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Old 05-21-2012, 12:21 AM   #1
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Building park model mobile home of sorts

Friend is in need of housing, renting a basement bedroom is 7-800, no living room, share bathroom and shared kitchen access.

Can rent a lot at a trailer court with water, sewer and electric for $400/mo

Idea of a little house on wheels came up but they are a little to small for his likes. Thinking 10-12' wide and 24-32' long.

Do you get permits? I know for camper trailers you do not need one, can't get one.

I notice park model RV's are 11'6" wide usually, I assume this has to do with road restrictions? I know 8'6" is the normal legal width here.

Not too worried about the construction as I was a carpenter for 20 years and have done everything from working in a cabinet shop, to renovations, insurance work, to new house construction.

Any Input or advice is appreciated.


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Old 05-21-2012, 07:33 PM   #2
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You need to ask your State.

Even if we call this a trailer and not a structure the trailer (over 2500lbs. Gvw) needs a title in my state.

An inspection of the home made trailer is required to obtain that title.

What’s required in your State to obtain that title, I have know idea.


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Old 05-21-2012, 09:33 PM   #3
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Mae, where I am just for a place to get away to for a break. I bought a 38 foot travel trailer setting in a camp ground right in the heart of Amish country in the Welsh mountains. seasonal lot rent is only $2800 per year. water,sewer and cable TV included. electric runs about $9.00-$11.00 per month. onto the trailer I built a 10X32 foot room making living space 700-800 SQ feet. larger than some homes in the area. no sharing baths or kitchens! it ca be lived in year round though campground closes January and February. I have no leaks, even when power washing where room meets trailer. the room is attached to the trailer with only 4 screws, if I wanted to pull trailer out and pull in new one? that's much cheaper than a mobile home court at least around here in my area. of course, I'm in Pennsylvania. depending on where your friend is? my post may be moot?

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Some do live in campers here. Although the -30celcius get pretty cold and go through lots of propane.
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