Trailer Park or Bust Quiz

By: John Perritano

Trailer Park or Bust Quiz
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About This Quiz

Today's mobile homes are not your granddad's trailers. In fact they don't even call mobile homes mobile any more. Instead they're called manufactured homes. Take this quiz and see what else you might not know when it comes to manufactured housing.
Which of the following is the main difference between a manufactured home and a mobile home?
Mobile homes are those built prior to 1976 before federal rules for factory-built homes were instituted.
The term "mobile home" was discarded in 1976 when Congress passed the Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standard Act.
Mobile homes do not have foundations like manufactured homes.
There is a huge price difference between mobile homes and manufactured homes.
Manufactured homes resemble site-built homes, and mobile homes do not.

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Which of the statements below best defines a manufactured home?
Only parts of manufactured homes are built in a factory.
Manufactured homes are built entirely in a factory under the federal building code administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
The Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standard Act regulates the design, construction, strength and durability of manufactured housing, which are built off-site in a factory.
Manufactured homes have less square footage than site-built homes.
Manufactured homes are built with less government regulation than site-built homes.

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Which of the following best describes a modular home?
Modular homes are totally built totally on-site.
Modular homes are homes built in two or more sections in a factory that are then transported and assembled at the building site.
Modular homes are factory-built in two or more sections under the same tough federal, state and local building standards as off-site homes.
Modular homes can easily be moved from one location to another.
Modular homes are often smaller than other types of manufactured homes.

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Why do many people consider manufactured homes and modular homes "green?"
all have energy-saving appliances
they use raw materials efficiently
Because manufactured homes are built in a factory, workers can use building materials more efficiently than workers can at most site-built homes.
all have start-of-the-art heating and cooling systems
most manufactured homes are well insulated

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How much money can a homeowner expect to save on the construction of a manufactured home compared to the construction of a site-built home?
10 to 12 percent
10 to 35 percent
Consumers can save roughly 10 to 35 percent on home construction because manufactured homes are built in a factory where costs are more tightly controlled.
40 to 45 percent
50 to 60 percent

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How large can manufactured homes be?
up to 600 square feet
up to 1,000 square feet
up to 5,000 square feet
Some manufactured homes are less than 1,000 square feet, but can be as large as 5,000 square feet depending on the model.
more than 6,000 square feet

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Which of the following wind speeds should a manufactured home be able to withstand if it was built after 1994?
100 to 102 mph
100 to 129 mph
110 to 130 mph
In 1994, the federal government mandated that manufactured homes need to withstand wind speeds of 110 mph and gusts of up to 130 mph in some regions of the country. Prior to this change manufactured homes only had to withstand wind speeds of 85 mph.
120 to 134 mph

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Which of the following best describes panelized homes?
Homes in which the panels are more than 1,000 feet wide.
Factory-built homes in which panels are transported to a site and assembled.
Panelized homes are factory-built homes, in which panels, such as a wall with windows, doors, wiring and outside siding, are transported to a site and assembled.
Factory-built homes in which panels are more than 300 feet long.
Factory-built homes in which the panels are assembled at the factory.

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Approximately how many people live in manufactured housing in the United States?
17 million
More than 17 million people live in manufactured housing in the United States.
20 million
22 million
39 million

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What percentage of homeowners own their manufactured house?
28 percent
34 percent
49 percent
68 percent
Sixty-eight percent, or roughly 7.6 million people own their own manufactured home, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

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What was the average sale price of a new manufactured home in the western United States in 2010?
$33,000
$45,000
$78,000
The average sale price in the western United States for a new manufactured home was $78,000, down from $82,000 in 2009.
$87,000

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According to the U.S. Census Bureau, what was the average price for a manufactured home in 2010?
$34,000
$62,600
The average sale price of a new manufactured home in 2010 was $62,600, down from $63,100 in 2009.
$78,000
$112,000

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Which region of the United States led the way with new placements of manufactured homes in 2010?
North
West
South
The South led all regions of the nation with 33,600 placements of new manufactured homes in 2010.
East

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In 2010, which state led the way in manufactured home shipments?
Louisiana
More than 4,200 manufactured homes were shipped to Louisiana in 2010. The second largest shipment, 2,493, was to Florida.
Georgia
Arizona
Florida

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In 2009, how many homes were located in manufactured home communities?
23,000
26,000
52,000
In 2009, about 75 percent of new manufactured homes were placed on private property, while the remaining 25 percent, or about 52,000, were sited in land-lease communities.
78,000

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Which of the following is the average square footage for a "single" manufactured home?
1,125
The average square footage of a single manufactured home is 1,125, up from 1,062 in 2001.
1,345
1,456
1,500

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What is the average square footage for a "double" manufactured home?
1,730
The average square footage of a double-wide manufactured home was 1,730.
2,300
4,500
4,800

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In New England, what is the average sale price of a new manufactured home?
$15,000
$63,340
$68,000
The average sale price of a new "double" manufactured home in New England is $68,800, slightly higher than the average national sale price.
$78,000

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What percentage of mobile homes are still titled like automobiles.
50 percent
66 percent
Two thirds of all mobile homes are still titled as automobiles, although most never move from their locations.
89 percent
98 percent

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How are most mobile homes secured?
tiedowns
More than 87,000 mobile homes are secured with tiedowns, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
foundations
they're not
bungee cords

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