What's the difference in a double wid...

What's the difference in a double wide and a modular home?

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wheels or no wheels

Cookeville, TN

#1 Feb 16, 2010
I'm not sure about this. Some people say they don't live in a double wide but live in a modular home. It looks the same to me, so I'm wondering what the difference is.
attitude

Cookeville, TN

#2 Feb 16, 2010
wheels or no wheels wrote:
I'm not sure about this. Some people say they don't live in a double wide but live in a modular home. It looks the same to me, so I'm wondering what the difference is.
It's all about the attitude..some people think they're too good to say they live in a double wide.
Builder

Cookeville, TN

#3 Feb 16, 2010
wheels or no wheels wrote:
I'm not sure about this. Some people say they don't live in a double wide but live in a modular home. It looks the same to me, so I'm wondering what the difference is.
A doublewide is two halves each built with there own frames, put together and they leave the frames under them so they can be moved at a later date. A modular is two halves built seperatly then set on frames for tranport only. They take the frames out from under them and set them on a permanent foundation or basement. They are not desined to be moved. Not a "mobile" home.
sure

Cookeville, TN

#4 Feb 16, 2010
so don't you get a title for it? like from DMV since it has wheels? actually i am pretty sure that you do
wheels or no wheels

Cookeville, TN

#5 Feb 16, 2010
But do they look the same? I thought modular homes actually looked like a house that was built right there on that property. This is why I'm confused.
road trip

Cookeville, TN

#6 Feb 16, 2010
sure wrote:
so don't you get a title for it? like from DMV since it has wheels? actually i am pretty sure that you do
Man,that's great.Got to tell the wife that we don't have to save up for that RV now. We'll just buy a truck and hitch it up to the double wide and get some of those wide load flags to put on the side. California here I come!!
Actually

Woodbury, TN

#7 Feb 16, 2010
Actually, the difference between a modular home and a double wide, or a mobile home, is that a modular home is mostly built in a factory. The framing and walls are brought to the site by truck. The wiring and plumbing are done like they are in an actual house. It is set on a permanant foundation and you can add a basement, attic or a garage to the house itself. You can actually have house plans designed and request that it be a modular home. It's just a cheaper way to build a house. And no, you do not get the title from the DMV. This was part of my learning through Drafting and AutoCADD.
Robert Smith

Jamestown, TN

#8 Feb 16, 2010
I have seen some really nice 2 story modular homes, and the construction quality on the components was as good or better than traditional built. Modular homes also increase in value over time like a normal build, yet mobile homes depreciate. A lot of the quality in modular depends upon who you buy from, but again I have seen some finished that I would never had known were modular until I had been told.
Builder

Cookeville, TN

#9 Feb 17, 2010
Actually wrote:
Actually, the difference between a modular home and a double wide, or a mobile home, is that a modular home is mostly built in a factory. The framing and walls are brought to the site by truck. The wiring and plumbing are done like they are in an actual house. It is set on a permanant foundation and you can add a basement, attic or a garage to the house itself. You can actually have house plans designed and request that it be a modular home. It's just a cheaper way to build a house. And no, you do not get the title from the DMV. This was part of my learning through Drafting and AutoCADD.
Same thing I said just worded different. Glad we agree
freaky peaky

Cookeville, TN

#10 Feb 17, 2010
you dummies the person was asking if they LOOKED alike. Do they resemble each other in any way? Can you tell the difference in a double wide and a modular home just by looking at it??? IDIOTS
Broke

Byrdstown, TN

#11 Feb 17, 2010
On a modular home you can pay extra to have a peaked roof put on,so it doesn't look like a trailer
Builder

Cookeville, TN

#12 Feb 17, 2010
freaky peaky wrote:
you dummies the person was asking if they LOOKED alike. Do they resemble each other in any way? Can you tell the difference in a double wide and a modular home just by looking at it??? IDIOTS
Well EXCUSE ME for being correct. The one story modulars look pretty much the same as a doublewide. You would have to check and see if there is a frame still under it. The two story modulars look just like a house and you cant really tell the difference. But Im sure you already knew that since you are SO wise.
confused

Jamestown, TN

#13 Feb 17, 2010
Builder wrote:
<quoted text>A doublewide is two halves each built with there own frames, put together and they leave the frames under them so they can be moved at a later date. A modular is two halves built seperatly then set on frames for tranport only. They take the frames out from under them and set them on a permanent foundation or basement. They are not desined to be moved. Not a "mobile" home.
But some doublewides are set on permanent foundations, some bricked around bottom instead of metal underpinning and some have basements under them. I know this for a fact because I know people who have had this done.
Builder

Cookeville, TN

#14 Feb 18, 2010
confused wrote:
<quoted text> But some doublewides are set on permanent foundations, some bricked around bottom instead of metal underpinning and some have basements under them. I know this for a fact because I know people who have had this done.
Yes you are correct they can be put on a foundation or basement BUT they still have the matal frames under them. The frame is part of the trailer and is left in place. I have set many myself. For a modulor the frame is for transport only.
Concerned

Cookeville, TN

#15 Feb 19, 2010
Builder wrote:
<quoted text> Yes you are correct they can be put on a foundation or basement BUT they still have the matal frames under them. The frame is part of the trailer and is left in place. I have set many myself. For a modulor the frame is for transport only.
Let me make sure I have this right. The only real difference between a 1 story modular home and doublewide is whether the frame is still left in place? By the way, thanks for the info!
Builder

Cookeville, TN

#16 Feb 19, 2010
Concerned wrote:
<quoted text> Let me make sure I have this right. The only real difference between a 1 story modular home and doublewide is whether the frame is still left in place? By the way, thanks for the info!
Basically, Yes. There are slight differences, such as materials and construction procedures, but to the normal person yes that is the only difference.
Wondering

Spearfish, SD

#17 Feb 17, 2014
when does a double-wide or modular cease to be a double-wide or modular? Are they ever changed to a regular home or still double-wide / modular
Are they cheap

Cookeville, TN

#18 Mar 6, 2014
How high is heating or cooling
Realtor

Bunnlevel, NC

#19 Jun 25, 2014
Builder wrote:
<quoted text>Basically, Yes. There are slight differences, such as materials and construction procedures, but to the normal person yes that is the only difference.
I need to update the statement that modulars don't have a frame under them actually some do, there are off and on frame modulars available. The best definition I've found is this youtube video. I think it will help with this discussion a lot. Take a look.

Since: Jul 14

Orlando, FL

#20 Aug 20, 2014
I was wondering this exact same thing, so thanks for the answer. It sounds like a modular home is exactly what I'm looking for. I'd like a home like that for the financial security. It would be nice to know I'd always have a roof over my head. http://www.hartmodularhomes.ca/en/

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