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About Mobile Homes
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Clipper    Posted 04-01-2004 at 10:11:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Did a little checking up at our Town Hall and even if yer name was Donald Trump you would NOT be allowed to put any Mobile Home on a building lot in this Town. Course I asked Why? Answer was that they are NOT built in accordance to building codes of our Town or State. It appears that in order to transport these puppies they are built much lighter than the conventional stick built home.Learn sumpin every day.


shaun    Posted 02-15-2006 at 16:41:39       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I work for one of the manufactured and modular home builder's in the us. Palm Harbor Homes and Discovery Custom Homes. Yes there is lots of problems with zoning for manufactured homes. In Florida today the only way you can purchase Man/Home w/land is have about 20% down with good credit or already own property with equity. We are making a large turn in our business to the Modular frame home. They are built to the state building code the same as any site built home, but because our homes our going to go down the road at 70mph and be picked up with a crane and swung around 50' in the air, they are built stonger. We use 30% more building material than a typical site built. Our homes are Energy Star rated by the EPA and can be built to withstand up to 175mph wind loads as required for the Florida Keys. There have been quit a few articals written in just the past several weeks about our product being used by a developer Brown Stone who is building two communities in Fla. Tampa and Apopka. you can look up the artical at the orlandosentinal.com They are being billed as Huricane Resistant homes. and will sell from $600k-1Mil. Safty isn't just for the rich. Our Modular homes will start from the 120's + property. As a company we have not lost a home in a huricane since 1986, surviving Andrew, Katrina, and Rita to name the big ones. Check us out or contact me at sls134@palmharbor.com there is a link on the Palm Harbor site for Discovery Custom Homes which is one of our modular companies.


Ret    Posted 04-01-2004 at 12:22:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
my step son is just moving into one in N ca. They call them manufactured homes now. He thought he was getting a modular. 1300 sq ft for $52,000. A modular home would have cost him almost as much as a stick built one. Only real difference there is a modular goes up much quicker than a stick home. He has his own lot. I looked in some of the mobile home sites, and was surprised to find that some are built quite well. Lot longer guarantee than the builder that put my house up. One of the differences is a manufactured home is hauled to the site in one or two pieces, opposed to a modular in much smaller panels are hauled. Trouble is, his is on blocks, not a permanent foundation. Some communities require them to be tied down with cable, think Fla does. Manufactured homes must comform to HUD spec, while modular must conform to city code.
Side walls in his are 2x4s 16' center , floor is 2x8s. I am no builder by any imagination, would have to see it before knowing the quality throughout. I am really curious about this subject myself
REt


Clipper    Posted 04-01-2004 at 12:40:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
I don't question the integrity of the Mobile homes or Modular homes being built....just curious as to the REAL reason for them being banned in my town and a LOT of other towns in this State as well.


Michael M    Posted 04-01-2004 at 14:48:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, if your area is anything like ours, then the real reason is likely something along the lines of one of the city/county lawmwkers, or their relatives, is a contractor, or in the building supply business. If they allow modular or mobile homes, then they don't make any money off of that dwelling.
Last political thing I'll post today....


Michael M    Posted 04-01-2004 at 12:21:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, the code thing is probably true. I never have seen a 'permanent' structure built with 2x2 and 1x2 pine, minimum is 2x4 studs every 16". Now, if a mobile home is built to the same code, how come the walls are thinner?
As for the pre-fabs, while they are built to the same code, they are also then hauled down the road assembled, exposing them to stresses that a built in place structure never gets, like miles of bumps, curves, etc. Uses up several years worth of structural integrety just moving them.


Clipper    Posted 04-01-2004 at 12:43:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have a Modular home outfit in the town next to ours....we have several friends who bought/live in Modular homes right here in our town. They were trucked in on site and placed on regular foundations. You can't tell they are even Modular unless you go into the attic and see where everything bolts up together.


ret    Posted 04-01-2004 at 14:03:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Got to be real careful about whether it is modular or manufactured. Manufactured sounds like modular. A manfactured home HAS to have a HUD sticker on the end of it. Take a look at your friends sometime to be sure.
REt


Clipper    Posted 04-01-2004 at 14:18:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
I know its a Modular....for approval by the town he had to submit the construction plans to the town....he got those from the Modular Home company.


ret    Posted 04-01-2004 at 15:51:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
I would have the modular home rep go in front of the board, also a person from a local lending institution. As I said, they are about as costly as a stick built, just put up quicker, and in a lot of cases, better.
REt


Wm. from NC    Posted 04-01-2004 at 12:03:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
My wife and I live in a doublewide, and I love it. They will withstand high winds, just as most homes. I haven't seen many homes, of any kind, that withstand tornadoes. We have had some very high winds, this year, and have lost part of one roof shingle. In fact, the wind is blowing at between 20-30 mph now, with gusts to 45 mph. I don't worry about the house, but I do worry about the trees around our house.


LH    Posted 04-01-2004 at 11:05:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
The real reason most communities dont want any mobile homes is their lower value which means lower appraised value and less property taxes being received by the municipality. If you check the national building codes newer mobile homes are built to all HUD and other specs and are quite good as well as efficient


Ray    Posted 04-01-2004 at 14:55:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Our township won't allow trailers of any kind
because of the type of people who end up living
in them.It's usually people who can't afford
anything else,don't take care of anything and
in a few years the trailers fall apart from
neglect and it looks like a dump.There's still
a couple around that were here before zoning
that have abandoned cars in the front yard and
a few old dog houses.They look nice when there
new and maintained then in a few years there
sold or rented to people who don't care and
the county is usually paying the rent.By this
time there just an eyesore.


Clipper    Posted 04-01-2004 at 11:21:55       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well if that's the case then mebbe it is housing discrimination.I gotta dig into this further.Just cuz somebody can't afford to build a $200K home and prefers a Mobile home they should not be denied to live in a town of their choosing. What the heck is American bout that?


SusieQ    Posted 04-02-2004 at 02:51:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Many small towns, in America, do have building codes, Mobile homes in our areas, restricted from City limits, because of small narrow streets, power lines, for these types to be unable to get them thru towns, they movers can't turn corners, and they have to use flag cars, both front and back when moving a mobile home into a rural area.

Something with taxes, values, on appreciation too.
Here in mid-atlantic area, they have about same depreciation value as an automobile. Me...I live in a house. And the values are different tax wise.


Coon Catcher Clay    Posted 04-01-2004 at 10:23:41       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Not only are they built much lighter but God doesn't like them either.That is why he is always sending tornados to pick them up and toss them around.Probably the real reason that your town doesn't want them is that they don't want to reshingle their houses every time a tornado comes to hit the mobile homes.Oh yeah they kinda lower the property value around them too.I live in a mobile home and love it but I think it ought to be a law that every mobile home MUST have a redwood deck and MUST have galvanised brick pattern sheet metal for underpinning.It don't get any better than that my friend.


It Don't    Posted 04-01-2004 at 10:31:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, D@@M!!!!!!


Clipper    Posted 04-01-2004 at 10:30:21       [Reply]  [No Email]
On the face of it tho it sounds like housing discrimination don't it? Mobile homes are a lot cheaper than traditional built homes. We don't get tornadoes or hurricanes with any frequency up here to warrant banning the placement of Mobile homes. The flat out answer I got about not being built to code makes me wonder if there are such codes elsewhere.


ya better support    Posted 04-01-2004 at 10:29:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
that deck really good, if it falls it might wipe out the coon dog population. Jeff Coonworth.


Yeah or squash    Posted 04-01-2004 at 10:33:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yer MIL doing onnatural thangs with the neighbor boy.


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