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Thread #79385   Message #2670786
Posted By: wysiwyg
03-Jul-09 - 01:33 PM
Thread Name: Static Caravan, Anyone live in one?
Subject: RE: Static Caravan, Anyone live in one?
In the US we have single-wides, double-wides, and modulars, in increasing order of size, mobility, and, usually, quality. I also have seen regular RVs made into all-year non-moving homes of varying quality and with varying amounts of added-on rooms or linked mobile modules.

The single-wides are known fire-traps, according to fire chiefs I met on-scene when I worked Red Cross. Burn in a flash, few exit options, too hot to escape, etc. The few double-wides I have been in are quite nice, durable, spacious, have great-add-on possibilities (stick built and modular), but I dunno anything about their behavior in fires. They do have more exit doors, tho.

(Because our area has so many of these (singles and doubles), our local stores also carry tiny air conditioners to fit tiny (narrow) windows, which we found helpful when we had a tiny attic window to fit.)

The modulars, on the other hand, are often nicer and better-built than a lot of older (non-code) housing stock. They all have their strong points. Just good to know how each are built, etc.