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  1. I am new to mobile living and repair. I have a 2015 Clayton 16×80 I would like to take the bathtub out of the master bathroom and make a place for the washer and dryer. Make a storage area out of the original washer-dryer area. My question is there a problem with routing the new wiring under the flooring? I have
    been told that all wiring should be in the overhead.

  2. How much should a single-wide mobile home re-level cost, abot 1 to 1 and a half inches? The park owner says their water lines are affected under the concrete slab. Im not having problems the mobile home is a 1996. Mobile Home Stuff ssid they had to get under home be cause it wasn’t tied down. They then said they couldnt tie down because it wasnt le el. Mobile Home Stuff now says I have to pay to have it untied before they level. Owner has said to re-level,tape waterline, and skirting. I dont have 19p0.00 so owner says theyll borrow with no interest but I have to use Mobile Home Stuff. This price is without labor for attaching skirting to 3 sides of mobile home. Also Mobile Home Stuff says they onle do heater coils to water pipes, no taping. Could you addresse these questions and other problems?

    1. Hi Alecia,
      This all sounds overly suspicious. If the park needs to get under THEIR pad that’s on them, not you. The leveling of your home only affects your home, nothing else. The park needs to be paying for this, not you.
      Do NOT do this. This is most likely a scam.

  3. Hello I’m hoping someone is still answering questions on the forum, I have a question about a problem I have with condensation, during the winter months when it’s cold outside the gas heater will turn on and within 30 seconds I will hear fast dripping in the back wall this will continue till the heater goes off then the dripping will slow down but the drops will get bigger and louder but slower between drops, it continues till the heater turns on again or if it doesn’t eventually they stop, I have sealed every possible avenue I can find for moisture to enter the space between the ceiling and the roof, including removing and sealing the swamp cooler. it’s been 3 years of this for me and is driving me crazy. this is a single wide home fairly old.

    1. Hi Weston,

      You’re going to need to call a general contractor or a heating expert. This needs to be looked at quickly so that your home isn’t damaged by the moisture. Best of luck!

  4. Crystal,
    Thanks so much for your website. It is a great resource for those that see the value in mobile/manufactured housing. For those that are looking for more permanent skirting that provides structural support and windproofing checkout the product at Anchorpanel.
    http://www.anchorpanel.com/mfgd.html

    No, I don’t work for them but it looks like it could be a good solution for many people in a variety of locations. They also have some YouTube videos that show installation and final view.

    Sincerely,
    Eric Price

    1. Hi Eric,

      Thanks so much for the info. There have been a ton of great products to hit the market in the last few years. It’s hard to keep up with them. I’ll def give it a look. Thank you!

  5. I have a question but did not see a board to post it on. I have a 2007 Southern Energy single wide home and the belly board has always worried me. It came from the factory twisted and hanging but they would not address it and told me it was fine. I am thinking about having the bottom of my home foamed with closed cell foam. I understand that it repels bugs and rodents, insulates, sound proofs, and increases structural integrity. That said, I have questions like what if a water pipe leaks what would happen? Is this a good idea and will you still need a belly board over it? Has anyone done this and what do they have to say?
    Thank You, I love the site and it has given me the courage to make some home improvements myself and consider some more complicated improvements in the future.
    Barbara

    1. Hi Barbara,

      Most manufactured homes use a belly wrap (though it is often called belly board). It is basically just a large sheet of black plastic stapled to the home. The middle part often hangs down so that’s probably what you are seeing.

      Adding foam is a great idea! Though it doesn’t really add structural integrity to the home, it will insulate and act as a noise reducer and protect the home a bit better from critters. I think I read that over 25% of your heat is lost through the flooring and vents so foam board will certainly help. You will need to be proactive regarding water leaks but there’s a lot of things you can do to better protect yourself from unknown leaks. Pressure gauges are smart to have. Depending on the location of your water lines, you could create a small hatch. It’s the same situation with belly board, too.

      This article will give you step-by-step instructions and some more information about adding foam board: https://mobilehomeliving.org/insulating-under-a-mobile-home-with-foam-board/

      Best of luck!