Towing a Tumbleweed Tiny House RV

Towing A Tiny House RV

Our Tiny House RVs can be towed by a standard 3/4 or 1 ton truck depending on the size of your RV, and do not require any permits to tow. Trucks can easily be rented or purchased depending on your transportation needs. Our Tiny House RV models are Certified RVs and have a street legal width of 8’6″ and height of 13’4″. Remember that your Tiny House RV should be titled, licensed and insured to tow legally as an RV. To prepare for towing, above are specifications about Tiny House RV weights and minimum tow vehicle requirements.

Tumbleweed specifications

18′ 20′ 24′        26′ Mica
Dry Weight 8,000 8,800 10,500 Due 3/15 10,000
GVWR 10,000 10,000 15,000 Due 3/15 14,000
Personal Belongings Weight 2,000 1,200 4,500 Due 3/15 2,000

Tumbleweed Tiny House RVs weights vary by size. Dry weight refers to the structure and trailer combined weight. GVWR or gross vehicle weight rating refers to maximum allowable weight of the combined Tiny House RV, trailer and your personal belongings. Tongue weight refers to weight carried by the hitch rather than the wheels of the trailer. Insufficient tongue weight is the primary reason it’s difficult for 1/2 ton trucks to tow Tumbleweeds. The compatible ball size is 2-5/16″ for all Tumbleweed Tiny House RV trailers.

Minimum vehicle towing requirements

18′ 20′ 24′ 26′
Tow Capacity 10,000 10,800 15,000 Due 3/15 14,000
Tongue Weight 800-1,485 880-1,485 1,050-2,250 1,050-2,250 1,000-1,800
Truck Size 3/4 Ton 3/4 Ton 1 Ton 1 Ton 3/4 Ton
Hitch Type Class V Class V Class V Class V Class V
Compatible Ball Size 2-5/16″

Your towing truck must be street legal, have a trailer hitch and trailer brake controller. Truck capacity should be checked, as it varies by specific manufacturer and even model year. Tow capacity refers to the weight the truck can tow, which needs to meet or exceed the gross weight of the home. Tongue weight refers to weight carried by the hitch rather than the wheels of the trailer, and insufficient tongue weight is the primary reason it’s difficult for 1/2 ton trucks to tow Tumbleweeds! The compatible ball size is 2-5/16″ for all Tumbleweed house trailers.

What’s a Class V hitch? This hitch size is rated to carry up to 17,000 lbs. gross weight with a tongue weight capacity of 1,700 lbs. Your ball mount and hitch ball need to both be rated for Class V, to safely tow our heavy Tumbleweeds.

Rental trucks available

For many tiny house RV movers, you will likely borrow or rent a 3/4 or 1 ton truck! We’ve rented work trucks from tool rental companies. Home Depot, for example, does have work trucks you can rent by the hour.

Also, you can hire a tow truck driver to move it for you. This is especially practical if you are moving it a short distance.

Don’t want to drive it yourself? Uship.com is an excellent resource to find drivers with trucks who will tow your Tumbleweed for you.

Be ready for really crummy gas mileage!  Typically you may expect between 6 and 10 MPG. The rig tows without swaying at high speed on the interstate, and has good control moving slowly on snow and ice.

Insurance recommendations

Tumbleweed recommends that you insure your truck and Tumbleweed Tiny House RV before towing it. You may buy RV insurance from any major carrier. Liability insurance for the Tumbleweed is typically carried by the tow vehicle (and please verify with your tow vehicle insurer).

For the house itself, comprehensive and collision insurance also should be purchased. Comprehensive insurance covers damages through “acts of God” and theft. Collision coverage applies if someone or something hits your house, or if your untethered house hits something on its own.

11 Comments

  1. Bill M November 2, 2016 at 7:53 pm - Reply

    Have you ever considered using a towing service to move your tiny house? I’d be interested to hear how owning a truck and paying for gas and maintenance compares with using long distance towing. We’ve got a new towing business in SC, and we’re looking at different ways to set ourselves apart from our local competitors. Thanks!

    • David Hunt November 3, 2016 at 8:41 am - Reply

      Hi Bill. A service some have used is called uShip. You place bids to drivers who then can deliver your Tiny House anywhere you need it to go. Hope that helps.

  2. Ann Falco November 4, 2016 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    We have a family-owned towing business in PA and I remember hearing that we once towed a “tiny house”. I don’t think it was a tumbleweed house, nonetheless, we were able to safely tow it with our medium-duty tow truck.

  3. Jeremy Schopper December 10, 2016 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    It is possible to tow a “tiny house.” We’ve done it a couple of times. I don’t think it’s the most economical means of transporting though. I wouldn’t recommend it.

  4. Peter Harris December 26, 2016 at 4:46 am - Reply

    A very thought-provoking article on a topic hardly discussed in the past – “transportation of mobile homes/ RV’s”. The article is enriched with information that helps focus on the most worthwhile methods of transporting a mobile home. I’ll definitely use this info in the future…

  5. Scottsdale Towing January 25, 2017 at 1:19 pm - Reply

    Wow, cool stuff. We don’t have many of these tiny houses out in AZ. I’ve never had to tow one. It would be interesting though lol!

  6. I help run a home contracting company in Omaha, NE.
    This would be a great up sell if any clients wanted say a bedroom addition without actually adding anything to the existing structure.
    Great read!

  7. Alex Taylor April 9, 2017 at 2:54 am - Reply

    Really good article, I’m running a towing company in Austin, TX. We don’t have a lot of tiny houses in Austin but it’s really interesting though for us, and in this niche you all the time need to be in the front. Need to discover the safety issue if exist  thx a lot for the beautiful article. Waiting for the next article.

  8. Jason R. April 16, 2017 at 11:00 am - Reply

    I hope the roofs on those tiny houses are done right! Wouldn’t be good to have that thing fly off when you are towing it down the highway at 75 mph!

    • Egon May 7, 2017 at 2:20 pm - Reply

      I attended a Tumbleweed conference in Washington DC a while ago. They use hurricane clips to hold the roof on, or at least that’s what they said when I attended. They may be using something even better, if technology has advanced. They know what they’re doing, and are good at it.

  9. Brian Martin May 14, 2017 at 1:44 am - Reply

    Really interesting and inform article about all the roles people need to know about Towing tiny house RV. I have to say that a lot of time I am not see article like this that explain exactly about the details like the vehicle requirement to tow tiny house RV, where you can find the right track for the mission and more. I believe that this article will help to a lot of peoples before they going to this task from now on. Waiting for your next article.

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