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Old 12-09-2009, 12:04 AM
 
Location: Southwest Nebraska
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Default Replacement windows for old mobile home

I need to replace a couple of 30 x 40 windows in an old 1967 Detroiter 12x60 mobile home. Should I use vinyl or aluminum? This is a rental trailer of ours that we are remodeling.

Also our heat pump needs a new compressor and it runs on emergency heat all the time. We were told they do not have compressors for this old 1986 model York unit and it will cost 2500.00 to install new one.

We don't want to spend that much, so should we just upgrade the vents for no leaks and do some window replacement instead?
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Old 12-09-2009, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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Whatever you need you will not find it in the big box stores. You have to go to a store that sells parts for mobile homes only. A couple I know of is the Moble Home Parts Store or the Mobile Home Depot. Both have online catalogs as well as some locations throughout the states.
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Old 12-10-2009, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Southwest Nebraska
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Whatever you need you will not find it in the big box stores. You have to go to a store that sells parts for mobile homes only. A couple I know of is the Moble Home Parts Store or the Mobile Home Depot. Both have online catalogs as well as some locations throughout the states.
I am going thru a mobile home store . Just wanted to know about vinyl or alluminum.
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Old 12-10-2009, 03:54 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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Between vinyl and aluminum, I would tend to go with vinyl since aluminum is a great conductor of heat. I don't know if it can be applied to a mobile home but if you get good enough windows you can take a tax deduction on them. Google "Energy Star" and you will find which ones are good enough.

The old heat pump would not really be worth repairing even if you could get the parts, IMHO. Same deal here, if you get a "good enough" heat pump and install it, you can get a tax break. The local HVAC guys in your area should be able to tell you which ones qualify.

$2500 is not pocket change, but what are you paying (or is your tenant paying) for heat bills? A good heat pump might pay for itself in 2 years or less.
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Old 12-11-2009, 06:47 AM
 
Location: Southwest Nebraska
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Between vinyl and aluminum, I would tend to go with vinyl since aluminum is a great conductor of heat. I don't know if it can be applied to a mobile home but if you get good enough windows you can take a tax deduction on them. Google "Energy Star" and you will find which ones are good enough.

The old heat pump would not really be worth repairing even if you could get the parts, IMHO. Same deal here, if you get a "good enough" heat pump and install it, you can get a tax break. The local HVAC guys in your area should be able to tell you which ones qualify.

$2500 is not pocket change, but what are you paying (or is your tenant paying) for heat bills? A good heat pump might pay for itself in 2 years or less.
We are in process of renting to a disabled lady on section 8. We have heard stories on doing this but we are first time landlords and want someone in asap. We would charge 600.00/mo including all utilities which would be 300.00 for rent and 300.oo for trash/water/heating/cooling. Sec. 8 pays 495.00 tenent pays rest.

We are doing alot of remodeling ourselves such as new tub, toliet, floors, new ceiling tiles, cabinets with new paint and hardware, three new windows probably vinyl and new carpet.

Now in extreme cold 0 to -10 heat is always on emergency heat but when it is nice out it still runs on Emergency heat and that is what worries us, since heat pump needs replaced.

The trailer is not worth more than 2500.00 so don't want to invest that much in heat. WE hope replacing windows and front door that is insulated well help bring costs down.
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Old 11-05-2010, 06:49 AM
 
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I think both would be fine, just have the best replacement windows contractor to the job for you. You'll be assured on the best services you'll get.


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Old 12-28-2013, 06:56 PM
 
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need to replace 3 windows in 1974 Norwood double wide. what is the best way to go. Thank you
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Old 12-28-2013, 07:26 PM
 
Location: Brooklyn New York
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I would not rent to a disabeled lady on section 8.

absolutely not.

Knowing what I know here from new York, I wouldn't.
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Old 12-28-2013, 09:33 PM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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need to replace 3 windows in 1974 Norwood double wide. what is the best way to go. Thank you

With new windows.
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