US 3769764 A
A removable mobile home holdown, including pairs of hollow pipes extending into the ground flush with opposing sides of the mobile home. A cross member is secured between each pair of pipes, and each pipe has a crimped end extending into the ground with an auger at the crimped end for anchoring.
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United States Patent 1 1 Young [4 1 Nov. 6, 1973  MOBILE HOME HOLDOWN APPARATUS 3,170,663 2/1965 Fite 248/361 1 1 Inventor: Ernest Young, 1, BOX 348A, 3333331 111322 kiii-"ifffifjjij J 233/3 6? Momstown, 32668 3 V. 7 3,345,996 10/1967 Sadoue 135 1 R  Filed: Nov. 1, 1972 Primary Examiner-John E Murtagh  App! 302,925 Attorney-William M. Hobby et a1.
 US. Cl. 52/23, 248/361 57 ABSTRACT  int. Cl E04h 9/14  Field 61 Search 135/1 R, 3 E; 52/23, mf f z i Ti i 9: 52/83, 156, 157, 143, 4; 248/361 R, 361 A 9 P ex 8 posmg sldes of the m0b1le home. A cross member 15 se-  References Cited cured between each pair of pipes, and each pipe has a crlmped end extendmg mm the ground wlth an auger UNITED STATES PATENTS at the crimped end for anchoring. 930,792 8/1909 Perryuu, 2,822,144 2/1958 Jones 248/361 6 Clams, 3 Drawmg Figures 2,873,694 2/1959 Jaskowiak 248/361 1 MOBILE HOME HOLDOWN APPARATUS BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION 2. Description of the Prior Art Mobile homes have greatly increased in popularity in recent years, especially in those portions of the United States where relatively mild winters occur. In some respects, the term mobile home has become a misnomer, since many such homes are permanently installed. Yet many mobile home owners still move their facilities occasionally. One of the disadvantages with mobile homes in the past was their susceptibility to damage from high winds. While mobile homes do not have a high profile, they are relatively light, and are frequently severely damaged or destroyed during hurricanesor tornadoes. Because of this, legislation both in Congress and in some states is being considered which would require all mobile homes to be tied down in some manner to meet certain minimum wind standards.
There are several types of apparatus presently employed to tie down mobile homes. One arrangement employs cable or flexible straps tied to concrete anchors. See, for example, U. S. Pat. No. 3,054,151 to Shankland. However, such arrangements generally require that the straps extend away from the vehicle in order to achieve maximum hold down capabilities (i. e. mechanical advantage). Yet in this configuration, the straps are an impediment to walking about the mobile home.
Grinelli, et al, in U. S. Pat. No. 3,335,531, teach a mobile home tie-down employing permanently installed spaced concrete anchors and a detachable rod frame. However, this arrangement is expensive; and since mobile homes come in various widths, the permanently installed concrete anchors may'often beto'o wide, in which case the rods are a walking impediment, as described above, or too narrow, resulting in a loss in the overall strength or the tie-down assembly.
Another technique, disclosed by Doctor in U. S. Pat. No. 3,403,487, contemplates a permanent concrete pad to which the mobile home is anchored.
While the above described apparatus has worked in the intended manner, it would be desirable to employ a hold down aparatus which could be easily removed and reinstalled at a new location without any limitations on the new location, such as requirements for providing new concrete anchors.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION The present invention is directed to a mobile home crimped end. A cross member is included between opposing pipes of each pair, and is adapted to engage the roof of the mobile home.
THE DRAWINGS FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a mobile home employing the holdown apparatus of the present invention.
1 FIG. 2 is a perspective view of an end portion of a pipe employed in the'present invention.
F IG. 3 is another perspective view of a portion of the present invention.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION A- holdown apparatus for a mobile home in accordance with the present invention is shown in FIGS. l-3 and described withreference thereto.
Noting FIG. 1, a plurality of pairs of hollow pipes 10 are provided, each pair of pipes being adapted to extend next adjacent to opposing sides 12, 13 of a mobile home 14. Preferably the pipes 10 are flush with the sides 12, 13 with a small standoff 16, such as a hard rubber pad, interposed therebetween.
The size and material of the pipes 10 are not critical. By way of example, the pipes 10 may comprise 3 inch galvanized iron.
A plurality of cross members 18 are provided, each being joinedbetween the opposite pipes 10 of each pair. The cross members 18 are flush with the roof 20 of the mobile home 14, with appropriate standoffs 22 therebetween. The cross members 18 may be joined to the corresponding-pipes 10 by a variety of means. Pref erably, however, slidable bands 24 are employed in order to allow the cross member 18 to be adjusted in a vertical direction, and thus accommodate a variety of mobile home heights.
Referring now to FIG. 2, the lower end 26 of each pipe 10 is crimped to provide a relatively sharp point which is'more easily inserted into the ground than without such crimping. Additionally, a threaded flange, or auger 28, is welded or otherwise joined to the pipe 10 proximal to the crimped end 26 As shown in FIG. 3, the holdown apparatus of the presentinvention further includes an eyelet 30 joined to each pipe 10 a short distance above the auger 28. A cable 23 is tied to the lower edge 34 of the side 12, 13 of the mobile home 1 4 which is next adjacent to the pipes 10, and'is tied to the eyelet 30 via a turnbuckle 36. The turnbuckle 36 provides means for adjusting the length of the tie between the lower edge 34 and each pipe 10.
The mobile home tie-down apparatus of the present invention provides several advangages with respect to the prior art. First, all of the apparatus of the present invention is flush to the mobile home, and thusdoes not serve as an impediment to walking about the mobile home. Second, the apparatus of the present invention can be completely and easily taken down and reused at another site. Third, the present invention does not require permanent concrete anchors or pads, and is relatively inexpensive.
I claim: 1. A mobile home tie-down, comprising: a plurality of pairs of hollow tie-down pipes,'each pair of pipes adapted to extend next adjacent opposing sides of a mobile home;
each said pipe having a crimped end adapted to extend into the ground, and each said pipe further including a threaded auger therealong proximal to said crimped end; and
a cross member between opposing pipes of each pair, each said cross member adapted to engage the roof of said mobile home.
2. A mobile home tie-down as recited in claim 1 further comprising means for tieing the lower edge of each said side of said mobile home to said pipes along the corresponding side.
3. A mobile home tie-down as recited in claim 2 furadjusting means.