Types of Trailers (Flat-Bed)
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.....
Hello, Tumbleweed fans!
My name is Sarah. My partner, Joseph and I are Tumbleweed fans too… so much so that we are building one! We are super-excited to be joining two other couples in a group build this summer.
Meet the awesome folks we’ll be building with:
- Meg and Dan Stephens will be building Meg’s own design, the Tumbleweed Linden. Meg is the rockstar, ahem, in-house architect at Tumbleweed.
- You may remember Joe and Breanna from their sweet Valentine’s Day story about how a love of Tumbleweed houses actually brought them together. They will be building the classic yet modern Cypress 20 with dormers.
- And finally, Joseph and I can’t wait to get started building the tiny house of our dreams, a modified Cypress 20. You can read more about us, and follow our tiny house journey at seedswithwings.com.
Over the next few months we six will be sharing a work site, some tools and resources, and muscles. Each couple will be working mainly on their own house, but we’ll help each other out as needed, with practical things like lifting up the walls, and with the intangibles, like advice and learning from each others’ mistakes. Even as we’re just getting started, it’s also nice to know that there are others in this with us.
We’ll be reporting back to you every week or so about our progress, what we’re learning about building, and about building with a group.
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This series discusses the “What”, the “How” and “Why” of Tiny House Living
The tiny house living concept raises a lot of questions for tiny house visionaries on their quest for freedom, simplicity, and personal fulfillment. In this series we answer some of their queries and explore the lifestyle a little more deeply.
We hope you find this series enjoyable, thoughtful and thought-provoking!
Tiny House Living: Cost Versus Lifestyle Value
At some point, people new to the tiny house living always ask the same question: “Is it cheap to build a tiny house because it’s so small?”... Read More
Introducing our latest innovation! The Tumbleweed Tiny House Trailer! Designed specifically for tiny houses on wheels.
Over the winter we’ve been asking our fans a lot of questions, wanting to know how we can improve your building projects. You’ve told us the most frustrating part of building a tiny house on wheels is finding an appropriate, usable trailer. First locating one, then negotiating a reasonable price and cutting and welding it to size. All this effort can be time-consuming and exhausting. And after all that, you may or may not have a trailer that meets the strict requirements necessary to carry a house on wheels. So we decided we should help you with this laborious process—we developed the Tumbleweed Tiny House Trailer!
The Tumbleweed Tiny House Trailer—designed specifically for tiny houses on wheels!
Made in the US, our quality-built tiny house trailer comes standard with brakes, lights, underside flashing and radial tires. These tires are a significant upgrade from tires usually found on utility trailers and one we feel is extremely important. The tiny house trailer is also available in sizes of 14 ft, 18ft and 20 ft. offering Full Porch, Corner Porch or No Porch and creates a perfect foundation for your home.
And when it comes to attaching your house to the tiny house trailer the techniques have improved greatly. We’ve taken advantage of the latest technology and added threaded galvanized rods which serve as anchor bolts to attach your framing to. Heavy-duty, they are made to withstand major wind-drafting when driving on the open road—after all, you don’t want to lose you house!
Additionally the tiny house trailer allows for an increase of 3.5″ headroom in the house interior. The trailers surface is flat so there’s no need to build up the sub-floor prior to framing—something you cannot achieve on any other regular trailer.
To learn more and purchase your very own Tumbleweed Trailer, click here
Why a compost toilet outhouse? We live on 50 acres with a one bathroom house on it – we use walkie talkies to communicate with each other on our land. We conduct 75% of our lives 500 or more yards from the house in a series of huge outdoor rooms collectively referred to as ‘the pond’. As in “Honey, when I get home will you be at the pond or at the house?” It’s where we work, play, socialize, park our guests, and have campfires, barbecues, and parties.
The more people we share these activities with, the more we need a handy bathroom facility. It’s equally obvious that there’s no way we can afford or justify putting in a second septic system. The entire property is a watershed and we don’t want to take any chances polluting, so we wouldn’t even think about doing an old school outhouse, where you just dig a pit and add lime to the cesspool. A waterless compost toilet was the only way to go, allowing us to return the nutrients and organic materials from our waste safely to the soil.
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we were on a tight budget and had some materials left over from our tiny house builds, so we opted for an entirely DIY “glorified bucket” approach. I’ve watched quite a few compost toilet videos
over time, and referred back to a couple to help us plan our project. Urine diversion is the best approach because it prevents smelly anaerobic conditions and allows more of the nutritional value from our wastes to be used by plants, but to buy aurine diverter
costs about $70 – $100 and takes delivery time. I’ve ordered one now, so I’ll do an update at some point about how that works out. For now we’re removing the material to an aerobic microbe rich composting situation, and we always have a large supply of sawdust so we decided to just use larger amounts of it to soak up excess liquid and put everything in one container....