Over the weekend I got my sauna walls up, some house wrap and the rafters installed with hurricane strong ties. But it turns out I need to remove and redesign the roof. Luckily I only put the rafters on so it’s not a huge deal but it’s still another unexpected challenge.
My wife is an engineer and safety is her #1 priority for our mobile sauna build. Before putting the siding on our mobile sauna I decided to research how to make the walls a bit more rigid. And, how to ensure the walls don’t blow off the trailer.
I bought a 6×12 deck-over aluminum trailer for $500 only to realize it needed new everything; spending $1,723 on 2 new axles, 4 new leaf springs, and 4 new wheels for a total of $2,223 invested. Now I’m realizing I need to invest another $900 to make it road worthy. It’s not the end of the world because a deck-over aluminum trailer this size would be at least $4,000.
Update: The trailer is back and the repair ended up costing only $622. Big shout out to Woodward’s in Brockton MA!
With all of the public saunas closed during the pandemic, my wife and I decided to build our own. Then we decided to make it mobile. I bought a trailer for $500 and put nearly $2,000 into it, blowing over half of the budget. After buying a stove for $799 I knew I’d have to get creative with less than $1,000 left in the budget.
When designing the floor for my mobile sauna I had a few musts: