Just ordered the Mobile Home Repair Manual, as we're in the process of buying a 1989 Astro "Country Manor" model single wide in a state-run park. The place is small, the estimated square footage is 784. The house inspection revealed a rotten subfloor under the bathroom, due to an unseen leak. The folks are in the process of fixing it now, and also have to disconnect the axles and replace the kitchen and bath outlets with GFCI's to satisfy our bank before they'll give us the mortgage. Other than that, it looks to be in good shape for it's age, and they had gutted the kitchen when they moved in and built really nice cabinets in both the kitchen and bookcases backing the kitchen wall in the living room.
When we move in, I'll post pictures, as I want to replace the windows pretty soon (they're original) and either hire a plumber or replace the plumbing ourselves with PEX piping and fittings. The roof is only a few years old, metal and in good shape. The inspector also said we'd be needing to check the pipes up on the roof for possible resealing/replacement within a few years. But, a lot of work has already been done on the place, it has really nice landscaping and the folks who've lived there for the past 10 years have really tried to take good care of it.
I currently work for the state as an apprentice weatherization worker, and am really interested in learning the ins and outs of mobile home repair - especially with regard to window replacement and retrofitting a mobile home to tighten it up for our winters. I am going to be crawling under the home as soon as we own it to see what I'd need to do to insulate it after we get the plumbing replaced. I would love to create an access panel underbelly for the areas that are likely to cause problems, and have plywood-foamboard panels covering the botton for insulation. I know we have to have the furnace running for the pipes to stay unfrozen, but I will be looking to also install a pellet stove this winter for our main heat.
Are any of you forum folks in or near Vermont? I'd welcome any input you might have especially. But really just saying "hi" and I hope to be an active member on these forums in the very near future - once I have my hands on our new place! Obviously, being in weatherization, I'm not afraid to crawl into tight spaces or get dirty