The Manual for
Manufactured Home Repair & Upgrade
UPDATED FOR 2004
“Every winter my roof leaked around the swamp cooler. We even had a couple mobile home repairmen
out to seal it. Nothing worked and this
went on for 5 years,” said Maureen of Elko, Nevada. “Then last summer I ordered The Manual
and it suggested I use neoprene to seal the leak. Since then I’ve had no leaks at all!”
Maureen is referring to The Manual
for Manufactured/Mobile Home Repair and Upgrade by Mark Bower. Most just dub it The Manual. Bower owns and operates Aberdeen Mobile Home
Repair in Aberdeen, South Dakota.
Maureen isn’t alone.
Hundreds of others have written to Bower sharing similar stories of how The
Manual has solved their problems.
Esther of St. Louis, Missouri, writes, “We had squeaky floors in the living
room and without The Manual,
I would have had my husband tear out the floors and put in new ones. What a lifesaver!”
Bower enjoys the letters he receives regarding his manual.
“I wrote this manual from experience,” says Bower. “I’m not just some guy with
his feet up on the desk – I’m out in the field every day doing what I write.”
Tom of Lansing, Michigan, followed the simple instructions
on installing a shut-off valve and saved $75 on a service call. Mary of Churdan,
Iowa, writes to say she uses the manual to keep the repair guys she hires
honest, “When I had my home releveled, I sent two
different contractors packing because I knew they weren’t doing the job
right. This manual has literally saved
me hundreds of dollars!”
Bower has updated his manual for 2004. More information was added regarding
additions and porches. “We added details
on attaching porches so they don’t leak even if they shift with the seasons.”
says Bower. With high energy prices now
upon us, Bower says he’s also included a section on building a solar heating
panel. “Find an old sliding glass door
and you can build one for under $100,” says Bower who built two panels for his
own 1800 square foot manufactured home.
“You’d be surprised at how much heat they create when the sun is
David of Lake McConaughy,
Nebraska, says The Manual
should be called, The Mobile Home Bible. Dave writes, “I wish I had your manual
when we had our 1965 Star. It would have
saved me WEEKS of work!”
Vicki of Ocala, Florida, bought Bower’s manual because it
had instructions for installing a metal roofover. “My son and husband had the roof up in 2 days
from start to finish,” says Vicki. “The 4 inch overhang is awesome – no more
water running down the siding. Great roof, great instructions, I love it!”
also helped Pam from Duluth, Minnesota,
replace her skirting and repair her underbelly. “It gave me the courage to
tackle these projects,” writes Pam. “ I saved a lot of
money by being able to do it myself.”
Bower says many manufactured home owners are
do-it-yourselfers, and he’s glad to be able to provide them a tool, The Manual,
to help them do more.
Mark Bower can be reached at [email protected]
Manufactured Housing Repair On-Line
Parts Store On-Line MH Parts may not be very pretty... but when
you need them you just can't do with out them. Don't run all over town to
assemble the things you need for that home renovation or repair. Order from our on-line parts store. Everything you need is
here from doors, windows, screens, plumbing and electric parts, bath and
kitchen fixtures, roof and ceiling components, and more.... even set-up
materials, The Part Store's Owner/Managers, keep it simple, they just provide
you with the best possible products available.
The Manual for Manufactured Home Repair & Upgrade
If your looking for a book that covers all
facets of manufactured home repair, you've found it! This is the only book of
its type, available to the public, that we have been able to find. As you would
expect from the title, The repair and upgrade
techniques described in this manual are specific to manufactured homes. This
book will answer almost every question on manufactured home repair that we have
ever heard. Not only does this book show you how to repair and maintain your
home, but also great methods for upgrading it.
Manufactured Home Repair & Renovation Forum An open
discussion group where all are welcome to participate. No registration
necessary! Discussion threads covering a wide range of questions, answers, and
relating of personal experiences involving MH Repairs. Moderated by Tracy L.
Mason of MB-Quality Contractors, from Greeley, CO. Ask our experienced
manufactured home repair and renovation contractor about your home repair
needs! Basic home fix-it techniques to trade secrets.
Systems Designed and engineered for manufactued
homes, These foundation systems add a high level of strutural stability and have proven most cost-effective for
the manufactured home, buyer. Advanced Foundation Systems meet or exceed
industry standards, and have been proven safer under adverse conditions.
Advanced Foundation Systems offer you the best foundation technology available
for your manufactured home...plus added safety and stability...at a lower cost.
Your MH Renovation/Repair There are many loan programs available
to MH Owners. Secure the money you need to renovate, upgrade, or even expand
your MH. One stop shopping. select
your loan preferences and we will forward your request for loan information to
as many as a dozen participating manufactured housing finance offices.
Skirting For The 21
Century Manufactured Home System-1 is what skirting should be-
100% solid concrete. System-1 is not an imitation or a look alike – it is the
original concrete skirting system that resists the elements from the summer
heat of Texas to the harsh winters of Minnesota. System-1 is built to last and is
designed to stay put for years of dependable service. Stop chasing your skirting down the street and look at just some of the
benefits System-1 concrete skirting provides you.
5 Part Site Preparation & Home Installation Video Series
We are proud to offer the most effective way ever to learn about the
step by step process involved in properly installing a manufactured home; A new
five-part video series with George Porter, the industry's most respected
installation specialist. After viewing all five videos you will have what it
takes to tackle your site preparation with confidence and peace of mind. Even
if you're not planning on doing the work yourself, this information will help
you understand the entire process. This will give you an edge when choosing
sub-contractors and help you make sure the site preparation is done properly.
MH Free Classifieds PARTS & SERVICE Section
Parts & contractors for the repair, renovation and installation of
manufactured homes. Parts and component suppliers... and more
Contracts For MH Owners Your manufactured home comes with a lot
of great features... NOW there is one more that you can add to eliminate
worries about big repair bills. Live and sleep worry-free with the ultimate
warranty type, extended service plan. Designed specifically
to meet the needs of manufactured home owners.
Siding Repairs Does your Manufactured Home have hardboard siding
that is swelling, rotting, or buckling? You might be entitled to a Cash
Settlement! Find out if you qualify HERE
Housing Yellow Pages / SERVICE COMPANIES The Yellow Pages is an
ever expanding data base that is growing into one of the richest resources in
the world for locating and contacting companies that participate in, or offer
services to, the manufactured housing industry.
The Mobile Home Expert
The business of installing and servicing manufactured homes is rapidly moving
away from the world of the one pick-up, one jack, local set up and repair guys
and into the world of certified tradesmen, and licensed contractors. The modern
manufactured home is greeted with stiff compliance codes regulating
construction, warranty and installation. As more and more local agencies get
involved in the inspection of installations it gets more and more difficult to
know what the rules of the game are, especially if your
operating in more than one jurisdiction. Consult with R.T. Bonney, who has
participated in all phases of the industry over the past 30 Years He can
provide solutions for the modern problems of operating most types of
manufactured housing business.
Roof The ONLY True Liquid EPDM Rubber In The World. The "Do-It-Yourself Solution". Fix Leaks, Seal and
Protect Surfaces: Add up the savings.....One Coat Application
Vinyl Siding Vinyl ReNu is the
solution if your vinyl siding is faded, discolored, oxidized, chalky, or
covered with mold, mildew, or fungus, and other potentially health-hazardous
micro-organisms. Vinyl ReNu is unconditionally
guaranteed to protect your vinyl siding for 10 years. Vinyl ReNu
offers homeowners more than a vinyl siding cleaner. Vinyl ReNu
restores and protects vinyl siding. CLICK
HERE learn more about Vinyl ReNu
Floor Repair Info Kit includes a 25 minute
VHS video about repairing the floor underneath your toilet, and a booklet on
floor repair. Price:$25.95 - Shipping &
Painting and Texturing Paneled Walls By
following the steps in this 20 minute video, your paneled walls will look darn
near like textured sheetrock. Works on both wood paneling and
vinyl-covered paneling or sheetrock. Price:$19.95
Shipping & Handling:$3.90
MH Roofover Systems Full line of roofing panels
& components. Fabricated and packaged to order. Complete roof systems or
replacement parts shipped anyplace. Each part custom made to fit your home. Very reasonable prices. Do it yourself... or ...
Professional installation available in many areas.