So I was thinking about trailers today and decided to give you a lesson in trailers and your options as far as tiny houses go. Before you get your trailer you want to think about a few things:
- how heavy will my house be?- keep in mind that the GVWR includes the weight of the trailer.
- how often will I be moving my home?
- Your towing vehicle should also have a maximum GWVR for towing.
There are four main types of flat bed trailers that you can build a tiny house on:
I got this information from the guys over at Tumbleweed
A deck-between trailer is a flat bed trailer where the bed of the trailer is between the wheel wells. The width of the bed is restricted by how far apart the wheel wells can be. The advantage of a deck-between trailer is that the bed of the trailer is low to the ground, allowing for a taller house to be built on it.
A deck over trailer is a flat bed trailer where the bed of the trailer is over the top of the wheels. The bed can be up to 8’ wide. A deck over trailer is higher off the ground, and is suitable for one-story houses without lofts.
A dovetail trailer can be either a deck-between or deck-over trailer, but it has a section at the rear of the trailer that angles to the ground. Generally this is found on trailers that are made to haul cars or other vehicles. The angled portion allows a vehicle to be loaded on the trailer more easily. This is not a good trailer to use to build a house upon. The dovetail creates an awkward platform to build on and requires additional welding and modification before it will be ready for a house.
A gooseneck trailer can be either a deck-between or deck-over trailer, but it has a special hitch connection. The trailer hitches to the bed of a truck that is fitted with a ball hitch in the bed of the truck. This connection allows for pulling larger trailers, and is generally a more stable way to pull a heavily loaded trailer. Building a house on a gooseneck is fine.