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Old 11-30-2012, 11:04 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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... $4000 isn't bad-would have to see what the delivery charge would be. The floors would come out regardless-a quick Google search reveals cupric sulfate to be nasty stuff-not as bad as arsenic, but still not something you want in your living space.
A friend has a couple 20-foot boxes the delivery charges was $400 for both of them.
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Old 11-30-2012, 11:53 AM
 
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Really? "Mobile" homes can't be all that expensive. Why fuss with trying to convert what is essentially a not so big iron box?
Strength, the fact that they're somewhat modular (easily stacked, etc...), cheapness and availability. Most mobile homes I've seen are quite flimsy-also, new mobile homes aren't exactly cheap. I would not want to move one from one site to another either. Also, starting with a complete "blank slate" inside is appealing, since the layout and interior would be extremely simple.

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A friend has a couple 20-foot boxes the delivery charges was $400 for both of them.
Not bad!
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Old 11-30-2012, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Log "cabin" west of Bangor
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Really? "Mobile" homes can't be all that expensive. Why fuss with trying to convert what is essentially a not so big iron box?

If i were considering building in a climate like most of Maine I would use "Insulcrete" concrete forms for the shell of a half buried hillside house. It would be essentially a big Styrofoam box reinforced with structural concrete. Something like that might tale more than a candle to heat. Probably a big oil lamp or waste heat from a small diesel generator. Put big windows on the south side and you might not need extra heat for most of the year.

Shipping containers? No way.
I've seen a couple of videos on building with them. You can stack them, set them side by side (or other configurations) and weld/bolt them together. If you're looking for relatively cheap that could be one way to go, although I thought the prices at Maine Trailer were a bit steep...but I haven't shopped around yet. I was thinking of one or two to use as sheds but I don't want to pay that much for them.
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