There are a number of unspoken conversations in the tiny house world. Well, they are talked about, just not in “polite” company. Those topics range from sawdust toilets to dirty dishwater to trucks big enough to tow a house. Those sort of topics can just deter some from delving deeper into the modern tiny house movement. But what about buying a truck to haul your tiny house? What do you purchase? And how in the world do you justify going from a 2008 Toyota Prius Hybrid to a 2014 Dodge Ram 3500 Cummins? Talk about “more power”!

When we took ownership of our tiny house on wheels from 84 Lumber we didn’t think too much about the truck needed to tow it. We knew we needed one but we weren’t real sure what size or what specs we needed. In the very beginning we didn’t even know the weight of our own house. To that point we had been loving life in our Toyota Prius Hybrid. With an average of 47.5 mpg our experience moving into a Dodge Ram 3500 Cummins diesel was bittersweet.

But hey, life rolls on. Let’s get to truckin’. But first, here are our 5 tips for buying a truck to haul your tiny house.

  • Prepare To Spend Money.  Trucks are not cheap. They are utility vehicles that can come with many of the creature comforts you’d find on premium cars. So if you’ve only owned cars in the past, the jump in price will be jarring. Just be ready!
  • Know What You Plan on Carrying or Hauling.  Is it a tiny house you are preparing to haul? Know your scale weight, the weight distribution, etc. Then plan accordingly. Talk openly and frankly with the dealer so he can help point you in the right direction. Despite what some may believe not all trucks are created equal!
  • Learn the difference between Light-Duty, Medium-Duty and Heavy-Duty.  Once you know what you’ll tow, find out how much it weighs and be sure to include the weight of the trailer (or tiny house) as well.
  • Choose a Bed and Cab Size.  When thinking about cab size consider a standard cab or a king cab or even a crew cab. How many people do you intend on carrying? Do you have pets to consider? And what about a bed? Are you going to be using it for storage? Will it be your “garage” while on the road? If so, the more space probably, the better.
  • Check Your State’s Motor Vehicle Department for Special Fees and Regulations.  In some state any pickup above a half-ton requires different licensing which can mean more fees and special licensing. Be aware of that before you choose a truck.

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