Item 4: Mobile Homes
mobile home on flatbed truck

Towing a mobile home will likely require special permits because of the oversized load.

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As with recreational vehicles, manufactured home pro­duction -- including that of mobile homes -- has declined in the United States in the past few years [source: Manufactured Housing Institute]. Nevertheless, mobile homes have been improving in quality during the same time [source: Davis]. The structures are built in factories, usually transported to mobile home dealerships then towed to the owner's desired plot. While mobile homes usually arrive in pieces at their final resting point, they're still huge loads to haul.

Towing a mobile home from the lot to your plot can be a precarious process. You've probably passed a truck hauling a mobile home down the highway at some point. After all, they're hard to miss with warning flags and "oversize load" signs plastered all over them. Since you're dealing with a bulky, multiton item, you'll need to obtain permits from your city or state before taking your mobile home on the road. Regulations will vary depending on your location, so you should check with your local Department of Motor Vehicles.

If you’re not in the market for a mobile home and want to build a house from the ground up, you’re still going to have to do some tough towing. Towing a bunch of construction equipment is as much a hassle as towing a mobile home. Next, find out how heavy the equipment can get.