Tiny Home Builders Explain What to Look for in a Used Tiny Home

Tom at Tiny Home Builders explains what to look for in a used tiny house. Tom’s been on the tiny house bandwagon for years and has some good tips in the article. In a nutshell he suggests:

  • Get the scoop on who built the home.
  • Find out why it’s for sale.
  • Weight the price carefully.
  • Factor in the features and upgrades.
  • Check out Tiny House Marketplace for used tiny homes.

Some other things to think about:

  • Inspect the trailer. Look at the springs to see how much they are stressed under the weight. For example if the house is sitting on it’s suspension bump stops, that would indicate an overloaded trailer. Also check the hitch for any stamped weight ratings to make sure it matches the weight of the house.
  • Ask how heavy the house is empty and full. This will factor into your tow vehicle needs. Also ask about the tongue weight and if it’s well balanced. Ask if the trailer has breaks and corner jacks – definitely features you’ll want to have.
  • Look at the windows, skylights, and doors for signs of water penetration. Every opening in a wall or roof is an opportunity for rain and ice to penetrate and damage the home.
  • Ask about how the house is constructed and insulated and consider the climate you intend to use the house. Some types of insulation are better suited for extreme climate conditions with spray foam or SIPs (structural insulated panels). If the house has spray foam insulation the roof doesn’t need to be vented, so if it’s not spray foam look for soffit vents to make sure the roof is properly vented.

Read the full article about What to Look for in a Used Tiny Home. Photos are tiny houses currently available for sale at Tiny House Marketplace.

NASA Architect Designs Tiny FireFly Camping Trailer

Former NASA Architect Garret Finney has just unveiled the FireFly, a trailer thats even more compact and utilitarian than its predecessor, the Cricket. With its super-efficient and lightweight design, this tiny trailer is a minimalist and robust mini home fit for any eco-camper.” – Inhabitat

See more of the Tiny FireFly Camping Trailer by Garret Finney

Camping Trailer Design Concept

It is the thesis project, made ​​jointly with Michael Kozlowski. The trailer is designed for two people… Trailer by its own power, water tanks, sewage system enables trip to places where we do not have access to the everyday comforts… The interior is bright and clear, which expands the small interior.” – Lukasz Paszkowski (translation by Google)

via PROJEKT PRZYCZEPY CAMPINGOWEJ – lukaszpaszkowski.

ADAK Adventure Trailer – Could be an Off-Road Micro Home?

While it won’t tackle technical trails, it’ll certainly get you into the backcountry. The trailer includes 3 beds, a kitchen, shower, generator, and plenty of storage. These rugged trailers are built to be light (rolling weight is coming soon), strong, and able to handle many basic trails.” – ADAK Trailers

Learn more about these Off Road Trailers

Aerodynamic Travel Trailer with a Retractable Roof

The trailer has a retractable roof that creates an aerodynamic shape, which gives the Alto a drag ratio 75% lower than a traditional travel trailer. When the roof is closed the Alto has an exterior height of only 2,10m (83″) and can therefore fit nicely inside a garage.” – Living in a Shoebox

Read and see more at Living in a Shoebox

Trailers by Tiny Home Builders Now Available in Colorado

We’re excited to announce that we’ve added a new manufacturing facility in Colorado Springs Colorado that will speed up delivery times while reducing delivery expenses to the Midwest and Western United States. Up until now we have delivered over 100 trailers as far west as Nevada and as far north as Maine…” – Dan Louche at Tiny Home Builders

Living in Sixty Square Feet

This is our sixty square foot 1964 Li’l Beaver Camper. My husband Shane and I, and our two dogs, are 81 days into our adventure traveling across America, and we will be going until we decide to stop. This has really been a trip of a lifetime.We did a total rehab on the Li’l Beaver after finding that there was too much water damage to let it fly…” – Heather

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Julie’s Unbelievable Airstream Trailer, Shed and Art Studio

After living abroad in a handful of European locales as well as several cities in Japan, Julie saw how much of the rest of the world lives. Upon returning to the States, she moved to San Francisco and was an active member of an artist collective. About four years ago, the opportunity to move Southwards to a cherimoya, avocado and guava farm in Carpinteria, California presented itself and she went with the flow.” – Apartment Therapy

See more of Julie’s Unbelievable Airstream Trailer, Shed and Art Studio