Getting a trailer moved?! Arrrg

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  1. MikeJoel

    MikeJoel Well-Known Member

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    My sister purchased a 14x70 trailer from a guy in Maine.
    He kept saying the axles and tongue was waiting to hook it up.

    Turns out he doesn't have the axles. We can't seem to move it.
    We have a friend that can haul the trailer but we need to get axles for it.

    Everywhere we call their either don't deal with 3rd party moves or they don't have the axles.

    Anyone have any idea what could be done to get this trailer axles. If we can just get them we can move it.


    Mike
     
  2. AngieM2

    AngieM2 Big Front Porch advocate Supporter

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    Have you called a junk yard, or a trailer dealer that takes in OLD trailers to see if they have any for a reasonable price.

    Just a thought.

    Angie
     

  3. fordy

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    .................Most movers should have enough axles to boltUP to the trailer to allow it to be moved , and setup , and then removed . Trailer house axles should NOT be a problem and Shouldn't BE expensive .fordy.. :eek: :)
     
  4. Darren

    Darren Still an :censored:

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    As Fordy said, trailer dealers have piles of axles. If you're going to move that trailer any distance, make sure you have plenty of spare tires also. The cheapo tires on house trailers are reknown for a short life
     
  5. TC2

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    Hi Mike.
    My DH set up mobile home for a living a few yrs ago, and the above advice is correct. Keep looking around, and try looking for mobile home movers (not MH sellers, just movers) in the yellow pages. Sometimes, the local crews will have extra axles to rent/sell.
    Good Luck!
     
  6. Hoop

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    You'll likely need a permit to move the trailer on a public highway. Do you have one?

    then you'll likely need a police escort.

    check these things out first before attempting to move the thing.

    Axles are fairly easy to find. The advice on good tires is sound advice. I remember a person that attempted to move a trailer at 4:00 AM (intentionally didn't have any permits or police escort) and then had a flat tire after only 2 miles.
     
  7. MikeJoel

    MikeJoel Well-Known Member

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    Don't have the permits yet but will.

    The problem is that we have called a bunch of places and they don't seem to have any. It is insane.
    Another friend says they don't use axles on 14x70 trailers they use "cradles" in which contains wheels and they set the trailer on it. I have never heard of that.

    I am thinking of contacting movers in this area (PA) and see if I can get some to take up to the trailer (in ME).

    Mike
     
  8. desdawg

    desdawg Well-Known Member

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    You don't have to be limited to 14' wide axles. Most of the movers I know cut their axles and sleeve them with 4" pipe so the length is adjustable. If there is too much missing out of the middle you may need to weld them. I have a pile of axles but unfortunately they are in AZ.
     
  9. DrippingSprings

    DrippingSprings In Remembrance

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    I have never encountered a trailer mover who ddint keep a couple axles laying around to rent to the owners he is moving. Of course I never knew in some places you have to have a police escort either lol

    I live near four enormous mobile home manufacturers and axle can be had all day with tires for about 25 each new.

    As far as cradles as you called them I have never seen those either.

    It is s0 simple my 13 and 14 year old made money over the summer helping a man move mobile homes and they put the axles on and removed them when at the site.
     
  10. Ken Scharabok

    Ken Scharabok In Remembrance

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    You really need to go with a professional mobile home mover and let them worry about the axles. As noted you need an oversized load permit, the driver likely has to be over-the-road licensed and many places restrict not only the time they can be moved, but also what roads they can be moved on. For example, in the Nashville area all moving must be done between the hours of 9AM and 3PM I believe to avoid rush hour traffic. I have never seen a mobile home being moved with a police escort. Usually there is a yellow light car ahead and behind.

    I have seen several mobile homes on the side of the road with the roof ripped back so be careful there also.

    I have head just having an old mobile home hauled off in TN costs about $500.00. Set-up again would be extra.

    Ken Scharabok
     
  11. MikeJoel

    MikeJoel Well-Known Member

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    The friend has a hualing licence and has moved other trailers for us.

    The estimates we have been getting have been for around $1500 to $3000 for the move, that is just putting the axles on and moving it.

    If I can just get the axles I and others can put them on and then have the friend haul it. I plan to call around to the bigger cities this week and if I can't find something then I will call around hear and see if I can get them here to take up.

    Mike
     
  12. Quint

    Quint Well-Known Member

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    Make sure that if you do get axles that they are in good shape. Nothing worse than having the trailer axles come apart and end up with the trailer laying in the middle of the road. It is definitely not the way to endear yourself to the local constabulary.

    You don't wanna know how I know this.
     
  13. Oilpatch197

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    Mobile home movers are great, we live on a steep hill with a short drive, and instead of attempting to haul it up the drive, the movers winched onto a big oak and broght the thing up!!
     
  14. Ken Scharabok

    Ken Scharabok In Remembrance

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    They are also use to moving a long and wide object down narrow roads and through narrow turns. The crew who brought mine in said it is not unusual for them to pull up road and/or stop signs to make it around some turns. Once the side of a mobile homes has been damaged there is not a lot which can be done to repair it to look correct.