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