When we first started thinking about traveling full time, we had the idea of building a tiny house. We were excited about the idea of creating our own design and then building it ourselves. I think three major reasons we chose not to pursue building a tiny house were the following; weight, cost and the amount of time it would take.
It is difficult to come up with a design in a tiny house where you can have a bedroom downstairs and still have enough space. We weren’t really into the idea of having a loft (my wife is 6’ tall). The length of the trailer that we were looking at for our tiny house was 24’. Our fifth wheel RV is 34’ in length and it is only 8,000 pounds. It is probably closer to 9,000 with all of our belongings in it. That is actually a light fifth wheel. If we would have went with a gooseneck trailer for our tiny house it would have weighed a lot more. Sure we could have used steel framing to make the house lighter, but steel framing is expensive.
A brand new gooseneck trailer can also be very expensive. That was something I really wanted though. I knew I didn’t want to have a bumper pull. I heard gooseneck and fifth wheel setups were a much better towing experience. I knew I was going to be stressed out about everything, so I wanted to minimize that by reducing sway. If we went with a gooseneck trailer for a tiny house, we might of had to go with a diesel truck. They also cost more. With everything costing so much, we knew we would have had to wait much longer…
Sometimes you just need to have patience and wait to get what you want, but we were super eager and ready to hit the road. Building a tiny house takes time, especially for someone who doesn’t have a background in construction. We would have had to take it slow to make sure we were doing it right. Weather, money and complications can easily cause a delay.
In the end I am glad we went with a fifth wheel RV. I wish we could have to same quality as a tiny house, but if that were so, the cost and weight would greatly increase. At a lower weight we still have three separate spaces in our RV; bedroom / bathroom, kitchen / living room and our office. Having all this space is worth it for us. There are some lightweight tiny homes out there that you can travel with, but with having two people and two pets, I think we went in the right direction.
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