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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!

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49 thoughts on “The Directory of Mobile Home Manuals”

    1. Hi Roy,

      I haven’t seen any Kaufman and Broad manuals. Unfortunately, many builders and dealers aren’t helpful and don’t release much info to the public. Hopefully, another owner can upload one and give us the link.

    1. Hi Jeff,

      The chances are slim to none unless an owner or someone that has one of them uploads to a site that can be indexed so we can find it. eBay has some manuals for sale on occasion as well. I wish the mobile home and camper industry would make them available to the public. Apologies.

  1. I have a 28×76 legends of home doublewide with three bath rooms
    the two guest ones plugins have quit working do you know how
    those two were wired

    1. Hi JW,

      I’m sorry I do not. Wiring and electrical issues are way over my head – All I really know to do is check breakers and the GFCIs. If it’s a circuit to bathrooms or the exterior outlet, it very well could be the GFCI. Just reset all the plugins with the GFCI. You could also use a tester to make sure the wiring is healthy – other than that I’m clueless. Sorry!

    2. Hello JW. I have a double wide legend as well. same problems. bathrooms and other outlets don’t work any longer. if you find any solutions, can you please let me know what you find out??? thank you. JP

  2. Hi there!

    Looking to find out more information about the types/ sizes and names if mobile home moving companies in southern California.

    Thank you,
    Vanessa

    1. Hi Angelique,

      It would be almost impossible to find that information. Builders design so many different models that they don’t release schematics or even model-specific manuals. Usually, wiring is run about 1 foot up from the bottom on the side of the home. Sorry I can’t be more help. Best of luck!

  3. Looking for the manufacturer of a 1983 14×70 trailer and all the title is giving us is Lavi model or manufacturer? Does anybody know of Lavi?

  4. We own 6 mobile homes that we rent out we have remodel ever time one moves out our park is small but very clean but a lot of people still look down on mobile homes on hgtv a lot of stick build homes are being remodel why has’t anyone do a mobile home remodel so the people who which hgtv. Can see that mobile homes are no different then stick build homes I love our mobile home please find someone that can show mobile home remodel on hgtv thank you for mobilehomeliving.org.
    Rosie g

  5. Kathleen Fitzgerald

    I have a 1979 Burlington, 14 x 66, 2 bedrooms, 1 bath. Looking for any information on the ceiling construction in it. Any help or suggestions appreciated.

    1. Hi Kathleen,
      The builders and dealers don’t usually release information to the public regarding materials used or schematics. And, I’m sure you know finding the ceiling panels used in mobile homes is difficult to find (12-16 foot lengths of very delicate material is hard to ship and store). That usually means homeowners have to either go to a sheetrock ceiling or use beadboard or some other paneling system if the original panels are damaged.
      Sorry I can’t help! Best of luck!

  6. Hi Crystal,
    I have a 1982 Silvercrest double wide that I’m trying to sell to a couple obtaining an FHA loan. The engineer report states that we need block wall skirting (expensive!) around the entire home in order for it to be FHA compliant. After speaking with the engineer he said he would approve skirting with a pressure treated wood perimeter and wallboard siding if we can produce an installation manual or something showing the manufacturers original recommendations. I have yet to find anything like that online. Any suggestions?
    Thank you!

    1. Hi Jana,

      Your skirting manufacturer will probably help you. Or if you contact a place that sells skirting they should be able to help. What is the name of the manufacturer?

    1. I have not heard of Riverside but that doesn’t mean anything. They could be a small manufacturer in the West. I’m only familiar with the east coast homes (and not even all of them). Sorry!

  7. For a 1966 American, would it have an outdoor spigot? A dryer vent? We are renting and haven’t found those. A garage was added on one side.

    1. Hi Becky,

      They should but I bet the owners have removed both for insurance reasons. Outside spigots tend to freeze and bust a lot and not having a dryer vent pretty much keeps dryers from being installed.

      Can you ask them and let me know? I’m interested cause dryers were new around that time but spigots weren’t.

      Thanks for reading!

  8. Anyone ever removed the tack strips from their interior walls and ran drywall tape/joint compound over the drywall seams? Pros/Cons of doing so? I don’t plan on ever moving the home amd it has been sitting in the same place for aboit 10yrs so it should be done settling and what have.

  9. Anyone have any experience regarding 3M thermal window film? My mobile has a lot of glass and the afternoon sun causes one end of the house (living room with sliding glass door and 9 west facing windows) to turn into a furnace. The central air cannot keep up with it. I was considering applying thermal film as a means to increase my double pane thermal rating to that of a tripple pane.

    1. Hi Jeremy,

      I’ve had great results with bubble wrap believe it or not. Along with some rubber and foam weather stripping, the bubble wrap and then the heat shrink wrap kits we were able to keep the heat bill down about 20% compared to the previous WV winters. Every little bit you can do will help. Let me know how that particular brand works!

    1. Hi Val,

      I have not heard of them but that doesn’t mean anything. Other than the big builders like Fleetwood, Clayton, Skyline, etc. there are many smaller builders across the country and several are known to build good quality homes.

  10. Hello,
    I am looking for info on recommended pad installation requirements for a 1989 Redman 60 by 14. Code officer must see this before we can bring our home into his area. Thanks.

      1. Looking for the window an sliding glass door manufacturer of a 2000 year Oakwood model harbor bay or harbor palm

    1. I think I can!

      Scroll down on this site to ‘Previous Installation Manuals” and click on the plus sign. All the older manuals are in alphabetical order. There are a ton for Liberty. (I wish I would have found this site a lot earlier).

  11. Hi I am setting up a preowned 2001 Fleetwood. I dont have a manual for the pier print.
    I can’t get the manual here to download.
    Any help would be appriciated

  12. Do you know where I can get a copy of an installation manual for a 1982 Marlette. Specifically we are looking for proper roof venting diagrams or specifics. Thank you.

  13. Where can I go to get the schematics (blue prints) on My 1969 Marlette mobile home? We’re having issues with our back bathroom fan (which sounds like a B-52 taking off) with baffling that doesn’t stay put. On cold nights that bathroom is literally an out house, and you can look up the fan and see the stars overhead. I want this so we can have better repairs done on it. We contacted Clayton Homes, Marlette division and were told that “none of the blueprints or manuals exist anymore for our age of mobile home”. That was it. Any ideas? I would appreciate any and all comments or ideas that might help us. Our local HVAC people aren’t finding our fan easy to replace without spending a $1k dollars to get this done.

    1. Hi Mary,

      Clayton wasn’t lying! Unfortunately, none of the manuals or schematics would help you even if you could find them. Finding an exact or even close replacement of that fan will be near impossible. This is likely a situation where you will just have to replace the fan with a modern one and retrofit it and wire it in. Ideally, since your home is a 1969 you’ve already updated the wiring and the breakers so a new fan will be no problem (aluminum wiring was used till 1971-73).

      Best of luck!

  14. Hi Crystal.
    Im a single mom and i love this site!!!! You are a true insperation!!!! I have lives in my mobile home i bought 10 years ago, and ive been looking for repair manuals and books on mobile homes myself. I have found that some of the main libraries in my state have copies of these manuals but it is only in the refrence section. I just have inherited a newer model mobile home in my park from my adoped dad. And i cant wait until i can move in and fix it up. Tjanks for all your wonderful help. Keep up the grwat work you are doing for everyone!!!!
    Love you and your awesome site, Cheryl????

    1. Hi Cheryl!

      Thank you so much for taking the time to write this comment! I cannot put into proper words how much it means to me to get comments like this. I have no idea what I’m doing 90% of the time, I just try to post things I want to know about or want to see so it’s really great to hear that it helps others (whether with information or inspiration).

      Thank you so much!

      PS Please take photos and notes of the new remodel. I’m always looking for projects to share!

  15. Hi Crystal,

    I’ve been reading your site for some time and I’ve been enjoying it. Regarding manuals, I’m wondering if you’ve ever heard of the mobile home manufacturer “Safeway”. Last year I purchased a 1969 44×24 Safeway Double Wide. I’d love to find some sort of manual so I can tell how the home was constructed and how I can safely remodel it.

    Thanks in advance!

  16. Horton Homes is no longer in business. They lost their manufacturing business to a judicial tax sale. Legacy Housing LTD acquired the Horton Homes facilities in November 2015. Legacy is up & running. If you type in, Legacy Housing rolls out its 100th new home from its Eatonton plant, it will take you to the article from The Eatonton Messenger website, posted on 5 May 2016. Here is Legacy’s website link,
    http://www.legacyhousingltd.com/index.html
    Thanks for all your hard work. Your site is most helpful.

    1. Thanks for the in info Melinda. Manufactured housing is an ever-changing industry. I read once that there has been over 1,000 models built by over 400 (500?) different builders since the first mobile home came off the assembly line. Now, there’s only a few left.

      Thanks!

      1. Hi I am looking for the installation manual for a mobile home 1972 Trade Name Bainbridge, please anyone can help me

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