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Old 03-06-2012, 04:45 PM   #1
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Florida anchoring (tie down) requirements

Hello all. I recently purchased a 2006 30' Forest River Wildwood bunkhouse trailer that was a previous fema trailer. I have completely removed everything from the interior, and intend to use it for storage on my property in central eastern Florida. I checked with local code enforcement and was OKed to have it providing I abide by setback regulations.

Next I went to my county building dept to secure a " tie down" permit, to secure trailer against strong Florida winds. Building inspector told me I needed to get "tie down" (anchoring) specifications from trailer manufacturer. I have been on computer/telephone all day and have not gathered any info regarding Forest River specifications regarding tie down/anchoring their trailers. Can anyone help provide me some info or document that could help me get my permit for anchoring this trailer? I'm at a point now that I don't know what to do. I would sure appreciate any help or advise anyone could provide. Thanks, Mike.
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Old 03-06-2012, 05:14 PM   #2
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Mike,
I think your "building instector" is assuming that ALL "trailers" have tie down specs....which I assume are points along the trailers frame specifically made to attach your tie down cables to. Since "house trailers" probably have these points I think that's what he's talking about. Since "travel trailers" are not really intended to be "parked" for any length of time, I don't believe you will find that info from any travel trailer manufacturer.
Maybe you can check with a commercial "house trailer" mover and ask if there is any "special" way to tie down a specific type of trailer that is acceptable in Florida. Maybe thay have some experience with setting up travel trailers in campgrounds that offer permanant sites.
Or, call a few campgrounds in your area and see if they offer permanant sites and who they recomend to anchor the trailers down and call them.

Sorry I can't be of more help. Just throwing out suggestions.

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Old 03-06-2012, 06:16 PM   #3
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Thanks rracer5, that sounds like a possible source of info. I'll give that a try. I wonder if Forest River ever printed directions on securing their units. I couldn't get anywhere searching for something like that. Thanks, Mike.
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Old 03-06-2012, 06:36 PM   #4
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personally i would criss cross tie downs side to side on the front and the rear as we do when hauling equipment . angle the right front ratchet strap slightly forward and towards left side and do the same for the other side from left to right . then repeat on the rear angling back some .
when hooking on the frame hook closest to a floor joist .

checking with the manufacture may not lend you any info . but maybe ?
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Unfortunatly, I think the building inspector is going to be a PIA in this case. He's looking for specs from the manufacturer on where EXACTLY AND HOW To attach the tie down cables.
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Unfortunatly, I think the building inspector is going to be a PIA in this case. He's looking for specs from the manufacturer on where EXACTLY AND HOW To attach the tie down cables.
Regretfully, I think you may be right about that. When I originally went to building dept this morning, I brought copy of my original home site plan with trailer location drawn in, with all setback measurements, trailer measurements, etc. I also had separate page showing side view and end view of trailer with anchor/strap locations (10) shown, and anchor depths (4'). That did not satisfy him. He's looking for another entity (manufacturer) to show specifics for him to go by.

I'm still on line searching for something I can bring to him. I came across this, http://www.flhsmv.gov/dmv/Forms/BMHRV/15C1Finl.pdf , and although this is geared up for larger mobil home type of securing, it looks like I'll have to try and draw something up using these much more stringent regulations for my situation. At least I'll be confident in knowing that if a hurricane comes and blows my 145mph rated home away, I can always move into the trailer that will surely still be fine.
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Yes the frame might be there. Youroo!!
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Old 03-06-2012, 09:25 PM   #8
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Looks like you are on the right track -
When the company I work for was trying to install booths at a particular location we had to get an engineer in that was licensed to do Nertal or something like that because the booth manufacture didnt have the cert on the booth.

I can tell you that the City of Orlando Building / permiting department can be a pain to deal with.

One of the things I noticed is this

"In absence of the original manufacturer’s installation instructions
the anchoring system shall be designed by a professional engineer or architect, licensed in the State of Florida, to comply with Manufactured Home Installation in Flood Hazard Areas, FEMA 85/September
1985, incorporated by reference above."
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[QUOTE=sherdep;167350]Looks like you are on the right track -
When the company I work for was trying to install booths at a particular location we had to get an engineer in that was licensed to do Nertal or something like that because the booth manufacture didnt have the cert on the booth.

I can tell you that the City of Orlando Building / permiting department can be a pain to deal with.

One of the things I noticed is this

"In absence of the original manufacturer’s installation instructions
the anchoring system shall be designed by a professional engineer or architect, licensed in the State of Florida, to comply with Manufactured Home Installation in Flood Hazard Areas, FEMA 85/September
1985, incorporated by reference above."[/QUOTE]



Ohhhh boy......hope it doesn't come to this but, it looks like it might.
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Old 03-06-2012, 09:56 PM   #10
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If it does come to that then it could get to costly cause engineers are not cheap

depending on his situation - why even get a permit to put the camper on your property perminent - just park it and tie it down - the only time they will hassle you is if someone complains usually

I realize you are trying to do the "Right" thing but sometimes the permitting department's make it more difficult to do the right thing and people just do as they please. Hope that came out right lol
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