More blog posts about mobile homes:

  1. Is it safe to go under a mobile home?

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

  3. How do I find a good mobile/manufactured home inspector?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  11. Can I install a mobile home myself?

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

  13. How fire-resistant is a mobile home?

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

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

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

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

  18. What is a Park Model mobile home?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  28. What is a pit set mobile home?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  37. What is a D-sticker mobile home?

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

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

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

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

  42. How energy efficient is a mobile home?

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

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

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

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

  47. Can a mobile/manufactured home get termites?

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

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

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

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

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

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

  54. How much is a used mobile home worth?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  66. What is a manufactured home?

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

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

  69. Can I put a new asphalt shingle roof over an existing shingle roof on a manufactured/mobile home?

  70. How far away should trees be kept from a mobile/manufactured home?

  71. Are park trailers and park model recreational vehicles required to have a data plate?

  72. What is the difference between a park trailer and a park model recreational vehicle?

  73. How much hurricane wind speed can a mobile home survive?

  74. What is a “HUD Data Plate/Performance Certificate” for a mobile/manufactured home?

  75. What is a “HUD Label Verification Letter” for a mobile/manufactured home?

  76. What is the purpose of stabilizer plate for mobile/manufactured home tie-downs?

  77. Why does Florida have mobile/manufactured home installation standards that exceed HUD requirements?

  78. Is a ground cover vapor barrier (plastic sheet) required under a new mobile/manufactured home?

  79. Can you move a Wind Zone 2 mobile home to Zone 3 in Florida?

  80. What are the requirements for installing a chimney stack on a mobile/manufactured home?

  81. What are the most common defects in mobile/manufactured home foundation piers?

  82. Where can I file a complaint if I have problems with my new or used mobile/manufactured home?

  83. How can I tell how well my mobile home is insulated?

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   Interior walls along the marriage line can possibly be removed or rearranged, but you should consult the manufacturer or a licensed structural engineer with manufactured home experience before attempting any wall removal there. Just because everything is still standing after you remove a wall along the marriage line does not mean that it’s alright. Again, the rigidity of the entire structure is partially dependent on having enough continuous wall in place at the marriage line to resist lateral forces.


Here’s links to more of our blog posts with useful information about buying and owning a mobile home, and there are more articles listed further down the page:

  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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