Frequently Asked Questions
What is a mobile home?
A mobile home is a house equipped with a chassis, wheels and a tow bar that makes it 100% transportable. This home is characterised by the fact that it is completely manufactured on an assembly line under rigorous technical inspection in each of its phases.
Furthermore, it is not necessary to fix a mobile home to the ground using any means. The mobile homes stand on strategically placed support points under the chassis. Once the mobile home is assembled, the wheels will not touch the ground at any time.
Likewise, it does not require any type of work for its installation: neither foundations nor any kind of civil works interlocking. This means that it has all the characteristics of what is known as “movable property”, regulated in article 335 of the Spanish Civil Code.
What do the homes include?
All homes in the online catalogue are delivered fully furnished and equipped as standard. On our website, at the end of each model you will find its technical specifications and data sheets, where you can discover all the qualities and equipment of each home.
In the most basic models, it will always be possible to add any equipment that is considered essential for the customer as extras. In this way, we adapt to the different needs of families and professionals.
The prices on the website do not include transportation and assembly. This cost may vary depending on the size of the home chosen and the destination. To find out more, contact Alucasa directly via the contact form, e-mail or telephone call.
Are they prepared for any climate and temperature?
Alucasa mobile homes are prepared to withstand different climates, as well as any change in temperature. Depending on the area where you want to place them, our team will advise you on the best equipment and maintenance.
It should be taken into account that, if it is a rainy area, the best option is a gable roof. In colder areas, we recommend the use of extra heating systems such as electric radiators or pellet heaters. We strongly discourage the use of wood-burning fireplaces inside our mobile homes.
In cases of snow, the roof is designed to withstand loads from 750 N/m2 and its slope, greater than 15%, allows the snow to slide off as it accumulates on the roof.
How durable are they?
Our mobile homes are designed with durability in mind. After more than 46 years manufacturing them, the best guarantee is the satisfaction of our customers over the years.
The design and materials we use to manufacture our mobile homes are chosen so that they require very little maintenance over the years. However, the customer will have to take care of some key aspects. You can find out more about general interior maintenance and general exterior maintenance in our blog.
How are they transported?
This type of industrialised housing is transported fully assembled on top of special transport trucks. Models consisting of two modules up to 8.50 m long can be transported on a single trailer truck. Models longer than this, however, will be shipped individually.
In order for the truck to access the plot, the road must be at least 4.50 m wide and high at all times. If these measurements are not met, the option of access by crane will be considered. The crane is never included in the price of the transportation offered by Alucasa and will depend on the company chosen by the customer.
If access by crane is not possible, we have “special width” mobile homes with smaller dimensions. These are ideal for longer, narrower roads. Discuss the different options with Alucasa staff.
What does my land need in order to install a mobile home?
Regulations and choice of site
- Everything we manufacture at Alucasa is mobile, has a chassis with wheels and a reversible tow bar. We manufacture under the European UNE-EN 1647 framework standard for the manufacture of caravans, motorhomes and mobile homes. This means that it has all the characteristics of what is known as a “MOVABLE PROPERTY”, regulated in article 335 of the Spanish Civil Code. This means that a mobile home is a 100% mobile element that is transported in a single module without the need to dismantle it beforehand, with the exception of twin models that are made up of two finished modules with their own chassis. Moreover, at no time will the home be anchored to the ground. No building work is required for their installation, and they can be relocated. It follows that we are far from the field of permanent works or installations.
- As mobile homes are movable property, they are not eligible to obtain a certificate of habitability, and, therefore, it would not be a mortgageable property. Moreover, as a general rule, the VAT rate of 21% is applied.
- In terms of location in a municipal area, we advise prior consultation with the Council regarding the place of installation, always bearing in mind the above: it is a movable asset (mobile), we are not going to fix it to the ground by any means and it is transported fully assembled from the factory. As far as assembly is concerned, this is limited to unloading the truck and levelling it on the plot.
Choosing the land:
Under no circumstances should the mobile home be placed on soft, muddy or similar ground. The location of the site must be studied, and it must not have any water problems, such as preferential roads or water torrents.
The plot should also be as flattened and compacted as possible. This will avoid any subsequent unevenness of the mobile home. Wherever possible, we recommend laying concrete slab around the entire perimeter of the mobile home.
In the case of land where it is not possible to carry out building work, the land should be compacted as much as possible with machinery and a layer of gravel should be placed. In these cases, we recommend placing terrazzo tiles or prefabricated concrete slabs with a surface area of no less than 50 cm x 50 cm under the support points.
How can I ensure a correct levelling?
A perfect levelling of the mobile home is essential and must be maintained for its entire life. To do this, the customer must regularly check the support points under the chassis using the levelling tool known as a “level”.
The mobile home comes with 5 or 6 mechanical jacks, depending on the model. The purpose of these jacks is to support the ends of the bridges and exterior walls. The jacks are fitted with a threaded rod, with a nut and a transverse rod. This is so that the jacks can be tightened at any time to ensure that the mobile home is properly levelled.
With the purchase of the mobile home, the customer will receive all the necessary instructions and manuals for its proper revision. Moreover, when assembling the mobile home on site, our assemblers will explain the whole process again. Our technical team is always available to answer any questions you may have.
What about electricity, water and drainage connections?
All our mobile homes are prepared for connection to electricity, water and sewage. If these connections are not available, or if the customer prefers, it can be made self-sufficient by means of solar panels, a water tank or septic tank.
After signing the contract, Alucasa will provide the customer with a plan containing the location of the electricity and water connections for the correct pre-installation on the plot. This is a very simple job, but we always recommend that expert electricians and plumbers do it. These professionals will be contracted by the customer at their own expense and are not included in the price.
Can I move the mobile home with my car or 4×4?
Despite being a mobile element, a mobile home cannot be driven on the road under any circumstances. The tow bar and the wheels incorporated under the chassis allow the home to be moved over very short distances within the plot or at the time of installation, but never from one plot to another.
If the customer wishes to change the location of the mobile home, we recommend that they contact Alucasa again. In this way, they will be advised on the correct transportation to avoid any damage to the home.