Restoring a Vintage Mobile Home

If you are into the alternative lifestyle, then purchasing a mobile, manufactured, or modular home might be something that you’re into. If that is still not enough to satisfy your inner hipster, you can look into purchasing a vintage mobile home. Vintage mobile homes are the stereotypical trailers that we see in movies that take place in the 50’s and 60’s. These homes changed after 1976 with new styles of building along with new government regulations. Even though the vintage mobile homes are rare, they can still be purchased and inhabited.

Since these mobile homes aren’t modern, there may be some remodeling and restoration required before they become sufficient living spaces. Below, we give you some useful tips to bring that vintage mobile home into the 21st century.

What you’ll need:

  • Sheet metal

  • Caulk gun

  • Construction adhesive

  • 10-inch warehouse broom

  • Roof coating, 5 gallons

  • Household bleach

  • Rubber gloves

  • Skirting repair tape

  • Cleaning cloths

  • Claw hammer

  • Angle broom

  • Plastic bucket

  • Painting supplies

  • Stain blocking primer

  • Detergent

  • Glitter

  • Glitter gun

  • Tinted wood filler

  • Plastic putty knife

  • Mayonnaise

  • Clear caulk

  • Plywood

  • Tape measure

  • Pencil

  • Jigsaw

  • Wood screws

The Process

The first step is to sanitize the trailer using bleach, water, and any other cleaning materials. Look for mold, old food stains and also clear the trailer of dust that can cause breathing problems in the future.

Check the roof for any damage that may have occurred from natural wear and tear or harsh weather conditions. If the roof is damaged, find suitable sheet metal pieces to reinforce it. The best material to secure the sheet metal with is a caulk gun. Also look for an places where leaking can be a problem.

Check the electrical system for faulty wiring. Since most vintage mobile homes were made before the HUD regulations, wiring systems may be dated and dangerous. If necessary, hire a skilled electrician to rewire the trailer and bring its electrical system up to modern standards.

Just as important as the electrical system is the plumbing system. If you understand plumbing, check the pipes to the sinks and toilets and ensure that they aren’t rusted or faulty. The last think you want is to suffer a flood in a newly restored trailer.

Chances are, your mobile has dated flooring that was probably popular in the 50s, 60s, or 70s. Use the necessary tools to pull up the old carpet which probably also has skin follicles, dander, dust and lint. After you remove the old carpeting, replace it with newer, fresh carpet or any style of flooring you desire. Also check the floor for soft spots that may need to be reinforced.

The exterior of your vintage mobile home is just as important as the interior. Your trailer can have old, outdated paint with lead in it, the exterior metal could be peeling off, etc. Look for since of wear on the exterior and get your trailer painted. Also remove or secure any peeling sheet metal that may be hanging off the trailer.

Buying a vintage trailer can be a great, alternative purchase for those who are seeking a simpler life style. After you have your mobile home restored, protect your investment by getting old mobile home insurance to cover liabilities that may come with owning a trailer. Many of the top insurance carriers will provide you cheap mobile home insurance for vintage trailers. We can save you the time of browsing insurance options. All you have to do is request a free mobile home insurance quote and we’ll show you the best options that meet your needs!



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