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  • What do you build?
    We specialize in the design and construction of Tiny Homes on Wheels (THOWs). Our tiny homes, both pre-designed Mountain Series and custom models, are built to order. We do not build Tiny Homes on foundations or on site.
  • Do you make tiny homes without wheels? Do you make foundation tiny homes?
    No. We are strictly a THOW (Tiny Home on Wheels) builder. The house cannot be detached from the trailer. See our "Utilities Connections & More" page for more information.
  • What makes Backcountry Tiny Homes different from other tiny home builders?
    We're not just tiny home builders, we're tiny home owners ourselves. We understand that the nuts and bolts of each tiny home are just as, if not more, important than the finishing touches. The insulation, ventilation, framing, and materials are custom designed for each client based on where and in what climate they plan to park their tiny home. As a company, we strive to keep learning. We're actively involved in the tiny home movement and we aim to challenge ourselves to better our designs through knowledge and practice. Let our wealth of experience be your guide for your next tiny chapter.
  • What is your lead time?
    As of Q1/Q2 of 2024, we are currently experiencing a 12 to 14-month lead time for our turnkey tiny homes. This lead time is from the day a client starts their design phase with us through delivery day. Our lead time is a moving target that can either increase or decrease. This is being impacted by the current state of material shipping and sourcing as well as our current wait list.
  • I’m new to this! What do I need to research?
    The beginning stage can be the hardest part. We suggest beginning by researching tiny homes in general to get a feel for their size, utility requirements, and mobility. If you already know a tiny home on wheels is right for you we encourage you to research the laws in your area around tiny home living. The county Planning and Land Use Department in the jurisdiction in which you wish to park is a great starting point concerning legality. While researching the laws in your area, it is also a good time to see if there are any special requirements from your insurance company or loan office. This might determine what sort of home you get, your budget, or even who your builder is. As we are not responsible for researching these details, we would hate to complete a home for you, only to find an important aspect was missing. If you have or are planning to purchase land, you will also want to consider logistics like utilities, parking pads, and how the home will safely get into place. Check out our “Information Station” or the “How Do I Start?” page for more information.
  • How do I order a Tiny Home from you?
    Check out the “Getting Started” page on our website for more information.
  • Can I order multiple tiny homes?
    Yes, though we are not a large-scale tiny home production company. We build between 10-16 tiny homes a year and our homes are built one at a time in order to provide quality communication and production. We typically limit clients who purchase multiple tiny homes to a maximum of 1-2 homes per year to allow room for other clients. Feel free to reach out to us for more information.
  • Where are you located?
    We are located in Hampstead, New Hampshire, USA. If you plan to be in the area and would like to take a walk through our shop, please sign up through our website for a tour. We are open by appointment only.
  • Can I visit you and tour a Tiny Home?
    Yes! We offer tours of our build-space and are open by appointment only. Click here for more information and to schedule yourself for a tour. Please note that you will be touring an active construction zone and not a showroom. We do not have floor models on hand for you to tour. What we do have available to tour is limited to what we are currently building. If you are interested in seeing a specific model or interested in touring a model please reach out to us to ask what we currently have in our shop!
  • Do you deliver?
    Yes! See our "Delivery Costs" page for more information
  • Can I tow my Tiny House?
    Yes! Depending on the size of your tiny home, how often you plan to tow it, and where you plan to visit, we may recommend different size haul vehicles for you. Should you elect to build a tiny home that is bigger than 13.5ft tall x 8.5ft wide there are additional permits and regulations that may prevent you from towing your home yourself without special licensing. Please note that each state in the USA has their own height maximum requirement per DOT. It is also important to note that a Commercial Drivers License (CDL) may be required for hauling/moving a tiny home where the haul vehicle and tiny home are greater than a certain weight.
  • Will my car or truck be able to tow a Tiny Home?
    Assume there are 500lbs per Linear Foot (LF) of an 8.5ft wide tiny home. This means a 24ft tiny home would weigh approximately 12,000lbs (24 x 500 = 12,000) For towing, assume 115% of home’s weight for tow capacity. This means a 24ft tiny home would require a vehicle that can tow at least 13,800lbs (12,000 x 1.15 = 13,800).
  • Do you offer any accessible Tiny Homes (ADA, Sensory Sensitivities)?
    Absolutely! We thoroughly enjoy designing tiny homes that are accessible to anyone and have experience with designing to ADA guidelines. If you or a loved one who will live in the tiny home have limited mobility or a sensory sensitivity, please ask us about design options!
  • Can you use my old trailer?
    We source brand new trailers for all our tiny homes and will not work with refurbished trailers. Your trailer is the foundation that supports the rest of your home so we invest in high quality foundations that are purpose built for your specific home. If you are a DIY builder and intend to repurpose a used trailer, please ensure it is the proper GVWR/GAWR for your intended weight and that it is properly licensed.
  • Can you use reclaimed materials in my Tiny Home?
    To ensure the safety of our staff, we will not work directly with reclaimed materials that do not come straight from a manufacturer specializing in them.
  • What is a Mountain Series model?
    Our Mountain Series is the name we have given to our overall pre-designed Tiny Home model brand that that reflects a simpler, woodsy aesthetic. It encompasses the Basecamp, Grizzly, Bivouac, and Acorn.
  • Do you offer a tiny home warranty?
    Yes! We offer a tiny home warranty which will be defined in the contract you sign prior to construction on your home.
  • May I pick up my own tiny house when it’s completed?
    Absolutely! If you have the proper hauling vehicle, you are more than welcome to plan with us to pick up your own tiny home.
  • What are your payment terms?
    Your tiny home is split up over a total of (6) payments that are made payable to us throughout your design and construction phases: Budgetary quote payment, design payment, and (4) build payments. Build Payment #1 is due after your design phase is complete. Budgetary Quote Payment - Find out more information here Design Payment - Find out more information here Build Payment #1 - ~50% Build Payment #2 - ~20% Build Payment #3 - ~15% Build Payment #4 - ~15%
  • What do I need to prepare for my Tiny Home?
    See our “Utility Connections & More” page for information on land and utility requirements.
  • Do you offer off-grid solutions?
    We do! We offer off-grid toilet options like composting, incinerating, and dry flush. For electric and water, we offer solar-ready and off-grid water ready options. We do not offer fully built-out rainwater harvesting or solar at this time. As well, we do not offer black water, grey water, or freshwater holding tanks.
  • What kind of insulation do you include in your homes?
    Roof: We use R-38 closed-cell spray foam for the roof. Closed-cell spray foam is lightweight, acts as a vapor/air barrier, and its adhesive nature helps with structural rigidity. Exterior Walls: We use R-15 mineral wool in the exterior walls. This insulation is moisture resistant, fire retardant, and rodent-resistant. With higher insulation values than fiberglass, mineral wool absorbs sound and is composed of basalt rock. Floor: We use R-32 rigid foam for our recessed deck tiny home trailers. For our deck over trailers the insulation value is R-26. This insulation provides thermal protection and it serves as an air and moisture barrier for your trailer foundation.
  • What type of toilets are typically in tiny homes?
    We install plumbed flush toilets and composting toilets regularly though there are also incinerating and dry flush toilets on the market that can be installed. Feel free to contact us for more information.
  • What are my heating and cooling options?
    We require that a heating option be installed. Our options are: Tiny Wood Stoves Minisplits (heating & cooling) Electric Wall Heaters Propane Fireplaces We require that a cooling option be installed. Our options are: Minisplits (heating & cooling) Space allocated for future window AC (unit not provided) It is important to note that your options for heating and cooling can vary depending on the size of your home. We do not install in-floor heating. Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions.
  • What kind of water connection do you supply?
    See our “Utility Connections & More” to view our standard water connection.
  • What kind of electrical connection do you provide?
    See our “Utility Connections & More” to view our standard electrical connection.
  • What kind of sewer hook-up do you provide?
    See our “Utility Connections & More” to view our standard sewer connection.
  • What happens to my grey water if I have an off-grid toilet?
    Your grey water outfalls via your sewer hookup. How you dispose of your grey water will be up to your jurisdiction and parking setup. For jurisdictions that allow you to clean your greywater, there are grey water filters you can provide and install yourself.
  • What is the difference between a shell and turnkey tiny home?
    We offer (2) different types of tiny home builds: shells and turnkeys. To learn more about what the differences are, view our shell vs. turnkey page. You cannot add utilities to a shell tiny home.
  • Do you sell plans?
    No, we do not offer stand-alone framing plans or utility schematics for DIY construction. Our Mountain Series Tiny Homes have free downloadable specification sheets and visual plans on their respective pages. Our clients will receive similar information to this during their design phase. Click here for more information on our design process.
  • Will you set up my tiny home once it is delivered?
    We provide a curbside delivery only and not a detailed set up (white glove service). Curbside delivery includes removing the home from the haul vehicle and a rough leveling of the home with the attached jacks to allow for home entry. We will also remove any shipping material that we used to secure items in the home for transit. We are not responsible for the utility connections or putting back in any items that were initially removed from the home for safe transit Feel free to contact us for more information.
  • What size Tiny Homes on Wheels (THOWs) do you build?
    See our "Custom Homes" page for a chart of our different trailer sizes and general price range.
  • Can I customize any of your Mountain Series homes?
    We can build a custom version of any of our models though the overall price of the home will vary. Depending on the changes we may simply consider your home to be a Custom Tiny Home. You can find common changes/upgrades that can be made to each Mountain Series home, with prices, in their respective pages.
  • How heavy are your homes?
    We list the weight and towing requirements of each Mountain Series tiny home on their respective pages. You can also find the GWAR of each home on their downloadable specification sheets. For custom homes, see our 'Will my car or truck be able to tow a Tiny Home?' FAQ answer.
  • Are Tiny Homes suitable for pets?
    Absolutely! A vast majority of our home owners have pets. We pride ourselves in specializing in pet-friendly Tiny Homes and have designed homes for dogs, cats, snakes, pigs, and more! We can design special areas just for your pet. Just ask your designer!
  • Can a family live comfortably in a Tiny Home?
    Absolutely! We have had families find it comfortable to live tiny but it will really depend on your own personal expectations. Every family is different and we are happy to talk to you about your comfort levels and safety in Tiny Homes. If possible, we encourage you to reach out to families already living tiny and ask them about their experiences.
  • Can your Mountain Series homes be built in a different length or width?
    We can build a custom version of any of our models. This includes different sizes though the overall price of the home will vary. It is important to note that when we change the length of an existing Mountain Series tiny home we have to re-evaluate for proper weight distribution and dry weight.
  • Do you offer eco-friendly homes?
    Eco-friendly homes mean different things to different people. We offer low VOC options for more construction materials and LED lighting. Please reach out to us if you have specific questions.
  • Are Tiny Homes legal where I live?
    We encourage any prospective Tiny Home Owner to reach out to the County Planning and Land Use Department concerning legality in the jurisdiction in which you wish to park. As there are a myriad of different tiny home types out there (on wheels, RV-certified, manufactured, ADU, and foundation-built) your jurisdiction may allow some but not all types. Check out our "Parking & More" page to learn more.
  • Are your Tiny Homes considered RVs?
    Our tiny homes are built to the same fire, health, and life safety codes that park model RVs require. Our utility connections are RV based, but our homes are meant for four-season living.
  • Where can I park a Tiny Home?
    See our “Parking & More” page for information and details.
  • Are your homes certified?
    Yes. We require that all of our tiny homes are NOAH certified. We are not RVIA, PWA-TH, or HUD certified. See our "Parking & More" page for more information.
  • What information is provided about my trailer?
    A Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) as well as a Manufacturer's Certificate of Origin (MCO) will be included.
  • Do you offer financing?
    We do! You can find out more about our financing by clicking here.
  • How can I finance my tiny home?
    Past homeowners have received their financing as new home construction, mortgages, RV loans, home remodel, and personal loans. We have seen a lot of success with 3rd party online vendors, as well as local credit unions and USAA. If you find a financial institution that is interested in working with you on financing, we would be more than happy to help answer any questions they may have. You can find out more about our in-house financing by clicking here.
  • How much are your homes?
    For pricing for any of our homes, click here. The "Custom Homes" section of our website has a pricing chart that may help with budgeting.
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