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politicat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-04-06 06:51 PM
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How do I get rid of a (condemned) mobile home?
We had a house fire in December. The insurance paid off and now we have the condemned shell. It's unsafe as well as being a money pit.

How do we get this thing removed? Is there anyone likely to take it for scrap? I'd post it on the free section of Craig's list, but I'm not sure anyone would want it.

I've called the car crusher companies in the area and most of them have said they don't take mobiles.
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Vincardog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-04-06 06:52 PM
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1. Trade it in on your new home. Make the seller move it.
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politicat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-04-06 07:18 PM
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7. Bought a site-built house. No trade ins allowed.
Thanks, but we're past that point.
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formercia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-04-06 06:53 PM
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2. Call the fire department
offer them to use it for training. They should have let it burn.
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napi21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-04-06 06:54 PM
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3. I would think your insurance Co should be responsible for it's
removal. I know when there's a house fire, the insurance pays to have all the debris hauled away.
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xultar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-04-06 06:56 PM
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4. Call FEMA. I'm sure they'll try to give it to someone in New Orleans
Or I bet you could drive it and park it in Arkansas on that big ass airport lot they have with the other condemned mobile homes. I'm sure they'll never notice.
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SammyWinstonJack Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-04-06 07:39 PM
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11. !
ouch!
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karlrschneider Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-04-06 06:57 PM
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5. It probably has a lot of aluminum (siding, roof etc)
you could probably recycle that, it's bringing 45 cents a pound around here. There has to be a metal recycling company around there, we have 2 in this little town...
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politicat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-04-06 07:20 PM
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8. Roof is asphalt, siding is wood type.
I wish it was older, because then it would have all of that stuff, but no... it's a 90's model, so it's made out of ticky-tacky and cardboard.

The fire department was pretty damn quick.
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Poll_Blind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-04-06 06:59 PM
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6. There are a number of Mojo Nixon songs which address this very issue. n/t
PB
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fishnfla Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-04-06 07:33 PM
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9. My friend's dad is in the business
He has one of those haulers you see on the highway with the flags and the "oversized load" signs

He charges a fee to haul the old ones away, around 500 bucks,and then he takes them to a scrap metal place and sells them for a certain sum, usually around 5oo bucks.

Call someone in the indusrty, a mobile home park operator or hauler
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madokie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-04-06 07:37 PM
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10. I was faced with ridding myself of an old trailer house once
I got a 30 yard dumpster and started at one end and took it down 3 to 4 ft at a time, burned all that would burn put the rest in the dumpster. If you go that route clean up your mess each day and it isn't so bad. when I made it to the other end I was finished, cleaned up and ready to sell the frame.
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Lochloosa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-04-06 07:43 PM
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12.  madokie, I like you idea except for the burning part.
There are so much "bad" stuff in a MH that should not be released into the atmosphere. Just keep loading the dumpster.
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madokie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-04-06 07:53 PM
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16. mostly all I burned was the wood, studs and paneling
what got me was the first piece of paneling I lite on fire. it started burning so fast I almost couldn't get away from it fast enough. I also found a couple places where the electric wire was almost worn through just waiting to start a fire that would have been next to impossible to escape or at least I felt so. it was an eighty footer and it filled up a 30 yard dumpster. the aluminum siding at the time wasn't worth enough for me to salvage and sell.
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RagAss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-04-06 07:43 PM
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13. Bring in an artist to mold the face of Jeebus in the asphalt....
Edited on Fri Aug-04-06 07:43 PM by Ragazz68
get a picture up on e-bay and you're all set...probably make enough to retire early....
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Nikki Stone 1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-04-06 08:00 PM
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17. Super idea! Add a Virgin Mary for extra punch.
:)
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leftofthedial Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-04-06 07:46 PM
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14. move to Lebanon.
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NastyDiaper Donating Member (806 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-04-06 07:47 PM
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15. Chain the axle to your curbside garbage can on Monday..
Edited on Fri Aug-04-06 07:49 PM by NastyDiaper
Seriously, I'm surprised that the insurance company is not required to take possession and remove it, as they would be responsible for taking possession of a auto total. Seems like a no-brainier state reg to me.

/agree napi21
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ThomWV Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Aug-04-06 08:08 PM
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18. Put a "FREE" Sign on it. Someone will take it.
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