I'm levelling a used trailer house that I bought for storage. I know
how to put the blocks under it, which means using solid 4x8x16 blocks
against the soil, and stacking concrete blocks under the steel frame.
The 4 corners are double stacked, the center ones are single. What I
am not sure about is the spacing. What is the recommended spacing
between block piles going the length of the trailer? This is a
smaller trailer, about 45ft long and 12 wide. I only bought it for
storage on my farm. Yes, I do plan to install screw in anchors. Dont
worry about building codes, they dont check on storage buildings
around here. I just want to be sure there are enough block piles to
support it properly.
If it was my trailer, I would use 4 piles on each side, spaced approx.
15 feet apart
Of course, it depends on what you're planning on storing in there.
Unless it's extremely heavy items, I think the four piles per side
On Fri, 25 Jun 2010 05:04:18 -0500, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I don't know the answer for spacing. Me, I would look under the
trailer and guesstimate where the previous blocks were positioned
(closely look at the frame for marking/scratches?). I would also
consider the distance between cross-members in the frame.
Cedar shims (wide), between the blocks and frame will help you get the
Storage of what? Weight load makes a difference. Most trailer floors are
flimsy even when new. Your feet will tell you when you start loading it
up. May want to lay down a layer of plywood while it is empty.
For storage, I woulda been more inclined to go with retired semi trailer
or shipping container. Unless maybe you are gonna put utilities to the
thing, and make it into the guest house for family come the holidays.
If constructed for highway use, the trailer is not designed to
distribute the weight evenly along the chassis: it is designed
so that the wheel axles support the weight. Trailers are blocked
not to support the weight but to prevent their tipping, so that
weight falls elsewhere than onto the axles.
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