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Old 07-26-2009, 01:30 PM   #1
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Question How big of a truck do I need to pull...

My wife & I are thinking about buying a mobile home and and towing it to the farm for a summer home. It is 12 x 48 on two axles and the advert says you need a 3in ball. I don't know if this is the right area to ask this or not ? If not please move it. I would be moving this trailer approx 300 miles.
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Old 07-26-2009, 02:43 PM   #2
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Have it moved by a professional mover, anything else will be courting disaster!
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Old 07-26-2009, 02:47 PM   #3
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What Robert Said.... over 8.5 wide requires wide load permits, this home will weigh in at around 24000 lbs + you have plumbing and electrical that that will require connection and disconnection.
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Old 07-26-2009, 04:06 PM   #4
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I don't know about your state but here in Wa. a special permit is required to move a mobile anywhere. This permit is only issued to a comercial mobile home mover.
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Not to mention a pro will have proper insurance, for both the trailer and anything they might hit.
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Old 07-26-2009, 04:47 PM   #6
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To move it yourself you need:
Mobile Home Toter (class 8 truck modified for this task)
State permits, which are only issued after proving you have the proper commercial insurance, DOT registration, licensing, convoy escorts, route approval, overhead power line movers in reserve if/when needed, AND, depending on where the final resting place is, a bulldozer to move the mobile home into position.

Bottom line__ it would be much cheaper to hire a professional moving company. In my area the minimum hook-on charge is $500.
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I will tell you what you are wanting to hear. If you are moving it on county roads with very light traffic, and are not afraid of towing it. You can tow it with a 3.4 ton or bigger truck. The problem comes in with the tongue weight of the mobile home. In additiion, 300 miles , I would take 2-4 EXTRA tires and rims MOUNTED, and a huge bottle jack and breaker bar. I would not be afraid of it, as I have pulled several 12,48s and 12/52s down the highways. Just make sure you dont go faster than your truck can stop it, and check the tongue weight.
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