Good info, thanks. I kinda like the idea of having a fairly strong structure already built and dry, and the dimensions are quite spacious. Spray some foam on the walls with a bit of furring for wiring and yer good ta go. I guess if one wanted to modify it a bit, a little cutting and welding or riveting or something would do the trick.

I was talking to a guy a coupla months ago who has a spray foam business, he said he does a lot of shipping containers like that, people use them for shops, offices, housing, etc, he said it works out well.

The other idea was to build on the low-boy, use SIPs for construction, with the wings it could go to 10-12ft wide, that would be quick and easy to get a structure up, a lot pre-fabbed in the shop, that could be about the same size or even bigger than your moving van trailer.

Or go the full route like you have, get the trailer and a tractor and outfit it and make a space for a car or two and toys and be completely mobile.



On 8/9/17 2:07 PM, Craig via Mercedes wrote:
On Wed, 9 Aug 2017 12:58:45 -0400 Rich Thomas via Mercedes
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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.

So then I was thinking one of those low-floor moving van trailers would
be even better, more headroom, loft space.
Yes. The inside height of most of our 51' drop-frame furniture van is
121". The front, where the trailer attaches to the tractor's fifth wheel
is 18" less than that (103").

We have added a deck and stairs to utilize the upper volume of our
trailer, so we can have boxes above and large things (like a car)

Containers I think are up to 40ft for a double?
Yes, and you can get "high cube" containers, which are taller than
standard containers.

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
Yes, you would need an oversize permit. Most likely something 12 feet
wide would be restricted to travel during daylight hours and also require
an escort vehicle.

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?
Generally allowable height is 13' 6", though some states (like Texas)
allow them to be 14' high. Note that the driver is always responsible
for not hitting things.

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?
You could, but then you get into all the permits/escort vehicle stuff.

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.
I don't know how one would determine the size of the market. Build it and
they will come?



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