|Originally posted by spark1:|
Hope it’s not an old mobile home (pre-1976) built with aluminum wiring. I think some still use aluminum for large gauge wire connected to electric ranges and clothes dryers. That’s usually not a problem unless a connection becomes loose. They shouldn’t use the washer or dryer again until the wiring is checked out by an electrician.
That's where I was going to go. Older trailers had Aluminum wiring, and any load on that would make it get hot. Get it checked out, and at the very least get the major stuff (dryer, heater, water heater) changed to the proper grade copper wiring. It's worth it.
Also, if it is an older trailer make sure all smoke detectors are working, and that the exits are not blocked. I'm a redneck, and have lower standards than most would, and I would not live in a trailer with aluminum wiring. That bizarre mixture of wiring prone to catch on fire, and windows too small to get through make me too nervous.
Edit to add: It doesn't have to be a pre 1976 trailer. If the owner put in new wiring at some point, and replaced it with aluminum.
[This message has been edited by twofatguys (edited 05-15-2011).]