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Awesome DIY House on Wheels

DIY House on Wheels - Roof Cutting

When well planned, a tiny house on wheels can offer all the creature comforts of a larger home, but in a much smaller space. This can make it the perfect option for those who want to downsize or live in a more sustainable way. It can even be on wheels just like this home!

Many people dream of traveling the world in the comfort of their own home. There are a wide range of reasons why people would choose this lifestyle.

Many enjoy having a home base to come back to at night, while others enjoy the ease of moving around without having to worry about packing and unpacking every day.

Other reasons people choose this lifestyle include the ability to travel at your own pace, the cost savings and the freedom to do what you want.

DIY House on Wheels - Curved Ceiling

This off-the-grid tiny house was built on a twin axle trailer with a rustic theme. The owner built it by setting up the frame in its final location, removing the wheels, before completing the building process.

This would be wise to do if you plan to set it in one location for a long period of time — the wheels could simply be fitted for easier transport of the home when you choose to move it.

A rustic theme of your house on wheels would require you to use a lot of timber which would make your home heavy. If you think your tiny home would be moved frequently, light materials should be used as much as possible.

What would you use this tiny house on wheels for? We’re thinking it would also make a great home office!

Major Parts/equipment:

  • Twin Axle Trailer
  • Oven with Hob Grill
  • Wood Burning Stove
  • Fridge
  • Kitchen Sink
  • Shower
  • Compost Toilet
  • Solar Panel
  • Water Heater/Boiler


  • Plywood
  • Timber
  • Pole off cuts
  • Long Coach Screws
  • Heavy-duty Roofing Felt
  • Cladding or Feather Edge Boards
  • Wood Stain
  • Weed Retention Fabric
  • Polystyrene Sheeting
  • Rock Wool Loft Insulation
  • Straw Screening
  • LED Strips


  • Cutting Disc
  • Table Saw
  • Chainsaw
  • Sander
  • Measuring Tape
  • Hammer
  • Spirit Level
  • Staple Gun
  • Plumbing Tools
  • Power Drill

Building a DIY House on Wheels

The Twin Axle Trailer

Constructing the structure of your house on wheels around the trailer is a great way to save time and money. This method also allows you to customize your frame to perfectly fit your needs. In order to fasten the structure to the trailer, you’ll need to use brackets and bolts.

Once the frame is secure, you can then move on to attaching the roof. This process can be a little tricky, but with some patience and careful planning, you’ll be able to do it successfully.

The Interior

When it comes to your tiny house on wheels, every inch counts. That’s why it’s important to carefully consider how you install each amenity you need.

When placing your kitchen appliances, you’ll want to make sure you have enough counter space to prepare meals comfortably. And if you’re planning to have a bathroom in your tiny home, you’ll need to make sure the plumbing is properly installed to avoid any leaks.

By taking the time to plan out the installation of your amenities, you can ensure that your tiny house on wheels is both functional and comfortable.

The Power Source

Most of houses on wheels are powered by an AC-DC power inverter, but that would be too much load for the battery of your vehicle. You can actually opt to use solar energy for your house on wheels.

Solar panels can be used to generate electricity to power your appliances and lights. This is a great option if you want to be more eco-friendly and reduce your reliance on fossil fuels.

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Thanks to Handmade Matt for this great project. You can get step-by-step instructions here

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