Damaged mobile home wall (C) Daniel FriedmanHow to Inspect the Walls & Wall Structure of Mobile Homes, Double wides, Trailers
Defects in Mobile Home Walls, Crawl Spaces, General Structure

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WALL DEFECTS - Defects in Mobile Homes

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Question: is the center wall in a doublewide structurally significant?

(Sept 21, 2012) T.Oliver B said:

In a 1977 "double-wide", is the center (longitudinal) wall structurally significant?
I'd like to lose most of it. I've see a mobile office taken apart, and each halve had a massive
2x4 laminated "header?", and apparently had no need for a longitudinal wall. Will I see the same
in the old double-wide I recently purchased? It's pretty solid, overall, and the roofline is good.
The center wall is thinnish, and doesn't "feel" structuraly significant. It feels a bit cheesy...
I'm betting that it's not structural.
Any thoughts? I haven't seen into the "attic" yet; perhaps this weekend...


You want to take a careful look at framing from the attic. If trusses or ceiling joists are one piece from wall to wall tou may be ok

Question: can I install insulated wall panels on my old singlewide home?

(Feb 17, 2014) Dianne Adams said:

I have lived in a poor sad single wide with large add-on for about 15 years. This mobile was made in the early 1970's I believe. The outside walls seem to be some type of cheesy SIP (Sealed Insulated Panel)of many years ago. On either side of the "I" beam the material of the SIP is coming apart. I would like to install insulted vinyl paneling myself if at all possible to save as much money as possible. I am somewhat...handy with electric screwdriver and saw and such.

Would you think I might possibly be able to install these insulted panels myself? Do you recommend a particular type or brand? What 'rating' should I look for? Thanks in advance. Oh! I live in high desert in the very center of California - elevation about 2300 feet - temperature range 20 degrees or so (above zero) in winter and up to 110 degrees in the summer. I am FAR more concerned about the HEAT than the cold. I currently am not using an form of heat except clothes. I have an entirely electric house and can't afford to run electric heaters but that's OK as long as I don't melt in the summer. One entire wall of the room that I use like 95% of the time has the sun hitting it all day long. That is the wall I want to address first...

Any comments or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks again!

Dianne & Jaemeister & Silly Sally & Lacey & Rubee & Poo Poo Pa Choo & Mona Lisa & Bella Cruz & little g.g. (all dogs) & Pebbles & Pumpkin & Coco (cats) & Mister (male finch) and a bunch of fowl - 14 hens and one lucky rooster!



You could most likely install a thin layer of insulating board, then flashing tape around windows and doors, then your finish siding; perhaps taping the insulating board seams will improve the insulation's performance;

But I'd want to be sure we have a clear understanding of the wall structure so we're not creating a moisture trap;

Also, siding jobs often turn out to be a bit more work than one anticipated: as you are making the exterior wall thicker you end up either having to build-out the trim around windows and doors or living with a home whose windows and doors look like sunken eyes - this is a cosmetic or aesthetic concern only, that is as long as you've properly sealed around those openings so as not to have leaks into the walls.

If your home has a nearly flat roof, most likely adding insulation on the ceilings inside, or inside the roof, or as some mobile home owners do, building a gable roof over the original structure, will do more to reduce heat gain (your main concern) than adding insulation on the walls.

So priorities are probably the roof (or interior ceilings if you have space), and the sun-beaten wall.

CRAWL SPACES - Mobile Home Crawl Space Concerns

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