5 Best Gooseneck Trailers for Tiny Houses (Buying Guide)

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This post will show you some of the best tiny house trailer manufacturers operating in the U.S. and Canada. We’ll give you info on trailer specs and features, as well as some idea of the geographical areas they service.

Then we’ll offer a buying guide that explains what a gooseneck trailer is, why you might want one and some things to consider when you’re choosing a type of hitch (gooseneck or bumper pull) or a specific trailer. We’ll close with some design ideas that might inspire you.

Let’s get right to it.

Best Gooseneck Trailers for Tiny Houses

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Here are some of the best options out there for tiny house gooseneck trailers. We’ve included only trailers you can build on yourself, but there are many tiny house builders out there that offer completed homes on gooseneck trailers, too.

Big Tex Trailers

Big Tex Trailers offers flatbed gooseneck trailers in varying lengths and single or tandem wheel models. Their trailers feature LED lights, treated floors, low-profile decks and adjustable couplers, among other conveniences.

The smallest model comes in at 20 + 5 feet and a GVWR (Gross Vehicle Weight Rating, which is the weight the trailer can hold) of 15,900 pounds. Heavy duty models go up to 40 feet long with a GVWR of 30,000 pounds.

Some models offer the possibility of a buildable deck on the gooseneck. Constructed from steel beams, these trailers are built to handle heavy loads. Monthly payments and financing are available and there are dealer locations across the U.S.

Tiny Home Builders

Tiny Home Builders sells purpose-built gooseneck trailers for tiny houses. Trailers feature steel beam decking instead of wood decking in order to reduce weight. Flat deck construction with no side walls creates a flat foundation to build on.

Steel flanges are welded to the sides to reduce the amount of space that the sides of your tiny house take up, decreasing overall width.

You can order the standard deck width of 90 inches or an extended deck width of up to 102 inches (or more, depending on location). Lengths run from 10 to 32 feet. Options include drop axles that reduce deck height by 3-4 inches and a deck on the gooseneck hitch.

The company has three pick-up locations: Utah, Florida and southern Ontario. Delivery is available across Canada and the U.S. Financing is also available.

Tiny House Basics

Tiny House Basics has a line of Gooseneck Tiny House Trailers specifically built for tiny homes. Their trailer lengths run from 8 feet to 56 feet long on a double or triple axle set up, depending on the weight of the finished home. Trailers come with a built-in gooseneck deck.

The company manufactures their trailers in California, Pennsylvania and Texas, which means the width and length of the trailer you can order depends on where you’re ordering it from. They explain that in Pennsylvania and California, for example, the maximum width would be 10 feet, while in Texas, it would be 12 feet. Anything above that would require a special permit to transport.

These custom tiny house trailers can be ordered in deck widths from 92” to 102”. Options include drop axles for 4 inches of extra headroom, flush crossmembers for extra height and an extended gooseneck deck for a total of 9 or 10 feet over the truck bed.

Delivery is available to all U.S. states, including Hawai’i, as well as Canada.

Tiny House Foundations

Another solid option for “build-ready” gooseneck trailers is Tiny House Foundations. They custom manufacture many different tiny house trailers, including goosenecks. Design consults are available, if you want some expert help deciding on the right trailer for you.

Trailer features include a welded belly pan to protect the underside of the trailer, structural fenders to help hold the weight of the walls, tubular steel framing to reduce trailer weight, four corner jacks for levelling and stability and an adjustable front coupler.

You can order the trailer with or without an upper deck. Widths run from 96 to 120 inches, while lengths start at 16 feet (with a GVWR of 12,000 pounds) and go up to 40 feet (with a GVWR of 28,000 pounds).

Trailer Made Custom Trailers

As the name suggests, Trailer Made Custom Trailers builds custom trailers, including trailers for tiny homes. Their trailers include welded tubular chassis with a lifetime guarantee, 16-inch on center cross members, straight-beam axles, galvanized flashing on the bottom of the frame for better insulation and LED lights.

Trailers run from 12,000 pounds GVWR to 28,000 pounds GVWR, in lengths from 12 feet to 44 feet. You can order a standard or wide width, in tandem or triple axle configurations.

The company has locations and dealers across the continental U.S., including many western states. Financing is available.

Buying Guide

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What Is a Gooseneck Trailer?

A gooseneck trailer is a kind of trailer that attaches to the bed of a truck using a ball hitch anchored to the truck frame. This type of trailer is often called a 5th wheel, but a fifth wheel trailer differs slightly in terms of the kind of hitch it uses. A fifth wheel trailer uses a more complex coupling mechanism and while that makes it more stable, it’s also more expensive to install.

Both trailer types feature a section of trailer called the tongue, which extends forward over the truck bed. For tiny home trailers, the gooseneck tongue can provide a second level of storage or living space that’s accessible by a few stairs.

Advantages of a Gooseneck Trailer for a Tiny Home

There are several advantages to using a gooseneck trailer as the base for your tiny home. Gooseneck trailers can handle a higher weight than bumper pull trailers and offer better weight distribution, which makes them noticeably more stable to tow.

They’ll also give tiny house owners extra space because their total length can be greater than with a bumper pull. That’s not just because they provide extra space over the truck bed, but because the more secure hitch allows them to be built longer than a regular trailer.

Bumper pull trailers use a hitch to attach to a hitch receiver welded to the back of a vehicle’s chassis instead of over the truck axle, as in a gooseneck. That configuration makes it harder to manoeuvre a bumper pull. Not loads harder, but most folks find a gooseneck gives them better manoeuverability, especially when backing up.

Overall, a gooseneck could be a practical solution if you want lots of living space but also travel a lot or travel in more challenging driving conditions. They’re also a great solution if you want a full height upper bedroom without having to climb a ladder to get there.

A Few Things to Consider

One of the biggest considerations when it comes to trailers is what you’re going to tow it with. You’ll need a heavy-duty truck rated to pull the weight of the trailer. Even a smaller size trailer with a gooseneck will be too much weight for a standard tow vehicle to handle.

Over here, The Tiny Life explains the most common weight ratings and offers specific ideas about load balancing. They also estimate how much building and home components weigh so you can start to calculate what size truck/trailer you’ll need. It’s recommended reading. If you’ve wondered how much your underwear weighs, they will tell you.

Finding a suitable towing vehicle will likely involve some extra expenses, not just because trucks with the power to pull a tiny home are more expensive, but because you might need to make modifications if you find one that doesn’t already come with the hitch installed. A gooseneck is a special hitch that doesn’t come standard, so you can expect to pay extra for that.

Cost will also be a factor for the trailer itself. Gooseneck trailers are generally more expensive than bumper pulls. Finding a used trailer can lower your costs considerably. Shop around on heavy equipment or commercial truck sales websites and social media marketplaces for used models.

There’s some debate among the tiny house community about repurposing other kinds of trailers, like RV trailers, campers or horse trailers to cut down on costs. As Tiny Life Consulting notes, however, that often doesn’t work out, especially for novice builders.

That’s because, as they rightly point out, each type of flatbed trailer (a utility trailer vs a mobile home trailer, for example) is designed to carry different kinds of loads and to carry them differently.

Not taking account of the specific structural considerations that a tiny house needs can result in overloading, frame failure, tire blowouts and a host of other potential catastrophes. If this is your first build, play it safe and purchase something that you know won’t send your entire tiny house crashing to the side of the road.

Remember that drop axles allow you to add extra ceiling height without going over the legal limit, but that the drop reduces the amount of space you have for plumbing that’s installed under the trailer frame. Take extra caution with your plumbing, especially if you’re using your tiny home as a travel trailer.

Some Quick Ideas on Gooseneck Tiny House Design

With an extra 8 feet sitting over the bed of a pick-up truck, gooseneck home design is different than other tiny house designs.

These 8 feet give you more than a little extra room. They offer enough space for an extra sleeping area, storage space or loft space or a place to keep your hot water tanks, all without adding to the overall length of your trailer.

This will give you more square feet to work with on the lower deck, of course. Whether that means a second bedroom for the kids or a larger living room or kitchen area than you would otherwise get with a standard trailer, you’ll find yourself with a lot more options.

Some folks opt to turn the space into a cushy living room or playroom. Many combine a seating area with storage by using furniture with lift-top storage capacity and building storage stairs to access the upper deck.

Others use the gooseneck not for living space, but as an exterior platform for stairs going up to a patio on the top of the trailer. You could build a meditation or yoga room, adding a sliding barn door to close the added space off for a feeling of extra privacy. The sky’s the limit.

For more ideas, check out this 38-foot gooseneck trailer from Tiny Homes Big Living:

Or tour this 41-foot model from Timbercraft Tiny Homes:

You need a solid foundation to build the tiny house lifestyle, and a sound trailer will get you halfway there. Good luck in your search!

Feature image: Andrea Davis; Image 1: Nicolás Boullosa; Image 2: Andrea Davis

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