Episode #35. Moving TINY HOUSE on Wheels 1st Time // Towing a Tiny House on the Road
After months of tiny house DIY work & tiny house upgrades, we are going to tow our tiny house on wheels for the FIRST TIME!! Driving a goose-neck tiny house out on the open road is a giant step in our tiny house journey! A lot of preparation has gone into this day where we will move our custom wooden tiny house on wheels to a new location. As creative nomads on a “finding wonders quest”, we are starting down the road on our journey to “Tiny House America” while we look for wonders, small & big! This is our maiden voyage in our tiny house story as traveling tiny house dwellers.
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In the videos & blogs leading up to this one, we have been sharing with you our tiny house journey to turn our RVIA certified built tiny house into a beautiful customized wooden home on wheels. Since receiving our house, we have spent several months pouring ourselves into transforming this house into something very special. Along the way, we have been coated in sawdust and tung oil, and we have worked countless long and hard hours doing one diy project after another. Throughout it all, we have sought to find and cherish the simple and grand wonders, or as we like to say wonderments, of this whole tiny house creating experience. There have been so many wonders to appreciate, and now we are about to experience a brand new wonder that we have never experienced before! The wonder of being able to drive our house to new places. Today we are going to move, tow out on the open road, our soon to be home on wheels for the first time. This is day will never be forgotten…
Preparing to move our tiny house on wheels for the first time is a giant exercise in preparation and trust. Since our house was delivered to us, we have added several custom pieces to the interior… Now our plants will be riding in the house, our special cabinet is full of our art supplies and tools, and there is a large refrigerator in the kitchen! We have double and triple checked that everything inside the house is secured for travel. Now, we have to trust our efforts, and bravely do something we have never done before!
On this chilly December day in the Pacific Northwest, we secured everything in our wooden tiny house, hitched up our goose-neck tiny house to our Ford F350 dually truck, practiced some basic maneuvers in the driveway, and then headed out on the main road to move our tiny house to a nearby location with full RV hookups and beautiful panoramic views of the Cascade mountains, Oostema Farmstead Campground, east of Lynden, WA.
On this day we experienced for the first time the challenging reality of lifting our house up with two tandem crank jacks that had no special gearing. Each rotation of the crank moves the house a very small amount up or down… so if you are trying to lift the house up several inches in order to load it onto the ball in the truck bed, then there are a lot of crank rotations that have to be done in order to lift the house up. The higher the jacks were extended, and thus the higher the house became on the forward end, the more challenging each rotation becomes to crank. With a hearty dose of grit, determination and excitement for what we were doing, the task of extending the tandem jacks got done bit by bit. (since then, we have upgraded to hydraulic jacks that we absolutely love!)
Our "video episodes" are delayed from our "real time experiences", so at the time of publishing this video and blog, we have actually already gone over 1,100 miles towing our tiny house. No matter how many miles we drive with the tiny house now, remembering & celebrating the FIRST time we moved our tiny house will always be an epic memory that had profoundly significant meaning in our lives.
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Meet our TRUCK - 2011 Ford F-350 Diesel Dually, “Copper”.
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TUNG OIL process of our
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