Trenching the water line wasn’t that bad. We rented a trenching machine that could trench up to 4 feet in depth. The goal was to knock out all of the trenching for the water and the electric at the same time. The trencher cost about $400 to rent for the day. If you are ever going to do this make sure you get one with a blade on the front so that you can fill the trench back in after you verify that everything is connected good.

Once we completed the trenching we laid the water line into the trench the full 1500 feet. From the meter to the house we used 3 500′ rolls of 1″ polyethylene pipe and brass fittings/valves. We put our line at around 18-20″ below ground. Being in North Texas it does get somewhat cold in winter but typically doesn’t freeze for long periods of time. If you are in colder climates of course your trench will need to be below your frost line.

Planning ahead and for the future can save you a lot of time and headache. Knowing that we were going to start the house within the year, we went ahead and placed a T with a ball valve facing where the house would be. The line continued towards the RV and future apartment. We stubbed the water line into the apartment and placed a garden hose stem to the outside to connect water to the RV. All of this was easy to do. The hardest part was cleaning the excess dirt out of the trenches where the water and electric trenches crossed each other.

When we first moved out to our property we didn’t have running water. I would take the trailer over to the well and hook up to a fire hydrant and fill my water tank, bring it back and use a 12v pump to transfer the water to the RV holding tank. I then had a 12v on demand pump that would kick on every time you used the water inside the RV. We were really happy to have running water again 🙂 . I included some pictures of that process.


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