This is a guest post by Ethan Waldman, author of Tiny House Decisions
When I was sure that I was going to build a Tiny House on Wheels, the first major purchase that I made was a set of plans. Once that was out of the way, I started shopping for trailers.
One of the first major purchases I made for my tiny house on wheels was a flat bed trailer. You certainly can’t start building a tiny house on wheels without one! There are so many options when it comes to trailers. New trailers, used ones, converted trailers from RV’s, farm trailers, etc. One thing seemed certain: trailers were not cheap.
Being the frugal tiny house type, I started looking into used trailers. I was encouraged by reading Andrew Odom’s account of buying and restoring a trailer for his tiny house build. That’s why I was surprised when I interviewed Andrew Odom recently, and he advised strongly against starting with a used trailer. It turns out that the (significant) work that goes into restoring a trailer wound up costing almost as much as buying a new one.
Back to my story, though: I looked at one used trailer that seemed decent- sure it was well worn, but the tires and the deck looked great and the price was right. Luckily, I showed some photos to a cousin who knew better and pointed out that some of the leaf springs were broken, which was a sign that the trailer could have been overloaded during its use.
It was then that I realized how big of a mistake I was about to make: The trailer for a mobile tiny house is a permanent part of the house– and if it were to break or fail, you’d put your house in serious danger.
This was just one of hundreds or even thousands of decisions I had to make while researching, planning, and ultimately building my tiny house. I’m glad that I purchased a new trailer for my tiny house build, and don’t want you to make the costly mistake of potentially buying a trailer that isn’t right (or even safe) for your project.
That’s why I’m so excited to announce my brand new resource: Tiny House Decisions: Everything I Wish I Knew When I Built My Tiny House.
Tiny House Decisions is unlike any resource out there when it comes to building your tiny house. In the book, I take you through all the major decisions you’ll make (like whether or not you should even attempt to build it yourself), plus all the major systems like heating, plumbing, and electric. Finally, I cover a range choices in construction materials. For each, I discuss the pros and cons of each option, and what I ultimately chose for my own tiny house build. Be sure to visit this page to learn more about this resource (and even download a free sample chapter).
In addition to my own story, I include interviews from several tiny house experts to provide an alternative perspective. There’s even a package with multimedia- including video tours of each major system in my tiny house where I show you exactly how it’s put together.
Coupon Code for Tiny House Talk
For readers of Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter, I’m doing two exciting things: The first is that I’m offering a special launch discount. Between now and midnight eastern time on Monday, September 22nd, you can get 15% off any of the Tiny House Decisions packages by entering the coupon code tinyhousetalk2014 at checkout!
Tiny House Decisions Giveaway!
What’s that second thing, you ask? I’m partnering with Tiny House Talk to give away one deluxe Tiny House Decisions package with all of the multimedia goodies ($189). All you have to do is comment below and answer this question: What’s the one biggest challenge that Tiny House Decisions will help you overcome to build your tiny house? Alex will select the best response and announce a winner on Wednesday, September 17th.
Update: The winner has been selected! Congratulations Trina! Thank you all very much for your participation!