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I guess my sig says it all, but since you’re about to give it up with your SSTRAN, why not try some experimenting before your make the final decision.
No question, driving a ground rod into a property full of locates (pipes, UGW, etc.) would definitely be a bad idea, however, there are several things I would try before tossing the SSTRAN.
Here are some articles on grounding:
Those pipes, while a real hazard for driving a rod, might be an alternate ground. Using a VOM, check for stray currents on any pipes you can access from your lot and if the pipes are truly “cold,” clip on a ground wire on and see what you get.
Making the same test on the mobile frame, if you find it is isolated from the grid then it really might make a good ground. Same thing with the skin.
You might also try laying a length of wire on the ground in a safe place like around the perimeter of your mobile or around your entire park lot. Using the “cut and press” approach you can even get the wire an inch or two below the surface by cutting the turf and pressing the wire underneath the sod.
AM BCB wavelengths are quite long, so the transmitter is likely indifferent to the vehicles and mobile on your lot.