This is still hard for me to wrap my head around. For starters, I don’t like the idea of living in a trailer, but I do love the idea of living in a tiny/small house. Part of sustainable living to me, is harnessing any natural resources from naturally occurring events that don’t particularly require harvesting. (i.e. rain water collection, gardening, etc…)
But I’d probably build an earthbag house or a cob house before I built on a wheeled platform. I just don’t particularly care to be mobile, have less stability, and lack the ability to add on if I chose. Not to mention being a little more fire resistant, since any little thing could cause a stick frame trailer to go up in flames. (not trying to knock them entirely, it’s just quite a big mental jump from living in a concrete high rise 😉
I find this difficult to setup when there is not foundation, albeit still possible it just doesn’t feel the same to me. Second is safety. There just is no way to make a tiny house on wheels hurricane ready here in Florida in my opinion. Sure you could add some staging for the site where you park it, tie down footers for anchoring and so on, but personally I wouldn’t stick around to test it out if there were a hurricane.
But, with every limitation there are always solutions right? Right.
That’s what friends are for I suppose… hurricane parties? lol In the event you did live in a tiny house on wheels, I guess you could always go to a friends house and let it pass. The whole thing just feels less and less “independent” and “sustainable living’ish” to me at that point though, which is part of the major draw for me in the first place.
Anyhow, I’m really just thinking out loud here and sharing my thoughts while I consider options for doing something like this for a year to see what it would be like. I checked around on Craigslist to see if I could shortcut some of the process by buying one that was half done, but didn’t really like the one I found for $12k, and the $29k model seemed a bit pricey for what you get, compared to what I could build myself for the same investment. http://orlando.craigslist.org/grd/5368218610.html
While I didn’t find the above tiny houses for sale in my area very appealing, I’m still interested in learning more about what it takes code and municipality wise to build a wheeled vs non wheeled tiny home. I heard they have a local tiny home builders course here in Central Florida, which is probably worth checking out. The idea of getting my feet wet for a year and learning the ins and outs of these, in order to develop something like the below small home community really intrigues me. This seems like it’d be a great fit for retired veteran affordable housing, and so on.
These would be super cool to build and rent for $500/mo… and much nicer than the comps too!
I hope some other bloggers that have more experience can comment and let me know your ideas/thoughts!