Tiny Trailer house - framed

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Project by Bill posted 10-16-2009 04:01 PM 8876 views 2 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For those without Facebook access, here are a few pictures of my latest project. The framing phase has been completed, as you can see in the first picture. The second picture is the starting point, just a trailer. The third picture is the framing for the floor, along with insulation added. The fourth picture shows the walls framed. The fifth picture shows the rafters added. The last picture shows the sheathing being added.

Right now the housewrap has been applied, and it looks like a giant banner for a store. The roof has had the felt added, and I will be adding the flashing shortly. Next will be some trim boards, windows, door, and siding. That will complete the outside of the tiny trailer house (after painting of course).

Thanks for viewing the project.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#1 posted 10-16-2009 04:07 PM


I don’t think it’s “for those of us without Facebook access.”

I HAVE Facebook access, but couldn’t see your pics ON Facebook. There may be a configuration option on FB that allows you to make your entire Facebook page public. As it is, though … you have to be somebody’s “friend” before they can access that part of your page….

Looking forward to continued progress pics!

-- -- Neil

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#2 posted 10-16-2009 04:16 PM

Thanks Bill,
It looks like a fun project. A friend of mine built a small trailer with the rounded ends back in the 1950s. Your project seems much more practical.

I wonder how this would handle itself in the wind?

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#3 posted 10-16-2009 04:20 PM

Neil, you are right as this was actually for everyone. Some of the Lumberjocks do not have Facebook at all. Others would rather just see the project here. So since the first phase is done, I added it here as a project.

Thanks Dick and Barb. Not that you can see it, but there are also two windows in front and one in back. They were not cut out when I took the picture.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#4 posted 10-16-2009 04:25 PM

Thanks Bill! I don’t have Facebook. This is one of those projects that so many men think about but never do. Good job!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#5 posted 10-16-2009 04:37 PM

Bill: It’s looking great. A nice job for your own playhouse.

Where is the shop going to be added. Will it have 220 and a dust collector system. Woodworkers want to know.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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dennis mitchell

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#6 posted 10-16-2009 04:43 PM

Interesting! The foundation should be great for earthquakes…unless you park on a hill.

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#7 posted 10-16-2009 04:47 PM

Yes Dennis, it has its own springs to cushion the earthquake. And making a note, not to park on a hill!

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#8 posted 10-16-2009 04:50 PM

Did I miss what your going to use this for? It looks like a great job.

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#9 posted 10-16-2009 04:54 PM

Cool. Can’t wait to see the finished product.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#10 posted 10-16-2009 05:16 PM

Very interesting project and looks nicely done too. It might be a little costly to tow it though, as it doesn’t look very aerodynamic. Not meant as a criticism, as I’m sure you know what you are doing, and it probably isn’t an issue for you.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 10-16-2009 05:20 PM

How big is this or the trailer as that is what limits your floor space

-- RTB. stray animals are just looking for love

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#12 posted 10-16-2009 05:21 PM

Looks like a interesting project. That front edge needs some consideration when pulling. The wind may take the roof off :-((

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#13 posted 10-16-2009 05:30 PM


Do you need permits to tow that on a highway?

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#14 posted 10-16-2009 05:37 PM

The trailer is 8 foot by 16 foot, and 10,000 GVWR. That is approximately 128 sq ft for the living space. It will not be the most aerodynamic thing to tow for sure, but it will get there and back. The framing was built with both nails and screws, as well as the sheathing (with construction adhesive as well). The roof has only a slight overhang on all sides, so my main concern is attaching the roofing securely. I am planning on using Ondura roofing, as it is asphalt based sheets shaped like the galvanized metal roof material. The sheets will be attached with nails, but I will use some roof screws as well. Last thing I want is to lose it while going down the highway.

There are no special permits required, as it is within the legal limits for width and height.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#15 posted 10-16-2009 05:44 PM

Looks like a great start to a really cool project. I did a photo blog of my project on facebook and just gave out the link to the photo album only. This way, anyone can view it if they have the link. It looks something like this on the bottom of your BF photo album.

I like to photo blog more as it is so much easier to explain with pictures and captions. FB lets me do with with almost no limits on the pictures.

-- Thuan

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