You’re ready to put the finishing touches on your tiny house and hit the road. It’s a dream come true! But if you’re not careful your dream could become your nightmare. If you want to keep your tiny house dream alive you’ve got to use good safety practices.
The following are a list of safety tips for moving your tiny house to its new home!
- Check your weight – Make sure that your tiny house isn’t overweight for its trailer. Make sure that the weight is evenly distributed so you aren’t overweight on your trailer hitch. An overweight trailer can cause the trailer to be difficult to handle or may even result in the catastrophic failure of your trailer’s axles. If you don’t what weight your trailer is rated for, you shouldn’t be building a tiny house on it!
- Properly inflate your tires – A tire blowout at freeway speeds can be catastrophic. Under-inflated tires under the load of a tiny house could lead to the destruction of your dream tiny house. You should also make sure that the tires are properly inflated on your tow vehicle. A brake inspection is in order as well. Make sure your towing vehicle is rated to tow something the size and weight of your tiny house, if not rent or hire a truck.
- Secure your stuff – Make sure that all of your belongings have been properly secured prior to moving. Any unsecured items can potentially damage your tiny’s interior. If you do not have a means of securing your cabinets or closets, you may want to tape them shut.
- Check your Lights – Make sure to have your brake lights and turn signals properly wired. Moving a large load like a tiny house without proper illumination, may make you liable if someone hits your tiny house.
- Remove any accessories – If you have any external accessories on your tiny house you should remove them prior to moving it. Especially items such as generators and propane tanks that could pose a fire of explosion risk in the case of an accident.
- Backing: When left is right and right is wrong – If you should have to back up with your tiny house in tow, make sure you are well practiced with backing. Remember to back right, turn left and to back left, turn right. It sounds counter intuitive, but it’s true. If you’ve never towed a trailer before, you may want to rent or borrow an empty trailer and work on your driving skills, especially backing.
- License, Insurance and Permits, Oh my! – If you’re going to move your tiny house on public roads, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Make sure to have your tiny house properly plated with license plates. Insure your tiny house. Check to see if you need any special permits for your tiny house. Unless your tiny house is registered as an RV, you may need to get a wide load permit. If you’re in doubt, check with your local DMV before hitting the road.
- Double check, triple check…then check again – Prior to getting on the road make sure you have everything secured. Siding, windows and everything is firmly attached. Make sure the wheels are tightened to their hub; make sure the hitch is properly secured and safety chains are attached. Also make sure you have a fire extinguisher and first aid kit on board just in case.
- When in doubt…hire a pro! – If you’re uncomfortable moving your tiny house, hire someone to move it for you. It is a worthwhile investment to have someone do the move for you if you’re at all uncertain.
You’re ready to make your tiny house dream a reality. Take your time. Use caution and a heavy dose of common sense and everything will work out just fine. Have any tips we’ve missed? We’d love to hear your tips and tricks, so leave us a comment. In the meantime – think safe! think tiny!