Robert J. Kobet, LEED Faculty (ret)
One of the most desirable aspects of tiny houses is their mobility. But whether a tiny house is moved once or several times, some basic safety concerns must be adhered to. Our friends at NAPA www.NAPAAutoCare.com have a number of great suggestions that apply to towing a tiny house. For instance,
Use proper loading techniques.
If you are loading a tiny house with materials, furniture, or other household goods, proper balance is critical for a safe trip. You don’t want the heaviest items all the way at the front or all the way at the back of the tiny house trailer. Most trailers are designed to support the weight of the item(s) over the center of the trailer. Loading a trailer too heavy at the front results in too much tongue weight, unloading the front tires, and making the tow vehicle hard to control. Overloading the rear of the tiny house has the opposite effect, unloading the rear tires, which again makes the tow vehicle hard to control.
In addition, it is always better for stability to keep the heaviest items low and well secured. The idea is to eliminate any shifting of the load that could cause unexpected hazards or damage to any contents during transport. In all cases it is better to have additional vehicles towed separately or driven to the new location.
Before hauling anything it is always prudent to research the route and be sure there are no adverse road conditions, weight limitations or other obstacles to a safe trip.
84 Lumber and GreenEdge Supply share your interest in tiny houses. We want you to enjoy the experience of tiny living, including relocating if that comes to pass. Feel free to visit us online at www.84tinyliving.com or www.greenedgesupply.com and let us help you move safely.