Towing a Tiny House

Tiny mobile homes are a great option for homeowners on the move- whether it be for their job or for pleasure.  One important aspect of a mobile tiny house is deciding what vehicle would best be suited for towing your home safely and securely.  In doing so, it is essential to keep in mind certain key points such as road limits, house dimensions and  weight distribution in order to bring your tiny home with you without a hassle.  Enrich yourself about what type of vehicle you need to tow your tiny house.

To Buy or To Rent

For those who do plan on settling in one location for a couple of years before moving their tiny house, it might be more economical to simply rent a large truck that is specifically made for towing large trailers such as Enterprisetrucks.com  that come with the appropriate equipment such as a hitch to move your tiny house.

Plan on moving more frequently and need a vehicle for the road, understand the size of the vehicle depends on the size of your house.  For instance, if your house is around 20 feet, your vehicle should be looking at about 1/2 ton truck to pull it with.  Of course, each truck as a different engine and horsepower, so it is important to research the limit of the vehicle of your choice.

Purchasing a Vehicle

Important things to consider when purchasing a truck to tow your tiny house is to choose one with a v8 or v10 engine.  Some good options include the Chevrolet Silverado 2200HD and the GMC Sierra 25000HD.  Furthermore, it is essential whatever truck you choose can tow a minimum of 15,000 pounds.  Fuel is another factor to consider when purchasing your vehicle.  Although gas may be a more popular choose, diesel is a promising option that offers a greater power even at reduced speeds.

Road Limits

Planning your route is key before taking your tiny house anywhere.  It is important to map out the places you plan on taking your tiny house in an effort to minimize any potential problems.  These include avoiding wooded/low tree branches, twists/curvy roads, and bridges.  Being mindful of traffic, especially rush hour is important to avoid major backlog, unhappy people and potential accidents.

Legality

In order to avoid any potential problems, make sure your tiny house is registered, insured, and has a license. Both the tiny house and vehicle should have a comprehensive and collusion insurance to cover all bases and to keep everyone and everything safe. Although road requirements differ in each state, throughout the country the maximum height requirement is 13’6″ and the maximum width is 8’6″.

Measurements

Your vehicle needs to be able to tow your tiny house and to keep in mind, here are all the weight measurements necessary to keep in mind when choosing your vehicle. First is the dry weight, which is the weight of your tiny house and the trailer.  Second is the weight of everything inside the tiny house (fixtures, furniture, etc).  Third is the gross vehicle weight, which is the total weight of everything (tiny house, fuel, furniture, people).

 

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