Mobile home manuals have a lot of helpful information! We’ve created this directory of mobile home manuals to help you find relevant resources for your manufactured home.
The problem is, with thousands of models created by hundreds of mobile home builders over the decades, finding information on your home can be difficult.
But You Need to Know…
You need to know that there isn’t a special manual for each model or even each year. There isn’t a special manual for your 2017 Clayton NOW Series Model home with 2 bedrooms and 2 baths. You will receive the latest revised version of the installation manual they released for single wide manufactured homes. However, the manual you receive when you buy a new manufactured home will have engineer’s stamps that means the home’s construction met all requirements set forth by the national and state regulators.
The cost to create a manual for each and every model offered by each and every builder over the years would be staggering. So, if you don’t find your builder here, a Google search should help, and if it doesn’t, then look up your state’s manufactured home installation rules.
Also, builders will usually only revise the installation manuals when HUD updates their regulations.
What is in a Mobile Home Manual?
Mobile home manuals usually come in two types: installation manuals or basic homeowner’s manuals.
Typical content covered in mobile home manuals include site preparation, connecting utilities, or installing footings.
Foundation and support requirements will be the most important information in a manufactured home installation manual. Acceptable footers, leveling and blocking diagrams, and tie-down details are all important information you will likely find in a manual.
You will also find utility connection requirements and how to finish the siding, venting, and roofing after installation.
Who Offers Manufactured Home Installation Manuals?
Builders, dealers, and government entities (local, state, or national offices) usually offer manufactured home installation manuals on various topics.
Information and recommendations specifically for your home type (make and model, single wide or double wide) or location is a handy asset. Knowledge is power and knowing the fine details of your home can be helpful.
If you cannot find a manual for your exact make or model you can still benefit from reading others.
Most mobile and manufactured homes are very similar in construction and installation needs.
You’ll find the government published manuals and guides to be particularly useful as they provide information on a broad scale that isn’t dependent on make or model.
Using the Directory of Mobile Home Manuals
Each listing has the name of the builder or government office that released the mobile home manual, a link to the company or government’s website, and the link to view or download the manual. We put the manuals on our server for quick, easy, and secure access.
After you click on the blue button, a new tab will open in your browser. You can read the manual or download it onto your computer using the arrow icon on the top right.
Click on the middle arrow icon to download the manual (or similar image based on your browser):
Manufactured Home Installation and Setup Manuals
This Adventure Homes manufactured home installation and setup guide was revised in 2010. Adventure Homes is a small manufactured home builder in Indiana that continued with private owners after a Fleetwood factory closed in 2009. Click here to go to Adventure Home’s Website
Bonnavilla Homes was a relatively large builder in the Midwest, headquartered in Nebraska. They have been building mobile homes since 1970 and have branched in modular homes like many other manufactured home builders. Here’s Bonnavilla Home’s Website.
Champion Homes is one of the largest manufactured home builders in the US. They were founded in 1953 and have produced over 1.7 million homes. Click here to go to Champion Home’s Website.
This is a 104 page manual in full color:
Clayton Homes is the largest manufactured home builder in the world. They offer three different installation and setup manuals on their website. Each is well-organized with extensive documentation for both single wides and double wides. Here is Clayton Home’s Website.
Click to go to Clayton Home’s Builder Resources and Setup Manuals link (it’s too large to fit on our servers).
Commodore Homes has been in business since 1952. Their homes are available in over 32 states. The link to Commodore Home’s Website.
Dutch Housing is recognized for offering some of the highest-quality manufactured homes in the Midwest. They are based in Indiana and sell homes in 28 states. Here is the Dutch Housing Website.
Fairmont Homes is known for being a large builder with only one large construction site instead of several factories. Quality is easier to control in one place. Click here for Fairmont Home’s Website.
This 42 page homeowner’s manual provides installation, setup, and care information:
Fleetwood Homes is a nationally known builder. They have sold more than 1.5 million manufactured homes since 1950. Fleetwood Homes Website is here.
We found both the single section (single wide) and the multi-section (double wide, triple wide) manuals from Fleetwood that are categorized by wind zone:
Friendship Homes of Minnesota
This manual is 66 pages and last revised in 2009:
Hart Housing was founded in 1998 in Wakarusa, IN. They are a small builder, only producing 100-150 homes each year. I could not find a website for the company, but I did find an association with Forest River Housing and a listing on Modular Today. Click here for information about Hart Housing Listing on Modular Today’s Website.
Horton Home’s website is non-working but I was able to find some information on them at Modular Today.
Located in Eatonton, Georgia, is the leading producer of HUD code manufactured homes and modular homes at a single facility in the nation. Manufacturing three homes a week from an abandoned chicken house in 1970. They have grown to a 100 acre facility, with a manufacturing capacity of 100 floors a day.
This manual is 75 pages and last revised in 2010:
HUD’s Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards
This 242-page manual covers the national HUD standards for mobile and manufactured homes. If research is your thing, and you want to know more about manufactured home installation and setup, this is the manual for you!
Marlette is a very popular brand for mobile homes. They’ve been producing homes for decades and have a good reputation. I’ve seen evidence that they are associated with Schult Homes now and also of Norris Homes. The manual below was found with Schult Homes. Click here to go to Marlette Home’s Website.
The Schult/Marlette Installation Manual is too large for my servers so you will need to click here to see (Minnesota Government Site).
Minnesota – Dept. of Labor and Industry
Minnesota has one of the most thorough websites for manufactured homes I’ve seen. All the state’s forms and manuals are in one easy-to-use web page.
All the printouts and guides available on the state’s website are handy but the following seemed to be the most helpful to an average manufactured homeowner:
Mobile Home Institute
The Mobile Home Institute is known to be an advocate for the builders and the buyers. They describe themselves best below. Click here to go to their website: MHI.
MHI is the national trade organization representing all segments of the factory-built housing industry. MHI serves its membership by providing industry research, promotion, education and government relations programs, and by building and facilitating consensus within the industry.
Skyline Corporation Manufactured Home Installation Manual
Skyline Corporation makes some beautiful homes and from what I’ve seen the owners are pretty happy with their quality. They began in 1951, they have had plenty of time to master the art of manufactured home construction. Here is Skyline Corporation’s Website.
Wisconsin – Dept. of Commerce
Wisconsin’s Department of Commerce, Division of Safety and Buildings, released their manufactured home installation manual in 2007 based on their state laws.
Other Helpful Guides for Mobile and Manufactured Homes
Home Depot’s Manual for Electric Water Heaters in Manufactured Housing
If you need to replace your manufactured home’s electric water heater, or just have questions about your water heater, this is a great resource. Home Depot is a national home improvement store and their guide includes thorough information for the use and care of a water heater as well as installation. Here is the Home Depot Website.
State Water Heater’s Instruction Manual for Residential Manufactured Home Gas Water Heaters
If your manufactured home has a gas water heater, this instruction manual may be useful. It covers the installation, use, and care of the brand’s gas water heaters. Click here for State Water Heater’s Website.
Thermo Pride Gas/Propane Furnace for Mobile Homes
Thermo Pride is a leading supplier for gas and propane powered furnaces in mobile and manufactured homes. This 44-page manual has tons of great information that could be handy for any mobile homeowner with a gas or propane furnace.
Other resources that may help you:
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If you know where additional mobile home manuals are located online please let me know. Together, we can create a convenient directory of mobile home manuals!
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