- It’s not that mobile homes are so dangerous in tornadoes and hurricanes. The majority of loses are from improper tie-downs, not the home itself. If mobile homes were properly tied down and secured to a foundation the chances would rise significantly for making it through nature’s fury. However, neither a mobile nor a regular home would make it through powerful storm.
- The steel chassis that mobile homes are built on have curvature to them. They are called cambers. Camber is the curvature of the beam using heat and pressure at engineered points. Reverse camber creates a curved top. Positive camber is on the top and draws the tail up. Camber allows the I-beam to distribute the weight of the home more evenly.
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- Rust was a huge problem for older mobile homes. If sitting to close to the ground the rust comes even quicker. Frames are now sprayed with a tar based substance to prevent rusting. Prolongs the life of the frame by protecting it from the elements. I never had an occasion where I thought about that although I know metal rusts, I assumed they were just always coated with some kind of rust preventive.
- In states that only allow mobile homes to be taxed and listed as personal property requires a title for each section of the home. Double wides would have 2 titles, one for each section on the road, behind a truck. Essentially they treat it as a trailer. I find that fascinating!
- The percent of housing that are mobile homes, broken down by state, shows the following: South Carolina, North Carolina, West Virginia (Woo-Hoo!) and NM has the highest percent of mobile homes at around 16%. Notice they are all 2 worded states. I don’t know why I even noticed that but I did.
- The lowest percentage is in HI, NJ, RI and MA with stats ranging from .02% to just 1%. For some odd reason I always considered New Jersey to be a high ranking state in trailer love. Perhaps that show on MTV is the reason, though I’ve never watched it.
I find the chart below to be a wealth of information although it is highly biased and considers South Carolina bad (or worse) at having the most mobile homes. I don’t think that’s anything to look down upon. Mobile homes are a worthwhile way of owning your own home and achieving the American dream. At least their not North Dakota or South Dakota, yikes!
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