Our local Craigslist had a listing several months ago, in which the lister had available a large number of 12' x 70' mobile homes which he was willing to drop off for free.....but a nominal delivery fee would be charged. It sounded intriguing, but at the time, I didn't have the "nominal fee", or the time, nor the inclination. Fast forward to the present. New ad states that he'll now bring them out to you FOR FREE period!!! No delivery fee either!!! So, still don't have the money, (which is now, no longer a problem), and the time.....well, there is never enough of that either, and the inclination.....well, that just became a bit stronger as he finally phoned me yesterday morning and let me know that he has one coming out today!!! The main reason I'm interested is that the house that we've been building for the past 12 yrs., is needing a combination covered carport/balcony porch that comes off the east side of the house and goes down an inclined graveled pathway to the road. A friend who has helped work on this house and knows it well and my financial situation, has suggested that the best/cheapest way to help accomplish this task, would be to get an old trailer frame and use it to form the basic support structure for the decking. So that is where that idea sprang from. There is an 8" steel I-beam that extends across the 24' width of the house and is flush and visible to the outside. Above it, rests a 2" x 12" plank that forms the box ends for the joists. And above that extends a full two story house. My question is: Is this a good idea? Will it provide the necessary support for a porch/covered deck? If so, then what suggestions/equipment would I need to get it up and fastened to the house? There are two glass sliders that look out from this side of the house and would be used for entrance/egress to this deck. What other modifications/bracing should be done to prevent structural collaspe or failure should a large party of merrymakers be assembled upon it, sometime in the future? The width of the house, as already mentioned is 24', but swings around to a covered porch area of the house that would be another 12' in the same plane; in other words from point A to point B, the total distance would be 36'. Since the trailer is 70' long, cutting it down to length shouldn't be a problem, but will the 12' width be enough to make a carport/deck or should I get another trailer and attach it alongside the first? Any ideas would be appreciated. The supply of trailers at this point, appears inexhaustible and I'm currently also pondering if they could be used as possible bridges to get across portions of my wet/marshy land. Again, suggestions/ideas? There is one place that would be very helpful to have a bridge to, but I'm at a loss as to how to even get it into that location short of taking a dozer to cut a path with and then dragging it there with it! Almost forgot to mention, that these are complete mobile homes that the owners have either walked away from and the trailer park owners want them out, or are simply older than the park allows on its grounds. The sides/roof, ect. have to be removed and disposed of by the "new" owners. No problem there, but anyone with previous experience that can give me some valuable pointers or time savers in this area; it would certainly be appreciated. Also, we may not be able to get the intact trailer up this driveway, as the entrance is rather narrow and the roadway does not very wide shoulders and if he did somehow manage to get it in the drive, he might not be able to get it unhooked and have enough room to get back out. The edges on the main roadway, extend just enough on either side, before going into a swamp or creek. Therefore, we may have to park the trailer elsewhere on my property or a neighbors and work without power tools as there is no nearby electricity. After it is stripped down and cut to size, we should then be able to get it back up the main driveway.