Do Mobile Homes Have Wheels?

Do Mobile Homes Have Wheels

Yes, mobile homes almost always have wheels. This makes it easier to move the home from one place to another.

If you are planning on buying a used mobile home that has not yet been moved to its present location, then this is especially important information for you.

An immobile used mobile home will be much more difficult to inspect interior and exterior defects of the unit. Also, consider this if you are perhaps thinking about relocating your manufactured or modular housing unit at some point in time (perhaps when moving up or down in house size).

A few words about the history of manufactured housing may help explain why they have become so ubiquitously equipped with wheels.

Mobile homes were first brought into being during World War II as an affordable form of housing for returning soldiers and other workers.

They were originally intended as inexpensive, utilitarian homes that could be moved from one location to another as a temporary living solution.

This is why they are often referred to as “trailers“–a description of the way they were often transported from place to place.

Over time, manufactured homes have evolved into a better built, more durable and aesthetically-pleasing home option which many people prefer over standard site-built homes due to their affordability and ease of transportability.

Similar to the way that automobiles have slowly become more luxurious in their design over the years, so too have mobile homes slowly evolved into better built “homes on wheels”.

When you purchase a used manufactured or modular home, it will often be already equipped with large rubber tires that are fitted onto steel axles.

The axles themselves are mounted underneath the house and extend beyond each corner of the unit to allow for steering capability.

There is no need to lift your new home onto these axels yourself or hire someone to do so. The seller has most likely already performed this task when they brought the home into their present location.

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What is a mobile home on wheels called?

A mobile home on wheels is also referred to as a “trailer” or an “RV”.

Mobile homes are designed for transportability, which is why they were originally called “mobile homes”. They are more commonly known today as trailers.

Mobile home on wheels called Trailer

The term “trailer” is derived from the fact that these homes were originally designed to be towed behind a much larger vehicle such as a truck or an automobile.

Homes on wheels are also commonly known as recreational vehicles (or simply, RVs). Recreational vehicles include mobile homes and travel trailers.

They can be used to easily move a home from one location to another.

You may also see smaller mobile homes referred to as park models, which are not designed for transportability within the United States.  

Park models resemble small travel trailers and are mostly used for recreational purposes other than everyday living (such as glamping). They often do not have wheels and therefore cannot be moved from place to place.

Do double wide mobile homes have wheels?

Yes, a double-wide manufactured home also has wheels.

A double-wide is technically two mobile homes connected to form one larger home that is wider than a single-wide unit.

If you are considering purchasing a double-wide unit, then once again it will be equipped with large rubber tires and steel axles underneath the house for easy transport.  

The tire size of a mobile or manufactured home is measured in pounds per square inch (psi) just like automobile tires.

A standard mobile or manufactured home tire size is usually 30 psi which means that each tire can support up to 4200 lbs., depending on the weight of your particular mobile or manufactured home model/style.

The average U.S.-made mobile home weights around 15,000 lbs., so having large tires ensures that the entire unit will be adequately supported.

Mobile homes are very heavy for their size since they are generally built with solid wood framing and other heavy-duty components to withstand transport.

Due to their high weight, moving a mobile home is no easy task. Thankfully you do not have to lift the home onto its axels independently or hire someone to perform this arduous task for you since it will already be equipped with wheels when you purchase your new home!  

How do you move a trailer without wheels?

You cannot move a trailer or manufactured home without its wheels.

Manufactured homes are designed for ease of transport, which is why they have large steel axles underneath the unit that are fitted with rubber tires to allow for mobility.

This means that you cannot simply roll your mobile home wherever you would like it to go because there is no way to steer it; rather, you must tow it behind another larger vehicle such as an automobile or truck.

While some manufactured homes might be light enough to be towed by one person using a standard hitch ball attached to the end of the mobile home’s frame (called “solo-towing”), most mobile homes will require at least two people; one person in front and one in the back to guide it in the direction you would like for it to go.

Also Read: How Many Axles Does A Mobile Home Have?


In conclusion, it is important to think about the different options that are available for those who want a mobile home.

Some people might prefer homes with wheels because they can be moved from place to place as desired.

For other people, however, this type of option may not work so well and therefore a stationary trailer or house would be better suited. It’s always best to assess your own needs first before deciding which kind of living arrangement will suit you best!

Mobile homes are typically towed by a truck or bigger trailer and can be relocated in this way. 

A mobile home is an inexpensive option for people who want to buy their property but do not have enough money saved up to afford the down payment on a house, condo, or apartment. It’s also great for those that plan on living somewhere temporary like students at college campuses or military service members stationed overseas!

Ruby Nicholls

I am a traveling journalist and content creator, in love with the world of Mobile Homes & RVs. I spend my time filling up on new adventures, and sharing them with you so you can feel inspired to travel too! Every experience is different and at the end, we are all tourists of our own lives.

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