Manufactured Home???

I was called to inspect a home recently to advise if it is a manufactured home or modular. The home I am told is 42 yrs old so 1970 and the current owner has lived here 25+ years. He advised he was never told it was a double wide trailer and does not have a title. I was not able to find any tags or anything exterior or interior or below (lots of modifications to home as well). However when I am looking at the floor framing it is definately steel w/steel Ibeam cross sections as well. It however does not look like any trailer chasis I have seen and I am hesitant on just blurting out its a manufactured home based on this without digging deeper. I went to a manufactured home company locally discussed what I saw and even crawled under one on their property to show difference and they still advised most likely a old double wide and be safe and say so. I called the town to ask how they have it listed and they have it listed as a ranch (LOL)… So I want to attach some photos I took and get others opinions.

Additional photos (I got about 24)

Looks like the older type of Modular framing to me.
They used to transport on a separate frame with traverse beams. :slight_smile:

http://www.nachi.org/modular-manufactured-homes.htm

I’m thinking manufactured (mobile) because of the date (1970).

Here is a great description by our late colleague Gerry Beaumont:

In Missouri, if the State okays the plans of a manufactured home as a modular, it is called a modular. All the tags numbers can be checked on the Missouri Housing website.

In Missouri, this would be called a modular unless it can be proved otherwise. I got a rental house that was originally built from a mobile home. The appraiser, insurance company and the county calls it a house because it cannot be easily moved.

Thanks for the responses so far. I also called a modular home company today and the gentlemen agreed to look at some photos and from my verbal description believes it may be a “on frame modular” as I believe Marcel may have been stating. There are so many opinions it seems when I search the web and I am just doing as much homework as possible. I also have reviewed the training thru Nachi and such for how to inspect these structures. However the training really is on inspecting them and what is proper vs. improper. It does really go into this sort of specific question and this specific frame. So I am not ignoring training or the repsonses from folks I am just digging as deeply as I can to do my best for my client. Please post more opinions lol…

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