All About Tiny House Trailers: Game-Changing Split-Shift Design!

This week, we check out a game-changing trailer design which has revolutionised the tiny house industry. The split shift trailer, designed by Bay Engineering Solutions gives unparalleled functionality to the tiny house trailer, not only creating a great foundation with greater functionality for a home on wheels, but also enabling use of the trailer while the house is parked up!

Bay Engineering supply these trailers for the New Zealand tiny house market, but with increased interest in their design from overseas, they have created plans that you can download to either DIY your own trailer, or give to an engineer to build one of these trailers for you. Find out more here:

In this episode, we talk all about the trailer design and what separates these split shift trailers from the others available on the market. When we started building our latest tiny house, we approached Bay Engineering Solutions who were happy to supply a trailer for our build, and we couldn’t be happier with the result.

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Presented and Produced by: Bryce Langston
Camera: Rasa Pescud & Bryce Langston
Editing: Rasa Pescud

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30 Replies to “All About Tiny House Trailers: Game-Changing Split-Shift Design!”

  1. Hey All! We hope you enjoy this focus on the tiny house trailer. It's such an important part of the build and something we are frequently asked about, so in this episode we dive into the details of a game-changing trailer design that has revolutionised the industry in New Zealand. Plans of this trailer are being drawn up for DIY builders, or people who want their local engineers to build them. More details can be found here: – We hope you enjoy this video! With Love, Bryce & Rasa

  2. That is such a cool idea! It makes total sense and is quite a feat in engineering! Thanks for exposing us to your great find! Glad you get to be the "guinea pig" in testing this baby out for us! Lol!

  3. It's a great idea, however there is a potential for authorities to consider the tiny as a "load" rather than a "vehicle" as it is detachable from the trailer (vehicle).
    I have seen a determination from MBIE where this worked against the tiny house dwellers when the local council claimed it was a building and therefore needed building consent.

  4. I’d probably want a tiny house on a trailer for portability obviously, but man there’s so many cool tiny house designs (fixed and portable). ?

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  6. Edit: Bryce mentions at the end that the trailer engineering plans are available. ?

    Is there a comparable North American (USA/Canada) alternative? This versatile design is fantastic.

  7. I appreciate and watch all of your videos. I'm still very heavily influenced by the "FrameCAD" video where you describe building your first tiny house.

    What are the dimensions of the trailer?

    I'm thinking about retirement, and rather than a standard home, I want to buy and live off-grid on, some inexpensive remote land I buy. I am thinking about having a home that is composed of several tiny house elements. I want the option to move the home elements. Typically container size is 8 feet wide, but what I'm wondering is, if this is a bit wider?

    Also, this would be in the US. Thanks for any replies from anyone.

  8. This is awesome! I wonder if there are any companies in Canada doing this. It's really awesome how they gave away the plans to this! Really awesome company, forward thinking. I wish more companies were like this.

    Thanks Bryce for covering all of this! Can't wait to see your completed build on location. 🙂

  9. Thank you. This was very informative. Of course, deco and so on are what it's all about, but it exists only because the trailer does its job, so we need to understand how it does it!

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  11. with that system you could own multiple tiny house and only need one trailer. That's a brilliant plan.

  12. Nifty system! Would be very useful in Germany, as it wouldnt have to follow caravan laws (if its connected to the trailer, it has to follow caravan regulations including stuff like weight, size, electricity etc, but if it isnt, its just cargo).

  13. Question: For the trailer portion, have they considered creating a modular floor and wall attachment system, to turn the trailer into a container area? Then you could use it to haul in loose material such as sand, planting soil, etc.

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