Does a single-wide mobile home have interior bearing walls?

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Single-wide mobile homes have lightweight wood trusses that span between the two long walls of the home. The exploded diagram above shows an older  style of roof construction. Newer homes have a different truss shape, but still also only bear on the long walls.

   So you can remove any interior walls without fear of having a structural failure. But when you remove an interior wall you might get some minor cracking in the ceiling area around it in the first few weeks because, although the truss above it is designed to transfer the roof loads to the walls at its end points, a small part of that load may have been being transferred to the interior wall over the years and its removal will cause minor shifting in the ceiling components. Also, remember that the wall you are considering removing may have electrical wiring and plumbing pipe in it that has to be rerouted as part of the remodeling.

    Also, see our blog posts Does it make sense to buy an older mobile home and remodel it? and What do I need to know about buying a foreclosed mobile home?

  
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Here’s links to a collection of our blog posts about MOBILE/MANUFACTURED HOMES:

Where can I file a complaint if I have problems with my new or used manufactured/mobile home in Florida?

 What are the most common defects in mobile/manufactured home foundation piers?

How do I determine the age of a very old mobile home?

What is a "HUD label verification letter" for a mobile/manufactured home?  

When did a ground cover vapor barrier (plastic sheet) become required under a mobile/manufactured home? 

Is it safe to go under a mobile home? 

Are older mobile homes unsafe? 

What do I need to know about buying a foreclosed mobile home? 

Where do I find the vehicle identification number (VIN) on a mobile home? 

How do I find out how old a mobile home is and who manufactured it?

What is the right price for a used mobile home?

How energy efficient is a mobile home?

When were the first double-wide mobile homes manufactured?

How do I upgrade my old (pre-1976) mobile home to meet HUD standards?

What size air conditioner is right for my mobile home? 

Can you move an older mobile home in Florida? 

What does the HUD tag look like and where do I find it on a mobile home? 

Can you put a zone 1 mobile home in Florida?

How can I remove water under my mobile home?

What's the differences between a trailer, a mobile home, a manufactured home, and a modular home? 

What is a D-sticker mobile home? 

What are the tie-down requirements for a mobile home?

How fireproof is a mobile home?  

Can I install a mobile home myself?

What is a Park Model mobile home?  

Does an addition to a mobile home have to comply with the HUD Code? 

What walls can I remove in a mobile home?

What can I do to prevent dampness and mold in my mobile home? 

How can I tell if a mobile home is well constructed?

• How can I tell the difference between a manufactured home and a modular home?

       Visit our MOBILE/MANUFACTURED HOMES  page for other related blog posts on this subject, or go to the INDEX for a complete listing of all our articles. 

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