This article is on the tiny house trailer that is supporting the Nature’s Nest Tiny Home. The trailer (foundation) of this tiny home was a custom built tiny house trailer made by Tiny Home Builders. (We highly recommend the tiny house trailers that are built by Tiny Home Builders. Check out their website to see their well-built trailers!) The trailer is 8′ wide by 20′ long with a 14,000 GVWR. (It is important to note here that selecting the trailer was one of the most tedious tasks yet to be completed with this project.) We contacted almost every trailer company in New England and looked to the various “tiny home trailers” that are circulating through the market. Things to consider when purchasing a trailer include: (1) what is your finalized floor plan, (2) how far over the wheels do you want to build, and (3) how much of an overhang do you want with your roof.
Other things to decide when finalizing your purchase on any tiny house trailer is what weight your axles will be rated for; this greatly determines how much weight your trailer can hold and the building materials that will be selected for the build. It would be wise to get a trailer with axles rated at 14,000 GVWR, opposed to the standard 10,000 GVWR. (If you build over this 10,000 lb. weight limit you run the risk of not being able to travel down the road all together.)
If you are considering living in a small space, you might entertain the idea of doing away with the tiny house trailer all together and build on skids. The cost of a trailer adds anywhere from $3,000 to $7,000 onto your price tag! (A yurt might even be for you.) Although there are these other minimalist living options, building on a tiny house trailer has its benefits that make it a viable solution for those in the housing market, (especially individuals just getting out of college). Three benefits of building on wheels include that it (1) is easily transportable in the blink of an eye, (2) avoids building codes and other applicable costs that go with permanent structures, and (3) allows you to have a space that is yours that you can take with you whenever and wherever.
At this point, you might be asking, “Well, why not a RV?” Two reasons: (1) you cannot legally live in an RV all year-round and (2) an RV is not designed to be lived in during all four seasons. In addition to these reasonings, tiny houses actually look like a home, not a plastic replica! A tiny house is custom built structure that reflects you!
Here is a photo of the tiny house trailer from when it first arrived: