That headline pretty much tells most of this story. However, if you have read any of our posts to date, you know we like to tell stories too, right?
I contacted quite a few folks while researching where to buy our trailers. Of course, cost was a major issue–we are not working with an unlimited budget after all—but it wasn’t the only consideration. I was searching for knowledge, understanding, and for someone who “gets it.” The difference between cheap and quality kills the cost issue, but it doesn’t bury it!
I began my search by calling several local places and got quite a few different reactions ranging from “Yeah, we’ve been building tiny house trailers for 30 years!” (yeah, right) to “Wait… you want to do what with your trailer?” Maybe they really have been building tiny house trailers for 30 years, but when he didn’t even understand the need or desire for flush crossmembers, I started to question the veracity of his claim. I didn’t leave most of those local conversations with any sense of confidence that we would have the right foundation for our future home!
Then we got around to calling some folks that specialize in tiny house trailers. Some of them didn’t show any excitement at all about our project. Sort of a “ho hum” attitude. Sorry guys, I might be high maintenance for wanting this, but I would like you to care about what you are building for me. Others showed a little too much excitement – the whole door to door vacuum cleaner salesperson approach – I can use that analogy because I used to be one of those guys! And WOW the pricing for most of them were astronomical!
I spread a pretty wide swath across the USA calling around until I remembered meeting Kristen Schuldt at Andrew Morrison’s Denver Tiny House workshop (which by the way was amazing) earlier this year and that she worked for a company called Trailer Made Custom Trailers. I didn’t have the foresight to connect with her on social media while we were at the workshop, so I just went directly to their website and dialed the number. Low and behold, the owner Damon Deschamp answered the phone. Not only was he down to earth and easy to talk to, but he was extremely knowledgeable on the subject of Tiny House Trailers.
We had a conversation, he made some recommendations, we discussed price and I said I would be in touch. I was pretty convinced that they were going to be building the foundation for our tiny house, but I figured I still had time for more research.
Then, with the help of our awesome realtor Kristy Bruck we sold our house in less than 3 hours. All of a sudden, this leisurely stroll down “let’s find a trailer road” was a frantic high-speed chase – our closing date hot on our tail. Melody contacted Kristen and the next thing you know, our trailers were on the schedule.
Fast forward a couple weeks to right now. Kristen just sent us these photos of our trailers being built. Who does that for their customers? She also told us that she will be taking more and will include a CD of the photos of our trailers being built.
This is not a paid advertisement. We have not received any consideration from Trailer Made for writing this blog post. They are just great people who are easy to work with and who are working to help the Tiny House Movement move forward.
If you are currently looking for a trailer for your tiny house build, I HIGHLY recommend them. Looking forward to posting the trailer delivery story! I’ll share some of the pics and videos Kristen shares with us then.
In addition to working a full-time job as a project manager, Darren is a researcher, an experimenter, a builder, a general jack of all trades. He loves his wife and his children immensely and could not be more excited for this adventure for SO MANY reasons, but chiefly how it will bring our family closer together.