What size truck do I need to pull a Tiny House?

Recently a reader asked the question, What size truck do I need to pull a Tiny House?

It’s a little tough to say since the final weight has a lot to do with how the tiny house is finished – like choice of siding, roofing, flooring, cabinets, etc. As a general rule of thumb you can estimate the rough dry weight by multiplying 450-pounds by the length.

So a 16 foot house should weigh about 7,200 pounds – which is about the limit of a base level full size truck (like a Ford F-150, Toyota Tundra or GMC Canyon). But most full size trucks often come equipped with bigger engines and towing packages – which can bump their capacity up to 10,000-12,000 pounds or more. So if you have a use for a big truck, owning a vehicle that can also tow your house might make sense.

But most folks prefer driving things like SUVs and trucks like Toyota Tacomas, which can usually tow only 2,500 – 3,500 (or with a towing package up to just about 7,000). So while these vehicles can be great for day-to-day activities, they are just a bit too small for towing a tiny house.

If you don’t need to move the house much it may be a better option to rent a moving truck to tow the house and simply keep a smaller car (or bike!) for getting around town. Many tiny house folks choose to take this route actually.

But if you’re set on buying a truck to tow your tiny house on a regular basis, I highly recommend reading about the journey’s of Jenna and Guillaume at Tiny House Giant Journey. They travel full time in their tiny house and have shared the true cost of towing a tiny house. Their house weights 10,100 pounds and they tow it with a Ford F-250 Diesel 4X4.

Photo by Jenna and Guillaume at Tiny House Giant Journey.

Guillaume & Jenna at the Eastern Promenade in Portland, Maine

The Tiny House Giant Journey with Guillaume Dutilh, left, and Jenna Spesard stopped at the Eastern Promenade on Wednesday. Behind them is visitor Ainsley Luken of Kennebunk. The 135-square-foot house excluding the sleeping loft took exactly one year to build on a Tumbleweed trailer starting on Sept. 2, 2013.” – The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

See more of this Tiny house that makes big impression. Follow Guillaume & Jenna’s TINY HOUSE giant journey.

Tiny House Giant Journey Takes to the Highway

The couple of two years [Jenna & Guillaume] set off last week in their newly finished, 132-square-foot Tumbleweed Cypress home from Shelbyville, Ill., where Spesard’s parents Alan and Rebecca Spesard live… They will travel the nation and Canada indefinitely, making upcoming stops in Boston; New York; and Montreal, Quebec, and Halifax, Nova Scotia in Canada.” – daytondailynews.com

Read the story, Former Centerville student hits road with ‘tiny house’. You can learn more on the Tiny House Giant Journey blog. Photos by Nick Graham for the Dayton Daily News.