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ASKAQUESTION77
Aug 29, 2011, 01:17 PM
I was given a 1977 fleet wood mobile home size 12x65. I live in South Carolina, is the age of the mobile home too old to move. What is the oldest legal age a mobile home can have electricity hooked up once moved.

ma0641
Aug 29, 2011, 03:52 PM
If there is an age, your local utility company can probaby tell you if they will supply power.

excon
Aug 30, 2011, 06:42 AM
What is the oldest legal age a mobile home can have electricity hooked up once moved.Hello A:

The law doesn't deal with stuff like that... I mean HOW could they determine that?? Really? Somebody could take care of an old trailer and it could be in GREAT shape, whereas some other owner could let his NEW trailer go to crap.

Given the above, there is NO law that says you can't move an OLD trailer, and it doesn't matter HOW old.

excon

twinkiedooter
Aug 30, 2011, 07:49 AM
The age of the MH is not the question here, but the condition of the home. Some homes built in the 1980's are in no condition to move as they will literally fall apart when moved off their cinderblocks. Being it is a 1977 home I would first have the home looked at by a qualified house mover. They can tell you if the home is structurally sound enough to move. The home will probably need to be reinforced inside and outside in order to be moved properly. Remember this home will be traveling on highways where the speed limit is 55MPH so the home should not be allowed to fall apart on the highway causing a major accident situation. A reputable home mover company will not move your home if they deem it will cause an accident upon the open roadway.

I, for one, would not opt to move this home due to it's age unless it was heavily fortified.

Also you need to have a licensed electrician look at the fuse box or breaker panel to determine if the electric is sound in the home prior to disconnecting and reconnecting the electricity. That is another huge concern as well when you determine if you are going to move the home as any home moved must pass an inspection by the state when it is moved and placed in a different location and it just might not pass inspection once it is moved. I'd opt to keep it in the same location due to the final inspections being done now to ANY relocated mobile home. They just started the state inspection stuff around 2008 nationwide and you can't get out of this legally once a home is moved. This is for your own safety, and not to generate money either.

And you need to factor in the lot prep for where you intend to move this home as well. All in all the tear down, transport and final placement and setup will cost you in the neighborhood of $5,000+ depending on any "extras" the moving company has to add. And no, you just can't hook it up to the back of a pick up truck and move it yourself as you need to pull a permit to move it and permits are only granted to licensed home mover companies by the county.

twinkiedooter
Aug 30, 2011, 07:56 AM
Exie, I DID work as the Office Manager in a new manufactured home dealership and had to know all these answers and MORE. The home movers would sometimes refuse moving a home as they didn't want to be sued or seriously fined when the home fell apart on the highway. It's happened to NEW homes as well during storms and high winds - they can cause major accidents. I've seen a few aftermaths in my time and they ain't pretty. A brand new half of a double wide all over a farmer's field when it blew off the roadway. And the home movers were fined, etc by the troopers.

Eve11
Mar 8, 2013, 12:32 PM
Hello my home is a 1985 catlina . And I pay taxes in lexington county . I nned to move my home only about less than a half a mile . Is my home to old to move to another mobile park?

Eve11
Mar 8, 2013, 12:35 PM
[QUOTE=Eve11;3414441]hello my home is a 1985 catlina . And I pay taxes in lexington county . I nned to move my home only about less than a half a mile . Is my home to old to move to another mobile park it's a 12by 60

ma0641
Mar 8, 2013, 02:17 PM
[QUOTE=Eve11;3414441]hello my home is a 1985 catlina . and i pay taxes in lexington county . i nned to move my home only about less than a half a mile . is my home to old to move to another mobile park its a 12by 60

Not unless the park won't let a home that old to be placed there. Some have a 20 year limit, some 25, some none.