The Pros and Cons of Tiny Homes on Wheels

A tiny home on wheels.

Most tiny home owners only relocate once in a great while, but a growing number of people are downsizing so that they can see more of the countryside. But why build a tiny home on wheels when you can just live in an RV or camper? Here's a short list of all the pros and cons to owning a tiny home on wheels.

The Pros of Tiny Homes on Wheels

Endless Customization Options

A tiny home kitchen with small appliances.

One of the biggest perks to building a tiny home on wheels versus buying an RV is that you can customize a tiny home on wheels to fit your every need. If you want a bigger kitchen, for example, you can downsize other areas of the home to accommodate for the larger space. You can also install windows, a retractable roof, or a skylight to take advantage of good weather. With RVs and campers, however, you are kind of stuck with what you get.

Better Living Options than RVs or Campers

Even if you like to travel often, there will be times when you want to stay in a particular location for longer periods of time. Moveable tiny homes are perfect for those occasions because they are built as permanent dwellings and can withstand an extended stay. Most tiny homes are built with full insulation and weatherproofing, making them more efficient than most homes. A camper may do the trick for a night or two, but you will not get the same accommodations that come with a tiny home.

Stronger Construction than RVs or Campers

A tiny home on wheels in a field of flowers.

Apart from the customization, tiny homes are built with durability in mind. These homes are meant to withstand the stresses of adverse weather conditions and will last much longer than RVs and campers. They are also equipped with real windows and doors and fully insulated walls. You can install full-size appliances if you like and don't have to struggle with plastic sinks and cheap materials. Further, you will not have to worry about the usual wear and tear after putting 100,000 miles on a vehicle.

Full Amenities

Traveling in a tiny home gives you the opportunity to take all of your creature comforts with you on the road. This includes your own bed, pillows, comforters, towels, bathroom items, and anything else that crosses your mind. A few RVs offer most of the amenities you need to live comfortably, but they are hardly the same quality as you get at home. As long as you can fit it inside your tiny home, you can bring it wherever you go.

More Storage Options

Tiny homes have become famous for their novel storage capabilities. The average camper or RV will come equipped with some storage, but not nearly as much as a tiny home. After all, these houses are meant to store all of your home furnishings at a fraction of the square footage, ultimately giving you more bang for your buck than anything else.

The Cons of Tiny Homes on Wheels

You Need a Truck to Tow It

One of the main negatives to owning a tiny home on wheels is that you need a truck to tow it around—and a heavy duty one at that. Trucks are not the most affordable vehicles on the market, so buying one to haul your tiny home will come at a heavy price. Tiny homes are also heavy, depending on the construction, which will also lower your average gas mileage.

They're not very Aerodynamic

Given how tiny homes have pitched roofs and other bulky design elements, they suffer from an obvious lack of aerodynamics. This only becomes a problem when you start dealing with fuel efficiency and related costs. RVs and campers have a distinct advantage here as they are designed for better air flow on the road. That said, there are tiny homes on the market that are much more aerodynamic than their traditional counterparts, which boosts fuel efficiency.

You May Run into Size Issues

Depending on the height, width, and length of your tiny home, you may run into geographical areas that are off-limits. You also need to double-check that your tiny home does not exceed the maximum size restrictions for highway vehicles. Even if your tiny home fits the requirements, their size makes it difficult to maneuver in certain spaces, especially when it comes to remote locations and small towns. You can get around the problem of size by constructing a home that is shorter and has the same width as a typical semi-truck trailer.