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Securing a Tiny House on Wheels After Parking With Tire Locks for the Trailer Tires

When you have a tiny house on a trailer you have to prevent the tires from moving after you park it.

You also must properly level it so you don’t end up sleeping on a slant.

These X-Chock Tire Locking Chocks work perfectly for trailers with two axles.

The chocks are adjustable and they lock the trailer tires securely to prevent movement and tilting.


Securing a Tiny House on Wheels After Parking With Tire Locks for the Trailer Tires

Photo Credit Tiny Home Builders

You can even add a padlock to it to prevent your tiny house from being towed away. See what I mean below:

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Tennessee Tiny Homes

In my post about Tiny Versus Small houses I spoke a little about our tiny house in the country and our small house in the city.

This got me thinking about the other divide among tiny house builders and dwellers.

It seems as though many tiny house people are split down the middle when it comes to wanting to live in the city or in the country and there are pros and cons to both.

So where to build a tiny house… in the city or in the country?

Our tiny house in the country. Photo by Laura M. LaVoie

Our tiny house in the country. Photo by Laura M. LaVoie

Read on to learn more about city versus country tiny house living.

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floor-plan

Whether you’re buying a tiny house, working with a tiny house designer, or designing your own, knowing how to draw a floor plan will help you communicate your ideas and turn them into a real, workable design.


Getting Started

  • Start the old-fashioned way. Most great ideas start out with a quick sketch on paper. But a drawing is most useful when it’s done to scale, allowing you to understand the size of elements and their relationships to each other.
    • Graph paper makes it easy to draw to scale. Find graph paper with a not-too-dense grid, or print your own. Use a pencil, a pen, a magic marker, or whatever works for you.

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      Using the graph paper grid

    • You’ll want each square of the grid to equal some easy fraction of a foot, like 3”, 4”, 6”, or 1′. Choose one of these (say 6”) and multiply it by the number of grid squares on your graph paper (say, 30×39). That gives 180×234”, or 15×19.5′ (divide inches by 12 to get feet). So, at that scale on that piece of paper, you have room to draw something up to 15′ wide and 19′-6” long. A 24” square table would be four grid squares long by four grid squares wide.

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CampInn 560 Teardrop Camper

I love teardrop campers so I had to show you this one.

It’s a complete video tour of a 2006 Camp-Inn 560 Ultra Teardrop Trailer.

Actually it’s one of the best teardrop video tours I’ve come across because the owner shows you everything in detail.

You can tell this camper is really well built.

Teardrops are great because they’re lightweight and easy to store.

You can usually tow them with normal cars or small SUVs.

2006 Camp-Inn 560 Ultra Teardrop Camper

This hand made micro camper has a queen size bed along with a couple of bunk beds.

CampInn 560 Teardrop Camper

Photo Credit YouTube/Dogorunning

There is plenty of storage inside to store your bags and other goodies, as you’ll see in the video below.

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micro-apartments

Have you ever heard of the Providence Arcade in Rhode Island?

It’s America’s oldest indoor shopping mall which was built in 1828.

This mall has been a national landmark since 1976 and it was re-done in the 1980’s.

I was happy to find out that they’re adding 38 micro apartments to the mall!

micro-apartments

The mall also has micro retail spaces available.

The owner, Evan Granoff, saw an opportunity to create affordable housing for people who want it.

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Tiny House with Solar Roof Panels

This tiny house design by Claude von Roesgen not only has a roof made out of solar panels..

But it also doubles as a pontoon (actually tri-toon) houseboat.

The home has two configurations: (1) to be attached onto a utility trailer or (2) a pontoon boat which I’ll show you below.

So can we legitimately call this an amphibious tiny house?

Another interesting feature is the home’s built-in solar roof.

Tiny House with Solar Roof Panels

Photo Credit CB99Videos/YouTube

Tiny House with a Solar Roof

They actually used the solar panels as roofing for the house. This is the first time I’ve seen it done this way and I really like it. See what I mean in the photos below:

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Tiny House Blizzard

For many people the sound of a blizzard or lots of snow sounds bad.

Especially if their tiny house on a trailer is concerned… Right?

Today we’re featuring a group of people with a different perspective.

For them all of this snow is as great as being a Christian kid on Christmas morning.

The Outdoor Research Sidecountry skiers and snowboarders have been traveling with their 112-square-foot tiny house.

All in the search of the perfect ski area. I invite you to join Molly Baker, Zack Griffin, Neil Provo, Sam Giffin, and Andrew Walbon- along with their tiny home- in the photos and videos below:

Tiny Home in a Blizzard: Lots of Snow!

Tiny House Blizzard

Photo Credit Molly Baker

Watch below as the Outdoor Research team skis and as they try to keep the tiny house from being completely submerged in snow.

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