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Old 10-12-2016, 12:23 PM
 
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God must hate them, because he always seems to aim tornadoes at them...
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Old 10-12-2016, 01:07 PM
 
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Have you or known anyone who lived in one? Windows are typically small so not much natural light shines in. It would be a major downside for me. Some do look nice from the outside. I noticed most people keep their windows covered with either curtains or blinds. A close friend of mine lives in one and that has been my observation. They don't seem too bad living in one if living simply, not accumulating many things since space is small.

I see them on most episodes of Cops on tv!
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Old 10-12-2016, 03:12 PM
 
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Default NO, not really

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God must hate them, because he always seems to aim tornadoes at them...
While I think we've all seen the devastation that a tornado can wreck on both mobile homes (the correct term for those built after 1976, when Federal HUD standards were adopted is manufactured homes), and stick built homes, but the modern manufactured home is much stronger than you think.


I'd like to see your stick built home put on a truck and successfully go down 100 miles of highway. A manufactured home is designed to do that, your house? Not so much.


Manufacturers of these homes in tornado prone areas also now build the homes to withstand at least some tornado force. Communities in these areas also specify how many and where tie-downs need to be placed. Even the big manufacturers who build homes nationwide restrict certain models to a geographic area to account for wind, rain and snow, among other things. The model I intend to buy is only available on the west coast states, and even then, the standards in California require some modifications to the home that the other states don't, mostly related to fire and earthquakes.


Some of the newer models also offer loft space or even a second story.


The home I plan to buy is a single wide (15 feet). It has 9 ft. ceilings and a front porch. It is built with 2x6 studs in the walls and 2x8 studs in the floor. The outside is low maintenance cement that is molded to look like wood planks. It has plenty of windows and most of the windows include a transom window above them. It is very light and airy.


If you want to see a modern manufactured home go through a tornado, just do a search for, "manufactured home hit by tornado and high winds" this will take you to a video where you can see how well it holds up.

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Old 10-12-2016, 03:41 PM
 
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i always found it strange when you see a home that is mobile and two cars that aren't
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Old 10-12-2016, 06:39 PM
 
Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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5540 West 5th Street SPC 84 | MLS #216005433 | Zillow

Yes it is for sale and it will cost you $484,000 and it is considered a deal. With this home you do not own the land. Space rent is about $600 a month.

Here is another. It is an older unit and has a lower price. Also at the beach.

5540 W 5th St Spc 111, Oxnard, CA 93035 - Home For Sale & Real Estate - realtor.com®
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Old 10-12-2016, 08:46 PM
 
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5540 West 5th Street SPC 84 | MLS #216005433 | Zillow

Yes it is for sale and it will cost you $484,000 and it is considered a deal. With this home you do not own the land. Space rent is about $600 a month.
That's ridiculous it's like a diamond among turds. I don't get how the lot rent can be that low near the beach.
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Old 10-13-2016, 06:58 AM
 
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Here is another. It is an older unit and has a lower price. Also at the beach.

5540 W 5th St Spc 111, Oxnard, CA 93035 - Home For Sale & Real Estate - realtor.com®
You wouldn't want this one - it was built in 1976, which is way before the regulations came into effect that make them sturdier and safer. There was a study done in 2005 (thereabouts) that analyzed the damage done on mobile/manufactured homes built before 1994 and those built after, and those built after 1994 had MUCH less damage in a hurricane.
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Old 10-13-2016, 08:51 AM
 
Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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You wouldn't want this one - it was built in 1976, which is way before the regulations came into effect that make them sturdier and safer. There was a study done in 2005 (thereabouts) that analyzed the damage done on mobile/manufactured homes built before 1994 and those built after, and those built after 1994 had MUCH less damage in a hurricane.
Hurricane? We can not even get it to rain around here.

Many of the parks in this area are slowly having the homes replaced with new homes as people move.
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Old 10-13-2016, 09:23 AM
 
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Hurricane? We can not even get it to rain around here.
Oops, duh... I did not notice your location. For some reason when talk of mobile/manufactured homes comes up I always think of Florida. So in your location, that home might be fine.
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Old 10-13-2016, 09:27 AM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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They are different. Some places they are just a cheap alternative to an apartment. Most people live in them for a short time and then move on. You can expect some pretty awful neighbors.

IN places like Yuma Arizona, there are the primary places people live. Most are second homes for retired people. They are nice, well kept and endless. They are considerably more expensive than apartments to rent. Still tight quarters and can be noisey, but they are fine.

My first reaction to this question is to think of Sunnyvale With Ricky and Julian looking out for you. Could be a fund place to live for a while.
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