If you’ve built a tiny house that you need to move somewhere, you may be thinking about hiring a crane to load the house onto a trailer. This is a hard job, but with the right tips, you can do it safely and relatively easily. Here’s what you need to consider:
1. Ample space for the project
Before driving any equipment into the area, map out where everything needs to go. You need to be able to get your crane hire as well as the back of your trailer into the area near the tiny house. Use graphing paper or at least a tape measure to figure out how close you can get a trailer to the crane and the house.
Then, make sure that you hire a crane that has a rotation radius that can accommodate moving the house onto the trailer. Ideally, you want to pick up the house with the crane and place it onto the trailer without moving the crane. Driving the crane whilst you have the load suspended adds additional challenges that you should avoid unless you are a professional crane operator.
2. Sturdy straps
In order to hoist your tiny home with the crane, you will need sturdy straps. Estimate the weight of your tiny home, and talk with the hire company to make sure the straps they provide are strong enough to hold your home. Before lifting the home with these straps, however, you are going to need to jack up your tiny house so that you can slip the straps underneath it.
3. Levelling jacks
Ideally, you want four jacks, one for each corner of your tiny home. If you opt to use car jacks, make sure that they can support the full weight of your home. After setting your tiny home on the transport trailer, you will again need to use the jacks to lift it, so that you can slip off the straps. Jacks are an integral part of this process, and unless the hire company offers jacks, you will need to invest money into buying jacks.
4. Wide spreader bar
The straps that you are going to use to lift your tiny home run off a spreader bar on the crane. If the spreader bar is too narrow, the straps won’t be wide enough to accommodate your tiny home, and that can make attaching and lifting the load more difficult and time consuming.
To ensure that the crane can accommodate your load, make sure that the spreader bar is about a meter wider than your home. Measure the widest spot at the base of the home as you need to wrap the straps around all of the house.
5. Wind considerations
Whenever you use a crane, you have to be aware of the wind conditions. If the wind is too strong, it can tip the crane or cause your load to be unstable and dangerous. When you hire the crane, talk with the sales rep about the wind loads that crane can handle. These limits vary based on the type of crane. However, generally, you should not use a crane when the wind speeds are 20 miles or 32 kilometers per hour. Check the wind speeds the day you plan to use the crane, and delay your project as needed for safety.
6. Other options
If you decide that you would rather not move your tiny home using a crane on your own, there are alternatives. Namely, you can hire a transport company to move the home for you, or you can hire a professional crane operator to help you move the home onto a trailer that you drive to your location.