One of the greatest benefits of owning a tiny house is that you can move house – literally!
Even though the average tiny house owner only moves their house three times in their lifetime it’s still very important that you understand how to tow it safely and correctly. if your first moving day is coming up soon you’ll be wondering what kind of truck you’ll need to tow it? How can I weigh it? Is it better to rent a truck for towing? These are all great questions and here are our recommendations for how you can tow your tiny house safely and securely.
Renting versus buying a tow vehicle
If you don’t already own a large tow vehicle the first thing to consider will be whether you should rent or buy one. if you don’t plan on moving your tiny house often then buying may be overkill. Large tow vehicles are not cheap and they consume a lot more gas than an average vehicle.
To take an example, for a 20-foot home or less you’ll need a minimum half ton truck like a Ford F-150, Chevrolet Silverado. Understand though that not all tow trucks are created equal. There are differences in specs that make a big difference in how much a vehicle can tow. Many people buy these trucks not intending to tow something so it’s important that you have a vehicle designed for towing like the F-150 3.5L V6 TC. It’s carrying capacity is more than double what the normal 3.5L V6 can carry so know what you’re buying before making a decision.
If you decide to go with renting you come up against the same problems in towing capacity. Most rental shops only provide trucks for towing lighter loads and won’t have the capacity for towing a tiny house. A great service we recommend is enterprisetrucks.com. they rent trucks specifically designed for towing heavy loads. You can choose among different tow packages and hitches and the prices are far more reasonable than buying your own vehicle to move your tiny houses for sale in Missouri.
Other Things to Consider
Tiny houses usually don’t require any permits as they are built to meet road requirements. Just to be safe though you should check your local state laws for towing before setting off. You’ll need to consider weight, height, width, and length, see what your state laws are on this webpage.
Before you even step into the vehicle for moving you absolutely have to have insurance for both the truck and your tiny house. It should be comprehensive and cover collision for the tiny house. Having insurance is not just about protecting you and your home but also others on the road.
Plan your Route
When towing anything of this weight it’s vital that you plan your route accordingly. Try to avoid bridges, bends, traffic jams and poor-quality roads. Even with the best planning you probably won’t be able to avoid all obstacles so have a second route planned out just in case. For better safety, it’s good if you can have a second vehicle moving ahead of you to watch out for potential problems and clear the way. Lastly, make sure you have parking space ready for when you arrive.
Hitching your Tiny House
If you’re not sure how to safely hitch up your tiny house watch this video on how to do it by Paprika Clark.
Towing your tiny house isn’t all that complicated. With just a little bit of preparation, you can protect yourself against the worst happening and ensure that your tiny house reaches its new destination safely.