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Trailer appliances?
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Bkeepr    Posted 08-07-2004 at 05:39:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
My sister-in-law bought and moved into a brand-new trailer last year. In that year, she's had trouble with almost every one of the "appliances" in there, from door locks to toilets to garbage disposal to dishwasher. Father and mother in laws live down the street in same type trailer with no problems.

Anyway, when they try to replace almost anything they get the story "oh, that's specially made for trailers and you can't use a regular one of those." (When it happened with the door locks I did a little research and discovered there was a law that required "special" doorlocks.)

Anyway, parts are hard to come by and the management is not helpful at all. Anybody have similar experiences? Anybody know of good sources for "trailer" type appliances...or is this bunk and can they use standard appliances (except for the locks)?

thanks for any input!

Tom A


JDK    Posted 08-07-2004 at 06:56:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Back in the 70s I worked for a community services agency that did a lot of home repair for the elderly etc.At that time mobile homes were "unique" in just about every way imaginable as to their various systems.A lot of the appliances which came with them,though name brand were built as"space savers" and replacements had to be special ordered to fit.But as MHs became larger and more acceptable as long term homes,most quality mfgs went to using standard units,though a large varience in quality was obvious between high dollar and lower priced homes,also appliance and furniture upgrade options.Mobile home maintenance and repair is a "niche" business because of laws, specialization and in some areas special licensing/requirements are in effect.There are several suppliers which specialize in mobile home parts and problems and have catalogs dedicated to MH parts and repair items.Prolly easiest access would be if you could talk a dealer/repair place into an old catalog or do a websearch.And lastly it needs to be said that some people have a lot more trouble with longetivity of appliances etc than others.My newest appliance is an 82 Microwave,Fridge is from 70s,range is mid 50s and all work"fine"


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