My husband and I are considering purchasing a Clayton Homes or Sunshine Homes manufactured home. I know that we aren't going to get the quality of a site built home. However, I was wanting to know if anyone has had personal experience buying or living in either types of these home, or any other manufactured home? I don't want something that is going to fall apart before we move in good, or 10 years down the road. Thank you and may God bless you.
I own several mobile homes and have owned both Clayton and Sunshine. My first home in 1974 was a Sunshine Colonial Bold. I now use them for rentals. I have also worked on them extensively. The only Clayton home I have that are not junk is the Norris line. I don't know if they even still make although I live in Knoxville the head quarters for Clayton. Basically the homes are made as cheap as possible with materials that is cheaper than you can buy at Lowes. They go down in value like a car and they will wear out. You would be much better off buying a fixer upper house for the same money as a mobile home. If you buy a mfg home some basic things to avoid. You do not want particle board floors. It will fall apart or warp. Get OSB wood floors. You do not want just an electric furnace. Get a heat pump and make sure the duct work is for a heat pump. It is larger duct work. Do not finance with Clayton. Go to a credit union or bank. Do not buy insurance from Clayton. Go to Foremost or State Farm. Hope this helps.