Tiny house advocates are flocking to Colorado Springs this weekend for the Tiny House Jamboree. Builders, DIYers, tiny house owners and enthusiasts are coming together to celebrate the tiny house movement. Concerned about the legality of tiny houses on wheels (THOWs), I interviewed Jay Shafer, designer and innovator, to ask him how we can best advocate for tiny houses on wheels as acceptable (legal) alternative housing in communities. This is the first of several short interviews on this topic.

Because tiny houses on wheels are built on trailers, most jurisdictions classify tiny houses on wheels as recreational vehicles. This distinction predisposes jurisdictions to allow THOWs in communities in a temporary capacity, usually in trailer parks. However, many of these quality-built tiny homes on wheels are designed for full time habitation. According to Jay, this unique combination of house and trailer needs to be distinguished using their own standards.

Jay explains how creating standards specific to tiny houses on wheels as habitable vehicles (HVs) could potentially shift the perception of THOWS away from their current perception as recreational vehicles for temporary living to habitable vehicles for full time living.

Click on the link below as Jay explains: