College senior Sarah Hastings is building a DIY fifth wheel in an attempt to get two birds with one project: have her own home, and have financial freedom.
Hastings is a senior at Mount Holyoke College where she studies architecture as her major. She desinged the tiny house on wheels in her sophomore year. It was a timber-frame design.
She’s building it now behind a garage at the school. Mobile tiny houses are often built on 8 foot wide trailers about 20 feet long. Hasting’s design is larger. It’s 200 square feet.
It sits on a 5th wheel trailer with a gooseneck hitch, which has safety advantages over a bumper hitch.
Hastings hasn’t yet decided on a vehicle to move her project around. She said she was looking for some land around Amherst and the surrounding area where she might reside.