If you are planning on taking your tiny house on the road, you are going to have to tow it yourself or get someone to do it for you. Most folks choose to buy or rent the truck and tow it themselves. There is much to know about checking out the trailer before you tow it and how to go about getting it to its final destination. And that is all before you build a house on it. Not to worry. Dan Louche has put together another amazing set of tips, tricks and instructions to help make your first towing experience a pleasant one with his Tiny House Towing Guide.
Below is just a sample of what you will find in the full Tiny House Towing Guide.
Towing consists of three things: The tow vehicle, the trailer and the coupler between the two. You need to make sure that you have the correct hitch for the trailer you are going to be pulling and make sure that is sits at the proper level. You also need to have lights and breaks.
The capacity of the tow vehicle is not just based on the weight of the trailer but also the tongue weight. When you are towing just the empty trailer, this is really of very minor concern. But when you are pulling a full house, you can actually put yourself and your home in danger if the load is not balanced right. Dan has a whole section including a video in the Tiny House Towing Guide.
Not only do you have to measure the tongue weight, but you also want to make sure of the basics: lights work, tires look ok, and lug nuts are tightened. You might think of these checks as insignificant, but I promise you that nothing is insignificant at 75 miles per hour.
Towing a trailer is not as easy as just hooking it up and pulling it everywhere you want to go. Well, as long as you don’t have to go backwards, I guess it is actually almost that easy. But if you have to maneuver around any kind of obstacles or go in reverse, the rules change drastically.
So check out the Tiny House Towing Guide and get more confident with pulling your trailer around town. Because soon it is going to b e a house, and that is where the real rubber hits the road.
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