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Mobile homes meet high standards
Nelson Steiner, www.orlandosentinel.com - April 15, 2007
The first sentence of a letter to the editor published March 26 states, "trailers, mobile homes, mobile homes -- whatever you call them -- should be outlawed, at least in states that are prone to these horrible tornadoes."
Considering the letter writer's lack of understanding that seems so obvious in that sentence, perhaps it isn't surprising that she reached such an unfair conclusion.
In making her case, the writer described how she and her husband rode out high winds in an RV some time go. The storm left "trailers and smaller motor homes" damaged, she reported.
The problem with her logic is that she is talking about different types of dwellings and is condemning mobile homes. Trailers -- I assume she means recreational vehicles or motor homes -- mobile homes and mobile homes are all very different.
Unlike motor homes, which are not designed to be permanent, and mobile homes, which are factory built homes constructed before 1974, modern mobile homes are built to be just as sturdy and safe as site-built homes.
The factory-built homes destroyed in the Feb. 2 tornadoes in Central Florida were older structures.
In fact, many of them were built before 1974, during an era when there was no federal building code for mobile homes.
In 1974, the federal government enacted the first regulations for construction and officially changed the name of the product from "mobile homes" to "mobile homes."
Then, in 1994, the federal government strengthened those construction standards, and in 1999, the state of Florida enacted new installation requirements that made this state's installation process the safest in the nation.
The end result is that today's factory-built homes are safe, sturdy structures that match site-built homes for quality, and they are more affordable because of the cost savings associated with the factory-building process.
I invite the letter writer and anyone else to take an open-minded look at modern manufactured housing before expressing an opinion.