A couple bought a really nice manufactured home. Built to dwelling Code, not HUD standards. It wasn't a Hudular, aka double wide.... The dealer hired contractors to do the poured baement, HVAC, elecrical service, plumbing connections, etc.
Well the dealer's crew set the home... let me back up, the foundation anchors were not properly embedded in the concrete, the manufacturer of those anchors said they had "no loading" when sent photos of that misinstallation.
Now this is a nice home and it was built in Indiana by Fairmont Homes. So you start with a nice higher quality home and pour a foundation that has worthless anchors.
Then the dealer's crew set the home. The inspector requested being on site when the home was set. The dealer never called. The inspector heard about it from the owner and by the time he arrived the crane was long gone and the roof had been raised into place and the posts anchored in the basement.
The posts used were rated at 14,500 +/- pounds and the manufacturer's plans called for posts rated at 18,000 pounds. Now this is a nice home, better than many, setting on a foundation with inadequate anchors and undersized posts. And the properly sized bearing plates were nowhere to be seen.
And the inspector didn't get to see what the dealer's crew did when they raised the roof.... until the near final inspection, the inspection for occupancy as the garage was still being built... Well in poking his head up into the attic the inspector saw that the straps that should have been nailed to the truss web members after the roof section was raised up were up there hanging in the attic air. Probably close to 54 of them. Not one that he saw was nailed.
So this nice manufactured dwelling ( as we call them in WI ) was on a foundation that had now been somewhat poorly retrofitted with seismic foundation anchors to make up for their first screw-up, had been refitted with the proper columns and bearing plates but was then discovered to have been set by a crew who didn't bother to secure roof framing members.
To do that now in that attic will be a job. Those straps are not in a place that can be easily correctly nailed into place. It is easily done before the two halves of the home are married together on the foundation. Before they are lifted into place by the crane.
When the inspector called the dealer at the request of the owner and had him on speaker phone the dealer's salesguy, lets call him Kim 'cause that's his name said something to the extent like " you are the inspector who waits to tell us we screwed up" . Yup, inspectors look at the work when its at that stage ready for an inspection, and good inspectors tell them what they failed to do at all, failed to do to Code, or do incorrectly even after the 2nd or 3rd try.
What is really funny is that even when this dealer's crew have what they need on paper in front of them they manage to either do it differently, fail to do it at all or fail to look at the plans in the first place.
This is how manufactured dwellings get a bad name after a wind storm... and even before. I feel for the home owner that made an excellant choice in a home (it even has Pella windows) and it was sold by a dealer that has a crew that doesn't do the quality of the home justice the first time....
Need more info on what to watch out for when buying then just drop me a line. But the first indication of a problem is when the dealer won't sign the permit application but has the owner do it. That dealer, here in Wisconsin, didn't sign the permit as the responsible party for Code compliance, he stealthily pushed that off on the buyers/owners.... and then brought in his ill-informed contractor and his own crew to make code complaince a real challenge.
I did finally receive the installation instructions from the manufacturer (these are to be provided to the inspector by the dealer / contractor and many do). Those instructions had wording and drawings that made it clear how it should have been done. The crew thus returned and roof framing work was corrected . The inspector watched most of the work only leaving the attic long enough to allow his back to be straight long enough to give his back muscles a rest. This dwelling set a new record for the number of times I've entered any dwelling's attic.