How to Transport a Mobile Home

To transport a mobile home is no easy task. You see them being transferred on a trailer, pulled by a truck on the highway, but the process to move these homes is just not that simple.

mobile homeA mobile home gives off the idea of mobility and flexibility; however, they are in fact stationary homes with wheels. More than 90% of mobile homes, also called manufactured homes never move from the location where they were first installed. If you are planning on moving a current one or purchasing a new one, you will want to consider what it takes to move it, and the costs associated with the move.

To transport a mobile home, you will want to hire a professional company who specialize in moving larger units, VeriTread can help you connect with the right professional for the job. The mobile home will be placed on a large flat-bed and towed. Prices are based on the distance and differ if you are moving a single or double-wide home.

Load Types to Transport a Mobile Home

  • Legal: Any load within the following specifications:
    • 42′ ft x 8′ 4″ ft x 13′ 6″ ft – Weight > 16,000 lbs
  • Oversize: Any load that exceeds legal allowed specializations is considered oversize and requires permitting.
  • Single-Wide: No more than 72 feet long and 15 feet wide.
  • Double-Wide: Range between 56-90 feet long and 26 feet wide.

Preparing Your Used Mobile Home To Be Transported

  • Turn off all utilities, electricity, water, and gas.
  • Disconnected all lines, cable, television, etc.
  • Protect your pipes if moving in winter by applying a winter seal. Once done, you can turn off the heat.
  • Remove items from the interior, especially items of value or anything that can damage easily.
  • Remove exterior attachments as high winds when traveling can cause these pieces to be blown off. If your mobile home has a porch, awnings, or any decorative hangings, these should be removed and stored away.
  • The exterior of the home needs to be secured by bolting all windows and doors. They can also be covered for extra safety. Prior to the move, check siding and the roof for loose pieces.
  • The new site must be prepared prior to the delivery of the mobile home. The ground must be leveled and no trees obstructing the site. When the movers arrive with the home, it must be placed correctly in the new location as agreed.

Costs to Transport a Mobile Home

The cost to transport a mobile home varies from move to move, however, there are several common factors that affect every mobile home relocation. These include:

Distance of the Move

If you’re staying relatively locally (within 50 miles), you should anticipate spending anywhere from $5,000 to $8,000 for the cost of acquiring permits, moving your home, and hooking up utilities for a single-wide. For a double-wide, under the same conditions, the number increases to the $10,000 to $13,000 range. As the distance increases, so does the cost.

If your mobile home is being relocated to a new county or state, then permits will need to be acquired. You may even need permits for each individual territory it enters or travels through. Permits will add additional cost to your overall price.

Size of the Home

The size of your mobile home will have a big effect on the overall moving cost. As expected, single-wides will cost less to move than double-wides, which are twice as big. If your home is too wide to safely drive down the street, you may also have to pay for an escort or pilot car and even a temporary road closure.

Older mobile homes typically weigh between 35 to 40 lbs. per square foot, while newer manufactured homes weigh anywhere from 45 to 50 lbs. per square foot. That means if your home is 800 square feet, it could weigh up to 40,000 lbs.

Permits and inspection

If moving to a new county or state, permits may need to be acquired for each individual state it enters or travels through. Fortunately, your movers should be able to help you get these permits in place before the move. Keep in mind, you may also need to get a “set-up” permit in order to install your mobile home in a new city.

Moving materials

From tools and supplies to tow hitches and tires, moving a mobile home requires plenty of moving materials. Your moving company should be able to break down the costs of necessary moving materials in your contract.

Insurance and liability

You’ll want to purchase liability coverage for the move. You may also want to consider purchasing outside insurance. If you already own mobile home insurance, be sure to check with your carrier about whether or not they cover a mobile home while it’s in transport.

Finding the Right Carrier and Trailer to Transport a Mobile Home

It takes special equipment to transport a mobile home. Heavy loads like construction equipment, agricultural machinery and even mobile homes requires use of the right truck and trailer combination. When you are trailering a mobile home, you’ll need a trailer that is designed to withstand the pressure of a heavy, oversize load. This means you’ll likely use a lowboy trailer.

Specific trailer choices might include:

Step deck trailer
Removable gooseneck trailer (RGN)
Flatbed trailer

The right equipment and the right carrier can make transporting a mobile home an easy job, let VeriTread find the right carrier for you!

About VeriTread

VeriTread is your go to solution for mobile home transport. We can have your freight delivered to any destination in North America in a safe and timely manner. We are experts at handling paperwork, selecting the right trailers and drivers, and charting the most efficient routes. You can visit our contact form or call (800) 880-0468. to get a solid quote to transport a mobile home safely and on time.

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