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  1. We just bought a 1986 Redman manufactured home and are new to manufactured homeownership. We have so much work that needs to be done before we move in and I’m wondering how to go about finding the best people for the jobs since most contractors don’t work on manufactured homes.

    We need to totally gut remodel both bathrooms from rotting floors and plumbing issues. We also need to buy kitchen cabinet boxes due to water damage, but we only need the base boxes because the newly painted fronts and doors/drawers were salvageable. Also, where to shop for bathroom stuff like new shower inserts?

    Thanks for any advice you can pass on about who to hire and the best places to search for materials for a manufactured home.

  2. If you are remodeling a bathroom, can you use regular house faucets for the bathtub/shower? Would the 2×3 wall limit the options?

  3. Hi there,

    In your article about bathroom remodels you mention “Mobile Home Supply Store”. My tub is 64″ x 42″ which you specifically mention under Oval tubs. I have not had any luck finding that size online and no luck finding a store by that name. Can you tell me if that is the actual name of the store or were you speaking generically? Any info would be greatly appreciated.

    1. Hi Michele,

      I sure can. There’s actually two online stores that I like. I need to change that to Mobile Home Parts Store and here’s the link to their bathtubs:

    2. Mobile Home Parts Store Bathtubs
    3. The next store is Complete Mobile Home Supply. Here’s their bathtubs:

    4. Complete Mobile Home Supply Bathtubs
    5. You may have to go with 64×44 or even a little smaller and just build it out to fit. Parts are one of the most frustrating aspects of manufactured housing. There are 18 million people living in them and none of us can’t find the right parts for any of them….lol

  4. I have a 1970 single wide two bedroom one bath mobile home. Three years ago I had it completely remodeled with a new kitchen and a new bathroom. But I want to add one to the guestroom. And thinking about taking the closets out and putting the bathroom in that. It would be just a standard shower kit pedestal sink and toilet. But wondering how difficult this is going to be with having to install a sewer and a drain when it is not close to the original bathroom. Thanks for all your help and inspiration!

    1. Hi Cami,

      You shouldn’t have any issue adding a bathroom to your manufactured home assuming there is plenty of room under your home for the waste pipe to have a proper grade. If your home is low to the ground that could be an issue but worst-case scenario would be probably adding a step up into the bathroom or just for the toilet to give the pipe a proper grade. Be sure to consider a vent in the ceiling that has a proper circulation so that the wood doesn’t stay wet too long.

      Best of luck!

  5. Hello,

    I am having to gut my guest bathroom (2010 model) as a result of sewage backup due to flooding. The insurance company did not provide a lot of money to cover this so I’m doing as much as I can myself – everything in the room has to go, the sub-flooring will need replacing and walls as well. I plan on putting a walk in shower instead of shower/tub combo as my mother uses that bathroom the most and I want to make it easier for her to get in and also be able to sit if needed. Do you know where I could find information on turning off the water for the shower/tub so I can pull that out myself? I am also wondering about wall material? If I am having the subfloor replaced and need to replace the walls do I need to provide additional support to the floor to manage standard drywall?

    1. Hi Ada,
      You will need to cut off the entire water supply to the home since most manufactured homes do not have cut off valves for each water source. You can usually find it on the outside where you see a pipe attached to the home. Be sure to drain the lines just in case.

      I’m all for you doing the demolition, however, I highly recommend that only a licensed plumber install the shower pan, shower, and the faucets. One small mistake can completely destroy your home’s flooring and walls and once water gets in somewhere it’s hard to repair. You should be able to remove the tub but do not cut out the faucet or showerhead – let the plumber handle that. If you mess with the faucets you’ll need a cutoff valve installed. I wish you the best of luck!

  6. I inherited my mobile home when my husband and his mother passed. It is a 1985 model, with only a few improvements to it. I am in the middle of refurbishing. Got new flooring in the living room, master bedroom and bathroom. Long ago the corner tub was taken out. I understand that a clawfoot would be too heavy with so much weight on 4 feet, but what about a flat bottom freestanding tub? I don’t want to have to replace the floors just yet, there doesn’t seem to be anything wrong with the existing. I have a mobile home plumber coming to look at what I want done on friday, but wanted to see if I can answer this question beforehand. Thank you for all these great ideas!

    1. Hi JoAnne,

      A standard tub should be fine in a healthy level single wide of that age. You may even be able to get away with the claw foot, especially if there is a pier under the area you want to place the tub. My father had a 6 man hot tub in the master suite of his double wide with no issue at all (other than some water splash).

      Let me know what the plumber says.

  7. I have a 1994 Redman Mobile Home. I am looking for the floor plans. Can you help it is a 16×80, 3 bedrooms and two full baths rooms.

    1. Hi Janet,

      Unfortunately, it’s very difficult to find floorplans or literature on past models of mobile and manufactured homes. The builders aren’t very helpful but if you contact a Redman dealer you may luck up (though I’ve yet to hear about any dealer offering anything to a customer on a previous model in the 8+ years I’ve been doing this blog). Sorry!

  8. I live in a 1973 mobile home. I am remodeling the powder room which is adjacent to the 2nd bedroom. Very small. The toilet that was in there broke. I am now struggling to find a toilet that will fit in this small space. Every toilet I have looked for is to long. I only have 24″ from the back wall (tank side) to the door frame. I can’t find a toilet that is small enough. I need to add a riser to the toilet as well. Do I have to special order a toilet? My search is coming up empty.

  9. Hi Crystal, I love your articles! I am remodeling my bathroom and have this corner garden tub with almost card board like board around the front for a skirt I think it is. I want to replace it and I don’t know what’s behind it or what to replace it with. I’ve looked everywhere for ideas and can’t find a thing with this type of tub. Do you have any ideas or know where to look? It would be great to have some idea what to do with it.
    Thank you
    Deborah Tyler

    1. Hi Deborah,

      Those tubs are usually just sitting on a platform built out of 2x4s. One of the most popular methods of replacing a garden tub is to use the space for a walk-in shower stall. It’s large enough and if you tile the surround and use a shower pan it can be just about any shape.

      I will try to find some photos of the process but to be honest, finding photos is the most difficult part of blogging. I can’t explain things well enough so I need images to help. I’ll keep my eyes open and try to get an article together soon.

      Best of luck!

  10. I am looking for a metal bathtub with a center drain for my single wide. I have replaced the composite one twice now due to cracks and the last one cracked also completely destroying the subfloor. The ventilation is in the way to put in a tub that I found at Lowe’s. I found a tub on a web site but cannot remember it. Can anybody help?

    1. Hi Susan,

      You should be able to get exactly what you need if you go to your local plumbing supply house. They are in every major town and are where professionals get their supplies. Just Google your city name and “plumbing supply house’ and give them a call. They can order dang near anything you want from any where you wnat.

      Best of luck! (let me know if that worked)

  11. Just replaced the floor and tub in kids bathroom. Found a surround kit at Lowe’s but it’s made of pretty hard plastic it feels like? Can I cut this to but if needed? It’s for a mobile home tub, they want over double the price if this one at mobile home supply. Trying to save where I can, the tub is from there. But that is crazy. Just curious if it can be custom fit?
    Thanks

    1. We bought the cheapest surround at Lowe’s for our rental and we cut it. I’m pretty sure my husband used a Dremel or maybe just a tin snips. It is just plastic so just about any blade would get it. To cover the cut, he added a plastic trim piece in the corners and caulked them well. Remodeling mobile homes require a lot of retrofitting because, as you said, the mobile home sized things always cost double. Luckily, there are ways to hide the cuts and rigging.
      Best of luck!

  12. Hi Crystal, we are in the process of remodeling a 92 Fleetwood. In almost every aspect we have changed the original mobile home items to “real house” items. The size differences and lacking quality continue to amaze me at every turn. Our eventual plan is to move walls in the main bath to accommodate a full size bath, but not yet. Problem is now the tub faucet is dripping and I cannot find any info about putting a “real” tub/shower faucet/knob set into a mobile home. I’m trying to figure out if this is something a jack of all/master of none DIYer can tackle or does a professional need to come in. There is very little about this anywhere on the web, but most replace with the standard mobile home sets.

    1. Hi Donna,

      Ideally, you should call a plumber because a leak in the wall behind a tub isn’t easy to detect and can cause a lot of damage in a short amount of time. However, sometimes you just don’t have the money and you just have to do what you have to do (and I know all about that!).

      The holes in the surround will be an obstacle, Mobile home tub faucets are usually on 4″ centers so you’ll need to find a new faucet that will either cover up the old holes with the faceplate, in addition, to installing the new valve to utilize the old holes as best as possible. You’ll also need to find the fittings that will transition your supply line to the new faucet, too. It’s not easy but it’s not the most difficult thing in the world either but the consequences can be bad if the least little thing is not done correctly.

      Best of luck!

  13. Good evening,
    Ive have a tub with surround, yet it doesnt reach the ceiling. Can I put cement board over the paneling above the surround and adhere lamenent to it to create waterproofing?

    1. Hi Jack,

      You can but anytime you layer things you risk creating an environment where mold and mildew will thrive, especially in a bathroom. If the surround is anything like my dads, it’s just made of VOG wallboard with (maybe) an added layer of the lamination or clear coat of some sort. It doesn’t hold up to water well and it won’t be strong enough to hold the new backer board so you’re going to have to be careful to get into the studs.

      If it was me, I would go ahead and remove the wallboard, add a little more insulation while I had the chance, and use a fiberglass surround that you can cut to size. We bought one for our 1978 single wide at Lowe’s for $129 that worked well.

      Best of luck!

  14. Hi there,

    Are you still updating this site? It is great. I stumbled upon it googlng mobile home bathroom vanities. As we are redoing our dw mh. It is about 20 years old. Just had it painted now the vinyl planking is being installed. I have not been able to find anything about installing mh double sink vanities. Do the drawers get in the way of stick house vanities? Can I just buy a vanity at a big box store and will it fit? Thank you for such interesting articles. There should be a mobile home magazine.

    Blessings,
    Sallee Keller

  15. Help. How can I make my mobile home bathtub safe for my disabled mother???? She has a shower chair, but it slides in the tub when she uses it, the suction cups do not stick. She thinks a bath mat, but I already know that won’t stick in the cheap plastic textured tub. I’ve installed grab bars and an adjustable shower, but she almost fell tonight because the bath chair slid back. Thank you in advance for any help

    1. Hi Brenda,

      Since she is disabled, you should be able to get a doctor to write a recommendation for a true handicap shower. Her insurance would cover the product and the install (up to a certain percentage). In WV, the miner’s UMWA health care and Medicare help a lot of people get their homes retrofitted for easier living and I’m sure it’s probably the same in other states.

      If that doesn’t work out, you may want to install a bench that goes out over the tub on one side and is screwed into the wall on the other side. You’d want to ensure the screwed side is waterproofed really well so water can’t get behind your tub surround. Make sure to screw it into studs and add a rail so she can hold onto it as she gets in and out. If you want to get real fancy you could design so that it can be removed or moved out of the way but still lock into place when she needs it.

      Best of luck! (let me know how it goes on the Dr. thing – prescribed retrofits for bathtubs are a big thing in SC, too, but I’m not sure about the insurance there).

  16. We are in the middle of a huge remodel of our 70’s single wide. The bathroom was a big project that is now almost complete. We removed the dangerous tub with a step and replaced it with a walk-in tub. The contractor beefed up the walls and we tiled from the top of the tub to the ceiling. We also replaced the floors with waterproof laminate flooring.

    The fiberboard cabinets were replaced with a 36″ vanity with a set in sink vanity top. We added his/hers medicine cabinets.

    There were some wiring and plumbing improvements to support these changes so it hasn’t been an inexpensive remodel, but so worth it!

    We hired the remodel out because we had a large list of improvements, additions and upgrades in order to turn our 15,000 initial investment into our retirement dream home.

  17. Can you please tell me if there is anyplace ‘local===(Northern Colorado) to purchase a whirlpool tub that will fit in my mobile home? I am not looking to expand much—maybe out from wall a few inches but length would have to stay the same (which is the 54″ you mentioned in this article.)

    1. Hi Sandra,

      I don’t know anyone out West but I did a google search and found a few results, click here to see them. You can always order online and have them delivered but I’m not a huge fan of ordering large things online due to damage potential and returns issues. Call around using the search results above and you should be able to find a local supplier. Best of luck!

  18. Can a large whirl pool tub be installed in a double wide ? The old one is 3ft.wide x 53FT. long . The whirl pool tub is 4 ft. wide and 6 ft. long and needs a plate form base. And the old tub has a left end drain and the new one would have a center drain. Could you please let me know if this new whirlpool tub will work . Thank you for your time. This new one also comes with the foists in-tacked.

    1. Hi Mary,

      I wouldn’t be able to give you a definite answer without inspection. Weight will be your biggest issue so the location of the tub in relation to the chassis is important. Tub material and weight when it is full of water is also important. Then you will need to have the drain moved and possibly the faucet. You’ll definitely want to bring a plumber in so you don’t damage the home. Sorry! Best of luck!

  19. Hi Crystal,
    What is under the tub in a mobile home?I am replacing subflooring in the bathroom and hallway but really don’t want to pull out the shower tub unit. I am hoping the shower tub unit is on something stronger than the subflooring and waterproof or that it is sealed so it protects the tub support floor. Thank you.

  20. You’ve covered every aspect of a bath remodel well except the on thing I need to know. What is the best choice for the top faucet replacements? All I’ve found nearby are cheap plastic models made in China. I’ve paid for two of the same caused to be pit in and both were defective.
    Are there any tub faucets made of actual metal available?

    1. Hi Debbie!

      Go to Lowe’s and buy a Moen. Those plastic faucets are terrible. You should be able to find a Moen that will fit your holes perfectly or very close.

      I’ll make a note to add that info! Thank you!

  21. This is great love all of the information. My husband and I are going to have to do a bathroom remodel because the tub in the master have multiple cracks in it. Is that a common thing in mobile homes? Also this will be my first mobile home remodel and I am not sure what to expect once we tear the tub out, specifically the flooring underneith. I have experience with stick built homes and so I am afraid if we pull the tub out we are just going to have insulation between the bathroom and crawl space and I just couldn’t sleep in the house knowing that is exposed. Really we are trying to plan ahead with what to expect and that is my biggest fear. I can handle the severity of the damage or even going over budget but not that. Yuk. Can you send us your thoughts on that please.

    Thank you

    Megan

  22. I love, love, love your website! For the past 16 years, I have lived in a 1981 Marlette (Windemere) and have loved it! I am itching to update the kitchen and bathroom and have been looking for information to keep from making any disastrous mistake. My first major project will be in the bathroom where I would love to remove the tub and install a complete tiled shower stall. Have you seen this done in other remodels? Is this something you would recommend attempting? My tub is located along the outside wall of my trailer. Thanks for any help!! ~Leslie Fay

    1. Hi Leslie,

      Great to hear from you!

      Tiled showers installed in place of a tub is a very popular home improvement project. The difference between the successful jobs and the unsuccessful jobs is using the right materials. When done properly (and with the right materials) you can expect a beautiful, long-lasting, and healthy tiled bathroom. You cannot go cheap when tiling a shower and you cannot have someone do it that isn’t knowledgeable in plumbing code.

      New technologies in tiling (waterproofing ‘bladder’ systems, grouting ingredients, and even lighter-weight tiles) all combine together to create a much better tiling experience than we had just a decade ago. You can now buy complete floor pan systems that will help make the job a lot easier. It’s a good project that will certainly add to your home in many ways! I’ve wanted to get an article together about the whole process but finding images has been difficult, maybe you could take some images for us?

      Best of luck!

      1. Hello,

        You should be able to find those at any plumbing supply store (not necessarily your home improvement store like Lowe’s but your professional plumbing supply store).

  23. Hi Crystal.
    In considering a complete gut out bathroom remodel. Some of the information I was hoping to read in your article isn’t there. When moving fixtures to new locations within the bathroom inevitably plumbing becomes a major issue. This is my first mobile home (1987 New West) and I’m not familiar with the construction or the plumbing in one. The line servicing my toilet comes up through the floor (not the wall) as well as the tub and possibly the sink as well. The sewer drains also will need to be relocated. I’m guessing this will entail removing some skirting and going underneath the home to make the changes. I’m interested in learning about these types of issues.
    Also, I’d like to put in a cast iron bathtub, I’m concerned about the weight, if the floor is designed to handle it.
    Thank you,
    Steve

    1. Hi Steve,

      You’ll probably want to read our plumbing articles. They go more into the details you mention:

      Plumbing in Manufactured Homes, The Basics
      https://mobilehomeliving.org/manufactured-home-plumbing-drainage-and-ventilation-issues/

      I’m not sure what an average cast iron tub weighs but you’ll probably want to reinforce the flooring and, if at all possible, install it over the steel chassis. If you’re in a double wide you’ll want to be cautious of uneven settling, too.

      Best of luck! Let me know if you have any particular questions.

  24. Hello Crystal, I stumbled upon your website while looking for decorating ideas for my 1963 mobile home bathroom. My husbands sister gave us our home last year when she got married. It has been one project after another. After almost one year, I finally completed my landscaping project. I am so proud of how my yard looks now. My neighbors all love it. Even if your home is older, it can still look fabulous. Now I am working on the inside and wondered if you might have any tips. The color of the bathtub, sink basin, and toilet is hard to describe. My sister-in-law says it is peach, but it is too dark. I compared it to different paints and I think it is closer to a coral or maybe salmon. Sometimes it looks more brown than pink depending on the light. They were all painted white, but it was chipping off bad so I stripped the paint. Now nothing matches. The cabinet doors and front of vanity were painted sea foam green and the walls were a light peach. The floor tiles are white with tiny blue and brown flowers. The vanity top is white linoleum with grey marbling. I really do not want to refinish the fixtures again. I currently have a tropical sunset themed shower curtain which works perfect with the coral colored tub and toilet. I took pictures and used Sherwin Williams’ paint visualizer to compare color pallets, but I have no eye for decorating. I feel like the darker grayish blues looked best on the walls (Naval or indigo). On all of the doors, drawers, and ceiling I was going to try a color called Bungalow Beige. It is an eggshell color with a barely noticeable hint of blush. I have wood trim around the door and along the bottom of the walls. They are currently dark brown, but I was thinking of going with a dark color in the red family like Arresting Auburn. I have a brown wood mirrored medicine chest on the side wall above the sink. I thought I should paint it the same as the vanity doors. I tried lighter colors on the walls, but nothing worked with the sink and vanity top. I would appreciate any suggestions you might have. I realize it is hard without photos. Thank you!

    1. Hi Lora!

      We’ve been trying to update our bathroom too – I swear I think it’s the hardest room to makeover on a budget. I’ve decided to just buy a new tub cause while there has been a lot of advances in the tub painting industry, I just don’t think it’s worth the time and cost to try yet. Maybe in a few more years they can figure it all out! Till then, I think painting the cabinetry and adding some kind of texture on the walls is probably the easiest way to update a bathroom.

      We spent $30 on several rolls of discontinued wallpaper at Lowe’s and wallpapered around our mirror in a wheat grass paper that was very textured. Then painted the built-in cabinetry a dark brown (I had it white but white cabinetry in the bathroom was just too hard to keep clean) and then painted the walls a dark teal. It works OK till we can completely rip it all out.

      You should be able to get lots of great ideas on Pinterest, just search bathroom decorating ideas. There’s lots of great ideas here on Mobile home Living for bathrooms too – here’s all the articles that comes up when you search bathroom: https://mobilehomeliving.org/?s=bathroom

      Good luck!

  25. Crystal, have you heard of anyone boxing in or otherwise remodeling one of those darn garden tubs?

    I’ve got one in the master bath in our new-to-us 2007 double wide, and I’m planning on remodeling the room in an Old Mexico style.

    So tile will be a major decorative element; I want to sort of recreate the feeling of a fountain in the zocalo with the tub, so I’m thinking building a box around the present (stepped) sides and ??? over the rim.

    Having no luck at googling this kind of alteration to a garden tub- maybe you’re run across something?

    1. Hi Allison,

      I always feel like if there’s a will, there’s a way, especially when it comes to remodeling..lol..I’m pretty sure I understand exactly what you’re wanting to do, and if I’m close, it would look awesome!! Your only worry would be the waterproofing aspect of it all but all the new tiling products that are out on the market these days it would make the job a lot easier than it would’ve been, say, 10 years ago.

      To box in the tub you would simply need to line the area (under the tub if possible) with a liner or pan and frame out the structure with waterproof tile board. Once you have it all tiled and the grout is dry you would want to be extra careful with the sealing between the tub and the tile and coat it all with a waterproof membrane type product. The liner or pan may be a little bit of an overkill but it would keep the floor safe and that’s a big priority whenever dealing with a tub or shower install.

      If you don’t mind, click this link and scroll down to the bathtub with the tile being installed around it. You’ll see how that was done and it would work for covering the steps on the other side. It’s a job my husband did inside a double side. We advised against the fireplace but the owners wanted it so it was done. Still, I wish they would’ve let us set in the wall along with some added protection to ensure it could never end up in the tub, especially when water is in it!

      Good luck! https://www.facebook.com/Privettsnotonlyplumbing/photos_stream

  26. Tell you what I think is the ultimate bathroom design – when you have a glass sink with live fish in the basin part of the sink. I’ve seen this a couple of times and it’s such a clever idea!

    1. Choose a plumbing company that is the best in the business at your locality, because you cannot hand over the responsibility of plumbing installation and, maintenance to each and everyone, without being sure about their performance level. Luckily, I have found plumbers Pretoria with the most satisfying services I have ever received in the last couple of, since I built up my home in this city.

  27. Hi Shirlee! I'm so glad to hear from you again!! I did move the site to WordPress and it's caused all kinds of problems! I promise it's nothing to do with your computer, it's all on my end unfortunately. I've hired a webmaster to fix all the issues though so hopefully in the next week it will all be better. Right now, the list is pretty long: browser compatibility issues (not appearing on computers), the RSS feed needs fixed and all the past comments (all 1248) are not showing on the site, although I can see them all in the admin. I thought I could handle the transition but it was way over my head! Lesson learned, hire professionals from the get go on things you know absolutely nothing about…lol. Don't give up on me yet!

    I hope all is well with you and your enjoying the spring. Take care!

  28. Hi Shirlee! I'm so glad to hear from you again!! I did move the site to WordPress and it's caused all kinds of problems! I promise it's nothing to do with your computer, it's all on my end unfortunately. I've hired a webmaster to fix all the issues though so hopefully in the next week it will all be better. Right now, the list is pretty long: browser compatibility issues (not appearing on computers), the RSS feed needs fixed and all the past comments (all 1248) are not showing on the site, although I can see them all in the admin. I thought I could handle the transition but it was way over my head! Lesson learned, hire professionals from the get go on things you know absolutely nothing about…lol. Don't give up on me yet!

    I hope all is well with you and your enjoying the spring. Take care!

  29. Hi again Crystal. Did you move your site to wordpress? It doesn't always show up on my blogger list plus a few times I could not get your site to load. But I think it's a problem on my end, computers have a way of not co-operating every once and a while.

    I don't know who came up with the carpet in the bathroom idea but what a bad one that was! Double ick factor there. Interesting to know about the difference in bathtub size. We never had to do a bathroom reno when we owned a mobile home. We lived with the harvest gold fixtures since it was short term, but I do remember flooring issues.

    Hope all is well with you! Have a great weekend.