Build / Timelapse / Tips / Trailer

Leveling The Trailer

The past couple weeks were pretty hectic between boxes, tiny house plans customization and trips to Home Depot. They now know me on a first name basis and are all aware that I have no idea what I’m doing or talking about. Jose at the Pro Desk helped me prepare my first material order. I lumped up a little over $2,500 worth of lumber, plywood, insulation, expanding foam, nails, screws, saw blades and stuff.

Before the materials arrived, I had to get the trailer prepared.

Guillaume Leveling the Tiny House Trailer

What I thought would be an easy task turned out to be a little more challenging than expected (which is probably something I should get used to). The instructions advise spreading the load 70% on the floor jacks and 30% on the wheels. After running around getting the trailer up and down, I realized the right side wheels would be off the ground no matter how hard I tried to level the trailer. So I cut some plywood to slide it under the wheels. That gave me a good excuse to use my table saw for the very first time and I am happy to say that this post is being typed with ten healthy fingers.

Plywood Magic

I had to take into consideration some minor twisting going on with the trailer but I got it pretty close to level.

Tip: Use A Fancy Laser Level

Either create some shade so you can see the laser or do your leveling at dusk / dawn.

Put a few small pieces of wood on each corner and set the level in the middle of the trailer. No matter where you aim it, the line should be at the same height on each piece of wood.

Fine Tuning

I did this later last night to verify the leveling and was able to fine tune it to a couple of millimeters! I almost wish I hadn’t spent all day trying to level the darn thing and just used the laser right away. On the other hand, I better get used to leveling our house for when we travel the country…

Today, the materials should be delivered and the real work starts!

About these ads

5 thoughts on “Leveling The Trailer

  1. Great and I’m so happy that all ten fingers are still in good shape and working. Yep, you’re going to get used to those surprising challenges pretty fast methinks! I’m looking forward to all the postings, too!

  2. Pingback: How to Level your Tiny House Trailer Before Building

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s