I went with the 8.5’ x 20’ trailer, a very common size. We, me and my girlfriend Angie, opted for the screwless exterior and heavy-duty upgrade, meaning larger axils and tires. We mean to live in this box so we bought the best box we could. A blue box. That brings me to a second significate difference often seen in tiny homes and not conversions, which is the number and size of windows. But that is for another part.
Before we get the cart before the horse, the trailer conversion is no more than a small single wide off in a field without something to move it down the road. That is definitely not the image we are trying to present. For the horse, we went with the Dodge Ram, specifically the Power Wagon. Finding the Power Wagon was just luck but I settled on the Ram after a lot of study on the matter, and the 2500 series after speaking with someone who knew more than me about towing. The 1500 series just didn’t have enough ass for long-distance, sometimes high elevation hauling for something as big and heavy as our new home.
Didn’t skimp on the hitch, either. With all the tractor-trailers on the highways and even byways, zooming past you the air blowing you into the next lane or worse. Weight distribution hitch and a big ol’ sway bar to keep things steady, that’s what I’m talking about.
Somewhere tangled up in this operation of leaving the farm and moving into a tiny home à la mobile, is the fact that we no longer could nor had the desire to engage in difficult and expensive repairs and maintenance of our lives. That meant a massive downsizing! It’s just arithmatic, less to care for means less to care about. That could even leave more time to care for each other.
In the above formula, we have reduced this new life to two simple factors for housing and just plain living (not to include income, follow this blog for that). Here we will focus on the horse. About have of the resources allocated for this part of the project were given for the Power Wagon. Don’t like brand new vehicles, but this truck needed to offer as many years of repair free use as possible. That meant fewer miles vs. fewer years. And it needed to be a cash purchase.
Now I’m not an RV kind of guy or even camper van for long term living. I think the cart and horse should be two separate things that can function independently. The advantages are many and apparent. If you’re looking for a larger space and more luxury, then there are 5th wheelers out there that can still give you the separation but the horse has to be bigger as well – 3500 series. The nice thing about the 2500 series is it has the same engine as the 1500 so the fuel economy is not as bad as it might otherwise be.