Owning a dance pole is a convenient way to practice pole dancing whenever you want. It’s also a great way to practice new pole tricks after your dance classes. However, you may wonder if you can install a dance pole in your mobile home or trailer. The answer is YES!
Although not all houses can support a dance pole, thankfully, mobile homes can.
So, can you install a dance pole in a mobile home or trailer? How do you install it? And how can you maintain your floors and ceilings to avoid damage?
Find everything you need to know in this article.
Can You Install a Dance Pole In a Mobile Home or Trailer?
Yes, you can install a dance pole in a mobile home. However, unlike installing in a brick-and-mortar house, you’ll need to pay more attention to its stability and security.
Your dance pole’s stability and security depend on several factors, including;
- The structure of your home.
- The type of dance pole.
- The ceiling’s weight capacity.
Factors to Consider When Installing a Dance Pole in a Mobile Home or Trailer
The Structure Of Your Mobile Home or Trailer
Mobile homes are also known as prefab homes. They are factory-built homes that are designed to be transported to a site and installed on a foundation or supporting structure. Unlike the regular homes, mobile homes are typically smaller and more affordable.
Given the design, mobile homes are not as strong as traditional homes. This means that you need to observe some important safety checks before installing your dance pole.
To confirm your mobile home’s structure and its ability to support your dance pole, do the following;
- Check the foundation of your mobile home to ensure it is strong and sturdy. A sturdy foundation is needed for your dance pole installation and subsequent use.
- Check your mobile home’s frame for damages like corrosion and rust. If damaged, we recommend addressing the problem before installing your dance pole or attempting to dance on it.
- Inspect your mobile home’s roof for leaks, holes, or damages. Fix those problems before installing your dance pole.
The Type of Dance Pole
There are about 7 types of stripper poles to choose from. Depending on your specific needs, you can choose a permanent or removable dance pole. You can also choose between static and spinning poles.
Read: Static vs. Spinning Poles.
If you haven’t bought your stripper pole yet, consider buying a friction-fit or screw-fit dance pole for your mobile home. Friction fit poles rely on tension to keep them in place, while screw fit poles use screws.
Friction-fit poles are better in mobile homes because they are easy to install and won’t damage your floor or ceiling.
You can also choose a portable dance pole for your mobile home use, especially if you love performing outside. Portable dance poles are also great for dancers on the go or those performing at multiple locations.
The Mobile Home or Trailer Ceiling’s Weight Capacity
A mobile home’s roof can hold up to 30 pounds of weight per square foot while its floor can hold up to 40 pounds of weight per square foot.
The exact weight your mobile home’s roof can hold will depend on its age, the ceiling’s condition, and the mobile home’s structure. You should consider how old your mobile home’s ceiling and floors are and your body weight before installing your dance pole.
You may need to install some reinforcements to stabilize the pole if your mobile home is aged.
How to Install Dance Pole in a Mobile Home or Trailer
Having checked your mobile home’s structure, the ceiling’s strength, and chosen the type of dance pole to install, below are the steps needed to get your dance pole up and running.
Choose a Location
I recommend choosing a level ground when selecting a location for your dance pole to be installed. Thankfully, smartphones now come with plenty of apps, including a level. Use the level app to check the desired location to see if it is solid and level.
Your choice location should also have enough space/room for you to swing and practice your dance moves. You’ll usually need about 5 to 6 inches around your dance pole. If you’re unsure, mark the space you wish to install your dance pole and outstretch your arms.
Ensure that the final location allows you to move freely from side to side.
Choose Your Dance Pole
I have recommended choosing a friction-fit pole to avoid damaging your floors and ceilings. You can also choose the portable freestanding dance pole. However, you may consider other dance pole types that appeal to you.
When choosing, consider the type of ceiling in your mobile home and how your dance pole can affect it. You should also consider the size of the dance pole and its stage. You don’t want something too big.
Install the Base Plate
If you’ve chosen the fit friction pole, then you’ll need to install a base plate to get started. Tighten the pole to the ceiling after installing the base plate and secure the pole tightly.
To secure your pole, read the instructions carefully on how to install it.
Read: X-pole vs. Lupit Pole.
Test Your Pole
I recommend testing your pole for strength and stability before breaking it in. Start by leaning into your pole gradually to check if it is stable and secure. If unstable, tighten the base plate and the ceiling some more.
If stable, start with some simple moves to test your pole before moving to the advanced tricks.
Important Tips to Keep in Mind When Installing a Dance Pole in a Mobile Home
Seeing as your mobile home isn’t as sturdy as a traditional building, I’m more concerned about the dynamics and safety of your dance pole. Here are some safety tips to keep in mind.
- Don’t over tighten your dance pole to the ceiling or floor
- Test the ceiling strength before you install your dance pole
- Consider asking for professional help
At the end of the day, owning your own dance pole is essential to your progress. So, whether you live in a mobile home, an apartment, or a traditional home, you can always get the perfect dance pole for your needs.
Hopefully you’ve found this guide helpful. Look around our website for other tips on pole dancing and stripper poles.
I have been pole dancing for a little over 5 years. I’m happy to share my experience and recommendations on this blog while also encouraging more women to take on the beautiful art of pole dancing.