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What is the maximum spacing for mobile/manufactured home tie-downs in Florida?
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
Tie Down Spacing Per Florida’s Rule 15C-1
Frame tie-down spacing for used mobile/manufactured homes in Florida where the manufacturer’s installation instructions are not available cannot exceed five-feet four-inches (5’-4”) on center. Also, anchors must be placed within two-feet (2’-0”) of each end of the home. Frame tie-down spacing must follow manufacturer’s instructions for new homes or used homes where the installation instructions are available. This is part of the requirements of Florida’s Rule 15C-1 that exceed HUD standards, and is called a “Florida override.” In some configurations, however, HUD may require spacings closer than the Florida maximum.
Another Florida override mandates that frame clamps can only be attached to the top of the I-beam. HUD allows them to be connected to the bottom of the I-beam in other states, as long as the beam is reinforced to prevent rotation. All components have to be Florida-approved, and must be installed to the manufacturer’s specifications. See diagram below.
And for a listing of typical foundation and tie-down requirements and defects, see our blog post What are the most common defects in mobile/manufactured home foundation piers? and What are the tie-down requirements for a mobile home?
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