Beginning a journey to live more simply…

Gabby and I picked up the trailer in Sikeston, MO from Heartland Trailer Manufacturing on the evening of Friday, September 10th, 2010.

We ordered a 20′ car-hauler type flat bed trailer, custom built to meet the tiny house construction needs. Jay Shafer’s plans called for an 18′ Utility Trailer with 7,000lb axles. We followed the suggestion of a user who posted on Jay’s website, Tumbleweed Houses, and opted for the more sturdy design that a car hauler offers. We also decided to go with a 10,000lb rated trailer. This trailer is, after all, the foundation of our soon to be tiny house, so we’re starting with the most solid foundation we can!

Since we ordered straight from the manufacturer, we not only saved some money, but were able to have them build it exactly as we would need it to begin framing our tiny house. The plans for a Tumbleweed Home call for the builder to remove most of the wood trailer decking to shave weight, as well as to cut off all metal that rises above the decking. We asked Jarod at Heartland Trailer Manufacturing to just build it as we’d need it. Why waste the extra materials by putting them on, only to be removed and discarded? We are, after all, trying to simplify here…


Comments on: "Friday, September 10th: Picking up the trailer!" (8)

  1. A few questions: How difficult is it to drive the house around? What’s it like driving the trailer? Would you pretty much have to stay at the outskirts of major areas maybe because driving in crowded streets would be difficult? And do you rent or own the land the house is on? Would it be mandatory to park in RV campsites or could you stay in non-RV sites and use it as a “trailer”? I love getting the updates, keep up the good work!

    • Hi Joshua, thanks for your questions.

      We have not pulled the house on the trailer to date (May, 2011). Not sure how difficult it will be… I wouldn’t think it will be too much trouble driving through a town, we’ll just need to really watch out for low clearances. We intend to utilize campgrounds, and will register this as a hand-made RV. If we park it at a friend’s house, we’d just need to be mindful of any local codes that regulate how long an RV can visit…

      Evan & Gabby

  2. Hi! I’m about to start my own fencl at the end of the month 🙂 I’m looking at car hauler trailers with a 10000 rating as well, but I’m concerned that they appear to be (at least the one I’m looking at anyway) 22″ from the ground as opposed to the 19″ that the Tumbleweed folks point out on the reccommended trailer spec sheet. It seems that I’d have to make the house a little shorter to compensate. Have your had any trouble with that?

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  4. Brittany Schroder said:

    Hello Evan and Gabby!

    Are you able to tell me how much the trailer ended up being for you??


    • Hi Brittany,

      Great question, one we get a lot. We ended up spending just over $21,000.00 on our project. We certainly could have done it for much less, but wanted to be very intentional in avoiding plastic and disposable components as we built. Worth every dime.

      Take care!
      Evan & Gabby

  5. Dear Evan & Gabby,

    I am designing a tiny house as a possible solution for homelessness in my area. I am trying to find the right trailer for this project. When you approached the manufacturer about customizing your trailer, what did you ask?


    • Hi Natalie, we decided to use a car-hauler type trailer over the utility type trailer recommended by Tumbleweed Tiny House Company at the time we started our build. We did this because we felt it would be stronger and last longer in the long run. We didn’t have anything special or custom done to the trailer. Just a standard car-hauler type trailer. Tumbleweed now has a lot more information available for builders regarding trailer type/design/modifications. We wish we had this information back when we started! Check out their website, and good luck with your project. It sounds great!

      Best regards,
      Evan & Gabby

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