Re: Mobile Home ID Tag question - Posted by ray@lcorn
Posted by ray@lcorn on April 18, 2000 at 09:37:28:
This is the second question I’ve heard this week about dataplates for mobile homes… is there a national audit underway? (just kidding)
Serial numbers for mobile homes are notoriously hard to find. The most reliable location for many years was on the frame (not the hitch) on the right side of the front of the home. Often the number stamped there will correspond to the serial number, but often not.
Many homes have a dataplate (a paper sticker actually) found in any one of several locations. Popular places are the back of a kitchen cabinet door, behind a closet door, on the back of the door on the circuit breaker box, and behind the furnace door. The plates include information about the home such as the temperate zone of manufacture, the manufacturers name and location, electrical load specs and wind loads, and yes, often the serial number, but again, often not. Sometimes the model number of the unit contains a simplified code as to size. (example: MOD# FHI6014NC84, might designate a 14x60 manufactured in a NC plant, maybe by Fleetwood Housing, Inc., maybe in 1984). Again, there was no standard location or format for the data. If you really do need the info, and you do find the plate, and if it does have some info on the manufacturer, then I would contact that manufacturer to get whatever info they may have.
I wouldn’t sweat it if you can’t find the number. Whatever number is on the title is the number that will be used, regardless of whether you can find it on the home.
Hope this helps,