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Do all mobile homes have wheels?
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Mobile homes leave the factory with a tow bar welded at the front of the undercarriage (steel I-beam frame) and a set of axles and tires mounted under it. Both the tow bar and axles/tires are typically removed once the home is installed on its foundation at the site. We have only once examined a home that had the axles still in place under it, but some older single-wide homes keep a rusty tow bar at the front—sometimes artfully reconfigured as a triangular planter box.
The tow bar and set of axles/tires can be reinstalled to move a mobile home to a new location, but less than 1 in 10 homes are ever moved from their original site. A relocated home is called a “second set” home in the industry. To learn about the issues related to a second set home, see our blog post What is a "second set" mobile/manufactured home?
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