If you are just starting a tiny home building project, you probably know two things. You know that this project is more of a DIY option if you want to personalize it to fit your needs. You also know that the foundation for your tiny home is a trailer, especially if you are planning on traveling in the tiny home. With those two key points in mind, you may want to go with a trailer made by custom trailer builders. Before you start, here are a few tips to keep in mind.
Know the Finished Weight
One of the key points you need to know about having a custom trailer built for your tiny home is the weight of the finished home. You may be wondering how you would get this number without having the finished home. It actually can be fairly easy. Most tiny homes start off with blueprints, even if you change those in some ways to fit your personalized goals.
In the corner of the blueprints, or the supply list for those blueprints, you will find a finished weight. Go with this weight, and then adjust it if you feel you will be using heavier materials. If you will be using lighter materials, leave the weight as it is so you are certain you have a trailer that can hold more than it will need to.
Sizing of the Trailer
One thing that many DIY tiny home builders do not consider is that the trailer must be a certain size to be road legal in some areas. If you plan on making it road legal, you will need to check the area's rules for what is road legal. If you start off with a trailer that is already road legal, and you don't alter the size of it, then you should be fine in most cases.
However, if you are having it custom built, you need to let the custom trailer builders know that you want it to be road legal so it can meet those requirements. Remember, this is important because some people have no plans of travelling with the tiny home, and therefore being specific about road legal versus stationary is important.
Caravan Camping and the Trailer
If you have never dealt with building a tiny home on a trailer, and you plan on travelling, then you need to consider caravan parks with your build. You need to make sure that, if you will be connecting to the caravan power or other utilities, such as water, you need to have a trailer that won't prohibit this. This means that the wheel wells and the construction of the base should be suitable for the trailer, but work around any utility outlets as well. This means letting the custom builders know that you do want to stay at caravan parks as well as in more rural surroundings.
By keeping these tips in mind, you can get the right trailer for your needs and that will support the tiny home design you want. Once you have all your measurements and other personalisations written down, take them to your local custom trailer builder for further assistance as well as pricing.