This is a top-of-the-line, heavy-duty carrier. It’s tough. It’s rugged. It holds Nationwide’s modules as they travel down the road at speeds up to 60 - 65 MPH. These super-strong carriers hold the modules flat and secure as they navigate the twists, turns (and more than occasional bumps) along the way, at distances that sometimes exceed 400+ miles. During travel, there might be an occasional crack in sheetrock, but finished ceramic tile floors and walls arrive intact. Finished kitchens, fully-applianced, arrive at their destination looking no less worse for wear. Light fixtures, wall mirrors, windows, doors, all sit solidly in place and remain like new. Much of it is because of the solid base provided by these heavy-duty carriers…but much more of it is because the modules are built solid and square. Engineered processes that include beefed up door & window headers, extra blocking, heavy-duty rafter systems & other systems-built, modular home procedures meant to assure safe, long-distance delivery will protect our customers’ investment.
I thought about this as I drove through a new sub-division currently under construction in my hometown. The homes are being built by one of the “big box” builders – those large, brand name companies who certainly do a nice job of providing entry-level production-built homes that meet all building codes. Barely. Using base-grade quality lumber spaced out to maximum spans with little to no supportive blocking. Using purchased trusses in the roof, made up of smaller dimensional lumber components. Using thin sheathing…thick enough to hold up the vinyl siding, but probably unlikely to withstand a good punch (should anyone be so inclined).
I see all this and I think: What if they tried to crane-lift that structure onto one of our heavy-duty carriers? What if after doing that they jumped onto the highway and started to reach speeds of 45…50…60 MPH? I’d be curious, but I’d be unlikely to get in a car and follow them, as parts & pieces start to come apart, falling off…. I tried to imagine the result, and came to the conclusion: Those traditional site-built homes wouldn’t last 10 minutes on one of my carriers.