Posted by Tony Colella on March 11, 2006 at 09:26:22:
Typically we find that the tenants in our doublewides tend to treat the properties better and more like a stick built home.
In my opinion, mobile homes are much easier to work on and truth be told, the quality expectation is less from tenants which allows for the do-it-yourself to make mistakes and learn.
As for materials, we buy mobile home supplies mostly from our local mobile home supply store but more and more we find that Lowe’s and Home Depot carry mobile home specific items (this may vary by area).
As for the wall materails you can buy the wallpapered/mobile home type drywall and ceiling material at the mobile home supply store but we tend to use panelling rated for mobile homes in singlewides or regular drywal in doublewides. Personally I prefer panelling as I do not have the patience or skills to mud and seam drywall. Mobiles allow me to cheat the mud/seam as the trim work is used to cover the seam when drywall is installed.
If you have repair experience with stick built, you will adapt to mobile homes quickly.