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  1. We purchased a 2017 Buckeye Anniversary 3.0T from Oakwood Homes. It was actually built be Shult in Buckeye AZ. It has been a trouble- free home for us for 3 years now. It was installed by an experienced construction company, located here in the County in which the home was placed. We obtained bids from 3 contractors before selecting the Installer.
    From the interior you would not know that this is a manufactured home. It is full tape and texture, sheetrock walls, and the interior has been finished out just like a custom -built home. We’ve had many guests in our home and all of the remark how it looks like a site-built home. We are very satisfied with our choice of this house. Sadly, this model is no longer available. I don’t get it…why stop building such a quality product?
    We were really interested in the Champion, Mountain Pine 901 at one time. It is no longer available either.

  2. Hi,

    I just read your article on modular homes and after doing just a few minutes of research found horrible reviews for the vender recommended.

    Allowing such a suspiciously biased review to be published diminishes your whole organization’s credibility.

    I am looking for a quality ADU, and maybe they don’t exist, but at least try and give a balanced review…

    If you actually have better information, please share as the pricing on premanufactured homes is compelling. I am in Sunnyvale, CA and cost of construction has skyrocketed.

    Mark Burriss

  3. We bought a 16×80 Champion home a year ago. It was (is) a huge mistake. There’s not enough room to list everything that’s wrong with it. And of course nobody takes the blame!!!#

  4. We ordered a Commodore, hoping the quality and construction is wonderful because we have waited two years for it. Once actually ordered, they have delayed us twice without a valid explanation. Construction takes a week they say, we are getting anxious and hoping we didn’t make a mistake. Call me Anxious K

    1. I think the pandemic caused a huge backup in the manufacturing industry. Hopefully you already have your home by now or its on its way!

  5. Don’t buy a Clayton modular home! EVER! We made that major mistake and regret buying this home.
    After only 6 months of living in the home we had water leaking down from our marriage line (the center of the home).
    They said they fixed it and now it leaks so much we have an bucket to catch the water. Just a nightmare!


  7. Thanks for these tips! What do mean by finding the installing crew? Do buyers have say in the matter? Is that part of the dealer you choose? Sorry- looking at our first purchase and trying to learn the ropes.

    1. Hi Randi,

      Buyers absolutely have a say in the installation crew. You should never have to use the dealer’s crew unless you want. Oftentimes, you’ll find much better rates if you get a few estimates. My best advice is to make sure you have an independent inspector that knows manufactured homes to inspect the house from top to bottom after it’s been installed and do not sign anything until it’s been done. It should only cost $300 or so (on the east coast at least).

      best of luck!

  8. I bought a Clayton home about 2 years ago. Wasn’t impressed with all of the cosmetic defects inside such as the texturing was shoddy. The outside paint was terrible and they elected to repaint for me. I asked for gas and that was only installed in my stove area. Found out later that my dryer gas hook up was behind my refrigerator. Would not recommend.

    1. Clayton is so being sued…… I would be afraid to deal with them, always good to read honest reviews.

  9. It would also be helpful to discuss sustainability efforts and toxic chemical use as important consideration in quality. As you mention quality is not just quality of material, but also quality of business practices.

  10. We bought a deervalley woodland series. We are not living in it yet but it is absolutely beautiful! Excellent workmanship on this home. Are you familiar with deervalley and what do you think about them

    1. Hi Gina,

      I’m pretty sure I have heard of Deer Valley but I’m not familiar with them. A lot of manufactured homes are sold regionally instead of nationally. I’m on the east coast and for some reason, I’m thinking they may be in the midwest?

  11. Skyline is on your best home list, well I own a Skyline modular home and it sucks!! The 15 month warranty is only as good if they feel they want to respond. I have had a constant problem with the wall separating from the ceiling. This has occurred in almost every room. It is sad that a new car warranty is longer that the $200,000 investment we made in our home. Also when I contacted the Lancaster Wisconsin and spoke to the plant manager, he told me not to waste his time and hung up. We waited for 9 years to get this house. What a disappointment with Skyline and my dealer!

  12. I own a 2003 Cavco double wide that I purchased in 2013. It’s has been a fabulous home. I guess my biggest complaints about the home are the cheap windows, the fiberglass tub, the lack of storage space/closets, and large holes the manufacturer left around the water lines, etc. The holes have allowed critters to get into my home. Once they were sealed I haven’t had a problem. I’m sure if you are the original purchaser some of those issues could be resolved with upgrades. My home, with the normal maintenance, should last forever. I would definitely buy a Cavco again.

  13. You listed Clayton Homes as #2 of the best. You could be farthest from the truth. Yes, they may be the largest in producing homes, and for that, they pay a price in poor quality construction. Trust me, I thought Clayton was a top of the line company until I purchased one.

    1. I understand but it seems for every bad review we get of them there’s a good one. My dad’s double wide is about 5 years old now and other than some yellowing on the doors and trim (which probably just needs a good cleaning) that home is great. His power bill in the winters is less than $200 a month and that’s in WV with no other heating sources. It’s a gorgeous home too.

      I really do think it all depends on the day of the week the home is built, the factory, and the people working on it. It’s always a toss-up, I guess.

  14. what about a jacobsen manufactured in south Fl. by a family owned operation. I do not see any reference to this company any were. They also have a 7 year warranty and have won may honers. Reply Lloyd

  15. We have a hart home purchased it 7 years ago. The original owner had it built and watched it goi g down the line, has many upgrades. All walls are drywall, solid wood cabinets in kitchen and 2.5 bathroom. The only thing we’re not happy about is the roof had 25 year shingles and had to be replaced after 15 years, not for sure if it was cheaper shingles or the way the hse was getting the sun. Shingles started to curl and dry… we live in a 55 and older community, and they are bringing in more new homes. That really look cheap. The roof pitch is lower than all the other home and the siding looks like it was the last thing they had to use. Not real happy starting to make our community look like another trailer park, instead of a community.

    1. Hi Collette,

      There is a noticeable difference between a high-end manufactured home and one that’s more affordable. The more affordable homes will have recycled vinyl siding instead of virgin and lower pitch. Shingles are one of those products where one little error can completely ruin the entire product. You should be able to file against the warranty and recoup some of the replacement cost if you are willing to maneuver through all the red tape.

      1. I’m thinking of buying a Cavco Sunshine manufactured home.
        Do you have any information about there homes?

    2. I was asking on Facebook for recommendations for a manufactured home builder and there were several recommendations for Smart Choice homes in San Antonio. Never heard of them. Anyone else?

  16. Don’t buy a Clayton home. There is no pride in the manufacturing. Trim all over the house just falls off. 13 electrical outlets just pulled out of the walls. 7 windows were bowed but not fixed until I went to corporate. Water system backed up on our 4th day living in the home. Inspection found a 2 x 4 x 2 piece of wood in our plumbing system. Clayton homes just hands out $25 gift cards to make everything “better”. Never buy a Clayton Home.

    1. Hi Lisa,

      I appreciate you’re review. I’ve never owned a Clayton but my dad bought a new double wide 4 years ago and loves his. He hated the 1986 Redman he bought new though. I think manufactured housing is like car manufacturing, if the least little thing is done improperly or is ‘off’ during the build it creates an avalanche of other issues. It seems like the trim and the electrical outlets would be so simple to do right the first time. I’ve never heard of a 2×4 getting lodged in a plumbing line – that’s just crazy!

      I hope they make it right for you!

    2. I believe Clayton was bought out by Berkshire hathaway, this could be a not so good sign. It seems when the big companies take over the personal relationship & quality frequently suffer. What a shame.

  17. We bought our Skyline new in 1980 and have moved it (after initial set up) 5 times. The shortest haul was 35 miles, the next shortest 120 miles, then 300 miles. It handled all of the moves very well and is now permanently set up on our own land. I always said we didn’t buy a Cadillac but a good solid Chevy. The standards have been upgraded since we bought ours, but it’s good to know Skyline was on the list of the better homes.

    1. Hi Carla,

      Wow! It’s not often that a home is moved that much and to hear that it has stood the test is awesome. I really like Skylines and have ever since my neighbor bought a new double wide. I loved everything about it! Thanks so much for your comment!