How to Move your Mobile Home: Preparing the Exterior and Interior

PREPARING THE HOME ON THE EXTERIOR

Remember that the home is going to have a lot of wind resistance on the road.  Anything that might blow off will blow off at 50 miles per hour.  So remove or secure all of the items that might be impacted.

For example, exterior coach lights by the door are a natural for disaster.  If you do not want to remove the whole fixture, at least remove the glass.  It will be broken for sure.  Similarly, any screw-on or stick on numbers or name plaques will fly off almost immediately, so you are going to want to remove those too.

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How to Move Your Mobile Home: Removing Skirting, Preparing Home for Transport

REMOVAL OF SKIRTING

Now here’s one you can do yourself, it you’re handy.  Removing skirting can be literally done by kids – we’ve seen them do it – but normally not when they’re supposed to.  The essential thing to remember on removal of skirting is to leave the track on the home alone (you can reuse it when you arrive at the new destination, as well as the track on the ground.  If you are very lucky, you can actually get away with using the same skirting (though not normally all of it) at the new destination, if the height of the home above ground is roughly the same.  It’s a lot cheaper to buy some extra skirting to finish the job than to have to buy a whole new kit.  You’d be amazed at how many people just leave the skirting on the ground when they leave!

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MHBay Blog Launched!

The MHBay team would like to announce that our Blog is now live! This section is called “News and Articles” and a link is directly available from the header navigation. Unfortunately, we had to take out the previous Mobile Home Resources link to make room, but the page is still linked from the resource box at the bottom of the homepage, as well as from the blog in the “links” section.

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How to Move Your Mobile Home: The Move + Home Installation

 

THE MOVE

The transporter will proceed with the home at a fairly low rate of speed for two reasons.  First, it is dangerous hauling something this big, and he wants to keep control of this load.  Secondly although he will probable have a truck behind him to warn other drivers of his enormous girth, he is equally concerned about areas of road that are too narrow to accommodate him, or two low to clear, such as a bridge.  If he goes slow, he has more time to assess the situation and potentially pull over and stop.  The final reason is that the home could sustain damage at a high rate of speed if the wind peels back the exterior material or breaks windows, not to mention what can be broken on the inside.  If you are going to drive behind or in front of the load yourself, you will probably go nuts traveling at 50mph in a 70mph zone.

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How to Move Your Mobile Home: Preparation for the Move

The transporter will have to make ready the home to be moved.  Assuming the home is already sited somewhere else (of course, if coming out of the factory, no preparation is necessary), the home will have to be separated from its earthly home and made road worthy.  The first step is to remove the “skirting” on the home – the material that hides the underside of the mobile home from view.  The next step is to remove the utility connections to the home – water, sewer, electricity, gas, cable tv, telephone – any and everything.  If the home has decks or carports attached, these will need to be detached as well.  Then the home is cut loose from the “tie-downs” (which we will cover in the installation chapter), and jacked up in the air so that the axles and tires can be installed.  While the axles and tires are being installed, the “tongue” will be attached.  Some tongues are bolted on, and some are welded on.  Normally, they are found already attached in older homes and covered in skirting material, or underneath the home lying on ground, where the last transporter left them.

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How to Move Your Mobile Home: The Basics of how a Mobile Home is Moved

Many people are amazed when they see a mobile home, which can be up to 80’ long and 18’ wide, being moved down the highway.  How can they do that?  Well, believe it or not, they were designed to be moved.  Unlike when someone moves a stick-built house that was never intended to be moved down the highway, every mobile home comes off the factory floor on wheels and ready for its first outing.  The design has been tested and refined almost continuously since the first mobile homes were engineered in the 1940s.

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How to Move Your Mobile Home: An Introduction

By Frank Rolfe
Today we will begin a new article series that explains how one actually moves a mobile home. This series is from a 30 page ebook published by Dave and Frank, so expect a VERY detailed explanation about moving a mobile home.

Don’t let the word “mobile” in mobile home mislead you.  While they are transportable, it is anything but easy.  This book was designed to help you understand the moving process, give important suggestions on how to have a successful move, tips on saving money and grief in the process, and explain how to successfully put your home back together.

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Need a Mobile Home Lender? Check out Lending Club

lending club mobile home loans

Are you in the process of buying a mobile home? MHBay.com has recently partnered with Lending Club, a lender who specializes in offering lower rates to well-qualified borrowers. Loans are available up to $35,000, and even if this doesn’t cover the entire portion of the home you are trying to buy, it could definitely help cover a significant portion of your new home.

Interested in applying? Click Here to apply for a Lending Club Mobile Home Loan.

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