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What are skirting access panel code requirements for a manufactured-mobile home?
Sunday, January 9, 2022
The HUD minimum size requirement for a manufactured-mobile home access panel is 18-inches wide by 24-inches high and not less than 3 square feet in total area [24CFR3285.505(e)]. The access panel(s) must be located so that any water supply or sewer drain connections are accessible. Because installation details are also under the jurisdiction of the local building department, you should check for any additional requirements they may have. An example of a typical local code requirement would be that the access panel must be openable without any special tools.
Beyond the code requirements, a well-located access panel should have a clear area behind it to be able to move further under the home—not blocked by HVAC ducts, piping, or tie-downs directly behind the opening. Many mobile homes have skirting panels that can be removed at any location around the perimeter of the home. Go to our article Is it safe to go under a mobile home? for more on that.
Also see What does a home inspector look for when examining a mobile home crawl space? and What is the minimum height of the crawl space under a mobile home? and Is it normal for a mobile home crawl space to be damp in Florida?
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