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!
So, 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!