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  1. I am so disappointed that these modular home designs are no different from any stick built home. Here they have the opportunity to make innovative designs that can be transported anywhere with very modern materials and instead, they just stick build the same home in the factory. Another ho-hum colonial or ranch style that could have been built on site. Why can’t US companies design exciting, innovative homes like what companies in Europe design (Madihome, Tenfold Engineering, Dobldom, etc). New, better materials, open modern designs, lots of glass, solar…..

    1. I agree, Robert!

      PS I do want to make sure that we mention that modular homes are not manufactured homes. Manufactured homes only need one interior inspection and it’s done at the factory. No other is usually necessary.

      Modular homes are built in a factory but they are assembled on-site and will require interior inspections for plumbing, electrical, etc.

      Thank you for your comment!

    1. Hi Michelle,

      Manufactured homes are a very regional product. There are zones with different standards that every home has to meet (thicker insulation in the northern states, etc). You can go to your local dealership and get a home either just like this or extremely close to it.

      Just Google ‘manufactured home dealerships near me.’

  2. Are Champion Homes built to look like regular homes because the state where I live NM raises hell about Manufactured Homes and want them to look like their homes not White Trailer Trash Trailers with wheels.

    1. Hi Shari,

      You can! I’m in the process of putting solar panels on my 1965 Airstream Safari. With the right mounting hardware and knowledge to know how to seal the holes properly, you can attach panels just about anywhere. I’ve even seen panels that roll up like a rug and have tape on the back so you can just stick it anywhere.

      I’ve read that professionals recommend a moveable system if you are only going to have a few panels (so you can always point it toward the sun). I’ve seen poles go about 8 foot up and then cross-beams that hold the panels – that seemed like a great way to have solar but not deal with drilling your roof.

      Best of luck!

  3. Crystal, I have a question. There is no doubt that Mobile Home living has come a very long way. The Interior options are just stunning. But I’m curious about why the Exterior Styling of modern mobile homes seems, to me anyway.. to be boring. Really shoe box-like in appearance. As the proud owner of a Vintage home ( you featured me last year), it just seems the exterior style elements of older models are so much more creative and well. Stylish. With so much more exterior character than today’s models. Your thoughts?

    1. Hi, Kirk!

      Oh, I wish I knew why the designs aren’t as adventurous as they used to be. Wouldn’t it be awesome to see a modernized butterfly roof?

      I’m thinking the small house trend may be giving the manufactured home industry some competition.

      Competition seems to be the fuel that the industry needs most. Right now, four companies own most of the brand names, factories, and dealers, so they have no competition. Back when there were hundreds of builders, there were so many awesome designs coming out every year. That’s why I call the 1950’s, and 60’s the golden age of mobile homes. I hope the tiny house trend gives them a little boost of creativity.

      Always great to hear from you, Kirk! I’m forever grateful for you allowing me to share your home!

      1. Thank you! – You know design style I really like is the Park Model – I wish someone could come up with a Park Model that wasn’t just for RV Parks. Make it a little larger but keep the look and cool second story loft idea as a Mobile Home.

  4. Hi,,
    My husband and I are putting our home on the market in the next few weeks , here in Ct.
    I have looked at many mobile homes , read the reviews on most and really became heavy hearted..
    I would see these nice homes only to see so many and I do mean many, were very unhappy with the outcome of their new homes.
    So tonight I sat down and decided to look up the best of the best and your business popped up.
    We are looking for land, as we don’t want to pay land rent but that is hard to come by. Many offer nothing as far as being able to hookup to utilities. I really don’t want a well or the dreaded septic. I love this home mentioned above, its given me a glimmer of hope.
    My question is the price, what do they charge to bring it to the site and do they hook up the plumbing and electric as well, or is that something we would have to hire additional? Also we were looking for land in SW Fla. but every place that was offered sat pretty close or on, sinkholes. No thanks! So we started looking in Ga. perhaps SC. Do they set these homes up there? I read your who article and for the first time in months, I’m excited about our future. Thanks for any info you can update for me.. Happy New Year!

    1. Hi Shell,

      It’s good to hear from you! I am just a blogger that lives in a mobile home. I have nothing to do with any dealers or builders though I have interviewed a few and shared some models I liked (this one in particular!). I have a little idea of costs, but the location and local building codes will play a huge role on the cost of installation. Usually, the installation will be added to the mortgage (don’t do that if you don’t have to, though).

      I am excited about your future, too! Here are a few articles that should help you:
      Deciding Factors of Financing
      Dealer Financed Manufactured Home Trap
      Understanding Warranties on New Manufactured Homes
      Avoiding Issues when Buying a New Manufactured Home

      And just a few tips off the top of my head:
      The dealer gets an average profit of $11,000 per home sale so you should be able to negotiate a bit. Be careful with the land/home packages that dealers offer and don’t add anything to the financing that you don’t have too (no insurance, taxes, etc or you will be paying for it several times over).

      Best of luck! Let me know how it goes!