Twin Unit Mobile Homes

  Twin Unit Mobile Homes

Mobile homes offer a number of attractions for someone looking for an economical home. At the moment a  Mobile home is VAT rated at 5% so you get more home for your money, and since they are not subject to building regulations, erecting a mobile home is considerably easier and cheaper than a permanent living house. Although mobile homes are no longer zero rated, they still retain the advantage of not being liable to building regulations though planning permission is usually still required.

Historically mobile homes have been very low quality dwellings with poor or even non existent insulation and flimsy construction. However it does not have to be that way. Log Home Solutions supply the 'Mobo' range of mobile homes from Jorntrahus which are designed to comply with UK building regulations as a permanent living house even though they are not obliged to. Any permanent drainage and sewerage connections will require approval by your local building control department.

What defines a mobile home?

There is actually very little difference between a mobile home and our other cabins. The Mobo range has a slightly higher specification than our Tallbo cabins. A cabin qualifies as a mobile home so long as it meets a small number of criteria :-

  1. It must be no more than 6.8m wide and 20m long.
  2. There must be no permanently fixed projections on the sides. For example, a porch is only allowed if it is a removable structure.
  3. The ceiling inside must be less than ten feet high.
  4. It must be capable being separated into no more than two sections.
  5. It must be capable of being moved, but that does not mean it has to have wheels. A wooden skid frame is acceptable.

In addition to meet the British Standard there are restrictions on the height of window cills, window dimensions, and some other technical details. There is no requirement for the mobile home to be delivered in two pieces. It is perfectly acceptable to assemble a mobile home on site so long as it can easily be separated in half at a later date.

Mobo homes from Jorntrahus

Our Mobo range of homes are constructed using the same 58mm corner crossjointed Pine logs we use in all our permanent living log homes. Walls are fully insulated with a composite structure consisting of 120mm of Isover glass wool batts clad with a 22mm log profiled Pine cladding to resemble the outer log. Total wall thickness is 200mm and the wall has a U value of 0.3  which is considerably better than can be achieved with a solid wood wall of the same thickness.  All electrics run behind the cladding on the wall and normal cavity boxes can be used.

Windows are the same double glazed windows used in the Tallbo range of log cabins, except they are larger being 1.2m high. There is a 16mm gap between the two layers of glazing and the windows have a U value of 1.6. Where Mobos have a glazed door in the lounge, then the door is triple glazed with a U value of 1.0

The default roof of a Mobo kit is sheet mineral felt. Other options such as shingles or tiles are available on request. Steel guttering is supplied with the Mobo kit.

The floor of a Mobo is 22mm Pine floorboards, and the floor is fully insulated with 220mm of Isover insulation. Ceilings are clad in Pine panelling with insulation above.

A Mobo home may stand either on a wooden skid, or else on a steel wheeled chassis to allow easy moving.

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