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Weight of my tiny house.

Posted by Jeremy on June 5, 2011 at 10:50 PM

I took a maiden voyage with my tiny house yesterday.  It was pretty smooth sailing except I had never had to deal with electric brakes and a brake module before.  For the first few miles I was getting horrible gas mileage (around 4 mpg - Eek!).  I wasn't sure why my gas hog of a truck was being such a hog!  I did believe that my trailer brakes were a bit tight so I kept playing with the controls for intensity and timing and finally got the mileage up around 8 mpg.  I don't think I have them set just right yet so I will continue to tweak them as I learn about them.  I did the ol' sniff the brakes thing to see if they were hot.  They were a little warm but not hot hot.  If anyone has experience with brake module adjusting, I would love to here from you.  I think I should get up to maybe 10 or 11 mpg.  What do you think? 

Anyway, the purpose of the trip in the first place was to find out the weight of my house on wheels.  People kept telling me that it had to be extremely heavy and that the trailer may not be able to handle that kind of weight.  So, I went to a nearby truck plaza with a Certified Scales and got it weighed.  The grand total was a whopping 5,560 lbs.  I will be adding my little refrigerator, and RV Toilet and countertops.  otherwise that's the extent of the weighty items.  I imagine no more than 150 to 200 more pounds if I add a table and some seating. Oh... and how about that mattress? :) 

Also, I am happy to report that nothing shook, rattled or rolled during the journey.  I drove upwards of 60, but averaged 55 on the highway.  I had a small picture frame leaned up against the wall that I forgot to remove before the trip.  When I got home, I found it still leaned against the wall unmoved and unscaithed. :)

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5 Comments

Reply Paul Guyon
5:39 AM on June 10, 2011 
You don't mention if you have a diesel or gas engine. Eight mpg is OK for a gas engine, 10 to 12 would be about right for a diesel engine. Also, weigh the unit after you have used if for a year - you'd be amazed how much extra weight you'll have after living in it for a year.
Reply Rich B
4:17 PM on January 5, 2012 
I had a 1971 Chevy Pickup Truck 350 cuin engine with a full size camper and a 20 foot travel trailer. Although that was more than 40 years ago I still remember that when not pulling the trailer my mileage improvement was less than 2mpg. In 1971 I traveled over the western states so, that would be good avreage.
Reply Jeremy
6:21 PM on January 5, 2012 
[/Paul Guyon] BTW :) It is gas and not diesel.
Reply Jeremy
6:23 PM on January 5, 2012 
Rich B says...
I had a 1971 Chevy Pickup Truck 350 cuin engine with a full size camper and a 20 foot travel trailer. Although that was more than 40 years ago I still remember that when not pulling the trailer my mileage improvement was less than 2mpg. In 1971 I traveled over the western states so, that would be good avreage.
Two miles a gallon is scary no matter what part of the country you are in. I was averaging about 6 to 7. Whew.
Reply Adam
3:52 PM on March 3, 2012 
I'm designing my own house and trying to pick a trailer weight capacity. How big is your house? is it constructed of 2x4 with 2x6 rafters and joists? I'm just trying to get an idea. Thanks

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