Drove to Rockmart and picked up the trailer on Thursday afternoon. The hook-up and tow back was pretty uneventful. I took the truck route around Cartersville, as I'm almost 50ft long with the trailer attached. I'm more than comfortable pulling trailers, but it's just easier to avoid tight turns during rush hour.
Without anything on it, the trailer seems positively HUGE. As I work alone 98% of the time, it's a little daunting thinking of framing and raising the walls by myself, or even with an extra set of hands. My plan was to frame and sheath the walls before standing them up. The side walls will weigh over 600lbs each. I may end up sheathing the four corners to prevent the walls from racking, and then install the other sheets after I have raised the walls...or I may build the walls in two pieces, and stand them up separately.
Speaking of weight; it's something I need to calculate as I work. The subfloor alone will weigh 800lbs. The trailer weights 2800lbs alone. The axles are rated at 7000lbs ea, so a total safe load of 14K lbs can be carried. My rough estimate is to be around 10K lbs. Things add up, though!
I'll begin work Monday by skirting the frame of the trailer in 2x4 cedar. I will attach them around the perimeter with specially made wood-to-metal self tapping screws and construction adhesive. These will be bearing a portion of the house weight, so they need to be very securely attached. Having the wood around the perimeter will allow me to nail the sheathing and siding into the wood, rather than the steel tubing.
Enough technical talk. Future posts will be more practical and photo-heavy. It's easier to follow along. Looking forward to getting this project moving.