There has only been a handful of mobile home repair books published in the last 20 years or so.
A handful is actually an exaggeration – I have only found 3 true mobile home repair books to date. There are 4 listed here but one I do not consider to be a true repair manual or guide.
Having a resource at your finger to solve problems or answer questions is invaluable, especially for a mobile home owner. Some of us have a difficult time finding licensed contractors that will work on our homes so it’s up to us to get the issues repaired ourselves. A little help along the way never hurts!
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The good news is that all 3 repair books I have found are helpful in their own way. One was a bit too expensive for its size and meager text, I’ll talk more about it in short bit. One was very thorough and one impressed me most, it’s the first listed below:
Your Mobile Home Energy and Repair Guide for Manufactured Homes
I ordered this book from Amazon and to date I have not found a more in-depth resource for mobile home repair and construction.
If you are making repairs or upgrades to a manufactured home or just want to know how to save money on your utility bills, this is the best mobile home repair book for you.
The Your Mobile Home Energy and Repair Guide is available at Amazon for a very fair price of $18.06 for a new one and $10.01 for used (as of publish date). Shipping is free if you spend over $35.
It’s well worth these prices!
By the look of the title and the cover design, I wasn’t expecting much but I was pleasantly surprised.
The guide is 252 pages of in-depth information on topics ranging from air sealing methods to wall-roof retrofits. The chapters are short and to the point and each section is well-organized with plenty of visual aids.
The Manual for Manufactured/Mobile Home Repair and Upgrade
The second book, The Manual for Manufactured/Mobile Home Repair and Upgrade, is probably the most popular mobile home repair book online. .
This handy book was written by the publisher of MobileHomeRepair.com so you know it’s a great resource.
The topics range from additions to window installation. Images are smaller and in black and white and the pages are spiral bound in a plastic comb but don’t let that impact your decision to buy it.
I actually respect the author more for publishing the book himself – when you have information in a neglected niche that can truly help people you do what you can to get it to them.
This is a well written and highly informative book wit lots of drawings and photos that show each step.
The manual is available at Amazon for $22.64 for new and $22.67 for used.
There’s 200 pages of great tips, advice, and step-by-step directions on basic repair and remodel topics.
Manufactured Home Repair and Maintenance
Another book every manufactured homeowner should know about is called Manufactured Home Repair and Maintenance, though this is the book that I do not consider a true repair manual or guide.
Purchase the Manufactured home repair & maintenance guide here.
It’s a very short book at only 52 pages and there’s very little text. However, it is packed with a lot of simple information. Color photos are half of every page so you get plenty of visual knowledge.
The price for this book is $13.46 new and $10.79 used on Amazon. Compared to the others, I think it may be a bit overpriced.
Perhaps if the price went down to around $6 or $7 I would feel more comfortable recommending it. Still, it has good tips and the images provide a lot of information. It’s a nice addition to any mobile home owner’s library.
Foremost Mobile Home Fix-it Guide: Your Manufactured Home Repair Book
Foremost Mobile Home Fix-It Guide: Your Manufactured Home Repair Book is way out of my price range so I don’t own it but I would love to. Based on reviews and the price, I suspect it’s something every manufactured homeowner should know about.
At one time, a used issue of this book was going for over $250 on Amazon but it has been as low as $68.71. Today, a new book will cost $186.62 at Amazon and over $500 at another online bookstore.
Mobile Home Fix-It Guide
If you’re willing to spend $68 on a book I say go for it and let me know your thoughts.
Foremost is a well-known insurance company that has dealt with mobile homes since the 1940’s. They have had thousands of manufactured homes repaired and I bet that experience is handy when writing a repair manual.
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