It’s odd to me that saunas haven’t really become mainstream in Boston and the rest of New England. Our winters are pretty similar to Finland. If you’ve tried an authentic sauna you know how much of a godsend it can be in the dead of a cold winter. I guess New Englanders are just more into hot tub life?
Mobile sauna roof and siding on!
Recently I decided to add OSB sheathing to my mobile sauna to increase the strength.
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 it a bit safer.
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.