Holly recently contacted me and had a question about moving a tiny mobile house once you had it near it’s final location. She had seen an article somewhere and was looking for it. I knew right off she was talking about the Powermover that Dee Williams and Logan Smith have used to move homes in the Portland area.
I wrote to Logan and he filled me in on what they use. Logan says: I believe the tool name is an “electric dolly” but the commercial name of the tool we purchased was “Powermover” from a fellow named Brady outside of Los Angeles, CA. The website for the Powermover is http://www.powermoverinc.net/
We purchased the AC10 model with a 1/2 horse power electric motor. We have had issues with traction on gravel and wet grass so I would probably recommend an AC12 model for more traction (6 wheels instead of 5). List priced at $1299 at the website. Some friends of ours, Thomas and Audrey, purchased the same model as us and had some difficulty due to soft ground and no traction.
So these may not be perfect but they are a great option if you are looking to move your home short distances or in someone’s yard. I would also suggest checking your local equipment rental agency as you might be able to rent one for a move and than return it. Thus saving a big outlay on a piece of equipment you may not use very often.