The Directory of Mobile Home Manuals

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

Adventure Homes

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

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

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 

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

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 

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

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.

Note: The company offers some additional literature that may come in handy for current or potential owners. 

This 42 page homeowner’s manual provides installation, setup, and care information:

Fairmont Homes Installation Manual

Fleetwood Homes

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

Founded in 1982, Friendship Homes has a good reputation for building quality manufactured homes. They have helpful literature on their site. Click here to go to the Friendship Home’s Website.

This manual is 66 pages and last revised in 2009:

Friendship Homes Installation Manual

Hart Housing

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.

Hart Housing / Forest River Housing Installation Manual

Horton Homes 

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:

Horton Homes Installation Manual

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!

HUD’s Website )Manufactured Home Section)

Permanent Foundations Guide for Manufactured Housing

Marlette Homes 

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.

Minnesota’s Manufactured Home Webpage

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.

Schult Homes

Shult Homes was bought by Clayton Homes so you’ll find their installation manual under Clayton. I also found a partnership with Marlette Homes here.  Here is the Schult Home’s Website.

Skyline Corporation Manufactured Home Installation Manual

Skyline Corporation builds beautiful homes and 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.

Skyline Homes Installation Manual

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.

Wisconsin Manufactured Home Hub

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.

Home Depot Water Heater Installation Guide

 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.

Thermo Pride’s Website 

Other resources that may help you:

We’ve created a few resources that may help you update or repair your mobile home. Just click on the name of the article that interests you:

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!

Thank you for reading Mobile Home Living!

81 thoughts on “The Directory of Mobile Home Manuals”

  1. Hi
    I’m trying to find a home owner’s manual for a 1993 Schultz Dynasty double-wide mobile home.

  2. I do we find a weight rating, for the floor, on a 1982 Parkwood mobile home? We want to move a gun safe in that weights a few hundred pounds. I think we need to check the crawl space and place it strategically or shore up the location we want it placed. I appreciate your help!

  3. I am needing a manual on a 1985 summit ho mobile home. My codes people are requiring the original type of heating and air unit that went in it to go back in it. Im only missing the blower and thermostat and cant find anywhere what it requires please help

  4. I need some help finding a owner’s manual for a 1960 Smoker Mobil home 10′ x 55′ . I have not been able to find anything . Was it another named manufacturer that built the Smokers ?
    HELP !

  5. We have a 2001 Oakwood model # 5010M. We are trying to find out the manufacturer of the bathroom fixtures.. Our shower won’t stop leaking and we can’t find replacement part because there is no name on the fixtures. Any help appreciated!!

  6. Can you help me with the floor plan for a Nashua ll 1983 14×67, specifically the roof? Any help would be great!

  7. I found in my double wide that the manufacturer Lincoln Park Homes a division of Patriot Homes wired 9 outlets throughout the home through 1 hot side of a light switch in my laundry room/hallway.
    I discovered this when the light switch caught fire and 1-2 outlets in master bedroom, kitchen, 2nd bedroom, dining room and hallway quit working which made me realize the burning smell and a quick look around and the light switch had smoke coming out of the cover plate. Removed plate to find 9 wires cobbled together on 1 side of a standard 600 watt max single pole light switch.
    This was not the marriage wall or an outside wall in 1st quarter of length and middle of width of double wide home.
    Also the 2 half’s of a double wide have a connection wire under the home usually near outside wall with 2 12gauge 12-3 copper indoor wiring on a speacial connector made specifically for double wide mobile homes. You could have a short there and you can install junction box and connect the wires same way the connector has them wired. Good luck

  8. Did you ever find out about the SPA HM mobile home? I have one as well, I think the same model as yours, 1972 24×60. The letters SPA is on the front of the mobile home with a palm tree logo and I have no idea who the manufacturer is. Would sure like to know. Please let me know. Thanks!

  9. Hi I am having some issues with electrical wiring. Our kitchen has a issue where the stove will not work. I was wondering if you have a electrical schematics fir a 1981 wayside mobile home? If you can help me I’d appreciate it. Thank you

  10. The only thing I could find is that they were manufactured as part of Clayton Homes and the only manufacturing plant I see was located in NC. Sorry I wasn’t more help!

  11. I’m looking for any information I can find on a 1992 fisher single wide mobile home. 2 bed, 2 bath.

  12. I didn’t find anything online in a quick search. You might try reaching out to Fleetwood directly, they have archives of old floor plans and may be able to help! Good luck!

  13. I am trying to find the floor plan for a 1996 Fleetwood Homes Carriage Hill Classic. Could you help me with this? Thank you. Anna

  14. i am trying to find out about a bendix moble home built in 1978. I need to see how the heating ducts are ran underneath the mobile home.

  15. Trying to find an oversight agency that I can report the manufacturer of our home put insulation in backwards
    1999 palm harbor patriot

  16. Hi Macia,

    It’s really difficult to find information on manufactured homes. You may be lucky and run upon an old ad but the manuals won’t have any information specifically for the model (try Pinterest, I may have posted a Bendix ad a few years ago). Best of luck!

  17. We are trying to find out about Bendix Mobile Systems out of McMinville Oregon. We are purchasing a 1983 24×56 manufactured by them. #SN-ME3109. Any floor plans or info would be apprciated.

  18. Hi Caroline,

    I’m sorry, I do not but maybe another reader may be able to help. Unfortunately, it’s very difficult to find any kind of literature for mobile homes or even the newer manufactured homes. You may luck up on a Facebook group for vintage mobile homes or on eBay. Best of luck!

  19. Do you know who took over for the manufacturer Spa? I have a 1972 double wide home (24 X 60) and I am in search of the floor plan and the home foundation plan. The title only lists the Manufacturer as “SPA HM”, Tradename as “SPA” and no model #. I have the serial numbers and the HUD Label/Insignia, is there any way to use them to get more information?

    Thank you fo your help!

  20. Hi Sandy,

    It’s difficult to find information on older mobile homes. The best chance is joining some vintage mobile home groups on Facebook and post your request. You can also keep an eye on eBay to find old mobile home manuals and photos. If you are ever in Elkhart, Indiana there is a museum (RV and Mobile Home Hall of Fame) that has a lot of magazines and manuals but nothing is digitized.

    Best of luck!

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