Towing A Tiny House
Our tiny homes can be towed by a standard truck which you may already own or else rent for moving days. To prepare for towing, here are specifications about home weights and minimum tow vehicle requirements. Remember that your home should be titled, licensed and insured to tow legally as an RV.
|Personal Belongings Weight||2,000||1,200||4,500||2,000|
Tumbleweed house weights vary by size for the tree series (Elm, Cypress, Linden) and differ for the modern Mica. Dry weight refers to the home and trailer combined weight. GVWR or gross vehicle weight rating refers to maximum allowable weight of the combined home, trailer and your personal items. Finally, Personal Belongings Weight identifies the maximum amount of your own items in the home, such as furnishings, clothes, food, etc.
Minimum vehicle towing requirements
|Truck Size||3/4 Ton||3/4 Ton||1 Ton||3/4 Ton|
|Hitch Type||Class V||Class V||Class V||Class V|
|Compatible Ball Size||2-5/16"|
Your towing truck must be street legal, have a trailer hitch and trailer brake controller. Truck capacity should be checked, as it varies by specific manufacturer and even model year. Tow capacity refers to the weight the truck can tow, which needs to meet or exceed the gross weight of the home. Tongue weight refers to weight carried by the hitch rather than the wheels of the trailer, and insufficient tongue weight is the primary reason it's difficult for 1/2 ton trucks to tow Tumbleweeds! The compatible ball size is 2-5/16" for all Tumbleweed house trailers.
What's a Class V hitch? This hitch size is rated to carry up to 17,000 lbs. gross weight with a tongue weight capacity of 1,700 lbs. Your ball mount and hitch ball need to both be rated for Class V, to safely tow our heavy Tumbleweeds.
Rental trucks available
For many tiny house movers, you will likely borrow or rent a 3/4 or 1 ton truck! We've rented work trucks from tool rental companies. Home Depot, for example, does have work trucks you can rent by the hour.
Also, you can hire a tow truck driver to move it for you. This is especially practical if you are moving it a short distance.
Don't want to drive it yourself? Uship.com is an excellent resource to find drivers with trucks who will tow your Tumbleweed for you.
Be ready for really crummy gas mileage! Typically you may expect between 6 and 10 MPG. The rig tows without swaying at high speed on the interstate, and has good control moving slowly on snow and ice.
Tumbleweed recommends that you insure your truck and Tumbleweed home before towing it. You may buy RV insurance from any major carrier. Liability insurance for the Tumbleweed is typically carried by the tow vehicle (and please verify with your tow vehicle insurer).
For the house itself, comprehensive and collision insurance also should be purchased. Comprehensive insurance covers damages through "acts of God" and theft. Collision coverage applies if someone or something hits your house, or if your untethered house hits something on its own.