Premium mobile homes have a netting stretched across underneath the belly wrap as a reinforcement, which prevents the gradual sagging between fastener rows that can occur over time. Large bulges in a belly wrap that is otherwise intact can indicate a plumbing leak under the floor. Cutting a pinhole in the bulge tells all.

   We recommend patching any access hole cut in the belly wrap to make a repair under the floor of the home immediately after completion of the repair. A neat trick to simplify closing up the opening after your repair is to begin by cutting an X-shape centered under where you want to work. You will have four flaps hanging down during your repair that can taped back up when work is completed. Both mechanical fastening and a flexible sealant or tape should be used to secure the repair area. The best repair technique is to install a sheet of lightweight sheathing within the belly opening above the hole, mechanically fasten (staple or nail) the torn area to the sheathing, apply a sealant to the edges (mastic, caulk or adhesive tape), then cover the whole area of the tear with a scrap piece of belly wrap that is also mechanically secured and sealed.


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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.
© McGarry and Madsen Inspection

 
 
illustration from Moisture Problems in Mobile Homes, by the 
Manufactured Housing Research Alliance


More 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 do I need to know about buying a foreclosure mobile home?

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

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

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

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

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

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

  10. Why are there cracks in the wallboard in a mobile home after its moved?

  11. What is a Park Model mobile home?

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

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

  14. Can I install a mobile home myself?

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

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

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

  18. Where are the load bearing walls in a double-wide mobile home?

  19. Can I paint the vinyl covered wallboard in a mobile home?

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

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

  22. What can I do to prevent moisture problems in my mobile home?

  23. What year were mobile homes required to become more storm resistant?

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

  25. What is a pit set mobile home?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  34. What is the best air conditioner for a mobile home?

  35. What is a D-sticker mobile home?

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

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

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

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

  40. How energy efficient is a mobile home?

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

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

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

  44. Can a mobile/manufactured home get termites?

  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 do I look for mold in my mobile home?

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

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

  50. How much is a used mobile home worth?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  62. What is a manufactured home?

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

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

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