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Does a mobile home have an attic?
Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Well, yes and no. The roof trusses create an enclosed space between the ceiling and the roof that can be defined as an attic. But most mobile homes do not have enough height in that space for someone to actually climb in and move around or store something—which is necessary for most people to call it an attic and not just a gap above the ceiling. So an access hatch is not installed because it would only provide access to an area within arm’s reach of the opening.
But a homeowner can cut out an access opening in the ceiling when needed to investigate a wiring, air conditioning, or roof problem. You will need a stud finder to locate the bottom chord of the roof trusses to cut an opening between them, and want to plot the location to avoid opening up an area directly below a duct if they are run above the ceiling.
If you plan ahead and know the required opening to use a manufactured access panel, in either plastic or metal, it can save you time when repairing the ceiling after you’re done; or you can frame the opening above the ceiling with 2x4s and do a traditional plywood attic hatch opening with wood trim around it.
By the way, we have seen a couple of attic hatches in mobile homes over the years, but not many.
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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?
• Does it make sense to buy an older mobile home and remodel it?
• 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?
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