Andy’s Cargo Trailer Turned Tiny Home

Andy recently completed the conversion of his 17′ cargo trailer into a mobile tiny home. The trailer was built to serve as his home while traveling and exploring around the country with his dog Mic.

Andy built himself a 15′ wooden sailboat to explore lakes during his travels and it can be stored inside his trailer while on the road.

To me it makes alot of sense to consider a cargo trailer if you have similar needs to Andy’s. The interior doesn’t take much work to convert and items inside can simply be bolted down to remain in place.

Andy’s mobile setup included a 17′ converted cargo trailer, his handmade sailboat and his dog Mic.

Andy enjoying his trailer and preparing a meal.

An Alaskan Camp Stove is used to cook with and heat the trailer.

Here is a quick video of Andy’s cargo trailer

You can learn more about Andy and his travels at

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4 Comments → “Andy’s Cargo Trailer Turned Tiny Home”

  1. taska

    Jan 12, 2012

    Hi, I am a fan of the tiny house. I have been looking at these type of trailer thinking why not?. They seem heavy duty and can withstand the day to day usage. I would like to put some windows in it? Can it be done? What are the limitation of using this trailer type to build a tiny home?


  2. Abel Zyl Zimmerman

    Jan 13, 2012

    Yes, thin frame windows with a nailing flange would be a breeze to install. (many readily available vinyl windows have this configuration.) i personally dont adore vinyl, but i can admit that they are very functional AND low maintenance. You could fasten into the sheet metal with self tapping screws, or install a wood backing strip around the window hole (better) and screw into that. Use a good silicone, or better, a marine type caulk (Sikkens or 3M). Expansion and contraction of the metal membrane will stress caulk much more than on a house. If you spend some time on the road, your windows may get more driven spray than they are set up for. Some windows can deal, and some may leak a little around the corners of the sash.

    Limitations of a cargo trailer might be: aesthetics (if you dont like long white rectangles), and a pronounced tendency to condense moisture on the inside of the skin. Youll need to ventilate often and well (solar fan for the roof, small air scoop or marine ventilator for underway, and a good source of dry heat). Also, if you use insulation, probably foam board, id advise creating a vapor barrier on the inside of the insulation. If you place wood (studs or blocks) against the outer wall, and put paneling over them (without vapor barrier) they may soak up the condensatin and eventually rot – a fate that many ‘stick frame’ RVs have suffered… Usually ending in a trip to the scrap heap.

    So there you have it, putting time/$ in on a complicated wall structure with vapor barrier and vent fans… Or just keeping it simple and leave the metal exposed, knowing you can mop up condensation if it gets too much.

    Hope that helps.

    Fyi: i build tiny houses, custom wood windows, have done residential weatherization, and work on my dads RV from time to time. I have salvaged RVs for their frames/ parts. I also have a small cargo trailer… Which i currently use for just cargo, but i have contemplated camping in. It is the driest structure i have, believe it or not, when it really gets to raining.

    Good luck!
    Abel Zyl Zimmerman


    • Jo

      Jan 14, 2012

      Wouldn’t this have a poor resale value?


      • Brian

        Apr 04, 2015

        Don’t most living units on wheels have poor resale value?


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