There are typically two kinds of mobile homes- the singlewide and the doublewide. Singlewide mobile homes are less than sixteen feet in width when assembled, while doublewide mobile homes are more than twenty four feet in width. Singlewide mobile homes consist of single pieces which are transported by means of truck trailers to the site. Doublewide mobile homes have two parts, which are fixed together on site. Some people have reservations concerning doublewide homes, as they believe they are prone to leakages if assembled improperly. However, doublewide homes are very spacious. Triplewide mobile homes are also manufactured, but they are very scarce. A triplewide home is immensely spacious and can provide for as many as five bedrooms and three bathrooms.
Mobile homes or manufactured homes need to meet the standards of the Housing and Urban Development code of the US, popularly called the HUD code. This code was effectuated in June 15, 1976 and it delineated norms to manufacture mobile homes. These norms relate to building standards, fireproofing, plumbing, heating, air conditioning and electricity systems. Apart from these rules, if the mobile home has garages, sheds, etc. then they must meet the codes.
Earlier mobile homes were classified as movable property and taxed as vehicles. This led to a spurt in people buying them, as they saved a lot on taxes. Modifications occurred in the designs of mobile homes, and newer homes are actually permanent structures that remain on one location throughout their lives after being assembled. They no longer have wheels, but can be dismantled and erected at another location if needed. This led to amendments in the taxation process. Today mobile homes are also classified as real properties and taxes are accordingly levied on them.
Moving a mobile home can be a complicated and expensive process. If you are not already familiar with the logistics of transporting a trailer home, it can be a little intimidating. There are a few things that you need to know in order to make sure that transporting your home goes by without any problems.
First off, you need to be familiar with any applicable city and state laws regarding the transportation and installation of your mobile home. Check with your city government regarding any zoning laws that may affect whether or not you can install a trailer home on the property you are moving it to. Some land may be zoned for residential purposes, but may have clauses excluding trailer homes. You will also need to know of any transportation laws regarding when and how you can move your home. Your state's department of transportation should have this information. You could also call around to some local mobile home moving companies - they should know about any applicable laws that would affect their business.
You should also get familiar with the equipment used to transport mobile homes. It's not like the old days where you could just hitch your trailer to a pickup truck and go. Modern mobile homes require very specialized equipment and skilled movers to get the job done. Trailer homes in transit will be moved onto trucks via cranes or hydraulic lifts. Single wide homes usually require only trailer, while double wide and larger homes might need multiple trucks and trailers. In addition to the big trucks that transport the buildings, pilot vehicles are also used to help guide the way and watch for potential obstacles on the road. These vehicles can be an ordinary passenger car, van, or pickup truck.