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Old 05-17-2018, 09:20 AM
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I have been looking at some out of the way property to use as a fish camp near the coast to give me somewhere to stay closer to where I fish. I have been toying with the idea of putting a single wide as somewhere to sleep at night and that would give me a place to have a few buddies down and a place for them as well. Who on here has used an older single wide for a hunting/fishing camp? I see them in the area I'm looking used as fish camps but a lot of them aren't reported on the county tax website. How to get around that I am not exactly sure but if its possible I'm all for it. Just looking for advice from people who have done and if you would do it again or what you would do differently. Thanks in advance for any advice.
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Originally Posted by scyounggun View Post
I see them in the area I'm looking used as fish camps but a lot of them aren't reported on the county tax website. How to get around that I am not exactly sure but if its possible I'm all for it. Just looking for advice from people who have done and if you would do it again or what you would do differently...........
Our summer home in SD is a 'fabricated home' i.e. a double wide... It has a M.V. title just like a car or any other trailer. It looks like the only structure on my lot I pay property tax for is my garage... So that may be your answer. I know when I bought the place last year, there was more paperwork buying the 40 year old mobile that was on the property than the property itself!
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Old 05-17-2018, 09:38 AM
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Unless you can get a mobile home for a steal....then why put something on a property that will not appreciate the value of the property?

Mobile homes on lots very often drive a properties value down.

My suggestion, buy a used, cheap 5th wheel that can be moved off site when not used.

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One of those tiny homes on wheels, I've heard they actually hold they'e value fairly well. That maybe due to the newness of that concept though.
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In SC, the mobile home has to be of certain age to be transported, IIRC. I'd probably be more inclined to do a pole barn and park a 30'ish travel trailer under it.
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Originally Posted by Afishinado View Post
Our summer home in SD is a 'fabricated home' i.e. a double wide... It has a M.V. title just like a car or any other trailer. It looks like the only structure on my lot I pay property tax for is my garage... So that may be your answer. I know when I bought the place last year, there was more paperwork buying the 40 year old mobile that was on the property than the property itself!
I thought that may be it as well until I noticed some are reported on there and others were not. Just very strange to me but its probably just something I don't know about.


To the other reply, I have considered a fifth wheel but I can pick up single wides in the area for 5kish in decent shape and have them moved for a couple more thousand. The thought of a 5th wheel has definitely crossed my mind though and then build a small cabin or something of the sorts in the future which is the plan anyway.
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Going to have a hard time getting permission to do any mobile homes anywhere east of HWY 17.

About your only option will be a camper. Can likely get away with doing a shed roof to go over it, with the stipulation that it be moved a few times per year.

Most of the stuff you are seeing is older and grandfathered in.

If still looking in edisto, Colleton County is who to talk to for specifics

https://www.colletoncounty.org/build...ministration-1
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I thought that may be it as well until I noticed some are reported on there and others were not. Just very strange to me but its probably just something I don't know about.
To the other reply, I have considered a fifth wheel but I can pick up single wides in the area for 5kish in decent shape and have them moved for a couple more thousand. The thought of a 5th wheel has definitely crossed my mind though and then build a small cabin or something of the sorts in the future which is the plan anyway.
Hell, you can buy them for even less than $5000.. I sold my old one for $500, guy gutted it, he puts about $25k in refurb and rents it for $1100mo! Has 9 of them in a little park up here... As he said to me, I paid $.50sqft for a shell... So IMHO, your idea is a good one. The one I sold was owned by a disabled 400lb smoker with 5 cats... I never even set foot in it, can't imagine.

In the south, mobile homes are not built the same as the ones in the north, they don't have to be as efficient. In fact, my unit is identical to a modular except it cost more because it sits on a frame. Where you save is setting the unit, mine, no foundation, it has piers, no crane to set (saved me $24,000).
Of course here on THT you've probably figured out EVERYONE is wealthy, they only do things the most expensive way possible. If you're really smart, you'll figure out most have more bullshit than a cow pasture..
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And, I think Colleton County can be difficult to work with, too. That's where our farm is located, but we didn't have too many issues, but we are still classified as a pole barn/shed. Other buddies in area have told me they dread doing anything official with Colleton County. YMMV, though, and good luck!
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And, I think Colleton County can be difficult to work with, too. That's where our farm is located, but we didn't have too many issues, but we are still classified as a pole barn/shed. Other buddies in area have told me they dread doing anything official with Colleton County. YMMV, though, and good luck!
He speaks the truth. County government in Colleton county is riddled with incompetence. Speaking from experience, you will get much better traction with them in person than you will over the phone, and for damn sure don't email them. Couple of decent folks in the assessors office, but building codes is a shit show.
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I am looking at edisto but most of the island is Charleston county. Not sure how difficult they are to deal with on them
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here in florida you can be a 1/2 decent mobile home for $5-$10k all day long. the problem here is it cost starting around $10k just to move it, and thats with a shady fly by night mover that is willing to skip permits to haul it.
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I got a quote on moving and setting one up here and it was right at 3k for a 100 mile move and basic setup with him getting all permits to move.
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Part of the reason for considering a single wide is for the extra room over a 5th wheel. 4-6 grown adults in a 5th wheel for a weekend could be a little tight, although I guess another camper could solve that issue. Still in the planning stages with more time to figure out what I want to do. Thanks for all the advice so far, keep it coming!
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Originally Posted by scyounggun View Post
I got a quote on moving and setting one up here and it was right at 3k for a 100 mile move and basic setup with him getting all permits to move.
This is about right...$3-5k all in for transport and hook up. Depending on ease of access, etc.

The reason you see some as personal and some as real property is due to how they are set up and registered. Legally these homes are vehicles until they are fixed in place, hooked up, tags and hitch removed, etc. There may be more requirements based on county/jurisdiction.
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Not in the low country but I have friends that build 4 small cabins on a lake lot. Bed, Loft, bathroom and sink. They are small enough that they aren't taxed.

Another thought is a storage container upfitted, doors and a couple of windows that can be shut up and not broken into depending on where your going towards the lowcountry.
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I bought a place on the lake that is a "double wide" manufactured house with a stick built addition. I am taxed only on the land as far as real estate. Pay a seperate fee or tax for a manufactured housing stamp. Total tax works out value wise a little better than neighbors stick built.

It has worked out great for me with the intended use being exactly like you describe. Will probably eventually move the MH and build on lot.
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Originally Posted by Bob's Cay View Post
I bought a place on the lake that is a "double wide" manufactured house with a stick built addition. I am taxed only on the land as far as real estate. Pay a seperate fee or tax for a manufactured housing stamp. Total tax works out value wise a little better than neighbors stick built.

It has worked out great for me with the intended use being exactly like you describe. Will probably eventually move the MH and build on lot.
Pretty much my plans as well. Will probably move the mobile out and build an"retirement home" in the future. But retirement is about 30 years away for me so I've got a while for that part
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Not in the low country but I have friends that build 4 small cabins on a lake lot. Bed, Loft, bathroom and sink. They are small enough that they aren't taxed.

Another thought is a storage container upfitted, doors and a couple of windows that can be shut up and not broken into depending on where your going towards the lowcountry.
great option. There is a container outfitter in Walterboro on Mt. Carmel Rd that is worth checking out. You can spray foam them which really helps with heat. Build it out like a job trailer, with one end being a den/kitchen/small bath, and the other as flex space to be used as a bunk room/secure storage for outdoor stuff when you are away. Configure that room on the door end, and cut in a man door on the other end.
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great option. There is a container outfitter in Walterboro on Mt. Carmel Rd that is worth checking out. You can spray foam them which really helps with heat. Build it out like a job trailer, with one end being a den/kitchen/small bath, and the other as flex space to be used as a bunk room/secure storage for outdoor stuff when you are away. Configure that room on the door end, and cut in a man door on the other end.
definitely going to look into the camper or shipping container options more. Thanks for all the advice!
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There’s a member here, assuming he’s still active on THT that is local, fishes, is a great dude and sells containers for good prices should you need them. Our company is looking at getting a few refrigerated 40’ers from him if they do what we think they can do for us. I can shoot you his info if wanted/needed.

Containers wouldnt need much upfitting if you if you wanted to do yourself. Best and easiest thing you could do is set them apart, but close enough to do covered open area(s) easily. There are commercial products that look nice, but not hard to fab trusses if necessary. Only thing I’m not sure of with that is what to do come hurricane time.
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