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words for the same thing: a home built in a factory on a steel frame with wheels for transport to a homesite, where the wheels are removed after it is set on a foundation.  Manufacturers and HUD prefer that they be called manufactured homes, but most people still refer to them as mobile homes.

   Modular homes are also built in a factory and then delivered to a homesite, but there is no steel frame or wheels under them. They look virtually identical to a site-built home and comply with the local building codes where the homesite is located. Upon delivery they are hoisted by crane into place on a permanent foundation. To read a more detailed account of the differences between a manufactured/mobile home and a modular home, click on the first blog  post in the list below.

   And for an enjoyable graphic romp through the history of travel trailers, we suggest getting a copy of the book “Trailerama,” by Phil Noyes (Gibbs Smith, 2012). The “Atlas Mobile Home Museum” website also has a wonderful collection of old travel trailer and mobile home brochures and ads at:


  Here’s links to more of our blog posts with useful information about buying and owning a mobile home:

  1. Does it make sense to buy an older mobile home and remodel it?

  2. Where do I find the vehicle identification number (VIN) on a mobile home?

  3. How do I find out how old a mobile home is and who manufactured it?

  4. What is the life expectancy of a mobile home?

  5. What are the most common problems with older mobile homes?

  6. What is the right price for a used mobile home?

  7. What does the HUD tag look like and where do I find it on a mobile home?

While we hope you find this series of articles about home inspection helpful, they should not be considered an alternative to an actual home inspection by a local inspector. Also, construction standards vary in different parts of the country and it is possible that important issues related to your area may not be covered here.
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More blog posts about mobile homes:

  1. How can I make my mobile home look more like a house?

  2. How can I tell the difference between a manufactured home and a modular home?

  3. What do I need to know about buying a foreclosure mobile home?

  4. Why are there two VIN numbers on some mobile home titles?

  5. Can I install a mobile home myself?

  6. How can I know if my mobile home meets HUD Code?

  7. What are the warning signs of a dangerous deck?

  8. How much does it cost to move a mobile home?

  9. How do I remove cigarette odor in a house?

  10. What is a Park Model mobile home?

  11. Do I need stairs at all exit doors from a mobile home?

  12. What is an air conditioner for a mobile home called?

  13. What’s the difference between a trailer, a mobile home, a manufactured home, and a modular home?

  14. What’s the difference between a manufactured and a mobile home?

  15. Does an addition to a mobile home have to comply with with HUD Code?

  16. What can I do to prevent dampness and mold in my mobile home?

  17. Where are Wind Zone 2 and Wind Zone 3 for mobile homes located?

  18. How can I tell if a mobile home is well constructed?

  19. Can you move a mobile home that is 20 years old in Florida?

  20. What is a pit set mobile home?

  21. Do you have any tips for buying a used mobile home?

  22. Why is the floor tile cracked in my mobile home?

  23. Why is it important that a mobile home stay level throughout its lifetime?

  24. How much venting is required for mobile home skirting?

  25. What do I need to know about building an addition to a mobile home?

  26. What is the average lifespan of a wood deck?

  27. What is a D-sticker mobile home?

  28. What is the life expectancy of a modular home?

  29. How do I upgrade my old (pre-1976) mobile home to meet HUD standards?

  30. When was the first double-wide mobile home manufactured?

  31. How energy efficient is a mobile home?

  32. Can I tell the year of a manufactured/mobile home from the HUD tag (red tag)?

  33. What are the HUD requirements for selling a remodeled or renovated mobile home?

  34. How many mobile/manufactured home manufacturers are licensed to sell their homes in Florida?

  35. Can a mobile/manufactured home get termites?

  36. What are the limitations on homesites where a mobile/manufactured home can be located?

  37. What does a home inspector look for when examining a mobile home crawl space?

  38. How do I look for mold in my mobile home?

  39. What is the difference between the electric service to a mobile home and a site built home?

  40. How can I make my mobile home more energy efficient?

  41. What are the ventilation requirements for bathrooms and kitchens in mobile homes?

  42. How much is a used mobile home worth?

  43. What would cause half of a double-wide mobile home to lose electric power?

  44. What are the common problems to look for when buying a mobile home that is older than 40 years?

  45. How many manufactured/mobile homes are there in the United States?

  46. Can I convert a shipping container into a HUD-Code manufactured/mobile home?

  47. Where do I find the water heater in a mobile home?

  48. How do HUD-code mobile/manufactured home standards compare to the IRC building code for site-built homes?

  49. What are the right words for the parts of a mobile/manufactured home?

  50. What is the right humidity level in a mobile home?

  51. Can you do a mobile home inspection with no electric power or water?

  52. What is the difference between a manufactured/mobile home water heater and a regular water heater?

  53. What is an “RP” sticker for a mobile home?

  54. What is a manufactured home?

  55. What is the building code for mobile/manufactured homes in Florida?