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Wattle and daub on a trailer.

 
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Has anyone tried building something like a tiny home on a trailer frame with wattle and daub? It seems to me it would work fairly well, all things considered.

I'm asking because I've seen a few DIY camper videos that have given me ideas for something like that for our own camping needs, and that thought occurred to me. My girlfriend and I go to a camping event hosted by our pagan church every year, and it's less than ideal with our disabilities (including requiring power for a CPAP machine). The site is accommodating, but we've been talking about getting a trailer for the last couple years, but can't afford them. I'm 99% sure I could get most of the materials for a wattle and daub structure for very cheap, as my grandfather lives on 15 acres of land only a couple hours away from where I live and would help me to build it (he built his cabin). I've spent a lot of time researching various building methods, mind, so this isn't a question out of ignorance.

Basically, I think this would work fairly well, all things considered, but feel like there might be something I am missing. Is there any good reason why wattle and daub construction wouldn't work on a transportable foundation?

I feel I should make it clear I am talking about building a camper, not a home, so it wouldn't require as many amenities as a home does. (And I do know electric even in a camper will be expensive, I fully plan on having an electrical hookup built into a camper until we can afford a solar array that would work for our needs.)
 
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The only thing that comes to mind right off the start is weight. Wattle in dob is not a light construction method, and as such, you will be pulling all this weight, and fueling whatever you are driving to pull this heavy trailer. If your pagan event is far away, the cost of hauling the trailer there might not be worth it. Perhaps I'm imagining the walls thicker than you. But to be stable enough to be road worthy and support a roof... I just don't know. Of course this type of construction perhaps fits fit the pagan aesthetic, and I'm not sure what other alternative options you would consider for such a trailer.
 
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Unless you have a Cadillac suspension on the trailer and extremely smooth roads all the way, wattle and daub would not survive long on a trailer, never mind the weight. You would need a rigid timber frame to support the roof anyway, and it could be quite slender for that size structure, so that is not the problem. Wattle is inherently flexible, but daub is rigid and brittle - not a reasonable combination for traveling.

If you like the timber frame / wattle and daub look, it would be feasible to use strong, light sheet materials like plywood to simulate it, but if you want real materials you need to look elsewhere.

There may be some tough flexible plaster-like materials that could be substituted for actual daub... this would be worth investigating if you really want that construction method.
 
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Perry Tart : Your problem IS the solution ! 1st get a trailer that is big/strong enough to meet your needs, and well within the towing capacities of your Dedicated Tow Vehicle .

Second work on a reproducible process to quickly level your trailer after you arrive on location. A well braced trailer will outlast one where that step is skipped .

My next suggestion is to go with a series of metal or wood Trailer bows //// See link below

https://iceboats.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/trailer-for-yellow-bird_img_6.jpg

This can then be covered with Canvas, Tarps, or the Advertising banners from Roadside Billboards ! ( Your on your own for door construction ! )

Assuming a certain amount oF D.I.Y. skills in your group, the bows can be made by carefully splitting and planning down Many types of Saplings , especially Cottonwood and

Willow, with extra points for finding and using Coppiced saplings - Much of the skills are interrelated with the skills for Wattle and constructing "Hurdles''

I hope this is Timely and useful, For the good of the craft ! Big AL
 
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