Modern Day 'Model T' -- Beautiful Hand Crafted Tiny Home on Wheels
I built this house to live in as I traveled while working in the National Parks but things have changed and I need to sell. The house is approximately 260 square feet and is a what I consider to be a functional design. It has two lofts, a good size bathroom and a good size kitchen, with a full size gas stove. Appliances come with the house and are high quality stainless steel finish. There is a on demand Jacuzzi hot water heater, two 100 lb propane tanks, the shower is 32″ x 48″ so you will have plenty of room. The shower head is a luxury one with body jets, waterfall and rain jets. Regular flush toilet, and hickory hardwood floors. The house is a 2 x 4 construction, screwed together with additional strapping for extra support. All windows are double pane Lowe-E windows. Cedar outside and pine inside. Spray foam insulation in roof. Lots of extras. I have photos of the build and can answer questions. Weather you want this to be your full time home, or a guest home this is a great option. The house was weighed with all of my belonging in the house and came in at 9980lbs. I estimate the house to weigh between 8000-8500lbs and it has a tongue weight of 1000lbs.
Legally, a tiny house on wheels is considered an RV, and a tiny house on a foundation is considered an accessory dwelling unit (ADU). We tiny housers need a new legal definition for a tiny house, separate from an RV or ADU, but that will take time. For now, we need to work within this framework.
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.
The registration process varies state-to-state and also varies depending upon the way in which your tiny house was built and purchased. If your tiny house was purchased from an RVIA member, you can register your tiny house as any other RV. If your tiny house was purchased from a non-RVIA member, ask the builder whether he or she will register the house before transferring the title to you. If yes, your registration should be straight forward. If you built your own tiny home, registration may take several steps. Please check with your local DMV to find out the rules that will apply for you.
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