As many of you know, I built my own Tiny House RV and I wouldn’t have it any other way! Below I’ve listed 8 reasons you should BUILD OVER BUY. But don’t worry, if you aren’t up for the construction challenge, click here to read why you shouldn’t build a Tiny House yourself.
1). You have construction experience
No brainer. If you know your way around the tool shed, building your own Tiny House RV should be relatively easy. For an expert builder, we advise that a build will take 600-1000 work hours.
2). You have a great build location
The ideal build site is covered, with ample storage for materials and access to electricity for power tools. If you have the perfect build location, give yourself a pat on the back! You will be the envy of many tiny enthusiasts.
3). You have a budget & savings
One of the biggest hurdles for any tiny house enthusiast is creating a realistic budget. How you will pay for the materials, tools, etc? Financing is not usually an option for DIY Tiny House RV builds, so you may need to get creative. For example, you can save money by gathering reclaimed/free items.
4). You have a support team
I had a bunch of volunteers help on my Tiny House RV. So if you have a support team, for physical labor and mental inspiration, it might be enough to get you through the challenge.
5). You want the knowledge
I love the fact that I built my own Tiny House RV. I know it isn’t perfect, but I’ve also learned to love my tiny’s faults. Has it always been your goal to build something yourself? A Tiny House RV is the perfect project for you!
6). You want to save money on labor
Arguably the most important reason to build your own Tiny House RV – to save money! Labor can cost almost (if not more) than materials. If you do the work yourself, you can save BIG on the overall cost.
7). You don’t care about being RVIA certified
It is not possible to be RVIA certified as a DIY builder (only a manufacturer, like Tumbleweed, can get this certification). If this certification doesn’t matter to you, then perhaps building your tiny is the better choice.
8). You want to fulfill your dream
If it has been your dream to build a Tiny House RV for many years, and you are determined, don’t let anything (including the above) stand in your way!
*For the alternative point of view: 9 reasons to BUY instead of BUILD a Tiny House RV