Tiny House – out for a drive

Shane had to take the house to the welding shop yesterday to get some steel welded onto the trailer.  Check it out:

notice our website tagged on the side of the house in the photo above.  that was my doing…. I tagged it the night before in preparation for Tiny’s trip out and about.

It was so fun to see it outside!  We’re really pleased with the roof design and think it will be pretty decent aerodynamics (for a house!).  We shall see.  We had a friend of Shane’s visiting last night and he had great info on installing a WVO (waste vegetable oil) addition to the truck so we can go on tour and not spend loads on diesel.  As long as we stay out of California, where they apparently won’t give out WVO anymore.  I need to do more research on this – which states are good for getting grease, where you can’t, etc.

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16 thoughts on “Tiny House – out for a drive

  1. John

    Looks great, nice roof lines. Hows it on the freeway?

    • we have not taken it out for a high speed run yet! It was just around the block to the welder. But did I ever have people taking a second look.

  2. James Brown

    Are you going to use screw down shingle for the roof? I cant see any other way to keep them in place.

  3. Victoria

    I hadn’t considered building on the 5th wheel trailer, I really like this design. I am looking to build my own little house because I can’t live with glues, formaldehyde and chemicals etc. I also am really liking the WVO addition to the diesel truck. Greener by the minute!! Kudos to your team!

    • hi Victoria! a Tiny House would be a great way to go chemical free. I just designed a remodel for a woman with chronic fatigue syndrome and chemical sensitivities. I’ve also heard of people using shipping containers to build a little house because the steel is chemical free.

  4. drewodom

    It’s beautiful; the lines, the towing stance. How did it drive? Any drag? Did Shane feel the weight at all?

  5. Darren Genge

    OMG! I love the design. Can’t wait to see all your post on the progress.. Is this your own design? more pics more pics…

    • hi Darren! thank you, good to hear positive feedback! it is our own design. I’m an architectural designer and Shane is a custom home builder, so we developed it ourselves. the design process generated a lot of ideas so we have tons of options for future clients who want ClotheslineTinyHomes to build them a tiny house….

      • Darren Genge

        Keep it up, like I said looking forward to following your progress. You can’t take enough pics…:-)

  6. Good morning,

    I will try to answer a few of the question.

    As to the shingles we are using metal roofing so no worry about shingles blowing off heading down the road.

    It was nice to get it hookup up on the truck and see what it looked like out of the shop. As to the weight the truck only went down 1.5 ” so not very heavy. Once I’m finished I will take over to the scales and get it weighed. The design is going to work very well for aerodynamics, but your still pulling a house!

    Feel free to leave questions and I will do my best on following them up.

  7. Shane,
    I am getting ready to build this spring/summer, and I’m really on the fence between regular Tumbleweed style design with loft versus a gooseneck trailer design like yours. I’d love to hear any experience you have with towing it and how you made the choice to use a gooseneck trailer (any pros/cons, etc)! Will read through more of your blog – really enjoying it! Check out our new blog about starting a tiny house community here in DC:

    • Hey there Lee,
      as to the decision about 18′-0 car hauler or gooseneck, it was an easy decision after looking at more aerodynamic designs. the pros of the more traditional tiny house: it is a lot more simplistic and requires a lot less metal fabrication. the cons of the traditional tiny house: the height issue: you’re at the maximum allowable height due to the loft needed for the bedroom. also the aerodynamics of a large gable on the front are not great. it would be very difficult to tow with that wind resistance.
      the cons of the gooseneck: it requires a tremendous amount of steel fabrication and a bit more strengthening of the walls due to a bit more flexibility in the trailer (gooseneck and the rest of the trailer). the pros of the gooseneck style: we can keep the tiny house lower in height (ours is only 12′-2″ max. height) and we get more interior square footage with no added towing length. Also, the gooseneck provides a storage space (for bikes, etc.) when we’re parked. A tiny garage… 🙂 Also, less of a climb into bed at night.
      Towing: I prefer to have the weight centered over the rear axle of the truck rather than hooked onto a receiver hitch.
      And the biggest thing for us is that we’re starting a business building tiny homes and we’re trying to promote something different from what’s already been done. And also we’re looking at the possibilities of selling tiny houses as a dry-in model and the new owner can finish and complete as they’d like.
      Hope that helps! we’ll check out your website!
      – Shane

  8. Diana Larsen

    It is very good looking. I really like the tiny sliding glass doors for a walk out patio. Nice you could take it out for a spin. It must be a big conversation starter!

  9. Hi! The house is cute.! I love to have like that too 😀 – By the way, how many months or days you’ve done the tiny house?

    • hi Faye!
      thanks for your comment. We think it’s cute too. 🙂 We started at the end of February and finished building and moved into the house May 16th. So, about ten weeks total build time, plus about two weeks before that researching, designing and procuring the trailer. That was 7 days a week for Shane, and I was out there part time, but working 6 days a week. Which is too much working! So, a more realistic construction time frame (for a professional builder like Shane) would be 3 months.
      – Carrie

  10. Maia

    Hi Shane and Carrie –

    Love your house! Putting the deck on the trailer ramp is so clever, and looks great.

    I’m in the process of designing a tiny house and am contemplating going the gooseneck route. I was curious about any more details on the additional steel fabrication you mention you had to do to support the gooseneck, as well as the strengthening of the walls (sorry if I’m missing it elsewhere on the blog!) What additional steel did you add? Did you put a steel panel across the top of the neck to support the sleeping loft?

    The gooseneck is very appealing, but I don’t want to underestimate the design. Designing for a pull-behind trailer seems simpler, but not as fun. 🙂

    Thanks for any advice!

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