Happy Birthday, Joslyn Tiny House!

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetThat’s right, she’s here! My very own foundation for the home-on-wheels I’ll be building for the next year or two.

You know how I know she’s a she? She’s stunning and sturdy. She isn’t afraid of hard work and carrying a heavy load for those she cares for. She’s glorious.

She might need a name. But for now, Instagram knows her as #joslyntinyhouse.

I spent ALL MY MONEY. No for real, all of it. And I have never been happier! Stalked this trailer on Craigslist for a couple months. I saw the price change by $600 in that time.

And actually, I drove down on Sunday to check it out and decided to sleep on it. I checked Craigslist again on Tuesday and saw THIS VERY TRAILER listed again for $600 MORE than the low price when I saw it on Sunday. Today I called Mike at Olympic Motor Company and offered him the lowest price in cash to come for her right after work. And that’s just what I did.

I drove down and chatted on the phone with my friend Sebastian and I let him tell me why I wasn’t insane for emptying my bank account to buy a flatbed trailer to build a house on. He’s such an enabler of dreaming wild dreams.

And now she’s mine. She’s a wee bit rusty, but nothing a little TLC can’t handle.

My beauty is a deck-over trailer with duel 5,000 lb axles and electric brakes. (In case you didn’t know, the average tiny house weighs between 4,000 and 7,000 lbs.) She’s 8 feet wide and 14.5 feet long. She’s small, but I’m small, so I think we’ll get along well.

I kind of want to buy myself a tent and camp out on my “house” for a few days.

Oh, I almost forgot one of the best parts! The previous owner of the trailer and his wife towed her the 60 miles to my driveway for $75. (That’s half what it would have cost to rent a truck to do the job.)

It’s happening, people!

[Follow up: Read about the crazy week I had in the midst of buying the FOUNDATION FOR MY HOUSE]


  1. sacwriter says

    Congratulations on the trailer/foundation Sarah. I have always been a big fan of the small house movement and only knew a couple of other people who tried it. Do you have a plan you’ll be working from yet? I wish you all the best in this wonderful adventure.

    Mike Phillips

    • Sarah Joslyn says

      Hey Mike, yeah, I’ve been working and reworking my blueprints. I don’t have the final layout yet, so for now I’m just collecting any cheap or free supplies I can get my hands on. I need to start looking for windows so I can start framing. It’s an adventure for sure!

    • Claire Reinhart says

      Hello sir, I was looking for a private message feature but I couldn’t find one, so I believe this is the only way to contact you. I’m wondering if you are the same Sacwriter who used to write original fiction. I was a huge fan when I was younger and wanted to reread his stories but cannot find them anywhere now. Just wondering if that’s you and where you post these days. If it’s a different Sacwriter then I apologize for wasting your time and hope you have a wonderful day!

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