So you are about to purchase a trailer for your tiny house. How exciting! With these wheels you are guaranteeing your ability to live a mobile life. You are graduating to a seemingly more affordable, more energy efficient, and more freeing, way of life. But such independence comes with a cost; financially and academically.
You wouldn't buy a foundation house without having an inspection, would you? You want to know that all systems are "a go". You want to make sure the framework is solid and shows no sign of rot or termites. You want to make sure the shingles are halfway decent. You want to make sure the insulation is still in good shape. That is the academic part of buying a house. It is the part that shows you are doing your homework. Such careful consideration should also go into purchasing a tiny house trailer. You simply don't want to neglect this important aspect of your future tiny house.
Strength, reliability, and functionality, are critical. They will be the foundation of your home. So consider these options when purchasing a trailer.
GVWR - (Gross Weight Vehicle Rating). The GWVR is the maximum operating weight/mass of a vehicle as specified by the manufacturer including the vehicle's chassis, body, engine, engine fluids, fuel, accessories, driver, passengers, and cargo but excluding that of any trailers.
Heavy Duty Axles
High Load Radial Tires - Radial tires have plies that run perpendicularly across the tire and belts (often made of steel) running below the tread around the tire's circumference. Heavy load means the tires are designed to withstand the weight of a heavy load or "high load".
Running Lights - Running lights are lights on the trailer designed to increase visibility while your house is in motion.
Dual Safety Chains - The purpose of safety chains is to retain the connection between the towing vehicle and trailer in the event of separation of the trailer coupling from the ball or the ball from the hitch, long enough to bring the vehicles to a stop.
A trailer specifically designed for a tiny house, by a company that is knowledgeable of tiny houses, handles all this and more!
Stay tuned this month as we talk more about tiny house trailers including the various types now available, the companies most known for quality trailers, and what signs let you know you not chosen the right trailer for your design.