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Anchoring A Tiny House To The Trailer

Today I have a quick video that I wanted to get up before I start working on my Tiny House today.  It was pretty cold out this morning at 7am so I took advantage of needing to get a post up on the blog while it warms up a bit.  Many people have asked how do you anchor a Tiny House to the trailer so that it doesn’t come off while moving down the road or get lifted off during a storm.  This video will show my approach to this.  I actually upped the number of attachment points from what the plans called for after talking with my weld who has spent 30 years in construction trailer frames for mobile homes, RV’s, and trailers.  The important thing to note that I didn’t in the video is that the anchor points are aligned with the cross members of trailer which make it a lot stronger.

 

16 Comments
  1. I see that the Trailer already has a wood platform. how will you be preventing moisture from coming up and rotting out the floor? Is there some sort of metal sheeting below the wooden platform? or something like tyvek?

    • The flooring is made of pressure treated plywood and the top of it will be completely sealed, so the only moisture will be vapor evaporating from the ground, which will be very dry because its sheltered from above. The house is also elevated so there will be good air flow beneath to dry out any moisture that would find its way down there. When I get this in its final resting place I am planning on putting gravel pad to help any water to quickly drain.

  2. Ryan, jay say’s(tumbleweeds) aluminum sheeting under then insulation over that. is that what you are planning?

    • Exactly! The layers will go something like this. Trailer deck, metal flashing, 6 mil vapor barrier, treated wood framing filled with foam, then plywood subfloor.

  3. i am avidly following you and can’t wait for more photos or video.

  4. The concrete blocks you have your trailer leveled on are on their sides. They should be turned 90º do the openings ate at the top and bottom for strength. I know they are just there to level the trailer, but they can easily fail in the position they are in and through the who project out of whack.

    Looking forward to the build.

    • That’s a common mistake because people assume the flat side is what your load should be sitting on. I saw someone make this mistake setting up a single wide mobile home by themselves to save money. They had 4 6-ton hydraulic jacks on the blocks and were about 3 blocks high when things started going bad. When one stack started collapsing they ran a jack to there and when the weight was secured another stack started going. They were very lucky they had just enough jacks that day. They had to one by one fix each stack. Quite a few block broke on the 14′x66′ mobile which was spendy.
      They make a concrete pad for setting on top of the blocks.

  5. Ryan
    Is your decking (below the framing) 2″ X 6″ or 2″ X 8″ ? This is pressure treated , right? Does this usually come with a trailer or does it have to be installed?
    Thanks

    • It comes with the trailer in most cases and is pressure treated. The size really is irrelevant.

  6. On the 5/8th lag bolts….what is your length?

    • Which ones are you asking about, the front ones, or the vertical welded ones?

  7. I don’t understand this… The c – thing on the back is supposed to hold the frame how? Amd how do the rebars hold the house? My level of current cluelessness makes me doubt my ability to build this :P I’ll keep plugging along

    • It is an anchor point where a 5/8ths threaded rod will be used to tie the floor framing to the trailer.

      No rebar here. You might want to check out the Tiny House Conference!

    • It’s the same concept as the 5/8″ anchor bolts they put around the perimeter of a concrete slab for a house. The bottom plate (2×4 or 2×6 wood) gets a corresponding hole drilled in it and the wall slides down onto the bolts and is secured with a nut and washer.

      http://www.everything-about-concrete.com/images/foundation-anchor-bolts.jpg

  8. Ryan,

    You’ve referenced welded galvanized threaded rods in your construction, and I would ask you to make a special point to talk about the dangers of welding galvanized material in the narrative of your videos. There are many do it yourselfers who have good intentions, but limited experience in construction, and you have the opportunity to help them avoid sickness and death by advising them of the dangers of “Metal Fume Fever.”

    http://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/81-123/pdfs/0675.pdf

    In short – if you’re going to weld, heat, or forge galvanized material, please wear a respirator. Better yet – don’t do it at all. Substitute non-galvanized material when you know you’re going to be heating the material by welding it or cutting it with a torch.

    All health and safety comments aside, I think your documentation is great, and I enjoy your updates.

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