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Couple Building Semi Trailer Tiny House

Follow a young Cincinnati, Ohio couple, Noah and Tabatha Mehl, as they embark on the adventure of building their own semi trailer tiny house. Noah, an IT Technician by trade and Tabatha, a freelance graphic designer, are leaving their 19th century urban neighborhood in search of the simple life. The couples desire for humble living stems from the agonies of living as renters, yet not wanting to be strapped down to costly homeowners expenses that many young couples get trapped in.

“The problem for us is that the perfect place (at the right price) doesn’t really exist in [our neighborhood].” stated Noah.

Their decision is no revelation as tiny homes are beginning to pop up all over the nation, but the two are delighted to be joining the small house movement.

After several thwarted ideas on the perfect functional design for the home, the twosome decided on a 53′ dry van semi trailer as their foundation. Although smaller than most apartments, the 450 square feet tiny home will boast all the modern conveniences that Noah and Tabatha will need to live and work. The couple’s design comes complete with sliding glass doors, Internet connectivity, a wardrobe closet and most surprisingly a garage.

Couple Building Semi Trailer Tiny House


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To view the progress Noah and Tabatha are making on their dream home, visit their blog.


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  • Avatar Alberto

    Not the first time I see this. Many years ago (erm, decades), while living in Spain and going in summer to a campsite, a family arrived in a semi truck trailer completely fitted. Aside of the house (which of course noone was invited to see) there was a green Jeep, motocross bikes and on top of the trailer it even had a Green Zodiak ‘boat’.

  • Avatar Elle

    I always wondered how much room was in one of these -lots! Great idea and thank you for sharing. Best of luck (and enjoy) creating your new home and yes, please do keep us updated on your progress. I know we’ll see something special. 🙂

  • Avatar R Boden

    Great starting platform, is the galvanized steel and aluminium ok for galvanic corrosion? Does the trailer light circut need to bee isolated? I know this would be a huge problem for a boat in salt water; not sure out of water. Why 6″ of structual framing? Seems a massive overkill, loss of space is huge. I’d recomend consulting a professional bodybuilder.

  • Avatar Lisa E.

    I will be very interested in watching this project come together. I hope you will post often as it comes along and include a ton of pics. We see a lot of truck and van builds, but not so many semi builds. Considering the husband is an IT Tech, this should be a really good build. (Be sure to tell us all the technical stuff about the utilities and building supplies and the reasons for choosing each,) as these are the things we want to become educated in and here we have a chance with a truly qualified person. I’m excited for you both. The finished living quarters should be pretty amazing! 😀

  • Avatar TJ Houston

    They are going to freeze their butts off, plus have condensation problems using metal studs in a metal trailer with no thermal break to the outside of the studs. At a minimum they should have 1″ foam board between the trailer walls and the studs.

  • Avatar Chase Wilson

    That is a really fun idea. So sturdy and industrial, it will probably last them forever if they take care of it properly. I would love to do that one day. I would need to find a used semi truck though. Where did they get theirs?

  • Avatar Suzanne

    My husband and I own a trucking company and were thinking of doing the same thing. Its in the planning stages now but hope to begin soon.

  • Avatar John Hodgin

    I’ve thought of doing this but using a moving style trailer which the floor would be a lot closer to the ground and higher ceilings. Any thoughts or recamendations ? Good luck and keep us updated !!!

  • Avatar Brad

    I have a 51 foot moving van 102 wide. 12’6″ inside height.
    I am seriously considering converting to a tiny house. It will be a rolling tiny house. I have the power PAC to pull it. I am looking for interested people to discuss this with. Please reply at [email protected]

    • Avatar Nikki

      Brad, I’m actually interested in your semi-trailer house project. It’s been quite long but I hope you can see this message. My husband and I are planning on building a home out of a 53ft semi-trailer as well. We’re trying to address some questions and issues. I’m specifically reaching out to other people for more support and advice. Back to your comment, were you able to convert the 51ft van into a tiny house?

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