Update 5.30.13 – The Freak Out!

May 30, 2013 § 24 Comments

I am totally freaking out.  It is just over a week before I move my house now… I have an awful lot invested in this project and I need to figure out how to get it across town on the back roads, preferably passing a weigh station… but probably not because it will be Sunday and they will be closed.  I am not worried about the trailer falling off or anything of that sort, I know how everything in it is built and nothing will happen that isn’t completely fixable.  I am worried because I am not in control, a very generous friend is going to help me move it.  I have the type of tires that are for mobile homes which don’t have a super reputation for longevity.   I don’t know the history of these tires exactly but I do know that for the last year and a half they have sat stagnant.  The hav had a check-up at the tire store and passed exam, but it makes me worry, what if something does happen… I m sure it will be fine, I think it’s just impossible not to worry.

I am searching for a path that is ‘backroads’.  The trip I am going on with the house if generally a 21 minute drive… the path I have mapped below would take 36 minutes, worth it for the back roads I think, slower speeds are good when the last year and a half of my life is traveling down the road 🙂  I realize this move is like, nothing compared to most tny housers but I assure you, it has me on edge!  I will feel lots better once it’s situated, that’s for sure!

mapSo, onto the update, I am getting ready for that move and there are some things that need to happen still… The trailer has to be inspected by a motor vehicle inspector so that I can register it.  I took a peek back through my state requirements HERE and realized that I think I am actually ok on my dimensions, I went slightly over the standard 8′ max width, about 2 inches over with windows poking out but I see Idaho’s laws are actually 8′-6″, could cause problems if I go to other states but like everything else I will cross that bridge when I get there.

I am FREAKING out, this will be a stressful week getting everything together, that is for sure!  Thank you SO much Jed for volunteering to help move me, I promise not to be a pain :).

Onto the update, which is sort of related… my trailer is on it’s own 6 feet… It is resting on the ground.  I wanted to test out and see how much clearance I have over the wheels, I was expecting not much.  I have moved the location of these tires when I added the third axle so that instead of sitting in between the structure of the trailer they are right below it.  This wouldn’t matter anyway because there is now a piece of plywood on the bottom of the structure.  I think i am going to have to add a spacer between the u-bolts so that there is a little more space between the wheels and the floor.  I had to take the trailer off its supports to verify how much I have to raise it up. I should be good to lift it an inch or so up.  Here are some pictures to show you what I mean:

PS, now that my trailer is off it’s blocks it ‘feels’ much more wobbly that it did, to be expected but I get that questions sometimes, ‘does it ‘feel’ solid’, to this point the answer is yes, very, now, it feels like it’s on a trailer 🙂

PPS, I am having a little competition on how much this beast weighs, I can’t think of a prize just yet, let me know if you have any ideas but better yet, post your guess in the comments for how much you think it weighs.  As a base-line, the trailer itself, before adding anything to it weighed a couple hundred shy of 3,000 (~2,800) pounds, I have taken the deck off and added all that I have documented…  post your guesses below and I will think of something awesome to give whoever is closest! 

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§ 24 Responses to Update 5.30.13 – The Freak Out!

  • cherylspelts says:

    I’m excited for you! Almost done!

    And my best guess is 11,500 pounds…

  • Ian says:

    What popped into my mind for your route is, have you checked for power/phone lines over the roads of your route, encroaching branches of trees, etc. I’m sure you have but that’s what sprang to my mind. I’m sure it will go great.

  • I totally sympathise with the “freak out” possibilities. I’m on the edge of that all the time with my cabin. It’s so totally out of my experience and ability! And the weight issue is concerning me a great deal. I’ve hopefully only got half a mile to move mine and I might have to be sedated on the day it moves. So, good luck and I can’t wait to see how much your house weighs.

  • Inés I. says:

    Being worried is just natural when you have work so hard in your house, but I am sure it’s going to be easier than you think.
    It usually is.
    You have made so much progress and your house looks sooooo amazing… You are almost there, yeah!!
    Mucha, mucha suerte (Best of lucks)

  • anotherkindofdrew says:

    Ours came in at 6100 so I am going to put yours at 8700 max.

    • Macy M says:

      Yours was SUPER light for how big it is, crazy! You got to skip on sheathing and have super light flooring, I know I have 1,100 # in tile alone… let alone the sub-floor 🙂

  • Um…let’s say 4,100???? Good luck look forwad to your next post.

  • kristiewolfe says:

    I’ve had to move mine twice and it is so scary seeing it sort of wobble down the road from behind I had to keep telling myself to stop holding my breath ha!

    My guess is 7000 – good luck Macy this is so exciting!

  • Jonathan & Rowena says:

    Hey Macy,

    Fret not all will work well for the travel route, we’ll be praying for you. Just trust in God, he’s got a great plan for you in your new home. More doors of opportunity will open for you. You are remarkable & we’re so happy for you & your little fur-baby. This is just another task in this great adventure, enjoy it and then laugh when something goes wrong–it’ll help.

    Our guess for your “penthouse on wheels” is about 7825 unfurnished. If you add the weight of the world on your shoulders, it would be a million tons! LoL Chin up, you’re almost home! ❤

    All our best, we hope to meet you soon when we're in Idaho.

    Rowena & Jonathan
    Houston, Texas

  • Carrie says:

    Oh Macy, I totally understand the freaking out. we were so nervous moving our house in August and the Beehive tiny house a few weeks ago, but it actually went so perfectly smoothly! I was more just proud watching our blood, sweat and tears go down the road… it was like seeing it up on stage at a performance! (clap, clap, clap)

    definitely get 3-4″ of clearance above your tires though, if you can. the more the better.

    it will be awesome! your heart will swell watching it go down the road! and you will get so much positive affirmation from everyone who sees it! trust me. 🙂

  • the byamcaravanner says:

    My friends and I rescue neglected/abandoned Airstream trailers. Often times they have sat buried to the axles on the same tires for decades. Most often… we jack it up, fill the tires with air, hang some temporary tail lights and “hook and roll”. Our ride home is usually many hundreds of miles… and usually we make it home without a hitch (no pun intended) – You’ll be just fine!

    • Macy M says:

      Well that is reassuring! I did switch to only slightly better tires just so I feel a whole lot more comfy but this comment helped ease my head a tad more! Thanks!

  • Dave Raftery says:

    Hi Macy, I’m so excited for you. I’m sure your move will go fine. Your idea to go back roads, even if a little longer, is a good one. Since you will be traveling slower, your tires won’t heat up quite as much. You should drive your proposed route a few days before and look for any low hanging street wires. Sometimes the cable and tv lines hang a little low. See if you can get another 2 inches of clearance above that tire too, just to be safe. I often haul fire wood or compost in the back of my Jeep and gauge how much to load by the amount of tire clearance in my wheel wells. I was glad to read about your first sleep over in your new house last week. It is looking great!
    I’m guessing 8,200 lbs for the weight.
    All the best,
    Dave Raftery

  • Pat Reeves says:

    The house journey has been fun. Be praying for you.
    My guess 9458.

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