Traveling in style with a tiny home RV is a great option for people who need to move frequently or are unsure of how long they will stay in one place. Enjoy a flexible living situation that can be taken with you wherever your job or duties require you to go.
But let’s be real. You can’t just pick up a tiny house and go. You need to know how to move it. That’s why it’s important to make sure you’ve got all your ducks in a row before you roll out.
Preparation and planning are paramount before towing your tiny house RV, as it can be intimidating for those who have never done it before.
In this article, we will provide you with the information you need to tow your tiny house safely and successfully while enjoying your travels.
Steps to Tow Your Tiny Home Like A Pro
First things first, let’s talk about safety. Before you even think about setting off with your tiny house RV, you need to confirm the towing safety numbers for both your tiny home RV and your towing vehicle. Don’t worry, it’s not rocket science—just check the Tumbleweed data plate (in the closet) or the sticker on the tongue. In most trucks, you can find all the info you need in the owner’s manual or on the driver’s side door jamb.
You will need the following 5 weight ratings:
- The dry weight of your tiny house RV
- The tongue weight of your tiny house RV
- The empty weight of your tow vehicle
- The GCVW (gross combined vehicle weight) of your tow vehicle
- The tongue weight capacity of your tow vehicle
It’s crucial to make sure that all of these numbers are within the recommended range to avoid any accidents or mishaps while towing. Trust me, you don’t want to skimp on this step. If you load your towing vehicle with more weight than it’s rated for, let’s just say you will be pretty dissatisfied with the outcome when you hit the road.
First, make sure that the tongue weight capacity of your tow vehicle is (5) MORE THAN the tongue weight of your tiny house RV (2)
Second, confirm that your truck can safely pull the tiny house. The GCVW (4) must be MORE THAN the dry weight of your tiny house RV (1) plus the empty weight of your tow vehicle (3)
Prepare for Departure
Now that we’ve got the boring stuff out of the way, let’s move on to the fun part – preparing your Tumbleweed tiny house for the journey.
Close and lock all windows and skylights, secure loose items, and disconnect the power cord, water hoses, sewer lines, and cable/internet connections. Shut off the main br