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Brad Chisholm
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so i have been thinking about tiny houses a lot i would really like to build one.
but i keep thinking that it might not be made to be travel on the road much.

is their special materials you should be using to build a tiny house?
will it just end up being super heavy made out of wood?

 
Dan Louche
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Tiny Houses are definitely heavier than an RV for example. So generally people don't travel with them as much. A typical tiny house might only move a few times. If you are looking at doing a lot of travelling a conventional tiny house might not be the best fit.
 
Alex Veidel
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Yeah, there are definitely materials you can use to make the tiny house lighter. For example, my tiny house was built with metal studs instead of wood. However, tiny houses are definitely not made for travel; they're just made to be portable. If you want travel, buy yourself an extended season RV.
 
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Where I live, housetrucks and housebuses are what people have if they want to move around a lot.

Lots of houserucks are made out of timber (mine included). Weight is definitely an issue, but there are other ones too, like how much pack up there is each time you move. I often look at tiny home photos and think that they don't move very often or all that stuff sitting on shelves is going to fall on the floor.
 
Alex Veidel
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It also might be worth mentioning that the building a house on a trailer is more about skirting zoning codes, rather than portability. If you build the house on a trailer, it's classified as a trailer load. Most places in Illinois, for example, won't let you live full time in an RV, or sometimes even let you keep an RV on the property. Making the house a "trailer load" helps to keep everything "legal".
 
marcos kircos
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Definitely use lighter materials if you plan to travel with it, and if you're building it must make sure you reinforce it more than a 'normal' build. Wood is heavy so try not to use so much of it. Aluminum siding, aluminum roofing, steel wall studs etc. are a great way to reduce weight. Also design the front of the Tiny House to be at least somewhat aerodynamic and pay more attention to waterproofing the front of it as well since it will see more water penetration from travelling.
 
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