Purchasing a trailer has been one of the steps I have fretted about the least and the most at the same time.
That’s mostly because, let’s get real, trailers are freaking EXPENSIVE. Call me your average girl with very little prior knowledge about trailers, but hey! I had no idea that a hunk of metal and rubber could ever be so spendy. So, when it came to pulling the trigger on a trailer, it felt like a necessary step. Albeit, not the most exciting item I’ve ever spent my hard-earned dollars on, it was extremely meaningful one. You don’t spend literally THOUSANDS of dollars on a hunk of metal that is 24 feet long and then not use it. Purchasing my trailer was most certainly my moment of commitment, and meant I was going to build myself a house!
Choosing my trailer
Leading up to that moment of actually ordering and paying for my trailer involved much research on my part. If you are thinking about purchasing a trailer, I’m sure you’ve done your homework, too. Words like “anchor bolts” and “4 inch steel tubing” were swirling around in my brain. Weird, huh? Didn't see that one coming.
Anyway. After doing all the research the determining factor for me turned out to be width. I had toured a few tiny houses and always felt like they were all livable, but all too often had a long hallway-like feel. I could live in a hallway…I thought. That was until I heard about and contacted a tiny house builder here in Salem that I realized that maybe living in a long-n-skinny house was alright, but that I preferred his 9 1/2 ft. wide (a foot wider than the average tiny house) substantially . The extra foot of width made the space feel more like a room. The catch: I would have to get a permit to move it. After reflecting on my vision for the house, I decided that the drawback of having to obtain the permit was a good tradeoff for a more versatile and comfortable space, especially seeing as I don’t plan on traveling with my tiny, but rather moving it every once in a while.
Pulling the trailer trigger
So, I really lucked out on this next one...The tiny house builder here in Salem that I referred to earlier gets trailers at a bulk rate and ended up selling me my trailer for slightly more than wholesale. Pretty dang cool of him, huh? How did I get this amazing deal, you ask? I asked! Lesson, learned; always ask! People are more often then not pretty awesome. They help when they can-- especially when you share your story with them. I ended up saving an upwards of $2,000 which is HUGE in my laughably small budget.
In the end this made my tiny house trailer decision relatively easy. While $3600 is still a mind bogglingly huge number, I am happy with my choice to go the extra foot wider, and more than happy to pay less.