5 things you need to know about towing your tiny house

towing the house on narrow Austrian local roads

No 1: The house

The house must comply to the European road regulations. This means that it must not exceed 2,55m width and 4m height (in some countries 4.05m). Buying a dedicated tiny house trailer will help you stay within this measurements. Dedicated tiny house trailer will also have an overrun break which is a legal necessity. Depending on the trailer the maximal weight of the tiny house may vary, in most cases it should not exceed 3,5T. This might seem obvious but you have to build your construction lighter in order to be able to transport your tiny with the furniture and other belongings. As your construction will most probably be made out of wood you should leave a small weight-buffer as wood might slightly change it’s weight depending on the absorbed moisture.

No 2: The driving licence

In order to tow a trailer above 600kg you will need B+E driving licence. In our case obtaining it in Austria took about 2 weeks and cost less that 500 EUR. First we joined a theoretical seminar (couple of hours) after which we attended a theoretical exam. After passing it, we were allowed to take 4 hours of practical lessons . The only thing left to do was passing a practical exam and voila we got our temporary driving licence allowing us to tow the tiny house trailer immediately.

No 3: The car

Finding a car that can tow a tiny house is not as easy at it seems. The car must weight more than the trailer it pulls and the whole set should not weight more that 7T. It does not apply to special vehicles such as off-road cars or tractors that are allowed to pull more than their own weight. Not all off-road cars are strong enough to pull 3,5T though. Not all tractors have the right type of connection to attach the tiny house trailer. After doing some research we found out that the cars you can use are e.g.
– Volkswagen Touareg
– Porsche Cayenne
– Mitsubishi Pajero
– Toyota Landcruiser
– Land Rover Discovery
– Range Rover
– Audi Q7
– Cheep Grand Cherokee

Towing a tiny house with Volkswagen Touareg

No 4: The setup

The first time we towed our tiny house we lost a wheel. I know what you think: NOOBS 🤦

Tiny house missing a wheel

No 5: The road

Remember that your car with the tiny house trailer attached will most probably exceed the length of 10m. You will not be able to use very narrow turns unless you are a professional truck driver with years of experience. Some roads are not suited for vehicles above 3,5 T and/or above certain height. Check your route before the transport. It might be problematic to tow the house in the areas where tree branches are hanging low — be really careful not to break a window!

Towing a tiny house on Czech Highway
Using wooden boards to support the trailer. Sorry that the video is so shaky — I was in a lot of nerves.

In conclusion

Follow this guide and prepare, prepare, prepare! If you don’t feel you can handle it — hire a professional to do it for you. You will be shaking and nervously turning around every 10 seconds during your first transport as we did — but in the end you will arrive at your destination just fine. All in all, you have a house on wheels — use it’s potential and travel with it!

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I’m Anna and in 2020 I built a towable tiny house. If you also love eco-friendly living and downsizing follow me for some tips and inspiration! 🏡 💚