Shown below is an enlargement of that area. The wind zones are noted in Roman numerals, so an X in the box next to it indicates that this home is in “Zone II.” There is also a map showing the parts of the states that each wind zone covers, and a note that states that Wind Zone II and III homes should not be located within 1500 feet of the coastline unless the home and its anchoring and foundation system have been designed for the increased requires specified for Exposure D in ANSI/ASCE 7-88. Homes designed for Exposure D, also called “D-sticker” homes, have additional storm-resistant construction features.

   If your data plate has been removed or you can’t find, there is still hope: if you can locate either the HUD certification number or the serial number, then you can obtain the original data plate info from the Institute for Business Technology and Safety, a HUD contractor that maintains a database back to 1976 of HUD-code manufactured homes. There’s a fee of $100 for a replacement data plate by email or fax. Here’s link to their web-age for the service:

   The HUD certification number is etched into a 2” by 4” metal plate (called the “HUD tag”) riveted to the exterior wall of each section of a mobile on the long side at a corner near the bottom. There’s a picture of one below. It starts off life bright red, but will likely be faded when you find it. If even the HUD tag is gone, crawl under the home with a flashlight and look for the serial number on the forward cross-member of the steel I-beam frame. It is required by HUD to stamped into the metal by the manufacturer in letters a minimum of 3/8” high.

   If your mobile home was manufactured before June 15, 1976, when HUD-Code regulations went into effect, there will not be a HUD data plate in the home and HUD will not certify pre-1976 mobile homes for a wind zone, no matter how storm-resistant the construction.


  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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