Leveling The Tiny House Trailer

Leveling The Tiny House 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. But before my order arrives, I need to tackle another task – trailer leveling.

Before the materials arrived, I need to get the Tiny House trailer prepared.

Guillaume Leveling the Tiny House Trailer

Tiny House Trailer Leveling

What I thought would be an easy task of leveling the trailer, 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.

trailer leveling

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 trailer leveling for when we travel the country…



  1. beki spesard
    September 7, 2013 / 3:32 pm

    This is great. I feel like I am there watching it being built. Also glad u still have 10 fingers.

  2. September 3, 2013 / 3:44 pm

    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!

  3. September 3, 2013 / 10:28 am

    It looks like you’re off to a great start! I look forward to watching the progress!

    • September 3, 2013 / 10:35 am

      Thank you! I’ll make sure I keep posting on a regular basis

      • January 13, 2015 / 9:28 am

        I’m on my day off, sitting here enjoying my coffee and I found you. I started reading @ the beginning and I plan to read this whole entire story right now. I have a (kind of) personal question though, what do/did you do for income while you’re on your trip? And I’m off……

      • January 13, 2015 / 1:26 pm

        Hey Sam, glad you like what I have to share! I’ve been hired by Tumbleweed to host workshops to teach people how to build tiny houses. I probably do that one weekend a month. My girlfriend Jenna blogs for them too. That’s what keeps us afloat. You should check out our main site for the tiny house: http://www.thgj.me

      • January 14, 2015 / 4:52 pm

        I watched the whole thing. I’m following along. Almost like I’m there.

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