Awesome Tiny Home on Wheels!
Here is my new Tiny. Itâ€™s on an 8 x 20 trailer built for me last fall. Construction is extra sturdy, 14K GVWR, and the entire box is enclosed with rigid foam.
The trailer deck is 2Ã—8 pt, with foam board beneath and standard house grade subfloor (Advantek)over, then finish flooring. Walls and roof are structural insulated panels with SmartPanel finish siding, metal roof, all birch finished interior walls. We avoid all combustion inside the tight enclosure and have all electric heating, cooling, cooking, water heat, vent fans, etc., with 30A power cord, and conventional plumbing drains (no greywater tanks).
The loft (8Ã—10) has a large operable skylight and two windows to ventilate out, with air intakes at 7 lower level windows. Fridge is a 10 cu. ft with separate freezer; and thereâ€™s a small oven, two burner cook-top. Living room converts to guest space with fold-out bed, hanging closet, boot locker, and additional storage built-in. Benches and cushions are all new, custom made. The bathroom has a waterfall sink faucet, foot-pump RV toilet, galv-alume shower enclosure, vent window and automatic moisture-sensing quiet vent fan. Lighting is LED, some 120v and some battery powered (could be recharged with solar).
Kitchen has granite counter tops with Martha Stewart sink cabinet,and banquette seating for four at a round table top. Loft has new queen-sized mattress and two clothes storage areas. To avoid moisture build-up I built a small attached plant space/greenhouse that is easily accessed through a double hung living room window so you can control air flow and capture solar heat when weather conditions allow. Structural panels are extra high efficiency polyurethane foam, very fireproof.
I built this as a prototype to solve some identified issues in addition to indoor air quality, including a curving stair with short secure shipâ€™s ladder that takes no floor space. Finish flooring is South American hardwood and two-layer heavy duty vinyl. Everything is high quality. As much re-purposed content as possible was used, mainly cabinet doors and trim.
A flat-screen tv can be placed in the living room in space provided. Having worked out a bunch of details on this prototype
If you're building your own tiny house on wheels and plan on getting it registered as an RV with your state, then research the DMV regulations ahead of time. In most states, a self-built RV will need to be inspected before the DMV will issue a license plate. Have detailed plans drawn up and take photos at each step of building, so that you can show electrical and plumbing work without having to cut into the walls at the DMV! Some folks avoid this step by purchasing a flat bed trailer manufactured by a company that provides a Vehicle Identification Number. They register the trailer but then don't go the extra step of re-registering it as an RV when finished building the tiny house. This isn't strictly legal, as many states charge fees based on weight or re-sale value. If you're planning to live remotely off-grid, you might consider it, but if you want to stay in an RV park or obtain RV insurance, you'll want to make the extra effort and get your tiny house registered as an RV.
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