I initially thought I’d buy a Tiny Home Builders’ Trailer and would have except that the shipping costs to get it to me from South Florida put it just outside of my budget for a trailer. Their trailers are great though and would have saved me some time for sure. I’d also looked at the ones from Tumbleweed. They are pricey….but I wish I’d gone with the lowrider trailer from Tumbleweed as it would have saved a ton of work and about $2,000 in structural work later on to beef up my trailer/tiny house connections.
I opted to go for a trailer from a company called Pro Build. I had to specify each little thing whereas from Tiny Home Builders or Tumbleweed it would have come standard. For instance I wanted electric brakes, tandem axles, 24 foot trailer, 10,500 lb capacity, and nothing above the deck all around. When I got it, it had a front bar that I had to cut off with a grinding wheel. Took an hour or so and some black spray paint but I got it off. At Tiny Home Builders or Tumbleweed it would have come standard ready to go for a tiny house (the tumbleweed lowrider even comes with over hang support already built in).
Once I got the trailer I had to mount it on the jacks. I have an Amazon Prime membership (because we don’t have cable TV and instead stream everything plus we order a ton off of Amazon and use our kindles to grab free books) so I ordered the jacks from Amazon (sold in pairs) for a super cheap price. Link to them here. With a Prime Membership you don’t pay for shipping….so totally worth it.
After they got here I had to use a friend’s car jack (one of the kind you see in Nascar movies) to lift up each corner. Then it was just a matter of going around and around getting the trailer leveled side to side and front to back. I’ll have to do this again in a few weeks when I start framing but this will give me a good head start. Remember to put plywood or something underneath each jack to distribute the weight. It took awhile and I had to move one jack a bit further forward and one a bit back but its honestly not that hard to figure out as you go. Enjoy the pix!