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Old 01-31-2012, 09:47 PM
 
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Default 1996 Mobile Home

I just purchased this mobile home Dec 2011. This is my 1st experience with such. I've lived/owned traditional homes with full basements, all my life, so this is very different for me. It's a fixer upper, that's for sure! The previous owners abused and neglected this place. Such a shame really.

It's a 2 bdrm/2 bath and the Mstr Bdrm has the garden tub with 2 sinks/cabinets and a small room with toilet and shower. It's a 16x80. It's not the 6" walls, so I guess that makes it the 4" walls???

I'm located at the IL/IA/MO tri-state area. The previous owners apparently didn't mind paying outrageous heat bills. My jaw dropped the 1st week of living here. The furnace ran non-stop ALL NIGHT LONG!!! After inspecting the windows... the gaps were BAD! I got busy with Foam in a Can and caulk. As each window fully cured, I added layers of shades/blinds/curtains, etc.... and now the furnace only runs a short time every few hours at night time. The furnace hardly runs much during the sunshiny days. I'm glad this 1st winter is history breaking mild, but it still gets near 10F at nights.

Then there was the mouse droppings! OMG!!!! Upon further inspection, I'm finding huge gaps around all the plumbing! More Foam in a Can!!!!

I'm a single middle aged woman, and rather ignorant about construction, plumbing, wiring issues. (and that's with a traditional home)

This place really is a fixer upper, but what do I need to know about mobile homes?
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Old 01-31-2012, 09:54 PM
 
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I'm guessing the electric furnace is the original 1996.

Question..... I'm used to furnace duct piping being in a protected (partially heated) basement. That's not the case with a mobile home. I'm thinking all that duct piping in the underbelly is a waste of energy during the winter months. Would it be more efficient to have electric space heaters or baseboard heat? Or does having the duct piping help heat the underbelly so the pipes don't freeze???
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Old 01-31-2012, 10:13 PM
 
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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This really seems like a question you should ask before you buy. Nevertheless, here is a good start:

How To Winterize Your Manufactured Home

BTW, space heaters in a mobile home would be asking for a fire. Please have your furnace checked by a pro.
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Old 02-02-2012, 09:05 AM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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The fire risk from space heaters is a concern in mobile homes because of the speed that fires spread in them, not from any risk of a fire starting. There are oil filled convection space heaters that would be quite safe, as long as the wiring is good.

The underbelly is best kept a little warm, but if you have mice, the ducts likely have been chewed and some of the heat is escaping into it, beyond the normal heat radiated out from the ducts as they pass through.

Electric resistance heat is about the most expensive heat. If you plan on being there long, you might consider alternatives.
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Old 02-02-2012, 02:21 PM
 
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Due to circumstances, electric heat is my only option. I'm hoping in a few yrs to do some major renovations. Would forced air electric furnace be best? or baseboard electric heat?
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Old 02-02-2012, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Apple Valley Calif
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Is natural gas not an option? It's far cheaper than electric....
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Old 02-02-2012, 04:31 PM
 
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The MH Park only runs electric. No gas lines.
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Old 02-03-2012, 05:12 AM
 
Location: Charleston, SC
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Propane in a tank would be a good choice.
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Old 02-03-2012, 07:35 AM
 
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I don't have the yard space for a propane tank. I highly doubt the owner of the MH park would allow that. I'm not so sure those are allowed within city limits?
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Old 02-03-2012, 08:24 AM
 
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Once I find a job at this new location, I'm hoping to start doing a major work over of this place. Do you think a 1996 MH would need all new electrical wiring? I do know somebody got super duper hole happy with the walls! Jeesh.... I'm thinking I'm going to eventually re-do each room (1 room per year) and just have all new walls put up. I'm not even sure what these current walls are? (but they are THIN - and it's not paneling)

Plus I have numerous *one of a kind* heavy items I want hung on the walls, so adding additional studs in strategic places will be necessary.
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