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 an 18′ trailer. The design shown here is 130 square feet without including the upstairs sleeping loft and the tiny front porch area.
Designed by Jay Shafer, the original designer at Tumbleweed Houses (today he’s at Four Lights). his video (below) is going to show you the basics of flooring and framing a tiny house on wheels.
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How to Build a THOW (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 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.
This book also covers the rest of the step by step details for framing your walls, roofing, installing a house wrap, windows, and much more. Highly recommend it!
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 a tiny house workshops 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 workshops click here.
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