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Tiny House Disguised as a Lawn Maintenance Trailer!


This is a stealthy cargo trailer tiny house conversion that’s very ‘sneaky’ because it looks like a lawn care cargo trailer from the outside.

But once you open up the doors, you know it’s not what it looks like from the outside anymore! Step inside, and you’ll find yourself in a cozy little camper.

This unit is for sale out of Globe, Arizona, with an asking price of $8,500. It’s a 20ft trailer. The trailer was actually purchased from a lawn care company and they left the decals on to keep it stealthy! What do you think?

Stealthy Cargo Trailer Tiny House/Camper Conversion That Looks Like a Lawn Maintenance Trailer!

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Images via Craigslist/Phoenix

Cargo Trailer Conversion Tiny House

20ft 2000 Pace American Cargo Sport Trailer
ramp door with new springs. Well balanced and easy to close by one person.
Tandom axel
7000lbs gross rating
Easy grease hubs
7 pin connection. Has a place for battery that can be charged by tow vehicle. Battery not include. Trailer is wired for two ceiling lights with light switch by side door. Lights and switch not included.
Electric trailer brakes
Two ceiling vents
Metal frame chassis, walls and ceiling
The roof was in great shape when we purchased trailer besides the molded plastic nose piece on the front. We coated the roof white elastomeric coating and sealed the nose cone. The front doesn’t look pretty but it’s water tight. We coated it primary for sun reflection to keep trailer cooler.
Lunnet hitch (will include pintle for standard 2″ receiver). Offers greater degree of movement without locking up. Easier to hook up.

Purchased trailer from landscaper in spring of 2017. It still has decals on side from landscaper company. We describe it as stealth.
We converted it into living space/travel trailer/tiny house. We enjoyed a trip in but can’t keep it any longer as we try rooting down in Southwest

Learn more over at the Craigslist listing.

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  • Matt May 14, 2018, 7:05 am

    My main concern with buying a trailer that used to carry machines and vehicles would be the toxins in the air. No doubt they dripped gasoline, oil, etc that soaked into the wood and continues to off-gas.

    Also feel like this does not represent the tiny house in a good way. Anytime something has to be “stealthy” it will automatically have a negative stigma tied to it- that and the fact that this looks like something that Bill Murray in Caddy Shack would be living in. Tiny homes/mobile living has prided itself in unusual but fine craftsmanship and innovative engineering.

  • Tim May 14, 2018, 6:08 pm

    Great points Matt. You definitely sound like you should stick to the factory ready class A type motorhome; perhaps a nice Bluebird.

    • Eric May 14, 2018, 8:05 pm

      Ouch!

  • Michael May 14, 2018, 8:03 pm

    Nice conversion avoiding a lot of parking problems, streamlined for easy towing and fuel efficiency. Simple but working stuff.

  • Joyce Rader May 14, 2018, 9:29 pm

    Matt may feel Tiny House family pride on ‘fine craftsmanship’ but he does not comment on the many ‘do-it-yourself’ versions that show people with few skills making something useful for them. Not everyone has the skill of quality craftsmanship nor do they have finances to pick up quality looking materials. Every idea pictured by the Tiny House family is there for the viewer to pick and choose what the viewer likes or can use for their own build. You cannot expect to please everyone all the time or with every item featured.
    As for the fumes, I read nothing to say interior was stripped and new material installed. There are chemicals to clean and reduce stains and odors which some cleaning companies specialize in using.

    • James D. May 15, 2018, 12:16 am

      It was originally used by a lawn care landscaping company… So things like lawn mowers, hedge trimmers, leaf blowers, etc. plus whatever they used for the lawn itself…

      Though, not all trailers used for that type of business have wood flooring. Some keep it all metal and have a grate type metal flooring so leaves, dirt, etc. can just fall through and they don’t have to constantly clean it out.

      But regardless, this is what the listing states on the flooring…

      “Floor is 3/4″ plywood. The underside is rolled with elastomeric roof coating. 1/2″ foam fanfold insulation. Then 1/2” plywood that was Danish oiled then polyurethaned. “

  • brad May 14, 2018, 11:33 pm

    Looks like the build was made with alley finds…
    I’ll pass.

  • Karen Blackburn May 15, 2018, 3:59 am

    Home build is fine and not everyone is great at DIY but this looks like a shoddy well used and abused caravan (or whatever else it may be called) which is being off loaded in the hope of getting some money for something that is really on suitable for giving away. They say it is weired for lights and a switch then add that sasid lights and switch aren’t included, why easy anything then. The bed at one end looks uncomfortable plus cheap and nasty, is it different to the bunk beds or are they the same mattress in a different set up (ie double bed in one or bunk beds in another, can’t tell). Have seen set ups like this, even owned one some 30 years ago, free to a good home after a really hard life as a family holiday caravan. Was in better knick inside but same scruffy well used interior. Did us well for another 10 then we passed it on, for free, to another couple who gutted it and totally redesigned the inside so you’d think it was brand spanking new and super expensive. Try doing the inside up and you might get moire interest.

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