Data Tags & Labels on Double-Wides, Mobile Homes, Trailers or Manufactured Housing:
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The data tag shown here identifies a 1989 Supreme, a Park Model Trailer in the RV family produced by Northlander Industries, A Canadian company who has produced manufactured homes, cottages, RVs, and trailers since 1964. This tag is on a Canadian RV.
Contacting Northlander with the label's model number and serial number allowed the company to give us details about the construction of this trailer as we discussed with a reader at WINTERIZING the TRAILER below in this article.
At page top is an RPTIA industry sticker used for RV Park Trailers in the U.S. and observed on a trailer in an RV park in southern New Jersey.
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For U.S. Manufactured homes, doublewides, trailers, and similar constructins, Sections 3280.5 Data Plate through 3280.11 of HUD Regulations for manufactured homes include language that describes the labeling requirements for this housing. The following information must be provided for manufactured homes:
§ 3280.5 [Manufactured home / mobile home] Data plate.
Each manufactured home shall bear a data plate affixed in a permanent man- ner near the main electrical panel or other readily accessible and visible location.
Each data plate shall be made of material what will receive typed information as well as preprinted information, and which can be cleaned of ordinary smudges or household dirt without removing information contained on the data plate; or the data plate shall be covered in a permanent manner with materials that will make it possible to clean the data plate of ordinary dirt and smudges without obscuring the in- formation. Each data plate shall contain not less than the following information:
(a) The name and address of the manufacturing plant in which the manufac- tured home was manufactured.
(b) The serial number and model designation of the unit, and the date the unit was manufactured.
(c) The statement:
This manufactured home is designed to comply with the Federal Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards in force at the time of manufacture.
(d) A list of the certification label(s) number(s) that are affixed to each transportable manufactured section under § 3280.8.
(e) A list of major factory-installed equipment, including the manufactur- er’s name and the model designation of each appliance.
(f) Reference to the roof load zone and wind load zone for which the home is designed and duplicates of the maps as set forth in §3280.305(c). This information may be combined with the heating/cooling certificate and insulation zone map required by §§3280.510 and 3280.511. The Wind Zone Map on the Data Plate shall also contain the statement:
This home has not been designed for the higher wind pressures and anchoring provi- sions required for ocean/coastal areas and should not be located within 1500′ of the coastline in Wind Zones II and III, unless the home and its anchoring and foundation system have been designed for the increased re- quirements specified for Exposure D in ANSI/ ASCE 7–88.
(g) The statement:
This home has—has not—(appropriate blank to be checked by manufacturer) been equipped with storm shutters or other pro- tective coverings for windows and exterior door openings.
For homes designed to be located in Wind Zones II and III, which have not been provided with shutters or equivalent covering devices, it is strongly rec- ommended that the home be made ready to be equipped with these devices in accordance with the method recommended in the manu- facturers printed instructions.
(h) The statement: ‘‘Design Approval by’’, followed by the name of the agency that approved the design.
[59 FR 2469, Jan. 14, 1994]
§ 3280.6 [Manufactured home / mobile home] Serial number.
(a) A manufactured home serial num- ber which will identify the manufac- turer and the state in which the manu- factured home is manufactured, must be stamped into the foremost cross member. Letters and numbers must be 3⁄8 inch minimum in height. Numbers must not be stamped into hitch assem- bly or drawbar.
§ 3280.7 Excluded structures.
Certain structures may be excluded from these Standards as modular homes under 24 CFR 3282.12.
[52 FR 4581, Feb. 12, 1987]
§ 3280.11 [Manufactured home / mobile home] Certification label.
(a) A permanent label shall be affixed to each transportable section of each manufactured home for sale or lease in the United States. This label shall be separate and distinct from the data plate which the manufacturer is required to provide under §3280.5 of the standards.
(b) The label shall be approximately 2 in. by 4 in. in size and shall be perma- nently attached to the manufactured home by means of 4 blind rivets, drive screws, or other means that render it difficult to remove without defacing it. It shall be etched on 0.32 in. thick aluminum plate.
The label number shall be etched or stamped with a 3 letter designation which identifies the production inspection primary inspection agency and which the Secretary shall assign. Each label shall be marked with a 6 digit number which the label supplier shall furnish. The labels shall be stamped with numbers sequentially.
(c) The [Manufactured home / mobile home] label shall read as follows:
As evidenced by this label No. ABC 000001, the manufacturer certifies to the best of the manufacturer’s knowledge and belief that this manufactured home has been inspected in accordance with the requirements of the Department of Housing and Urban Development and is constructed in conformance with the Federal manufactured home construc- tion and safety standards in effect on the date of manufacture. See date plate.
(d) The label shall be located at the tail-light end of each transportable section of the manufactured home ap- proximately one foot up from the floor and one foot in from the road side, or as near that location on a permanent part of the exterior of the manufactured home unit as practicable.
The road side is the right side of the manufactured home when one views the manufactured home from the tow bar end of the manufactured home.
[42 FR 960, Jan. 4, 1977. Redesignated at 44 FR 20679, Apr. 6, 1979, as amended at 52 FR 47553, Dec. 15, 1987. Redesignated and amend- ed at 58 FR 55003, Oct. 25, 1993]
The above HUD regulation on manufactured home labeling is excerpted from Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards, Part 3280 as cited at MOBILE HOME CODES & STANDARDS
It was sold to me as an All Season to live in year round but too many say it is not. I can not have any insurance problems because of this. I have included a photo of the manufacturers plate.
I have seen other Northlander trailers were the model number ends with an S like mine means seasonal and AS means All Season. I saw on your page that disabled and fixed/low income there is no charge [for limited consulting for people of limited means or ability - Ed]
I am on WSIB (WCB) and CPPDIS for PTS and PCS since 1992. This is really causing me stress because I can not get an answer. I just need something that I can have to show what my home is so I can put this to rest.
Any help in identifying the type of trailer would be greatly appreciated. Even an email PDF showing the spects or something that I can print out or get in the mail. A hard copy. I just don't understand why there is no information on this?! Thank you in advance.
- Anon by private email 2017/03/21
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We contacted Northlander Industries (that information is given below) with the model number and serial number of your trailer to ask about the model and its specifications. In an example of superb customer service, we got a very useful response from Northlander: here's the information about your home:
The “S” at the end of the plan no. only refers to the model which was “Supreme” so it has nothing to do with the seasonality of the unit.
This Northlander unit was built with the following specifications:
The Supreme is a Park Model Trailer which clearly falls in the RV Family, it is not a residential home.
Now Anon, based on these specifications and on information provided by Northlander, in my OPINION a seller such as the person who sold the trailer to you should not have marketed it as a year round home - nor did Northlander Industries ever do so for the model we identify above.
However my undersdtanding is that there are Northlander Supreme’s with the same construction specifications that are occupied year round.
I follow with some advice about winterizing your particular trailer.
Northlander has been in business for a long time, since 1964 but the only "owners manual" the company currently provides online
The manual above is for a newer model (2013) than your Park Model trailer - those instructions include a warning about attempting to use the home in winter (search the PDF for "season") as they expect the water heater to be drained to protect from freezing.
Keep in mind that it's highly likley that Northlander has made product changes between your 1989 model and the 2013 Northlander Park models described in the manual they provide above.
Watch out: The text which I will excerpt below is to me a red flag warning and suggests that the company may also have experience with the use of their seasonal-use park model trailers in freezing conditions:
The unit you have purchased from your dealer may not be intended for 12 month, continuous or sub-zero winter occupancy. The purchaser has sole responsibility and discretion to ensure safe winter use. The plumbing drainage, water supply system and park connections (if available during off season use) must be kept from freezing.
You'll want to review the possible freeze points and take care to address them.
Watch out: injudicious use of heat tapes or heaters can in turn be a fire hazard as we explain in our pipe freeze protection article listed below
Generally, keeping heat on and fixing drafts and insulating are what make an otherwise perhaps marginal structure able to survive through freezing weather. But if the home isn't intended for winter occupancy that means there is indeed risk of freezing if its plumbing and water heater aren't drained.
If your concern is principally risk of damage from freezing, you'll want to look at some of the freezeproofing articles at InspectApedia.com including those I list below.
You'll also want your heating system inspected and serviced to be sure it's reliable before cold weather arrives.
I'm told that the S/AS distinction you've heard of indicating Seasonal or "All Seasonal" is be correct. Rather the "S" is desribed by Northlander as a suffix to the plan number and indicates the model "Supreme".
It would make sense to me, as you say you want to avoid any insurance issue, to ask your insurance agent for advice about how to insure the home. You can indicate that you intend to occupy the home all year round - if that's the case, and want it insured appropriately.
Or you can accept insurance for a "seasonal use" building and then you will be responsible for losses that occur if the home is used during winter.
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