Funny that you mention that.  A friend of mine allowed her niece to park a 
"tiny house" on her property and it caused a great big fight among the 
neighbors and county.

Don Snook 

-----Original Message-----
From: G Mann [] 
Sent: Wednesday, August 09, 2017 12:10 PM
To: Mercedes Discussion List <>
Subject: Re: [MBZ] OT Tractor/trailer trailer size

Just to feed your musings a bit.. one of the semi trailers I have is a 53'
low floor high cube dry van.. it uses 19.5 semi tires [sort of special], is 
8'6" wide, and inside height is 9" ft.

Make that work?  Perhaps a couple of "HUUUUGE" slide outs?

The HOA will bitch if you park it in your driveway... I'm sure... ;))

On Wed, Aug 9, 2017 at 9:58 AM, Rich Thomas via Mercedes <> wrote:

> I have been sorta intrigued by these tiny houses that are becoming 
> popular.  Most of them seem to be built on like a 16ft utility trailer 
> so they can be moved around to a semi-permanent location.  While some 
> of them are pretty nice, it kinda makes me wonder why not just buy a 
> travel trailer or something for cheap and live in that.  But whatever, 
> I kinda like them as they look more like a real house.
> I got to thinking about the size issue and it seemed that building one 
> on a larger trailer, like a 3-car hauler or something, would work 
> better.  I see these things that will haul 19k lb, they sit kinda low, 
> 3 axles, gooseneck, so that seems like a better kind of deal, instead 
> of a 8X16ft house you could have say a 8X32ft house on a trailer, 
> pretty much like a narrower single-wide.
> This morning I saw this big bus motor home RV thing, it was HUGE!  I'm 
> guessing 12ft tall anyway, probably has 8ft headroom inside and 
> storage bins underneath, big pusher dizzel engine.  But those are 
> quite spendy, even used ones are like $100k or more. I'm guessing 
> those things are like 40ft long, so a lot of room.  I rode in one once 
> that bands used for touring, it was really nice, granite kitchen and marble 
> bathroom etc.
> So then I was driving home and was sitting next to a semi with a 
> trailer that said "53ft" on the side, that is pretty big.  I'm 
> guessing the trailer is 8ft wide, and maybe 8ft headroom inside, which 
> is kinda like a shipping container, and people use containers to build 
> houses now.  Containers I think are up to 40ft for a double?  So 
> either a trailer or a container would make a nice "tiny" house too.  
> So then I was thinking one of those low-floor moving van trailers 
> would be even better, more headroom, loft space.  Either buy an old 
> trailer and fix it up, or buy a low-frame (or an equipment hauler low 
> trailer) with the axles and tars and breaks and what not already in 
> place, then build a "tiny" house on that -- more size, more headroom, 
> etc.  And even if you had to buy an old tractor to pull it around, or 
> hire that job out, you could have a larger, nicer "tiny" house than a 
> single-wide. And some of those equipment trailers have wings that fold 
> out to give maybe 12ft wide for a wide load, so that would allow a 
> larger "tiny" house, I guess moving it would require some permit or something 
> but still...
> So that got me thinking about how tall a trailer can be, I'm thinking 
> maybe 12ft max to clear bridges and stuff on the road, or can they go 
> a bit higher?  I see those big trailers driving with a pace car with a 
> pole to hit something before the truck would, and warn it off the 
> bridge or whatever.  I guess if you weren't hauling a taller "tiny" 
> house too far you could get by with something taller?
> My lunch-time musings, but ideas accepted.  I'm wondering if there 
> would be a market for larger "tiny" houses built to a spec that was 
> much better than your average single-wide.  Make a good lake house, or 
> cabin in the woods, or even a starter home that would be less than 
> buying from a developer or used, esp if someone had a lot?  They could 
> even be designed to gang up to get a bigger house, like a double-wide 
> or even with wings that went off the sides.
> --R
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