Mobile Home Transport
FR8Star is here to connect you with qualified brokers and drivers who possess extensive experience transporting mobile homes. Here are some tips and guidance on what to expect as you pack up your home for the move.
Best Practices For Mobile Home Transport
The idea of being able to move a beloved house from one location to another is part of what makes a mobile home appealing. But moving a mobile home (sometimes referred to as a manufactured home) is no small task. These manufactured houses are not as freewheeling as their name would suggest, but FR8Star is here to connect you with qualified brokers and drivers who possess extensive experience transporting mobile homes. Here are some tips and guidance on what to expect as you pack up your home for the move.
Single Or Double?
The size of the home you are transporting will make a difference in what steps are required for the move. A single-wide home is approximately 15 feet wide and 72 feet long (roughly 4.5 x 22 meters) and can usually fit on one extended, heavy-duty transport trailer. A double-wide home is somewhere around 26 x 56 ft (8 x 17 m), although some models are as much as 90 ft (27.5 m) long. Double-wide mobile homes must be split in half width-wise for shipping, which typically means the two halves will require more than one truck or multiple trips for transport.
Preparing Your Mobile Home For Transport
Remove the skirt that covers any external hookups, and remove all external attachments. Turn off and disconnect utilities, and remove items from the interior. Secure cabinet and closet doors, toilet tank lids, and anything else that could move. Remove satellite dishes, porch lights, and anything else that might be threatened by high winds. Finally, look for any loose or weak siding that could be blown off during transport, and be sure doors are screwed shut to prevent them from opening while on the road.
When moving a mobile home, you need a transport company that is familiar with all of the details, permits, and logistics necessary for hauling the load. Key factors to consider are routes to avoid, low overpasses and narrow lanes that might be too tight to get through, knowledge of traffic patterns to avoid jams, and current road construction projects. It is also vital to be aware of local regulations governing such things as travel times for oversize loads, permits, and use of pilot vehicles.
It is also important to ensure the home you are moving is zoned for its new location. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has three zones for mobile/manufactured houses to ensure they are built to withstand the climate and weather conditions in their location. Although some localities may have more stringent regulations, in general, homes in Zone 1 must be resistant to horizontal winds up to 70 mph, Zone 2 up to 100 mph, and Zone 3 up to 110 mph. There are additional requirements for anchoring systems and foundations.
Find A Broker Using FR8Star
Once your mobile home is ready for transport, you can rely on FR8Star to receive free hauling estimates for your mobile home in as little as 30 seconds. Simply enter all of the information about your load and where it’s headed, wait for bids to come in, compare brokers, and then choose the right carrier for you.