28... They moved it out to our prepared site. Already had water and power there( from the camper hookups).
Me and a buddy wired it, had inspection done, called in spray foam folks...drywalled, beadboard,a trim out, floors etc. We have the tools and skills...took us probably 6 weekends and 400 beers...all in around 18k, but you can do it for less expensive if you go different route with insulation, and interior finishings.
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my BIL has containers. They are great.
One is strictly storage and all be did was paint the outside. He has 2 others he turned into living quarters, kitchen, wood stove, bunk beds, etc. Just make sure you have a entry and a exit. The best part its pretty secure (nothing is 100% secure of course), when he is not there it can all be locked up pretty easily.
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I'll get a picture next week..

16x28... They moved it out to our prepared site. Already had water and power there( from the camper hookups).
Me and a buddy wired it, had inspection done, called in spray foam folks...drywalled, beadboard,a trim out, floors etc. We have the tools and skills...took us probably 6 weekends and 400 beers...all in around 18k, but you can do it for less expensive if you go different route with insulation, and interior finishings.

I put in one of these. Mine was 12 X 28 because 12' wide allowed moving it down the road without a permit. I insulated it, finished out the wiring and ran that off a small inverter in an outside generator set and used propane for everything else. The building I bought, had a little front porch and 4 windows and Tin roof and siding. I installed a small 5K btu window air conditioner in a purpose cut hole. Heated with a Mr Buddy. Cooked on a CampChief oven stove combo. Used a couple of Futons and stuck in a small TV. Cost of the building was 3K and so the rest of the costs of uplifting were maybe 2 more grand.

Not a great picture but thats it on the right...


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My hunting compound has a shipping container for storage, including a Gator, and a used construction trailer I gutted and installed a 1/2 bath. There is an outdoor shower on the backside of the trailer.


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These are awesome. Keep them coming.

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