OP did state otherwise- he called it a 'double-wide trailer'.
What you are describing is, around here, called a 'modular' home. I
never hear the term double-wide applied to those. Basic dividing line
seems to be, is the house designed for use in a 'manufactured home
community', or as a alternative to a stick-built house?
I'm old fashioned- if it has metal floor joists, it is a trailer,
AFAIAC. Yes, most of them are a lot better than they used to be. But by
virtue of the price point they have to make, they all compromise
somewhere. Flip side of that is, few stick-built houses are as good as
they used to be, unless you have the money and knowledge to make the
builder build it properly.
And as to the moisture underneath- unless they are on a real foundation
with proper drainage, yes, they are prone to being damp underneath.
Skirting is decorative, if it only goes down to ground level. Most crawl
spaces I have seen are damp, too, since almost nobody bothers to address
drainage in those either. I'm lucky- on this half-ass addition I am
sitting in as I type this, at least they did the crawl right- deep and
dry, with correct grading on the outside. More like a 3 1/2 foot tall
basement with a dirt floor. Sure wish they would have spent the extra
few thousand to make a real basement attached to the original basement,
On Tue 07 Oct 2008 05:53:55p, aemeijers told us...
I'm sorry, but I actually did miss that statement. Still, in some areas,
manufactured homes are referred to as trailers, since their method of
arrival is on a removable wheelbase.
In our area, "modular" refers to a home built from various multiple units
that end up joined together, often with as little as an individual room
being a module. Manufactured homes cover everything else, except those
that are true "trailers".
Our manufactured home has 2 x 6 wooden floor and wall joists. All of our
joists, including ceiling, are 16" on center. We have 3/4" plywood
subflooring and 5/8" thick drywall, along with better insulation than we
had in our stick built house that was built in 2000. I do not consider it
a trailer by any means. It arrived in two segments which were then joined
down the middle line. There are also triple and quad wides that are
similarly assembled, and may be as large as 3600 sq. ft. Their
construction is quite substantial.
We have an approximately 3 1/2 foot tall crawlspace below the house, with
concrete block and pour concrete stem walls. It has a dirt floor, but
there is a central drain which flows to our septic tank.
One advantage we also have is that we live in the desert, so moisture is
seldom something one needs to consider, with or without a drain.
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