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#68929 - 08/21/06 04:32 PM OK, one more question  
Theelectrikid  Offline
Joined: Apr 2004
Posts: 810
Levittown, PA
Before my mother goes and plops down $110K on a new doublewide, I'd like to ask this:

Does anyone here know how the two half's systems (mainly electrical) are connected? Or does it depend on the installer? How are they normally connected where you live? I'd go crawl under the one she wants to see, but I don't think the office would like it too much...

Ian A.

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#68930 - 08/21/06 04:39 PM Re: OK, one more question  
HotLine1  Offline

Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 6,880
Brick, NJ USA
The only double wides I ever touched were comm office trailers; each one had 150 or 200 amp panels (each half of the double wide)

Slapped together; used, and slipped apart to leave; no interconnections.

I'm guessing the resi units are interconnected to one panel??

Heck, if you're thinking about buying it...crawl under!



#68931 - 08/21/06 05:12 PM Re: OK, one more question  
Dnkldorf  Offline
Joined: Dec 2004
Posts: 1,064
nowhere usa
If she's got 110K to "plop" down, I'd talk her out of it.

Get out of Falls, and Bristol Township while you can.

Move to central or upper bucks.

#68932 - 08/21/06 05:39 PM Re: OK, one more question  
Megawatt  Offline
Joined: Mar 2004
Posts: 76
Lexington,Ky, USA
The ones I have seen have the large appliances in the half with the panel, & several J boxes are used to connect lighting circuits etc. to the other half.
These J boxes have been placed in closets, near the seam, & some under the sides.

#68933 - 08/21/06 06:38 PM Re: OK, one more question  
Gregtaylor  Offline
Joined: Mar 2005
Posts: 212
Boise, Idaho, USA
Most modern manufactured homes have connectors front and rear that are installed at the factory and connected by the set up crew at insallation. They are usually under the home but sometimes behind access panels in closets etc.

#68934 - 08/21/06 07:11 PM Re: OK, one more question  
Theelectrikid  Offline
Joined: Apr 2004
Posts: 810
Levittown, PA
John: The "realtors" (more like --- who seduce innocent people into buying one of these things in one of these places) won't let you under. If you go under w/o permission, expect FTPD to show up in one minute! And yes, they're hooked to a common panel.

Dnk, I wish! She's like talking to the skirting! There was just a big fight at the pool before I came in, with all the neighborhood crack addicts. And she says this is the perfect place to live! Ughhh, Grrrrr... The "Money Don't Grow on Trees" Saying comes to mind. Levittown! PLEASE! The Middletown Twp. part of Levittown is extremely nice, even though most of the homes go for $450K. Land (and housing) in Western PA is dirt cheap, Lancaster has cheap housing with expensive land. [Linked Image]

Mega and Greg: Thanks for the information.

To tell you guys the truth, I wouldn't mind a doublewide or modular on MY own land, NOT in a trailer (sorry, "Manufactured Housing) Park, with NO lot-rent, NO crap rules, etc. However, I would watch the construction VERY carefully.

Ian (sorry for the trailer-park rant) A.

Edited by self for abbreviated cursing.

[This message has been edited by Theelectrikid (edited 12-01-2006).]

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#68935 - 08/21/06 09:47 PM Re: OK, one more question  
Merlin  Offline
Joined: Jan 2004
Posts: 171
NW Indiana
The ones that I have seen, have connector plugs on the ends of the units. Kinda scarey in my mind. These were some sort of a 4 wire flat(If my memory serves me correct) plugs. There was one for each cable that jumped. They were located on each end. There was a notch cut in the sheating on the outside. Once set up then they sided over it. only way to access it later is to remove siding. (great!)

It too had all of the big appliances on the side with the panel. Only lighting and general-use recepts. on the opposite side.

#68936 - 08/21/06 10:18 PM Re: OK, one more question  
gfretwell  Offline

Joined: Jul 2004
Posts: 9,142
I think you are talking about the Amp Enerflex connector. We had a long discussion about these a while ago. A "search hook' into it may be "334.40" since that is the article in the code that addresses it.
I inspected some modules for the park system that went together like that. They haven't burned down yet [Linked Image]

Greg Fretwell

#68937 - 08/22/06 02:51 AM Re: OK, one more question  
pauluk  Offline
Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 7,520
Norfolk, England
The "realtors" {.....} won't let you under.

They want people to fork out $100,000 but won't let them have a good look around the product?

I'd say it's time to start looking elsewhere.

#68938 - 08/22/06 09:09 AM Re: OK, one more question  
Theelectrikid  Offline
Joined: Apr 2004
Posts: 810
Levittown, PA
Yeah, look above the floor, not under. [Linked Image]

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