For those of you who haven’t yet heard about the disaster that was me trying to find a tiny house trailer fabricator in Texas, I’ll sum it up: It was frustrating. I tried emailing, calling, and visiting local trailer fabricators, and either they never called me back, stopped calling, told me I was crazy for putting a tiny house on a trailer, or told me their trailers couldn’t handle tiny houses. As disheartening as it was to be rejected over and over again, I am now thankful because all that rejection eventually led me to talk to Damon at Trailer Made Custom Trailers.
I’d seen a few of Trailer Made’s tiny house trailers on Facebook here and there, so I messaged a couple of the trailer owners to talk about their experience with Damon and his crew. They all spoke of how friendly and easy to work with the company is, and raved about the incredible quality of the work itself. So I sent Damon an email, and in return, I received a warm welcome, and a detailed response to my inquiry. I was thrilled to finally find a fabricator that seemed to understand the tiny house movement and its needs.
Damon and I communicated via email back and forth for a few months, and then at last weekend’s Tiny House Jamboree in Colorado Springs, I finally had the honor of meeting Damon, his wife and business partner Natalie, and some of the rest of the crew from Trailer Made Custom Trailers.
Even though I can’t order my trailer just yet (anyone want to buy my marimba? hint, hint), they were excited to meet me (I even got hugs!) and talk about my trailer needs.
What I appreciate about Trailer Made’s approach is that they aren’t modifying a utility trailer to meet the tiny house needs… They are taking a skid foundation and turning it into a tiny house foundation on wheels. The concept is similar, but is rock-solid for the tiny house itself than a typical utility trailer conversion.
Some of the features that come with the Trailer Made tiny house foundation on wheels include:
- 7k GVWR straight beam axles (no bottoming out on slight inclines!)
- pre-installed galvanized steel flashing (unsealed)
- trailer ribs and frame double as subfloor framing
- welded L-angle edges (for ease of bolting the framing to the trailer)
- jeep fenders (easy to frame around)
- fully-enclosed ribs (air-insulated at r-10 to prevent thermal bridging)
You guys, these trailers are PRETTY. I almost hate to cover it with a tiny house, ha! As a bonus, they deliver to Austin often enough that delivery costs will be fairly inexpensive, and it’ll be a much shorter drive time to pick it up (Dallas-to-Austin vs Dallas-to-Denver).
After emailing with and interacting in person with Damon, Natalie, and their crew, I am confident that they “get” the tiny house movement and are on our side. Can’t wait to place my order!
Once the trailer is ordered, I’ll need the following materials:
- Place to store the trailer / build site (details here)
- Megahitch Coupler Vault Lock (see this video as to why I chose this option)
- Heavy duty wheel chocks (like these)
- Jack stands for leveling and supporting the trailer (like these)
- Concrete pavers for the jack stands (like these)
As I work through each of the sections of my build, I will start to create my budget in a Google Doc for me and others to track. Links to the budget tracking sheet and planning manual will be found on my About page.