Where Can You Buy a Trailer For Tiny Homes?

Building a tiny home trailer has a lot to do with weight, balance, structure and materials, not to mention permits and regulations. Building your own trailer can also save you money and allow you to customise your tiny house project exactly the way you want it.

However, if you're not comfortable building a trailer yourself, you can always purchase a pre-made trailer from a trailer dealer (or tiny home builder). They use high-quality materials and construction methods, engineering the trailer to be safe and meet all applicable building codes.

Building it yourself means you need to think about things like electric brakes, single or double axles, lighting, deck width, and so forth. The trailer is the foundation for your tiny house so it's important to get it right.

For most of us, it's much easier to buy a trailer ready-made. So here's a quick list of how to do that.

A three-axle, tiny house trailer in aluminium from Hangan in Australia.

Buying A Tiny House Trailer

There are many places where you can buy a tiny house trailer. Here are a few options:

- Online retailers: There are a number of online retailers that sell tiny house trailers, such as AussieTinyHouses and Hangan Tiny Homes (both in Australia). You can ask for a single-sheet, subfloor upgrade (a sturdy and level base to build on) too. VIN (vehicle Identification Number) included.

- Local tiny house builders: If you are looking for a trailer from a local builder, you can search online groups or ask around your tiny house community.

- RV dealers: Some RV dealers also sell tiny house trailers.

- Government auctions: Government auctions can be a good place to find affordable tiny house trailers.

Your dream tiny house needs to be built on a solid foundation!

Choosing A Tiny House Trailer

When choosing a trailer for your tiny house, there are a few things you need to keep in mind:

- The size of your tiny house: The trailer needs to be large enough to accommodate your tiny house.

- The weight of your tiny house: The trailer needs to be able to support the weight of your tiny house.

- The type of tiny house you are building: There are different types of tiny house trailers, such as flatbed trailers, gooseneck trailers, and tandem axle trailers. The type of trailer you need will depend on the type of tiny house you are building.

- Your budget: Tiny house trailers can range in price from a few thousand dollars to tens of thousands of dollars. It is important to set a budget before you start shopping.

Most tiny houses sit on wheels (like this triple-axle, 8.4 metre Treehab Banksia).

Popular Tiny House Trailers

Here are some of the most popular trailer style and/or types for tiny homes:

- Flatbed trailers: Flatbed trailers are the most common type of trailer for tiny or small homes. They are relatively inexpensive and easy to find.

- Gooseneck trailers: Gooseneck trailers tend to be more expensive than flatbed trailers, but they are also more stable. They are a good option if you are planning to tow your tiny house long distances.

- Tandem axle trailers: Tandem axle trailers have two axles, which makes them more stable than single axle trailers. A good option if your tiny house is large or heavy.

Tiny house trailers are designed to be strong (like this one Hangan are building for me!)

In Summary

There are some advantages to building your own tiny house trailer. For one, you will have more control over the design and materials used. However, the advantages of buying a trailer typically outweigh the advantages of building one yourself.

But why would you buy a trailer for a tiny home rather than build one?

- Faster and easier. Building a tiny house from scratch can take months or even years, depending on your skills and experience. Buying a trailer that is already designed and built for a tiny house can save you a lot of time and hassle.

- More affordable. The cost of building a tiny house can vary depending on the materials you use and the size of your home. However, buying a trailer that is already made for a tiny house can be more affordable, especially if you don't have the skills or experience to build one yourself.

- More reliable. A trailer that is specifically designed for a tiny house will be more structurally sound and reliable than a trailer that is not. This is important because you will be towing your tiny house behind your car or truck, and you want to make sure that it is safe to drive.

- Easier to find. There are a number of companies that sell trailers that are specifically designed for tiny houses. This makes it easier to find a trailer that meets your needs and budget. (Plus they'll come with a VIN as well).

- More versatile. There are a variety of different trailers available that can be used for tiny houses. This gives you more flexibility in terms of the size, shape, and features of your tiny home.

If you are considering building a tiny house, I recommend that you weigh the pros and cons of both buying and building a trailer before making a decision.

Ultimately, the best option for you will depend on your individual needs and preferences!

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