Moving a mobile home can be a daunting task especially if you do not have a relationship with a trusted carrier who will handle your machine with care and won’t overcharge you. Many factors affect the cost of transporting a mobile home. The four main factors to ship a mobile home are:
- Dimensions of your Mobile Home
- Trailer Type Utilized in Transport
- Distance the Mobile Home needs to move
- Disassembly and Reassembly setup
Pricing can vary greatly depending on these factors and that is why it is critical to use an established transport provider to avoid having a terrible outcome when you are looking to ship your mobile home.
VeriTread can provide a quick estimate to move a mobile home by using our exclusive heavy equipment freight estimator. To receive an actual transport provider quote, you can post your mobile home to our freight marketing place free of charge and receive vetted carrier quotes from the largest network of vetted equipment transport providers in North America.
We believe it’s always good to know what all is involved in a transportation freight quote, so let’s dive deeper into the factors involved in pricing mobile home transport on an open deck trailer.
Accurate Mobile Home Dimensions Lead to Accurate Freight Prices
The most important factor in the cost to ship a mobile home is providing accurate dimensions. Most carriers try to keep their freight at or below the legal load dimensions of:
- Length = 48 to 53 feet
- Width = 8 feet 6 inches
- Height = 13 feet 6 inches
- Weight = 80,000 lbs
These dimensions also include the trailer. This is why it is critical for the transport provider to know the length, width, height, and weight of the mobile home. If the mobile home exceeds legal load dimensions, prices can increase dramatically due to added permits, escorts, and restricted routes.
Providing pictures of the mobile home to your transport provider is also helpful to assure that nothing critical is missed that could affect the price of the quote. Mobile Home models vary in size from legal loads even up to multiple loads. Most mobile homes will be an oversize load based on their width and length. The average width of a mobile home is 12 to 18 ft and the length is over 65 ft.
What Trailer Size is Needed?
Trailers are a significant factor in moving your mobile home safely. Most are transported on flatbed trailers. If a larger trailer or multiple loads are needed, the more expensive per mile hauled which is an additional cost you will need to consider.
How Long Does It Take to Load Your Mobile Home?
Always keep in mind that it can take extra time to get loaded up and moved. There are far fewer carriers that can move these mobile homes than say an automobile hauler. If your mobile home is not prepped and ready to be transported, expect to pay additional fees for the added time the carrier has to spend getting your mobile home ready to transport. Make sure you communicate this to your transport provider or you may have to reschedule your delivery.
Distance, Location, and Timing
Everyone wants to be on time. Delays are costly to everyone involved in the freight process. With this in mind, you should always firmly communicate your expectations to your transportation provider before you assign them a shipment.
This includes information like:
- Where your mobile home will start
- Where your mobile home will end up
- When you would like to have it picked up
- When you would like to have it delivered
- Your level of timing flexibility
If you have a tight delivery window or are traveling 400+ miles that is picking up in a major metro area and delivering in another congested metro area, expect to pay a premium rate. The more flexible you are with your pick-up and delivery dates allows the carrier to give you better rates based on the location of their fleet. Congested metro areas are difficult and time consuming for large trucks to navigate and can often be impacted by road hazards and rush hours. The longer the distance, the chance that the driver will encounter an issue will become more likely.
Should your shipment be over the dimensions of a legal load then special permits and travel routes will have to be factored in. This becomes more complex and costly if you cross state lines due to different regulations per state.
Do you need help or have more questions about moving your mobile home?
VeriTread is your go to solution for hauling a mobile home. We can have your mobile home delivered to any destination in North America in a safe and timely manner. We are experts in connecting you with a transport provider that can handle all the paperwork, select the right trailer and driver, and chart the most efficient route.
VeriTread moves thousands of mobile homes every year and can quickly generate a reliable estimate on the go. Our extensive specs and dimensions database of 60,000+ items, ensures you spend less time researching and more time putting your equipment to work. The VeriTread Shipper quote process is the simplest way to receive competitive quotes from vetted transport providers. Follow these easy steps and you will receive a quote in under one minute:
- Select Ready To Ship from the Freight Options Page
- Enter a Manufacturer & Model
- Verify or Edit Your Machine Dimensions
- Enter Pickup & Drop Off Locations
- Your Quote is Ready!
We believe our suite of innovative decision tools empower our customers to make smarter and more informed transportation decisions, reducing overall uncertainty, and saving you time and money. If you have questions contact us at (800) 880-0468 or (863) 226-0903 and let our team of experts help you with your transport needs.