Acquiring and preparing a trailer for your future tiny house can be stressful and costly but it’s one of the most important parts of your tiny house if you’re building mobile because it’s your foundation.
For most people the trailer is actually the single most expensive item that you’ll buy for your tiny home. And rightly so, as it’s going to be the foundation, right?
To address this problem and to make things easier for people like us who want to build tiny cabins that are mobile Tumbleweed Houses is now offering trailers specifically designed and built for stick-built tiny houses (on wheels).
Four Trailer Sizes with Several Design Options
There are four sizes you can pick from and two trailer options right now which are:
- 18′ utility trailer (~$4,200)
- 20′ utility trailer (~$4,500) deck over trailer (~$6,100)
- 24′ utility trailer (~$5,800) deck over trailer (~$6,600)
- 26′ utility trailer (~$6,100) deck over trailer (~$6,900)
You can have your trailer delivered straight to you if you’re in the United States for an additional $500-$1500 depending on where you live. Or you can pick it up for free at one of four locations in the U.S. (listed below).
Then you can also pick four different styles within each size:
- No Porch
- Corner Porch (Left)
- Corner Porch (Right)
- Full Porch
Check it out below:
Pretty cool, right?
Utility Trailers versus Deck Over Trailers
Images © Tumbleweed
Free Pick Up Locations
Tumbleweed now offers a few pick up locations that might be near you:
- Chambersburg, PA (your custom trailer will be ready in 6-8 weeks)
- Colorado Springs, CO (your custom trailer will be ready in 6-8 weeks)
- Florida (your custom trailer will be ready in 6-8 weeks)
- Portland, OR (your custom trailer will be ready in 6-8 weeks)
Things to Look Out for when buying Used
Side note before you buy a new trailer: Yes, you can save a lot of money by acquiring a used trailer and putting lots of labor into it so it can be ready for up to 10,000 lbs of “house”.
This means your axles have to be in good shape, they must be able to handle that weight and you’ll also want to check your:
- Tongue length
Makes sense, right? You just want to make sure all the essential parts are in good shape and make the necessary repairs.
Besides that you also want to obviously look at the overall condition of the steel frame.
Since I’m not an expert builder or handyman (I’m okay at all that but I’m better with a keyboard and computer)..
So me, personally, I’d rather work, save up and buy one of these brand new ready made custom trailers and get the project rolling rather than finding used and having to work on it for several days, weeks, or even months (because that’s not what I’m good at).
So if you’re anything like me in that aspect, you might want to seriously consider Tumbleweed’s custom trailers because they’re well built, made for tiny houses, and it will help get your tiny house built faster.
And if you’re a DIY type of person (that’s awesome!), then this is how a prepped tiny house trailer should look like after you’re done stripping it down, replacing parts, strengthening it, etc.:
Video Tips on Tiny House Trailers with Art & Meg at Tumbleweed
Join our free daily tiny house newsletter here.
When you build your tiny house on wheels how do you plan on acquiring a trailer? Will you get a used one? Will you have someone make one according to your specifications/design? Or will you order one from Tumbleweed? And if you found this post helpful “Like” and share using the buttons below. Thanks!
Latest posts by Alex (see all)
- Yurt Glamping at Green Acres near Austin, TX - July 23, 2015
- Man Turns Cargo Trailer into DIY Stealth Tiny Home - July 23, 2015
- Marsha’s School Bus Tiny Cottage Lifestyle Update - July 23, 2015