This is the 36ft long and 10ft wide ‘Moby Dick’ tiny house shell built by Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses out of Durango, Colorado.
Technically the trailer base is 34′ long, but they wanted a four foot cantilever over the tongue that would serve as a “walk in closet”, so in the end the house averages out to 36′ long.
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36ft Moby Dick Tiny House Shell by Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses
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Not only is the house long and wide, but it is oversize in height, topping out at 14′-6″ instead of the normal 13′-6″. Since it was going to require a permit for the width, the same permit covers the extra height, and our travel route did not have any restrictions for this height, so we figured why not get an extra foot of head height in the loft?
Being as their last name is Melville, akin to Herman Melville who wrote the American Classic Moby Dick, and this is the largest tiny house we have ever constructed, the giant whale’s name was befitting!
Moby Dick Tiny House Shell | Rocky Mountain Tiny Houses
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I guess I don’t understand the benefits of having such a big home on wheels. Moving it isn’t as easy as a truly THOW. The chances of parking it on land and it flying under the radar is slim to none. Would it even be appropriate for a trailer community? I’m clearly under educated in these areas and would love to know more.
Hey Lannette, for many, having the home on wheels is more about being able to get around the local restrictions that otherwise wouldn’t let them live in a small to tiny home.
For as much trouble there is to find a place to park there is often even more limitations on finding a place where you could build a house on a foundation that would be this small or smaller and not conflict with the local building codes.
So, it’s not always the sole point for people to be able to move the house to put it on wheels. Some just want to be able to have a small to tiny home and this is one way they can do that, even though it still has its share of obstacles to get over but it can allow for more options as well…
Besides, this couple apparently already have a spot for it… It can be hard to find, but there are places where people can live on their own property in a THOW.
El Paso, CO is one of the places that gives many options for people to live in Tiny Houses, for example, and I suspect they may be around there as 14′ 6″ height means they’re either in CO or NE, as those are the 2 states that that height is legal…
Only one higher is Alaska that allows up to 15’… While WA, MT, ND, SD, WY, ID, OR, NV, UT, KS, CA, AZ, NM, and TX allow up to 14′ and the rest of the nation is why we have the standard 13′ 6″ height limit that most tiny houses follow…
As for communities, yes, there are places that would accept this… They can be few and far between but there’s a growing number of Tiny House Parks, Villages, and communities…
Mind, this isn’t any bigger than a 5th wheel RV and with slide outs they would be equal or even wider when parked than this home.
Specific rules vary across the country but tiny houses can be considered like Park Model RV’s, which can have some exemptions to the normal RV long term parking restrictions. Along with being recognized as a ADU if you add it to an existing property and that can be done in even places that wouldn’t allow an RV… Like Fresno, CA…
Other places may have no specific restrictions and you just have to meet certain minimum standards like having a septic system on the property or that the home be a certain minimum sq ft and some counties can be flexible enough to count an addition to the home as part of the total sq ft… Of course, finding these places where you want to live may not always be possible but examples like those exist scattered across the country… Spur, TX being an example where they basically removed restrictions… While Oregon is presently pushing through legislation for Reach code that can provide a pathway for legalization of tiny houses as a more recent development…
Anyway, while they may never move it once it’s placed on the property. It can still be moved if they ever need to… Oversize structures just require a moving permit and planning to route them through areas where the size won’t be an issue, it is after all how the home was delivered… Though, at the 14′ 6″ height they probably will remain in the same state…
Otherwise, single oversize structures can go up to around 60′ x 14′ in some states for a better idea of where the maximum size is before the structure has to be shipped in sections like a modular house…
Thank you! That makes sense. I hadn’t considered limits on small homes on foundations.
Once again, these Rocky Mountain Tiny House builders have outdone themselves, thinking beyond the usual boundaries. I have no idea where it will be parked but wherever that is I feel sure that it will provide the owners a delightful habitat and living experience.
Alex, invite the owners to repost this TH once the interior is complete. I, for one, would love to see what they do with it.
I have always thought that increasing the width of THOW, that are not intended be moved frequently made sense. Of course it comes with the added duty to perhaps get a permit to tow it and maybe even have fewer choices to park it but, for having lived on boats for quite some time, I can say that ‘more beam’ on a boat certainly adds to the feel of more space if not the actually increased volume. Of course 10’ wide may not be for everyone but glad to see it being used for those that find it useful.
I have followed the TINY HOUSE movement from the perspective of affordable housing for as many as possible, so not only THOW, but I have always respected the work that ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOMES does. They are people who are dedicated to quality and safety and innovation.
Me too, thanks, Mary!
I don’t know if it is possible, but I think you would get more input on your comments, Alex, if people were able to at least just LIKE or DISLIKE existing comments, and I think getting more likes will get you more traffic too.
I really love the this one! I would really like to see how the outcome is and what it looks like when it’s finished. Thanks for sharing. 🙂