Tumbleweed Houses in Australia

Has anyone built a Tumbleweed Tiny House on a trailer in Australia? The Tiny House Blog received a request from Chris and Natalie and I need your help if you can.

G’day,

My name is Chris and I live on the Gold Coast of Australia.

My fiancée and I are attempting to build an XS Tumbleweed and it seems that if we can get it done, it may be the only one that actually exists in Australia. I have scoured the internet and asked every one I know in the building industry if they have ever heard of a Tumbleweed on a trailer here in Australia. I have not found one single instance.

My reason for seeking such people out is that so far we have encountered several roadblocks. If we cannot get around or minimize these it may not be feasible or perhaps even legal to build a Tumbleweed. I was hoping that if we could find someone who has built a Tumbleweed, that way at least we know whether or not we are heading for a dead end, and perhaps we could seek further advice on specific issues.

If you have any information regarding building a Tumbleweed in Australia anything you could tell me might be useful and would be appreciated.

Regards Chris and Natalie

Please respond in the comment section if you have built a Tumbleweed or if you know of one built in Australia. Thank you for your help!

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Marcie - May 4, 2011 Reply

Hey Chris!
I’ve been wondering the same thing. While I am currently a student and can’t affort to build my own tiny house yet (or any house for that matter) I have always been keen on a tiny house, either a Tumbleweed or a simplified version of a tiny Queenslander. But I haven’t investigated the building laws in detail yet.
I’ll keep checking this page. I’d be keen to learn more myself. What sort of problems have you encountered?

    Darren - May 6, 2013 Reply

    Just wanted to comment on this thread to remind people that Australia does now have an official home (on Facebook at least) for Tiny House Fans.

    We already have over 450 followers and many of those are from here in Australia. So if you are an Aussie and are looking at building a Tiny House and would like to connect with other like minded Aussies for help / inspiration / advice etc, then we would love to see you over at http://www.Facebook.com/TinyHousesAustralia

Giselle - May 4, 2011 Reply

Hi Chris,
I would also like to build one, in Victoria. I would love to know more details of the problem’s you have encountered. Is is a registration thing?

Giselle - May 4, 2011 Reply

Hi Chris,
I would also like to build one, in Victoria. I would love to know more details of the problems you have encountered. Is is a registration thing?

Nerida - May 5, 2011 Reply

I’m in NSW… another one who is curious as to what the ‘roadblocks’ are? From the research I have done to date I cant see any reason why they are not ‘legal’. But then I am still in the research and design stage.

The USA seems to have different building techniques and some of the materials are a bit different.

If you follow Australian standard building practices, follow the road authority regulations for trailers size etc you should be ok. Keep in mind building regulations are little bit different if you want to register it as a ‘caravan’ and they are very practical reulations anyway. A caravan supplies company cab be a very helpful resource.

More particulars as to your difficulties would be helpful. We might all learn something.

Nice to see there are a few others in Australia interested in this topic.

Nerida

Jesse - May 5, 2011 Reply

Email me at jessej86@hotmail.com

I also have a certificate in renewable energy (solar panels etc) and am a registered contractor.

Would like to get in contact with like-minded tradesman.

Jesse - May 5, 2011 Reply

My first post didnt go through so to clarify, im in victoria, melbourne s/e and and am a qualified electrician.

Been looking into the movement for a while now and will hopefully be building soon.

Here is a good link for victoria’s regulations. It has max height/length/width etc.

http://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/Home/SafetyAndRules/SaferVehicles/LoadsAndTowing/BuyingASafeCaravan.htm

My favourite trailer house to date is the one built for vodafone (google it).

Hope to hear from you

Lesley - May 5, 2011 Reply

My grandmother & her partner built a van/truck with a house on the flatbed and lived in it for years in Aus. My understanding is that they lived in trailer parks in it, rather than on a piece of property that they owned, and generally spent their time near very warm beaches (rather than high density cities).

Angelica - May 5, 2011 Reply

Chris & Natalie,

My fiance and I will be building the Tumbleweed Popomo starting May 11th (here in NYC). Try contacting your local RV retailer, they will be willing to answer questions regarding codes. Also, you should be able to google RV requirements for your area or visit your local building department and they should also be able to answer any questions you may have. You’d be surprised how much information people are willing to share if you just ask. We also placed a press release in the local newspaper requesting donated materials and have received a great response. Reaching out to local papers may also help.

Good luck!

    Jillian - July 13, 2011 Reply

    Hi Angelica,
    I read that you and your soon to be spouse were building a Tumbleweed Popomo in New York. First off how exciting, secondly I have been researching where tumbleweed homeowners will put their finished home? What are you planning on doing with it once it is done? Do most people buy property or do they just park it in a field somewhere 🙂 Just wondering because I have been researching this for a while, and am considering the same model Popomo as you two are!
    Cheers,
    Jill

Penny - May 5, 2011 Reply

Yes, I am another one. I’m in Lithgow, NSW. 68 years old, but would still love to build or help to build myself, a Lusby to my own interior design. As I understand some of the regulations in Australia, if a structure has wheels, it is legal to park it on your (or friends land)especially if plans for building a permanent stucture are submitted to council, for two years.

Of course it is very important that standard lights and brake lights, weight ratios etc., comply with DMR for roadworthiness, but hey, if it didn’t comply, I could have the house floated anywhere for not a huge amount! Just need to win LOTTO!!! HAS ANYONE HEARD OF ‘FEATHERLIGHT FB’ (FIBREGLASS BOARD) THAT THE SHIPWRIGHTS USE – ATL Composites, QLD.

Penny - May 5, 2011 Reply

Does anyone else recognise that there are so many women who lust after a tiny house? Is it because there is less housework, a constraint on hoarding and clutter, pioneering or what? In my case I know it is independence, abillity to move on and change scenery – life like a snail with all my possessions (everything I really need, so to speak, on my back.

    alice - May 7, 2011 Reply

    I hear you on that one! Living in a basement sort-of-apartment with my parents, son/his wife/7 year old daughter (in their own ‘real’ apartments upstairs) makes me wish I could move to my quiet little island shackteau instead of just going there on short jaunts. We make our 4 generation house work most of the time, and if you run out of something somebody else is sure to have some, but I’m more of a hermit type with my own ideas on home and garden. Some day . . .

      Penny - May 7, 2011 Reply

      What’s stopping you Alice?

        alice h - May 14, 2012 Reply

        Taking care of my aging mom and being general factotum to support the family group as well as hanging around on the knee replacement surgery list (both knees). I’m in the “sandwich generation” (what a bunch of baloney that is!). Plans are ongoing for the great escape -land is bought and paid for, Boler trailer and deck in place for temporary shelter (later guest or sewing space), 20’tiny house in planning stages (waiting for the right trailer to come along to finalise) . . . that kind of thing. Oh, and of course, tiny income doesn’t necessarily equal instant tiny house building.

Penny - May 7, 2011 Reply

Chris and Natalie, what exactly are your ‘road blocks’?

There are eight of us so far….? making a Tumbleweed Australia club? Eight heads are better than one

Jesse - May 8, 2011 Reply

Whether as an investment, ideology or a craving for simpler life-style i am very interested in building trailer homes in the near future. Im a 25 year old Male, A-grade electrician in Victoria and would love to team up with like minded tradesman. If anyone is interested or knows of anyone please contact me at jessej86@hotmail.com

Penny – An australian club is a great idea! I think the trailers would suit the elderly and possibly paraplegics also as it would give alot of posture support when moving around a small compact home.

For me its getting of the grid and going where the wind takes me =)

Any electrical questions feel free to email.

    Kerry - December 15, 2012 Reply

    Hi Jesse, i am also in the Melbourne area…Dandenong Ranges. I am very interested in the Tiny House thing as a response to housing issues i observe people experiencing around me. I am also preparing to build my own small house. I would be very interested to makw contact and follow what you are doing re tiny houses in the melbourne area and surrounds…

Lis - May 10, 2011 Reply

I’m in Canberra, and have been lusting after a tumbleweed for years. A club for Australians is a great idea.

    Kaz reid - July 30, 2013 Reply

    Hi liz,
    I’ve caught the tumbleweed bug, I’ve been collecting, small door, windows timber ect, waiting for a second hand caravan trailer that will be modified, looked at lots of plans, collected hundreds of ideas and photos, I live in north NSW Australia, I can’t wait to get started on my small house, I’m thinking of a fencil with a gambrel roof with two lofts, but my plans have been changing every week, being indecisive on the final plan is a tough decision, the options are all so wonderful, I support the idea of Australian tiny houses, got the road specs from the RTA, load limits sizes, dimensions etc, nearly ready to make it happen! Good on you liz

Tracey - May 10, 2011 Reply

My perception is that it would be relatively straightforward to build a Tumbleweed complying with caravan regulations in Australia, but the challenge would be if you want to put it on your own block of land long-term. In the USA, it’s legal to live in a transportable home on your own land; in most (possibly all?) of Australia, it’s not, except in dedicated residential caravan parks. In Brisbane City Council, you’re not even allowed to have power or water connected to a caravan parked next to your house on your own property.

Any habitable dwelling in Australia has to comply with the Building Code of Australia. Some examples of requirements which seem particularly challenging for a Tumbleweed house to meet: dwellings must have a minimum 2.4m ceiling height for more than two-thirds of floor area, and the ladder to the bedroom has requirements for pitch which would require the ladder to take up most of the floor area. 😉 The BCA does, however, allow for “alternative solutions” to the prescriptive regulations to be proposed, so it would be a matter of finding a certifier who considers the Tumbleweed features as complying with the intent of the BCA.

But even if you can get your Tumbleweed house compliant with the BCA, many Councils – certainly in metropolitan areas – have minimum floor area requirements in order to receive planning permission.

I love Tumbleweed houses, and I think that if you use it as a holiday caravan, or are willing to live in a caravan park, you’ll be fine, but living permanently in a Tumbleweed house on your own land is going to be very difficult to achieve in Australia’s current regulatory environment, unfortunately. 🙁

Perhaps it’s time to start a tiny house movement in Australia, and start lobbying!

Penny - May 11, 2011 Reply

I have suggested this to Kent Griswold who write the tiny house blog and he thinks it’s a good idea too! By the way the Dickinson fireplaces featured in Jay’s photos can be purchases in Australia through Marine supply outlets, also stoves, water heaters and hot water units. and also by the way the Featerlight Fibreglass board is actually balsa with fibreglass on bot sides – the unique corner joint is extremely strong – they make boats out of it, so the weight of a tiny house would be drastically reduced with a single skin and i think with no framing necessary.

Chris and Natalie - May 13, 2011 Reply

Hi Everyone,

Sorry for the late reply.

Building it no longer seems to be a problem, though there are a few differences we have had to allow for.

The first one is the trailer. After talking to several trailer compaines we were quoted prices anywhere from $8,500.00 to $18,000.00 for a trailer that could do it to australian standards. We decided to ask a carvan builder who directed us to F P Chassis’ in victoria who make caravan chassis. After talking to them we now have a few Quotes in hand perfectly suited to the purpose, it does come out a lot more expensive that the american trailer version, but the chassis is galvanised and of a much better quality than the American counterpart, plus we upped the weight rating a bit.

Another modifcation we have made is to widen the XS house. After talking to a few police their general consensus was that if they saw it on the road, because it was so tall and thin, they would pull it over and even if registered they would mark it unsafe. To avoid that scenario we have extended the width closer to maxiumum allowable 2.5 meters. We have also added 60cm to the length of the chassis to build a small porch.

We plan to make it off the grid, power supplied by solar and wind (900watts or so), with two 9kg LPG tanks as backup, composting toilet, and a couple of water storage containers.

As for the council and buidling regulations we will look for solutions, though people live in caravans and similar dwellings all over the place out of suburban and city areas, and this is likley where will end up. Out of site, out of mind.

We should all definatley start a group, maybe will make one on facebook and post the link back here soon 🙂

Thanks for all your comments

Natalie and Chris

    Rebecca - September 2, 2012 Reply

    Hi there, Just discovered this page, and saw your post. Wondering how things are going with your project? I’m on the Gold Coast too, and would love to check out what you have done so far. My partner and I would love to do the same thing, but more for leisure. I don’t think our family of five would do so well in it full time! Cheers, Rebecca

Chris and Natalie - May 13, 2011 Reply

Tiny Aussie Homes

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tiny-Aussie-Homes/225229274159015

🙂

Rob Scott - May 14, 2011 Reply

Hi fellow Australians,
I’m Rob in Victoria and about to build two tiny houses on tandem trailers….I have been building on the back of old farm trucks, click this link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/studio_trucks/
I have had some OK quotes on trailers …about $6000 and am probably going all DC solar with ethanol heating, compost toilet…..
I think if the houses are moved around, the authorities won’t catch up with us…
Anyway I would love to join a group to share ideas….

    EatPrayLove - September 27, 2013 Reply

    Hi there Rob,
    You are a trail blazer for sure! I like the more Australian look of some of your work like the corrugated iron (do you insulate the walls?)and using great local trucks that may have been involved in much less exciting lives before they met you. Thank you for showing us another way to do it ourselves!

Jesse - May 14, 2011 Reply

Loving the enthusiasm guys!

Chris & natalie; What specs and price have you got on the trailer you got quoted?

Im in victoria so i mite go check out FP chassis. A group buy could be a possibility allthough im looking at something a little longer around the 8x16foot range.

Most Australian vehicles today are rated at towing 3000kg (6613pounds), these include newer models of toyota hilux, nissan navara etc so for those without towing vehicles it may be a safe bet to build within those specs.

The vicroads website has camper trailer regulations as follows.

Max length; 12.2m (pig type trailer)
Max width; 2.5m
Max Height; 4.3m (14.1foot)

Jesse - May 14, 2011 Reply

Also it mite be worth looking into bobcat, excavator, plant trailers as they generally have the spec close to what the tumbleweed homes use.

Chris and Natalie - May 14, 2011 Reply

Hi Jesse,

Thanks for the information. A group buy is a good idea, anyone else interested?

For a 12’6″ L by 7’6″ W chassis with two 80 litre tanks, two 9kg gas bottle holders, 16 inch wheels, galvanised, we have a quote for $5,500 or so.

The quoted chassis is rated to 2.5 tonnes, although we are thinking of increasing the rating.

We have looked at the other trailers but found a custom caravan chassis is the best for us.

You say you want a 8 X 16, are you going to base it on any particular model?

Jesse - May 14, 2011 Reply

Chris and Nat; Im wanting to base my trailer on the vodafone Mobile trailer.

http://s3.amazonaws.com/materialicious2/images/vodafone-mobile-home-by-waskman-and-culdesac-studio-m.jpg?1296717494

Only more on the rustic side, a little shorter in length. I really like they’re loft design.

Rob Scott; Your trucks look amazing! are you a builder by trade? Also what size trailer are you looking at building on?

Chris and Natalie - May 14, 2011 Reply

Hi Rob

We love the truck houses!

Where are you getting your trailers from?

Thanks for the reply

Chris and Natalie

anonymous - May 15, 2011 Reply

If your in the NT, once you put them on wheels it is beyond the scope of the Building Codes. In other words, building codes do not apply.

If you ever seek advice from the NT government, building certifier, builder or any other building practitioner and they advise you to the contrary simply ask them where in legislation is this stated.

They will not be able to tell you because it is simply not there. If they say it’s in the building act or regulations, ask them very specifically which clause are they referring too… again, they will not be able to tell you because it is not there.

People forget that legislation was written by man and not God. Hence, no legislation will ever be perfect and so it is with all building legislation.

Tiny houses will be seen very much like caravans. Have you ever wondered how it is possible for a place like Darwin which is a declared cyclonic area to have caravan parks?? Do you really think the caravans in those caravan parks are built to cyclonic standards?? of course not. So, shouldn’t the authorities be doing something about these caravan parks?? What CAN the authorities do about it? There is no way the government is going to decree by fiat, eviction notices on caravan owners. This will cause public outcry and condemnation. The same would happen if they tried to coerce the owners to upgrade their caravans to cyclonic standards. There is a reason why people from low socio-economic backgrounds (and I don’t mean to use it in a derogatory way) live in caravan parks, they can’t afford the higher(unnecessary) cost of a building that is required to comply with the building code.

The perfect example here is Haiti. The disaster in their most recent earthquake isn’t because there was a lack of building regulations but simply because there was an absence of wealth in the country. Imposing Australian or US style building codes would only have caused more homeless people.

stewart - May 18, 2011 Reply

I have just posted some photos on my blog at http://shantyhut.blogspot.com/
in Tasmania please feel free to use the material and show where it came from. Cheers

Jesse - May 19, 2011 Reply

Hey Chris & Nat, just checking into to see how the trailer search is going?

Rob, do you have trade qualifications?

Penny - May 20, 2011 Reply

Check out http://www.cubeproject.org.uk – the ‘monk’ stairs would be better than a ladder!

Rianh - July 1, 2011 Reply

I thought that so long as you had a trailer suitable to pull the weight of the tiny house, the house itself would be considered cargo on the trailer, and as such only had to be under the height and width and weight requirements. I am building one (in Australia) next year and that is my plan. i will be making it so that the house can unbolt from the trailer and slide off, not that it ever will, however, this keeps it as ‘cargo’ and not a caravan. also…. caravans dont comply with any building codes, their doors are too narrow for starters. happy building everyone 🙂

Trish and George - November 12, 2011 Reply

Hi Chris and Natalie

I’ve just seen your blog (Nov!). George and I have just built a tiny house closely based on the tumbleweed concept in the hinterland of Gold Coast. We would be happy to talk to you and for you to come around and see the finished product. Contact me on trish@thegreendoor.com.au if you are interested. Look forward to hearing from you.
Trish and George

Nathan - November 15, 2011 Reply

I am planning on building a tiny house but like most people the cost of a trailer is the first stumbling block. What has been different peoples solutions? I am also interested on how the costs translate using Australian building materials. Be glad to hear anyones thoughts on these questions!

Nathan

Darryl - May 14, 2012 Reply

Hi been reading all the comments and am excited about the intrest. I have heen doing my research and costing. I live in Toowoomba so would be intrested to here from anyone near or afar
I am looking at building something similar to the Tumbleweed Epu
Cheers Darryl

    Linnie - November 7, 2016 Reply

    Hi Darryl

    Iv just come acrossthis blog. Can u tell me how u have gotton on with your tiny house. I live in brisbane and am keen to get one of my own..
    Still dont know where to start.

    Linnie

Eliana - June 11, 2012 Reply

Does anyone have any information on the finished weight of any of the finished tumbleweed style homes (and the approx size)? I like the wood paneled interiour concept as I cannot use glued plywoods etc. for lining due to chemical insensitivities. I just wonder if all that solid timber is going to leave the finished house at a towable weight. The finished weights would also help with working out what sort of trailer is required.

Amy - July 7, 2012 Reply

Hello all, I have made a tiny house page for Victoria!

http://www.facebook.com/TinyHouseVictoria?skip_nax_wizard=true

Anne-Marie Smith - August 10, 2012 Reply

Maybe if you contacted the following Australian Magazine
http://www.sanctuarymagazine.org.au/about-us

published by the Alternative Technology Association, they may be able to point you in the right direction.

Steven - August 18, 2012 Reply

Hi guys,

Just thought I’d mention a slight contradiction. VicRoads has a caravan/trailer webpage that states the figures mentioned by Jesse.

Max length; 12.2m (pig type trailer)
Max width; 2.5m
Max Height; 4.3m (14.1foot)

On the more detailed pdf regarding regulations, VicRoads change their tune slightly claiming the height of 4.3m is only for some Victorian highways, and the maximum height is only 4.0m on other roads.

To ensure compliance on all roads, it must be at the lower end of 4.0m. This is slightly less than the Tumbleweed designs. It therefore requires changes to the plan and sacrifices a bit of head room, which is already at a premium.

Very annoying. There ought to be laws against having laws against things.

Juergen - August 18, 2012 Reply

Hello Chris
just finished my littel House on wheels,
it is my own design and i workt it al out.
I have build the trailer from scratch,i board all the steel and trailer parts and made the trailer to suit my project.
The duration was 5 weeks and all up was just

$ 5300.00
I will ad an other $2000.00 for the bathromm and the folding down weranda , witch i will finish of in the next months as i allredy live in it .
I have build wending trailers bevor so there is no problem with regulation and so on aslong you follow the vehicel standartnact from 1989 under witch i have build,had no probs so far not even pullt over

Bronwyn - September 2, 2012 Reply

Hi Juergen,
What state are you in? Do you have any photos?
Great that you put the costs here.

Tim Carter - September 13, 2012 Reply

I’m in Sydney, NSW and I’m planning to build a Tumbleweed Fencl with a modified interior. Reading this thread, I’m thrilled to learn I’m not the only lunatic in Australia who plans to live in a Tiny House.

I have all the same questions surfacing in this thread.

If its true that the BCA doesn’t apply to us then the only thing that may is the RTA trailer regulations.

http://www.rta.nsw.gov.au/registration/downloads/vsi/vsi_5_-_vehicle_dimension_limits_19_may_2010.pdf

In NSW at least, it seems that a Tumbleweed house will fit nicely within the limits, the total road height dropping only 50mm or so. And we can add about 300mm to the total width more or less. If the trailer is custom made this can be accommodated.

I suspect the laws regarding where to live will depend on your local council in most respects. Regardless of whether there are additional State or National regulations, its the local ranger that you’ll be dealing with if trouble brews. I’d like to live in the Sydney metro area initially so that’s something to work out down the road.

Australia is a much smaller country than the US in regards to resources and services. I don’t think we can just go out and buy a trailer like you can in the US. A lot of things will be more expensive due to our smaller consumer base.

There was an Aussie woman who built a Tumbleweed like home who featured on Radio National’s Life Matters a couple of years ago. I’ve searched but have been unable to find her. She was living in a friends backyard and was on national radio, so I don’t think we’ll have too much trouble. Stay off the street, keep the trailer within size and weight limits, and all should be sweet.

    Kirsten Seeto - May 31, 2015 Reply

    Hi Tim – did you end up building a Tumbleweed Tiny House? I just went to a Tumbleweed workshop and really want to build one, but the difference in regulations seems to mean a lot of difference in the plans…

Anna - October 18, 2012 Reply

I am another one in NSW seriously considering designing and building a tiny house on a trailer bed. Glad to have found this network – looking forward to hearing more stories and info to help me with my plans.

Beth - October 21, 2012 Reply

Hi,
I too am planning on building a tumbleweed fencl next year. Been looking into council regulations today discovered that they are excempt from needing DA approval. Apparently since it is registered and moveable it gets an exception. My local council have a free session ogiving advice on building codes called a duty planner. So will go this week to clarify but maybe other local councils have similar exceptions??!! This is a local council in Sydney so it can’t be too uncommon.

    Russ - April 6, 2013 Reply

    G’day all…

    As my dad would have said, “there is more than one way to skin a cat…”

    Dongas are considered non permanent buildings, and are traditionally built on skids – or lengths of I Beam…

    In this way, something constructed on skids could be semi-permanently attached to a trailer for ‘transport’ to some fictitious ‘final destination’.

    Also, has anyone considered the concept of going ‘beyond’ the minimum widths allowed? In Qld you can go as wide as 3.5m before you need an escort vehicle. Mind you, you will need a wide load permit to move it, but given that these are very easy to obtain (truckies get them all the time) and that you may not actually be ‘moving house’ (lol… I made a funny!) all that often, it means that you can broaden your footprint considerably whilst retaining the innate virtues of tiny house living.

    I am not sure how often folks come back and check this thread, but I had some questions arising from other people’s comments:

    @ Juergen – did you have any pics you could show? It would be great to see how your project turned out.

    @ Lady – Any chance on getting a link for the cubby house kit you settled on? I looked them up months ago as an alternative to building a full blown tiny house, but couldn’t find much available here in Aus.

    @ All… has everyone ‘liked’ https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tiny-Aussie-Homes/225229274159015 ? It would be cool to see designs and builds from all over the country…

    Personally, I am a bit undecided as to which way I will go. I have an absolutely fantastic design for a house truck that could easily be translated to a flat bed trailer… It does span 3.5 metres wide, but the advantage is that the truck could then pull a trailer, which would transport my car and would double as my ‘shed’.

    Would be great to see us gather some momentum and post in a common forum so that we can bounce ideas off each other… It is so cool to see (as others have noted) that I am not the only tiny house nutter down under.

    Darren - April 6, 2013 Reply

    Looking forward to getting to know more Aussies that are interested in the whole Tiny House movement / way of thinking… Would love to connect with anyone who is open to it, both Aussies and international people… Our New Facebook page (literally that I started yesterday lol) can be found at http://www.Facebook.com/TinyHousesAustralia

    Looking forward to connecting…
    D.

Matthew - November 28, 2012 Reply

Tiny houses on wheels would be registered as a caravan trailer and have to comply to VSB 01 (Australian Standard)(according to the RTA NSW)

The VSB 01 can be accessed by google and is very clear what it expects. This is not the reason why there aren’t many tiny houses in Australia…Regards,

Matthew

Adrian Fields - December 5, 2012 Reply

Fantastic Homes!

Jason - January 21, 2013 Reply

Hi all,
Loving the tiny house idea, started dreaming of building one to holiday in, with the above posts the trailer cost seems to be a real stumbling block.
Has anyone considered not registering their trailer but having the trailer carted on a tray truck-assuming you don’t intend to move it to ofter. Would this be a way to get around restrictions of height etc?

Kylie - February 14, 2013 Reply

Hi there, hubby and I will be starting out Tiny House build in a few months. We have designed our house and are in the process of having it looked over by some experienced tiny housers and draftpersons. Would love to connect with others who are Tiny Housing about their building and living experiences. We are in Clunes VIC 🙂

lady - February 17, 2013 Reply

I’m building my own tiny house in a few weeks. To keep costs down and make it easier on myself, I’ve ordered a cubby house kit, which I am modifying to suit my needs. Its all high quality building materials, treated pine framing, colorbond roof, cedar cladding. I’ll fully line it and insulate. Ive raised the wall height, and the dimensions are 4.2m by 2.4m, but thats plenty of room for me to fit a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and living room. All up it cost $2600. A lot better than a mortgage! I’ve been lucky enough to be able to build it in someones back yard, technically its a cubby house, and small enough that I don’t need council approval. I guess in Australia we need to get creative when it comes to being a tiny house person. Cant wait to move into my tiny house 🙂

    james - April 16, 2013 Reply

    Hi, LADY Just wanting to confirm your total costs were $2,600 and NOt $26,600?
    Cheers

Beck - February 19, 2013 Reply

Hey guys,
Building a tumbleweed XS house in the next couple of weeks in NSW. I would love some information as to where to start. If someone like “Tim Carter” or “Beth” who said they were building in NSW or any on Australia please contact me on positivedogblog@gmail.com that would be so valuable! Thank you!

kylie - February 22, 2013 Reply

Hi we are going to build one in Vic on back of single axle caravan chassis… can’t see problem but would love to see more photos of people who have made unconventional caravans in Victoria!

Cate - March 1, 2013 Reply

So cool to see others in on this too… I have been researching tiny homes for a few years, but this is the first time I have found anyone talking about it in Australia 😀

Lady.. you mention you ordered a cubby house… can I ask, where from, and what was the cost? is there a link we can visit?

Cate

Natalie - April 1, 2013 Reply

Hi everyone. I was so happy to discover this page! I have been attending markets for the last 2 years selling loose leaf in NSW and then while pintresting ideas for my market stall, I dicovered Tumbleweed homes. OMG I was instantly flooded with ideas. A little travelling tea shop, to travel to markets and festivals! Can you imagine it? I haven’t started my investigations yet but am happy to join any groups or fan club started up to get and share ideas. Cost will be a factor for me, but I am no hurry and my FIL has a building licence.

Ricky - March 29, 2014 Reply

Hi everyone,

My wife and I are planning our tiny house build and will be “parking” it on acerage outside Goulburn as we both work in Canberra.

I want to make sure before the build process that everything is legal and we won’t have any issues if we move to another block of land or something down the track.

So far in NSW, I have found that the legal limits on dimensions for a trailer are:

Width: 8 feet, 2 1/2 inches.
Height: 4.0 metres?? Not 100% sure
Weight: Has to be within the vehicles towing capacity.

Other than that, does anyone have any ideas on what is needed legally to make a tiny house? I.e registration

Can it be left as a trailer registration or will it need to be registered as a caravan trailer under VSB 01.

Considering contacting NSW Transport department but would like to see what info you guys have first as some of you may have already gone down that path.

Regards,

Ricky

d'Arcy - June 23, 2014 Reply

Just finished building one with a volunteer community from leftover materials… all for around $1000. http://happysimply.wordpress.com/2014/06/24/happy_simply_house_freezing/

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