Owners can convert tractor trailers by adding electrical components and furniture; trailers that have wheels attached are often regulated as vehicles or mobile homes, and they don't generally have specific building requirements. Removing the wheels might cause the trailer to be classified as a home.Continue Reading
Tractor trailers have poor insulation, so people who live in areas that get especially hot or cold may want to add spray-on insulation and a second wall layer. People looking to use their trailers at mobile home parks or elsewhere might want to add a way to connect electrical power; those looking to use solar power need to add appropriate connections and power converters, which may require expert help.
Plumbing can be difficult on converted trailers, and many people who live in small homes sometimes use composting toilets. People looking for a more traditional option may want to use low-flush toilets by adding a water tank and a storage receptacle, which needs to be drained on occasion by professionals.
When they're kept on wheels, trailers are regulated as vehicles or mobile homes, and areas have differing laws related to how long people can live in them. Mobile home parks might be willing to accept a converted trailer, but they may charge extra due to their large size.Learn more about Vehicles