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Old 03-17-2018, 02:52 AM
 
Location: Washington state
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Well in north NJ I've never seen a MH on a private lot. I doubt many cities would allow them and every county in NJ is classified as urban and it's the most densely populated state. Land and taxes are so high it doesn't make sense to buy a MH there.
Maybe it should be. I've seen houses in New Jersey and all through Pennsylvania and on the East Coast that are $50,000. With few exceptions, they're a mess. They can't look any worse, inside or out. Most of them should be razed and replaced with low cost manufactured homes.
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Old 03-17-2018, 08:35 AM
 
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Maybe it should be. I've seen houses in New Jersey and all through Pennsylvania and on the East Coast that are $50,000. With few exceptions, they're a mess. They can't look any worse, inside or out. Most of them should be razed and replaced with low cost manufactured homes.
PA is a different animal from NJ. A lot more land and not as close to NYC. I've never seen even an old home in NJ for $50K but I can't say I really looked. Maybe in the boonies and falling down. I was surprised to find stick built homes under $100K a few years ago and there are still some towns where it's a lot less expensive than 25 mile radius of Manhattan, but still the property taxes are so high it's not worth it.
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Old 03-18-2018, 05:27 PM
 
Location: Washington state
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It's really surprising what's out there. There were a lot of houses in southern New Jersey that were under $50,000 (and were wrecks besides), but they seem to follow a pattern. Many houses $50,000 and under are for sale starting on the east coast going across the middle US with clumps around northern Georgia and St. Louis, tons of them in Michigan and Wisconsin, none in North or South Dakota, a sprinkling in the hills of Colorado, and then they just disappear going into the West: Wyoming, Montana, Nevada, California (except in the desert areas), Oregon, and Washington, unless you're looking for land as well.
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Old 03-19-2018, 02:50 AM
 
Location: Mendocino, CA
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Can I hijack my own thread and start new topic on manufactured home? Don't wanna start too many threads.

What is the life cycle and maintenance requirements of a manufactured home? Is it similar to a stick built home? Or will it be "totaled" or "junked" for sure at some point like a car?

I may own one for the first time.
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Old 03-19-2018, 03:42 AM
 
Location: Florida
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The life cycle? Wasn't there enough information and examples already?
But, does this answer your question? For instance, the 2 x 4s in my old one are going to last as long as the 2 x 4s in a stick built.
Cars have mechanical parts more prone to wearing out but even then, have you ever been to an antique car show?
Maintenance is everything regardless of what you're talking about.
They'll probably never be worth as much because they started out less expensive but that doesn't need to affect longevity especially if you're talking about a newer one.
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Old 03-19-2018, 05:38 AM
 
Location: Mendocino, CA
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The life cycle? Wasn't there enough information and examples already?
But, does this answer your question? For instance, the 2 x 4s in my old one are going to last as long as the 2 x 4s in a stick built.
Cars have mechanical parts more prone to wearing out but even then, have you ever been to an antique car show?
Maintenance is everything regardless of what you're talking about.
They'll probably never be worth as much because they started out less expensive but that doesn't need to affect longevity especially if you're talking about a newer one.
antique cars are a different thing because they are basically not being used, manufactured houses sit out in the elements every day. But I get what you are saying.

What I am wondering is, with stick house we have an average annual maintenance cost that, if you put that in, the house can last 100 years in many cases. Can we make that type of general forecast with manufactured homes?

And, isn't a manufactured home all metal on the outside?
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Old 03-19-2018, 06:24 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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antique cars are a different thing because they are basically not being used, manufactured houses sit out in the elements every day. But I get what you are saying.

What I am wondering is, with stick house we have an average annual maintenance cost that, if you put that in, the house can last 100 years in many cases. Can we make that type of general forecast with manufactured homes?

And, isn't a manufactured home all metal on the outside?
It may well be metal roof and siding.
It also may be a shingle roof, and T-111 panel siding, or vinyl or aluminum siding.
It may be wrapped with foam, celotex, or OSB under the siding.
It may be 2x4 construction, 2x6 construction, or 2x4's at corners, and doors and windows, with 2x3's in other areas.

Durability is impacted by how it is installed, on what sort of footings, and how quickly problems are addressed.
And, within the HUD code, and among various manufacturers, there is a wide range of construction and installation quality.
No one can even guess what you have without seeing it.

How about a photo?
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Old 03-19-2018, 09:31 AM
 
Location: North Beach, MD on the Chesapeake
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Three manufacturers I know of. All within a few miles, Hell a few hundred yards, of each other.

Although they don't look like it they are what used to be called mobile homes:

Showcase Homes | New Homes | Homes - Shippenville, PA

https://www.colony-homes.com

Ashland Homes in Shippenville, PA - Manufactured Home Dealer

This one is a modular company:

https://www.tricountyhomes.com/
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Old 03-19-2018, 09:54 AM
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Location: Asheville, NC
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Can I hijack my own thread and start new topic on manufactured home? Don't wanna start too many threads.

What is the life cycle and maintenance requirements of a manufactured home? Is it similar to a stick built home? Or will it be "totaled" or "junked" for sure at some point like a car?

I may own one for the first time.
The older ones don't hold up that well, nor do they hold value. They were made with cheap cabinets, fixtures, doors, tubs, etc. Many didn't have shingle or metal roofs. That set them up for leaks. The siding was cheap. If you are buying new, things have drastically changed. As mentioned, it all depends on what you quality you chose. There are different models and one maybe a lower quality and another high quality. It's all how you customize it.
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Old 03-19-2018, 10:22 AM
 
Location: North Idaho
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........What is the life cycle and maintenance requirements of a manufactured home? Is it similar to a stick built home? Or will it be "totaled" or "junked" for sure at some point like a car? ..........
Manufactured homes have always come in different levels of quality. I've owned 4 old ones, bought for just the value of the land. My son has owned three.

You can keep them going if you do the maintenance. New paint and new flooring can make them look new.

I've owned 2 made in the early 60's, all metal, flat metal roof like a travel trailer. The better made one never had any leak anywhere. The cheaper made one had to have roof patch every now again and then it had a tree go through the roof. Because of the way the trailer was constructed, it was really difficult to repair it, but it did get repaired.

My son owned two made in the early 80's that had rafters start to sag. That caused rain to puddle on the roof and caused leaks. In order to fix, the entire roof would have to be completely removed and replaced. Those two got junked, removed, and the lots sold as building sites.

I've had one and my son had one that were built with polybuetal plumbing and both caused endless repairs and the plumbing was difficult to work on.

No metal siding any more. Mostly vinyl siding but some of the new ones are sided with T-111. Roofs now are sloped and done with asphalt shingle. Some of the expensive ones have metal roofing.
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