One major incentive to owning a tiny house on wheels is low cost. While initial costs can be prohibitive, a THOW pays off massively in the long run because it costs much less to own than a full-sized home. Utility, insurance, and even truck owning costs (you’ll need one to move it) are going to be much lower in the long run than owning or renting a full-sized home.
A tiny house on wheels doesn’t use much of anything, keeping utility bills low and efficiency levels high. For maximum efficiency, a THOW can be made completely off the electrical grid with solar panels which is perfect for those wanting to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle.
There’s also the obvious benefit of versatility that a regular home just can’t top. Prefab homes are also technically “mobile”, but they tend to settle once they’ve been in one place for a while, making moving them dangerous and expensive. By contrast, a THOW just needs to be hitched up to a powerful enough vehicle once it has been disconnected from its anchor and utilities and it’s good to go.
What Does it Cost to Own One?
This varies depending on where you live, and how much your tiny house costs. In the long run, though, you stand to save massively with a tiny house on wheels. Once you’re done with the initial costs of paying off the house on wheels price, utilities, campground fees, and the truck to haul the THOW, you could stand to spend as little as $75 a month in insurance. Of course, the initial will be steeper, and could even cost more than renting initially, but this will only be for as long as it takes to pay off the house.
So if, for example, you were paying $1,100 in rent before getting a THOW, you’ll probably pay slightly more than that per month for at least the first three years of wheel estate ownership. Once that’s done though, it’s cheap and cheerful all the way.
Of course, there are a few downsides to consider if you want to live in a tiny house. For one thing, you’ll have a whole lot less storage space. That means less space for all your stuff and less space for storing food and supplies. So while you will consume less you’ll also be going to the store more.
If you’re not connected to city sewage lines, you’ll be responsible for emptying your composting toilet or keeping track of your septic tank, and that’s not the most pleasant chore around. Also, since you’ll need a good-sized pickup truck to comfortably tow your THOW, you’ll also be contending with low miles per gallon, which is especially a con if you’re invested in living a green lifestyle.
Finally, while a tiny house is pretty easy to keep warm in the winter, it can be a challenge to cool off in the summer, especially if you live in a humid region.
There are a few distinct THOW styles to consider. These are designed to suit many tastes so that there’s something for everyone who is in the market for a tiny house on wheels.