There are several factors that affect the total weight of a mobile home & its frame. The size and shape of the structure, thickness and strength of walls, type and amount of insulation used in building it- all such factors contribute to the overall weight.
According to statistics provided by My Home Place, one of the largest manufacturers and dealers of manufactured homes in the United States, mobile homes weigh between 11,000 pounds for small-sized units up to 17,500 lbs. for large ones.
How much does a single wide mobile home weigh? A single axle trailer frame will be designed to carry a maximum of 14,000 pounds or more depending on the size and type of vehicle being towed.
The weight of your mobile home is important because it affects the safety and stability of your vehicle as well as how much fuel you use to tow it. You should also know that too much weight can cause engine problems such as overheating or breaking down.
As you might imagine, mobile homes weigh significantly less than traditional houses built on a foundation.
In fact, they usually weigh around 10-20 tons depending on their size and whether they’re placed on concrete slabs or steel beams over the ground.
This article will provide an overview of how much weight your typical mobile home & its frame and what this means for homeowners who want to move them from one location to another.
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How Much Does a Mobile Home Frame Weigh?
The frame of a doublewide mobile home (16×80) will weigh about 4,200 lbs. This will give you a good idea of the tongue weight lifting capacity of your truck and trailer combination.
To find out how much load you can put in the kingpin box on your trailer. Just take 15 to 20 per cent of the total loaded weight of the trailer, which would be 10 to 15% on each axle.
For instance, if you have 5500 lbs. axles and are pulling 12000 lbs. across the connector then you should be able to tow around 2000 lbs. in each kingpin box.
Which Things Increase the Weight of Mobile Homes?
There is a list of few essential things that increase the weight of mobile homes:
1. Trailer Hitch
A trailer hitch will increase the weight of your vehicle. It depends on the type and size of trailer you are using, but you should assume that additional weight ranging from 400 to 1,500 pounds is added when adding a trailer hitch to your vehicle.
The weight of carpeting depends on its thickness and density.
However, it should be no more than 100 lbs. per 1-inch layer of carpeting unless there’s also padding underneath the carpet which adds about 50 lbs. /sq. ft. or more depending on its material composition.
Installing such as stoves and refrigerators in mobile homes increases their total mass significantly because appliances contain thick, heavy materials such as metals, glass, and insulation.
Defrosting units, freezers, and other large appliances can weigh a lot. A 26 cubic feet refrigerator for example weighs about 650 pounds, while an upright freezer of the same size weighs almost 900 pounds.
Another way to add significant weight to your mobile home is by installing cabinets inside and outside of it. As a rule of thumb, you should assume that each cabinet weighs about 200-250 lbs. depending on its size, material composition (wood vs particle board) and style.
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Mobile Home Weight – FAQs
What is the Weigh of a 14×60 Mobile Home?
Mobile homes that are 14 feet wide and 60 feet long will weigh between 10,000 lbs to 14,000 lbs depending on whether they’re placed on concrete slabs or steel beams over the ground.
Relevant Topic: Are Tiny Homes Considered Mobile Homes?
What is the Tongue Weight of a 16×80 Mobile Home?
The tongue weight of a 16X80 mobile home is between 12000-18000 pounds. It’s really only good for a 3300 lb axle limit vehicle.
How Much Does a Doublewide Modular Home Weight?
If your home has two axles it will weigh 16800 lbs with the standard modular hitch on each end and you are limited to a 5500 lbs per axle trailer.
Here’s a tip: if you need to move your mobile home but you don’t own a heavy-duty tow vehicle with an appropriate hitch, you might consider renting one. Many truck rental companies offer such vehicles for rent, and all you have to do is reserve the right sized truck for your mobile home so it won’t get damaged during transportation.