It is the responsibility of the modular home builder to prepare the installation site for the home, to contract cranes, and to offer a comfortable location for the crane to work. We list the requirements for a proper modular home delivery and installation site below. However, the requirements may not be limited to just these, as difficult sites will need more preparation. You should consult with your local modular home manufacturer if you have any doubts in these steps.
This is an important step before your contractors deliver and install your modular home. First, you should clear the site of all barriers and obstructions such as boulders, power lines, and trees. These can pose a hindrance to a trailer or crane while accessing the foundation location.
You should inspect the route of travel to the site. The clearances for the transport of a mobile home structure are:
- Road width: 15 feet minimum
- Power line clearance: 15 feet minimum
- Overhead clearance: fourteen feet minimum
- Carrier axle clearance: 14-inch maximum
- Bridge weight limit: 15-ton minimum
- All the approaches to bridges, exits, and underpasses should be wide and long enough to allow a 75 feet transporter or tractor-trailer.
These are the usual clearances needed for the transport of mobile home structures. If you have any doubts about the adequacy of the route, you should contact the transportation manager of your modular home manufacturer for help.
Manufacturers can work with your builder and the traffic control officials of your locality to resolve any issues with transportation. In heavily populated areas, you may need special traffic control allowances for the transport of your modular home.
Besides that, the installation site should have two 30’x60’ cleared areas to be used by the crane. These areas should have easy access from the nearby road. It is better to ensure that the driveway is level as this can help you to avoid damages to the home on delivery.
The site should also have two areas near to each other and one area should have a common boundary with the foundation. This area will support the crane and it should be reasonably level and the soil should be undistributed or well compacted.