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What to Consider When Moving a Mobile Home
FR8Star helps you source mobile home transport with trusted carriers (please note that home preparation and installation may not be included).
Here at FR8Star, we understand that your home is precious cargo – and that’s why all FR8Star carriers are authorized, fully insured and checked for the highest safety scores.
Selecting a Trailer – Trailer Type v. Power-Only
Mobile homes are typically transported using a power only system, where the home is attached directly to the tractor without a trailer. Toter trucks are most commonly used and are specifically designed for moving mobile and manufactured homes.
When a mobile home is non-operational, or the mechanisms that enable it to be attached to a tractor are out of order, an open deck trailer is used.
Measuring A Mobile Home
Mobile homes should be measured at their most extreme dimensions in height, width and length, accounting for all protrusions that extend beyond the roofline and sides of the mobile home. Typical protrusions might include exhaust pipes, permanently installed ac systems, door handles, etc.
If you have not modified your mobile home, you can refer to the manufacturer’s dimensions. Providing incorrect measurements can result in additional costs at the expense of the homeowner.
Preparing A Mobile Home for Transport
It is the responsibility of the homeowner to ensure that the mobile home is prepared for transport. This includes removing all protrusions from the unit, emptying the unit of all non-permanent items, securing approval after state DOT inspection, and providing proof of ownership.
The homeowner is responsible for all expenses associated with removing the mobile home from its site (the unit must be raised and lowered, the tongue and axles must be installed, and the trim, doors and windows must be secured and/or removed).
Some carriers offer transport preparation services upon request. Each unit is different, and all details regarding rigging requirements should be specified in advance. Special rigging requirements may affect the total costs of moving your mobile home
Disconnecting Utilities and Emptying the Mobile Home
- Remove all appliances, furniture and valuables. The unit should be empty, except for items that are permanently part of the structure.
- Remove all exterior protrusions (such as lighting fixtures, awnings, porches, and window-installed air conditioning systems).
- Disconnect all utilities, including electricity, gas, water, cable, etc.
State DOT Inspection
State approval of the unit’s roadability is required before a mobile home can be transported. The factors contributing to approval include axle assemblies, hubs and structure of the mobile home.
Proof of Ownership
Homeowners must provide documentation proving that they are the legal owner of the unit and are legally permitted to transport the unit from its current location. Many states require a TCC or Tax Clearance Certificate.