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10-30-2007, 12:17 PM
Has anyone here had any experience with using a mobile home or double wide for their haunt? I believe all of the electrical wires are usually ran underneath? I think....

Anyway, hello all! Ive been away for a while! Had to move so I missed out on alot this year. Making plans for next year though!

- Carman

10-31-2007, 11:20 AM
If you purchase new ones that's pretty expensive. I know here in my area of Utah you are not allowed to move any trailer built before 1980 unless it goes to your own land. Not even leased land.

It's an interesting concept, like using semi trailers.

The electrical runs in the walls like a house, pipes for water/gas run under the trailer. At least the ones I've seen :)

10-31-2007, 07:34 PM
The haunt I used to volunteer at used 2 old construction trailers, we built a maze in the front before you walked into the first trailer, where the scenes were, then another maze/scene was between the first and second trailer and a back exit which led to an old semi which was the breakroom/costume area, and then you exited the second trailer through another small exit which was built on a platform. The sound and electric wires were under the trailers. You can get old construction trailers for pretty cheap, the only problem last year was when the tow truck was towing a trailer away a wheel fell off and just rolled right out into the street, but everything worked out and the haunt is in its 30th year, if you would like pictures just pm me. Happy Halloween!

11-01-2007, 08:24 AM
Im not sure what the laws are here on moving mobile homes? I guess it's something I need to check into.

Depending on the costs, Ive wondered if it were possible to take three or four old mobile homes, put them back to back, and gut out / rebuild the insides. Add a facade to the front and SHAZAM!! I know other's have thought of this. I'm just looking for some feedback. Thanks!

damon carson
11-01-2007, 01:04 PM
Mobile homes can be used the only drawback is its hard to dequise that they are mobile homes. You would need to definately gut them. Maze them out. Fill or cover any windows. Make sure they dont leak or have bad flooring. There are pro's and con's to going this route. But If I had to choose I would go with tractor trailers.

Jim Warfield
11-01-2007, 03:27 PM
Many trailers around here seem to have rotted floors. Maybe there is condensation happening in that closed up , dark space?
Cheap OSB for flooring doesn't help either.
Most trailers built before 1962 had all aluminum wiring in their walls, not good if you supply current to this stuff.
Around here if you leave the wheels and axles on the trailer it is considered and taxed as a trailer, if you cut off the trailer's tongue it gets taxed as a home.
Cut off my tongue and I would have to look for a new home!
The legal length of a trailer is measured including the tongue, if my legal length included my tongue I could be in pornos!

Greg Chrise
11-01-2007, 05:20 PM
Inspired by the Texas based House of Wax, done at one point in several mobile homes (some double wides) I could not believe the length and feel of only a few units. They had to build long ramps to go up and down from the attraction.

So as an experiment, we got a mobile home for free and made it into our painting trailer and airbrush room. The electrical system is underneath but goes through the walls and not just the outside walls but into outlets and light fixtures everywhere.

Plus in an old mobile home there is no way to access all of this wiring to know it is safe or not. So I actually pulled the circuit breaker out and ran my own harness on the back side in conduit to only what I wanted to have. Similarly and inspection of some normally 30 some outlets and circuits would not be possible even by a licensed proffessional to give it the go ahead. But with new verifiable location harness and everything else intentionally terminated it is a no brainer and modern style ground fault circuitry.

In this region you will find tons, as many as you want rotted mobile homes but getting them hauled to where you want and set up might be easily $600 to $800 per unit. You now have something you can't get rid of, no one wants or if you do need to get rid of them expect years giving them away. Be prepeared to completely over lay the floors but, fun can be had knocking out most of the interior walls and putting in your own haunt panels cut short to several different heights, almost custom fit. We elected to take out all the window and put in plywood except for one room. Or all of the interior walls equally would need an overlay. The whole outside as well would need an overlay or it will look like a mobile home. All in all it sounds like you built more than a haunt just in all of the materials and labor but, it could feasibly be moved to the next better location? For a price.

You also are moving all the bugs and mice and snakes you can haul to your location. End result....We moved, left it behind, they took 6 months to sell it for $200. So much energy was spent on this experiment with no real longterm value.

The one I mentioned House, of Wax was years of hard work that happened to be located on a large truck lot with the sponsor owning a mobile home moving company. It was built from all sorts of free stuff and lots of hard work. I'm not sure what they could salvage when they had to end it. I think just because there is a lot available doesn't mean people will come. It is a trade off to free might mean low turn out. In the case of this truck lot and having the equipment, they could put it in the back if they wanted to off season.

11-03-2007, 06:02 AM
Thanks for the advise all! Sounds like I would be better off buying a new metal building or just build a structure from the ground up. I have my own land out in the country so the hassle of building codes and all the b.s. wouldnt be a factor. I will keep safety in mind though.

11-03-2007, 06:12 PM
Mobile homes can be used the only drawback is its hard to dequise that they are mobile homes. You would need to definately gut them. Maze them out. Fill or cover any windows. Make sure they dont leak or have bad flooring. There are pro's and con's to going this route. But If I had to choose I would go with tractor trailers.
Gutting can only be done to a point, the walls in a mobile home are load baring and if taken out the roof will fall in. The roof does not have truses like in a real home. You can take some of the smaller walls out that make up closets ect. but not the walls that divide up the rooms. You could take them out and put in poles to hold the roof up. Not sure how that would effect building codes.

damon carson
11-05-2007, 09:02 AM
Definately maybe I didnt explain myself completely. If you were to gut them you would have to take your maze walls to the ceiling to help support. And you couldnt gut the trailer all at once maybe quarter sections at a time. Because your ceiling will comedown in areas. Poles or posts would be good to help hold up the ceiling as well as mentioned in the last post.