Tiny House Moving Issue

I heard back from the buyer. To quote her comment:

Hi Louis,

I made it – round trip – 75 hours – 2900 miles – $850 gas. Top speed 60 mph for about 10 minutes once (radical sway) average 45 mpg, except the whole part from San Antonio to El Paso where I could only get up to 35 for most of it. (22 year old GMC ) Thanks to all the patient truckers – Flashers on the whole way ;)

The house & I both arrived in California relatively unscathed. The only construction issue I noticed was the vinyl siding overlaps should all have been to the rear. I duct taped the flapping part & kept rolling. Later I realized I should have stopped at a Wal-Mart or Home Depot and paid them $$ to Pallet Wrap the whole house. That would have prevented any problems from wind / dynamic forces, and kept all the pieces intact. The little flap became irrelevant after I hit a cone in a construction zone near Casa Grande, which pretty much wiped out the siding on that same corner. So – by the time I was out in Quartzite Arizona- with loose/missing siding and not even to the area of wind advisory yet… I went to Plan B.

Riviera KOA campground on the Colorado River has RV storage, which they kindly allowed me to use quoted $20/week. I parked it there, and headed home. I will go back Saturday with my kids, some hardware & tools, fix the siding, and stay at the river for the weekend.

*Whew* Enough Relaxing for me- Back to work!

What I recalled in building the tiny house was that it didn’t occur to me to install the siding to face the wind until the third or fourth row on the first side. That’s why there was flapping. That’s the kind of lesson learned I’m putting into the ebook.

It might be worth thinking about adding more robust bumpers on the front corners for transport in the future.

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6 Responses to Tiny House Moving Issue

  1. LouisNo Gravatar says:

    The buyer clarified that it was a construction barrel rather than a cone. I guess that makes more sense.

  2. SandiaNo Gravatar says:

    Hey Louis, So I went back to Blythe the next weekend, stayed over at the campground – rode bikes & walked along the river with my son, then we headed out early before the wind picked up. Made it back safe & sound, and temporarily parked in my side yard. My original plan / location will not work because of an overhanging tree. Meanwhile – the kids have the most awesome playhouse ever! I will keep you posted – Lowe’s here has to special order the siding, but no problems to replace it. Thanks again, Sandia

  3. LouisNo Gravatar says:

    Sandia, excellent. Glad to hear it worked out.

  4. EricaNo Gravatar says:

    Hi, Sorry you took a loss on your first tiny house. Are you interested in being paid to build another? I have been trying to find someone willing to build a tiny house for me, (with much luck), as I am a nurse and really dont have the time or the skills to build one by myself. Please let me know. I am quite sorry to have missed your tiny house on ebay!

  5. LouisNo Gravatar says:

    Erica, I’m going to be releasing a video workshop in the next day or two. Any contractor or probably even a handy man could build one for you with that information. It also has a lot of design info I’d review before settling on a plan.

    The biggest issue I had with building one was the work space. If you already have space to store supplies and land to build then the hard part is done.

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