In this video based post you’re going to learn the basics of how to floor and frame a Tumbleweed tiny house on a trailer.
In this video they are building the Fencl tiny house using a 18′ trailer.
The design is 130 square feet without including the upstairs sleeping loft and the tiny front porch area.
You can use them to follow and build yourself for $23,000 or less, or you can hire a contractor to follow the plans instead.
Alternatively Tumbleweed offers a variety of other plans that might better suit your needs. You can check those out right here.
Either way, this video is going to show you the basics of flooring and framing a tiny house on wheels.
Photo Credit Tumbleweed Houses/YouTube
The steps outlined below are assuming that you have already decided on a design (either your own or set of plans) and are therefore ready to buy a trailer.
How to Floor and Frame a Tumbleweed Tiny House on a Trailer
Step 1. Buy your trailer, materials, and order your windows
Step 2. Remove any vertical pieces from the trailer (except wheel wells) so you have room to floor and frame traditionally
Step 3. Remove decking then leave 20″-24″ of gaps in-between
Step 4. Install aluminum flashing to protect from water and rodents (if you have a porch, don’t do this there because you don’t want water to just sit there when it rains, it needs to go through)
Step 5. Start your floor framing. Front and back first then fill gap. Use screws instead of nails.
Step 6. Insulate!
These step by step instructions were written with what I learned from Jay Shafer’s the Small House Book and by attending their workshops. Both of which I highly recommend if, like me, you were new to construction or the idea of building on tiny and/or on wheels.
His book covers the rest of the step by step details for framing your walls, roofing, installing a housewrap, windows, and much more. If you want the rest of the step by step instructions plus a bunch of other useful information and color photos, click here to place your order for ‘the Small House Book’ by Jay Shafer safe and securely through Tumbleweed’s website.
Video on Flooring and Framing on a Trailer thanks to Tumbleweed Houses
Andrew Odom Instructs and Demonstrates how to Frame for a Tiny Home on Wheels
You can always consider attending one of Tumbleweed’s tiny house workshops throughout the country to learn more about building and to meet some other really cool people who also like smaller homes because of the freedom they offer.
For a list of this years Tumbleweed workshops click here. If you want to download this year’s tiny house workshop catalog click here (it’s free).
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