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Here’s links to some of our other blog posts about mobile homes:

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

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

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

  4. Does it make sense to remodel an older mobile home?

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

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

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

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

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

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

  11. What is the plastic sheet called that covers the underside of a mobile home?

  12. Why is there such a big gap under the doors inside a mobile home?

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

  14. What size air conditioner is right for my mobile home?

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

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

  17. What is a Park Model mobile home?

  18. How can I remove water under my mobile home?

  19. Where do I find the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) on a mobile home?

  20. How much does a mobile home inspection cost?

  21. Can I install a mobile home myself?

  22. What is the stuff you paint on an old mobile home metal roof to extend its life?

  23. How fire-resistant is a mobile home?

  24. What are the tie-down requirements for a mobile home?

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

  26. How can I upgrade a wind zone 1 mobile home to wind zone 2?

  27. Can I put a zone 1 mobile home in Florida?

  28. Are house numbers required by law in front of a house?

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

  30. What is a pit set mobile home?

  31. Does a single-wide mobile home have interior bearing walls?

  32. Is 7 feet a normal height for a wall/ceiling in a mobile home?

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

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

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

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

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

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

  39. How do I upgrade my old mobile home to meet HUD standards?

  40. Why is my double-wide considered a HUD home?

  41. How energy efficient is a mobile home?

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

  43. Can a mobile/manufactured home have a high radon problem?

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

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

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

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

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

  49. How much is a used mobile home worth?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  58. What is a manufactured home?

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

  60. Where do I find the VIN/serial number on a very old (pre-1976) mobile home?

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We want you to be an informed homebuyer, and each blog post is a question that we have answered for our friends and customers over the years. Hope they help you make a good choice for your next home.

   Then there’s Palace Coach Co., of Flint, Michigan, and their 1942 “Palace” mobile home, an “expando” triple-wide with fold-out panels on both sides, another WWII innovation for housing.

    But the first true multi-section homes of size and scale similar to modern double-wides, designed to be transported separately and then permanently connected at the homesite, began appearing in the late 1960s. By the 1969 model-year, several manufacturers offered double-wide homes. The first ones didn’t look much different than their predecessors. They were shiny metal boxes with a low-pitch roof.

    Later, as manufacturers recognized that their customers wanted units that looked more like a site-built home, residential siding and asphalt shingle roofs began to be offered.

    To see more examples of early mobile homes and travel trailers, we suggest visiting the Atlas Mobile Home Museum website at:

    Also, the RV/MH Hall of Fame, located in Elkhart, Indiana, has a collection of photos of early travel trailers and mobile homes that are part of their museum display at their website:

Special thanks to historian Al Hesselbart, of Bushnell, FL,
for his contribution of historic data and images.
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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