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Turkish Mobile Home “Totter Driver,” Saluting the Transporters

April 24th, 2018 Comments off


On the lighter side of the industry tonight, is this video of a Turkish transporter, who is pulling their version of a mobile home.


Lighter side?  Pretty serious stuff!

Recall that while here in the U.S., there have been no mobile homes built since June 15, 1976, when “manufactured homes” built to the HUD Code became the law, in several other nations, mobile homes still exist.


There is not nearly enough recognition and praise given to those who safely transport and install a manufactured home.



When a tip brought us this video, we knew it had to be shared as our way of saluting transporters and installers, here and abroad. Without those hard-working movers and installers, our industry would not be able to function.  Salute! ## (News, analysis and commentary.)

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NPR-Tornado Hits Mobile Home, Fact Check-Why Terminology Matters to Manufactured Housing Industry, Home Owners, Weather, News Pros

November 23rd, 2017 Comments off

TornadoesManufacturedHomesDailyBusinessNewsMHProNews588NPR’s Brad Palmer issued this recent report in the wake of what they said was “Possible Tornado Damages Mobile Home in Perry Co.”

Possible tornado damage to a mobile home in Du Quoin on Saturday left one resident trapped in her home for a short time,” per that NPR report.

The Perry County Emergency Management Agency says the resident was shaken but uninjured and assisted by the Du Quoin Fire and Police Departments,” stated Palmer.

Authorities say witnesses heard what was described as a freight train and witnessed debris aloft on the North East side of town Saturday,” Palmer wrote, adding that, ”The displaced person in the mobile home has been put in a local motel until they can relocate.”



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Sans hearing directly from NPR’s Palmer or his editor(s)/colleagues involved in this report, one point worth noting is that the photographic evidence clearly suggests that Palmer was correct in calling the housing unit involved a “mobile home.”

Another commendable point about the report is that the photo showed neighboring homes.

One can see behind NPR’s original photo a home on the left – that based upon the visual evidence – is a manufactured home. By contrast, the home to the right/rear of the windstorm impacted home tipped off its blocks may be another pre-HUD Code mobile home.

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What this means to a serious observer is that even the mobile home wasn’t destroyed, and that homes immediately adjacent to the impacted home look to be largely undamaged.  Sadly, there are those in media who would so frame a shot like this one where those undamaged homes would not be easily visible, to unnecessarily sensationalize the story.


Palmer and NPR deserves solid marks for all of these points.  Compared to the flawed report linked below, the Palmer/WSIU post stands head-and-shoulders above it.

The REAL Truth, vs. Fake News, About Modern Manufactured Homes



What Industry Pros, Others Looking to Advance Affordable Housing Should Consider

As thousands via social media and directly have attested, MHLivingNews is widely seen as the unmatched resource for the general public on facts about windstorms – including tornadoes, and hurricanes.

MHProNews fills in for the professional audience what MHLivingNews and most other media doesn’t. Who else sings MHProNews’ and MHLivingNews’ praise?  The industry pros from firms large-to-small in the video near the end of this post, below.

The industry must do more than a single press release that fails to cite all the relevant sources,” said publisher L. A. ‘Tony’ Kovach. “There must be an ongoing, local level, pro-active outreach to the media to inform them of positive, manufactured home realities.”


Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) Vice President, Ann Parman – the person in charge of the educational side of the association – sent the note above to Tony Kovach, in what some see as the pre-Jennison allegations/turmoil era at MHI.

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A simple and effective way to begin to inform media can be by thanking them for positive reports, and correcting them for problematic ones, said Kovach.

Letters-to-the-editor that are NOT sales or marketing, but are educational and framed as a current event commentary are often welcomed, and published.

A recent example is shown below, published by several outlets, include the one shown in the link below.


The photo shown was selected by the Lakeland Ledger, as was the headline, the contents of the Op-Ed are shown in its entirety. Original story, linked here.

Letter to the Editor, Published by the Lakeland Ledger and other Media

A new study released by Michigan State University (MSU) purports how deadly “mobile homes” are in tornadoes. The researchers featured Professor Mark Skidmore, who has a solid reputation in economics.

MSU’s study was picked up by Forbes, and others.

So? Haven’t there been similarly sensational studies, claiming how dangerous “mobile homes” are?

Mark Weiss, President/CEO of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR), engineer Danny Ghorbani, and myself engaged Skidmore and his colleagues in an all-email on-the-record discussion.

Skidmore’s revelations should be front-page news nationwide. Why?

His on-the-record admissions weren’t in MSU’s media releases. Let’s commend Skidmore’s candor.

Quoting Skidmore:

  • “I think the benefits of manufactured homes are great.”
  • “I see them as filling an important niche in the housing market.”
  • “Maybe it’s just the older mobile homes.”
  • “Or maybe its improper tie downs.”
  • “Or maybe is the improper additions you highlighted.”
  • “Certainly, there is variability in quality of manufactured housing…I’d be quite happy to live in some but others are shoddy.”
  • “Perhaps additional analysis could help zero in on what is happening?? “

There’s been no mobile homes built in the U.S. in 40 years. Manufactured homes aren’t mobile homes. When weathermen, researchers or others fail to make distinctions, false conclusions occur. Consider this.

In 2016, NOAA reported 12 tornado-related deaths in “mobile homes.” A 0.00000055% chance of dying in a tornado. Rephrasing, the odds were 1,833,333-to-1 in your favor that you wouldn’t die in tornado in 2016.

False impressions discourage many from realizing housing dreams with a manufactured home.

That costs businesses, investors, taxpayers billions. It costs renters the equity they’d build.

Over one-in-ten Floridians live in a mobile or manufactured home. Tax dollars can’t solve housing affordability. The solution’s hiding in plain sight. (end of letter to the editor, that was submitted by L. A. “Tony” Kovach.).

Dare’s 3 Point Plan for Manufactured Housing Industry Recovery

Education must be a key to advancing the MH Industry, as those at the end of this video stated.

With some 8 million affordable housing units needed, only education will significantly impact the understanding and acceptance of manufactured housing – so that the industry can in turn meet those growing needs, says Kovach.

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Sunday Morning Weekly Recap Manufactured Housing Industry News July 2 to July 9, 2017

July 9th, 2017 Comments off

MHProNewsHomePage610.2017IpadManufacturedHousingIndustryReportsRecapResearchDataAs vacation season rolls on, we’ll try something just a little bit different again today for our weekly recap of .  Reader feedback, always encouraged and appreciated.  Matthew and his work are missed, but we hope his trip to the mountains will be a good one!

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We’re testing out some new things on the Daily Business News this week too, and have had some guest writers doing reports for us.  Traffic on these reports have been good  – that’s always a positive sign – but your written feedback is appreciated.

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Mobile, Manufactured Home Fire Myths go Up in Smoke

February 2nd, 2017 Comments off

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A tragic event in Champaign County, Ohio, on Monday shined a bright light on the differences between mobile and manufactured homes, and why terminology matters.

The mobile home fire left Kalleen Emmons, 23, in critical condition and Robert Garringer, 31, in serious condition. Two children were also injured.

According to the Springfield News-Sun, which did not reply to MHProNews requests for clarification on the type of home involved in the blaze, firefighters were dispatched to the scene Monday at 12:15 a.m.  There they discovered the four victims, who had already escaped from the burning home, thanks to a smoke alarm.

The four were transferred by ambulance to Springfield Regional Medical Center.


Chief Mark Keller. Official Photo.

This fire involved a true mobile home and was not a manufactured home. I do not have the age of the mobile home available right now,” Urbana Fire Chief Mark Keller told MHProNews.



Mobile homes are inherently bad with fire conditions. They’re not really designed to withhold any kind of fire.

Chief Keller said that the home was a total loss and the fire also damaged siding on the home next door.

Usually once a window is broken out, it spreads very quickly throughout the rest of the trailer [sic]. And that’s pretty much what we had happened.


The NFPA clearly understands the importance of proper terminology, as the clip from their Manufactured Homes Fires report, makes clear. As an editorial point, one of many reasons that MHProNews and MHLivingNews stress the value of precise terminology is because while some older mobile homes were built to better standards, many other pre-HUD Code mobile homes were not. The HUD Code – which starting June 15, 1976 established tough federal safety, energy and construction standards – resulted in a home building process that performs dynamically as well (or better) than conventional housing for about half the cost, according to third party studies; including the NFPA.  These HUD Code homes should only be referred to in reports as a manufactured home, or manufactured housing.


Terminology Matters


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As an Industry, we are always saddened to hear of such tragedies such as the fire that occurred in Champaign County,” said Andrea Reichman, Assistant Director of the Ohio Manufactured Homes Association (OMHA).


As noted by the local Fire Chief Mark Keller, the home involved was a ‘mobile home,which indicates the home was built prior to the 1976 HUD Code Federal Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards,” Reichman said.

Often times such incidents are reported inaccurately, and facilitate the image that manufactured homes are not safe when nothing could be further from the truth.  Manufactured homes are no more prone to fire than homes built on-site. The 1986 national fire safety study by the Foremost Insurance Company showed that site-built homes are more than twice as likely to experience a fire than manufactured homes,” said Reichman.

About 20 percent of all MH are pre-HUD Code mobile homes, so, the balance would be manufactured homes.

While many ‘mobile homes’ are replaced every day some still exist. OMHA was encouraged to hear that the home had smoke detectors that were activated during the fire. The industry encourages homeowners to install and test their smoke detectors monthly per the recommendation of the National Fire Protection Association for all residential properties,” she told MHProNews.


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As Daily Business News readers are already aware, a “mobile homehas not been built in the U.S. since June 15th 1976, the day the first federally regulated manufactured homes began to the sounds of nail guns and saws in production centers from coast to coast.

National View on the MH Fire Issue

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For “A Cup of Coffee With…” MHARR president and CEO M. Mark Weiss, click here or on the photo. Credit: MHProNews.

While any harm to people or property is regrettable, there is no excuse for sloppy journalism that can harm the industry and consumers. The fact is that today’s federally regulated manufactured homes are as safe or safer than other types of homes when it comes to fire, as shown by research done by the National Fire Protection Association on multiple fire safety metrics,” said M. Mark Weiss, JD, President CEO of the Manufactured Housing Association for Regulatory Reform (MHARR).

Weiss’ comments to the Daily Business News raises an important point.

Namely, that “sloppy journalism” can be harmful to the proper image and understanding of manufactured homes.  That in turn arguably harms manufactured home owner’s values.  Inaccurate media coverage also deters some would-be home buyers of manufactured housing, who might otherwise purchase one; if they realize how safe, appealing, energy-efficient, and affordable contemporary manufactured homes are.

Those lost new and pre-owned MH sales opportunities cost the industry’s businesses money, and workers better-paying job opportunities.

It is therefore misleading and a disservice to readers to fail to distinguish between pre-1976 ‘mobile homes,’ said Weiss, “and today’s manufactured homes. This is why MHARR successfully demanded several years ago that the U.S. Fire Administration remove similarly misleading language from it’s website. 

The industry and consumers need to insist on an accurate media portrayal of today’s high-quality manufactured homes,” said Weiss.

An industry wag told the Daily Business News that it’s inaccurate reporting that should go up in smoke – because compared to other forms of housing – modern manufactured homes more rarely do.  Still, prudent precautions such as smoke detectors ought to be followed, along with other safety steps reported in detail at this link here.

For more on the NFPA report on fire safety of modern manufactured home compared to conventional housing and mobile homes, click here. ##

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Adkins Blasts Media for Anti-Manufactured Home Bias

August 30th, 2013 3 comments

In an editorial, MH aficionado Crystal Adkins said that in her opinion, journalists are a significant part of the image problem manufactured home owners and professionals face daily. “There are so many great benefits and advantages of manufactured homes.” Adkins said. She writes that manufactured home owners ought to be celebrated for living within their means, but instead are stigmatized by the media. As evidence that this isn’t a “conspiracy theory,” Adkins observes that on one week using Google alerts, she had “34 of those articles are about fires. There’s only 45 total articles.” She continued” “Out of the 45, only 6 were articles that were not negative. 2 of those weren’t even about real mobile homes and 1 was an ad on Craigslist. The craziest thing about all this is that Foremost Insurance Company shows that site-built homes are more than twice as likely to experience a fire than manufactured homes. According to this study, the number of home fires is 17 per 1,000 for site-built homes, while only eight per 1,000 for manufactured homes.” Adkins makes important points. As regular MHProNews readers know, we see it similarly and realize it is up to professionals to work daily to improve our image, celebrated daily on the new website. Image building will also be one of the many topics that are part of the commentary in Florida Manufactured Housing Association Executive Director’s upcoming exclusive interview here, A Cup of Coffee with…Jim Ayotte. ##

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Tiny House, not ok’d for Manufactured Home Community

August 30th, 2013 Comments off

tiny-house-Bob Pritt’s 208 square foot home is only 208 square feet, cost him about $20,000 to build, but Anderson County can’t say yes, because his home is not a HUD Code certified manufactured home, so it can’t be placed in a manufactured home land lease community. Pritt’s had his home titled as an RV, WBIR tells MHProNews. But as community owner-operators in many parts of the U.S. know, manufactured home communities are often only allowed to have pre-HUD code mobile or post HUD Code manufacured homes in them, no RVs or tiny houses are allowed. It is interesting to note that Pritt’s tiny house, on a cost per square foot basis, is about 3 times the price of many 16×80 single section manufactured homes. ##

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Concern Over Property Values in Joplin

January 12th, 2012 Comments off

Joplin_Metropolitan_Area from Wikimedia CommonsFrom Joplin Missouri comes a story about community concern over property values should maodular homes arrive. From KOAM TV, learns residents are upset that modular units are coming to the Cedar Ridge neighborhood, and officials say there’s nothing in the city code to prevent it. The city approved a building permit in November for three modular homes. “We were devastated,” homeowner Harvey Hutchinson says in the report. The homes are produced by Clayton Homes and the companies’ Director of Marketing, Carl Hill says in the report studies have confirmed there’s no evidence adding modular to a neighborhood mix results in reduced value of adjacent properties. Some residents say in the report however the modular units look like manufactured homes. The article attempts to explain the distinctions by making unfortunate and inaccurate comparisons saying that manufactured housing “is more of what people think of as a mobile home, and the modular houses are basically built up to our code and basically constructed off site.” According to the Manufactured Housing Institute, manufactured homes are federally regulated by the HUD Code. The HUD Code provides the design and construction requirements for the complete production of the entire home in the factory, with some modifications permitted for on-site completion. Modular, panelized and pre-cut homes fall under the auspice of the model building code enforced in the jurisdiction where the home is to be located. Built before 1976, mobile homes, however were not built to the HUD Code.

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Adventure and Granger love Louisville

September 16th, 2011 Comments off

Kentucky Exhibition Center - credit Wikimedia Commons - posted, Ron Thomas, Sr., Chairman of the  Midwest Manufactured Housing Federation (MMHF), said: “I’m happy to tell you the Louisville Show is scheduled for January 11, 12, and 13.  Everyone I talk to is very pleased the show is moving forward in 2012.”  As if to underscore Thomas’ point, Wally Comer, President of Adventure Homes, told that: “I went to the (January 2011) show very skeptical; prepared for the worst and hoping for the best.  Was I surprised!  We had lousy weather on day one and still entertained a good crowd.  On day two, the crowd got larger and business got better.  Adventure is having a very good 2011 and I attribute our strong start to our participation at Louisville 2011.” Granger’s Shawn Cravens stated: “Granger Plastics is extremely pleased that the Louisville Manufactured Housing Show is returning to Louisville in 2012, after a great return show in 2011….(The)…2011 show in Louisville showcased an overwhelming number of sales opportunities for us to capture after missing out on the 2010 show. “  Comer added: “Adventure took 5 homes last year; however, this year we will have 6 homes in the show!  We are expecting a larger more enthusiastic crowd …(in 2012).”   Ron Thomas wrapped up his comments  to by saying: “This year’s show is in a growth mode and we expect the show to be bigger and better than last year.  I would like to invite everyone to come to Louisville 2012, a true “cornerstone event” in our industry.”

(Editor’s note: for more information on the 2012 Louisville Show, please see this link.)

Register FREE online at this link below.

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