Can a mobile home with a bent frame be straightened or leveled?

Like the mobile homes in Arkansas waiting to go to Katrina victims I own a mobile home that has a "bent frame". It has a high corner. Does anyone know if it will settle and equalize over time… or, a method of correction?

YES is can be leveled, dont bother to straighten it, damage is done and no need to weaken the metal anymore, usual way to level is to start high to low, with this situation start center and work both ways out (if it is bent curve up/down) if it is bent out/in (creating a C) then it wont matter, no need for any special complications and no need to be an architect, hands on experience works better

3 Comments

  • Bear
    January 25, 2012 - 4:33 am | Permalink

    It’s a metal frame underneath. It wont settle down. You can probably have someone try to straighten it but I doubt if it will work. Best thing I would do is talk to someone who sells or repairs mobile homes.
    References :

  • follownhim
    January 25, 2012 - 4:41 am | Permalink

    First thing to know is it a single wide and if so they are built on a uni frame meaning that have one main I beam down the center and collar arms off of that. If this beam is bent…it will be to hard and costly to straighten it out if and ony if the structural integrity of the frame system is interupted.
    Second, if its a dbl or trp wide then they have 2 main I beams and perpendicular supports between them. This is a much easier fix and can be done. Again its all about the structural integirty of it.
    Make sure that the bends or twist are at any structural welds….this is a key point
    References :
    I’m a Archtiect/Builder

  • rick_2948161
    January 25, 2012 - 5:31 am | Permalink

    YES is can be leveled, dont bother to straighten it, damage is done and no need to weaken the metal anymore, usual way to level is to start high to low, with this situation start center and work both ways out (if it is bent curve up/down) if it is bent out/in (creating a C) then it wont matter, no need for any special complications and no need to be an architect, hands on experience works better
    References :
    done this many times in texas

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