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Manufactured Home History

Manufactured homes have a richer history than most people realize. Manufactured or prefab homes have until recently been looked at in a less than favorable light but the quality of these homes are beginning to speak for themselves and change the way people think of them. Just like the way phones have evolved so rapidly, manufactured homes are now on the cutting edge of quality and affordability. 

Thanks To The HUD Code..There’s No Slacking Off In This Industry.. 

Manufactured homes have to meet or exceed one tough set of standards. These regulations cover nearly every conceivable aspect of home building, including design, construction, strength, durability, fire resistance, energy efficiency, ventilation, wind resistance and installation procedures. 

This so-called HUD Code is the short title of the “National Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards Act of 1974.” The law establishes “a reasonable standard for construction, design, and performance of a manufactured home, which meets the needs of the public, including the need for quality, durability and safety.” 

The HUD Code is both national and preemptive. This means each State or political subdivision of a State must adopt the Code without modification.

 

The first manufactured home dates back to 1764 when a two-story panelized frame dwelling was shipped from London to Cape Ann, MA. By the early 1900s, the English were building custom vans; and an American devised a fifth-wheel hitch to attach a travel wagon to his roadster. 

Assembly line production began in 1926 in New York; although most mobile homes were used for vacations. The first models had no indoor plumbing. Campgrounds, or trailer parks, soon began sprouting up on the outskirts of many towns. During Word War II, production increased as the U.S. government purchased mobile homes so workers could live near plants. By the late 1940s, trailer lengths had increased to more than 30 feet and small bathrooms were added. Some people also began making them their permanent homes. 

                  

In the 1960s, two-section mobile homes became popular and a mobile home construction code was developed by the Mobile Home Craftsmen Guild. During the 1970s, one mobile home was built for every three site-built homes. In 1978 the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development established a national building code for manufactured housing, which changed the industry to what we see today… Meeting the demands of todays consumer. 

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