Wheelhaus Wedge

Wheelhaus Wedge - Exterior Front

Most owner-built tiny homes you see fit into a grey area not covered by any industry standards, but this house is different. It’s manufactured by Wheelhaus as Recreational Park Trailer and is certified by RPTIA member manufacturers as complying with ANSI Standard A119.5. It even comes with it’s own VIN number.

The advantage is that it puts the house in a clearly defined category, moving it outside the grey area. It also means that lenders and insurance companies know the home was built to a certain set of standards making it possible for them to calculate insurance rates and mortgage loans. It may also inadvertently move the overall price of the house up but for many buyers this is considered a equitable trade-off.

RPTs are something between a tiny house and a mobile home – but as you can see no manufactured home needs to look like the classic park trailer. Using the same streamlined construction techniques of manufactured housing and higher quality materials, beautiful small homes can be factory made.

The Wedge is 400 square feet, has a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and living room. The ceiling slopes up to a 17-foot high point in the living room. The ceilings and exterior side are covered with reclaimed Wyoming snow fencing.  The kitchen has a two-burner cook top, small refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, and sink. The countertops are concrete and cabinets are in a modern rustic style.

As you might imagine the price reflects the size and finish – and the fact that this is not a DIY project but a completely finished home. Check the Wheelhaus website for current pricing but at the time of this post it ranged between $85,000 and $100,000.

Some tiny home builders are also moving toward adopting industry standards like this too. I think this would be a good thing especially if it helps show owner-builders a better way to build a home. But for most tiny house folks I suspect the manufactured option takes away a part of the process they want to experience themselves – building their own home.

Wheelhaus Wedge - Exterior

Wheelhaus Wedge - Living Room

Wheelhaus Wedge - Interior

Wheelhaus Wedge - Bedroom

6 Comments Wheelhaus Wedge

    1. Carol

      100K Oh my, way too much. People are interested in the tiny homes because they are affordable.. I don’t know why anyone would want to buy small for the same price as big??? I guess this could be the rich tiny houser as it is pretty!

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  1. Richard

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this!! I just wish that the retail cost was a bit less… I would definitely have to build it myself over time, which is funny, because I have trouble assembling IKEA furniture! :-)

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  2. CSC

    It’s interesting that because you present something in a new and beautiful way, suddenly $12k worth of materials is valued at $100k.

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    1. Tim

      You probably forgot that the materials don’t assemble them selves, remember mark up on RV is 50% or more!

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  3. Mallthus

    For a lot of communities, where growth is limited and/or housing prices are very, very high, a product like this might be a good option. Yes, compared to the $20k building your own tiny house might cost, it’s high. I, however, live adjacent to Boulder, CO. I’d love to live IN Boulder and commute via foot and/or bike, but I can’t afford to live that close. A unit like this would be acceptable by municipal and park standards at one of Boulder’s handful of mobile home parks. My costs for housing would still be far below Boulder’s $433k median house price and I’d have someplace I was proud to call home.

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