Choose Your Favorite Manufactured Homes Builders After You Decide Which State to Live In(See our list below.)
Some Over 55 communities already feature manufactured homes from selected builders making it easier to choose:
Types of Manufactured Homes
Most builders manufacture all types.
If you are buying into a community that already has a choice of homes from certain manufacturers, that is the easiest way to purchase a manufactured home. However, if you are buying or renting the lot alone in an over-55 active adult community, and need to know what major manufacturers market there, then this list will be helpful.
Builders only market in certain states or regions and some are National.
The reason for listing them by state here is that the cost of transporting your manufactured home from the builder is very high, and, therefore, you want to minimize that cost by choosing a manufacturer located close to the site you will build on. See the dealers for details.
Of course, you want to make that decision by comparing manufacturers and being well informed by visiting their dealers, reading books and doing your own investigation.
A good book resource is the "Grissim Buyers Guides to Manufactured Homes and Land." Here is a comprehensive article on their website about the outlook for manufactured homes with tips on buying.
If you are buying in an over 55 community, many may already have homes on the lot ready to go or have some standards for quality you need to meet. Check with your community before purchasing your home.
Important Side Note: The Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) makes the distinction between manufactured homes and mobile homes as follows:
Any home built after 1976 is called a manufactured home
and those built before that date are termed mobile homes. That is when
the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) passed quality
assurance standards and has upgraded them since then.
Today's Manufactured Homes
With the downturn in the economy in 2006, there was a shakeout of builders of manufactured homes. With the revival of the industry since 2011, three major builders have emerged as dominating the industry: Clayton Homes, with approximately 41% of the market share, is the largest. They are followed by Champion Homes and Cavco Homes. Popular builders Palm Harbor and Fleetwood are now owned by Cavco. Please verify all information.
The following list is of major well-known and accepted builders, many with years of experience listed by the state their main office is located in.
There are dealers in the state who will represent other manufactured homes builders who do not have plants in the state but do have sales centers in that state.
Please Note: Each manufacturer listed will have plants and dealers in other states as well as the home state listed. Not all manufacturers, however, are in all states. Some are strictly regional manufacturers while some are coast-to-coast.
We hope this list helps you find the better known builders and the areas their retail centers and factories are located in as well as their style of building:
Jacobsen Homes - Main Plant is in Safety Harbor. Since 1959. This builder is important to mention here because it specializes in retirees and mostly in Florida. Focuses on in-park sales. Midrange prices and excellent reputation. 800-282-5389 Jacobsen Homes
Also marketing in Florida is Palm Harbor Homes, (now owned by Cavco), known for upscale homes; Fleetwood Homes; Skyline Corp., and others.
Karsten - Mid to low-end featuring a site-built look. Home building facilities located in California, New Mexico, Oregon and Texas. Karsten Manufactured Homes Builder
Fleetwood Homes - Riverside - Riverside - Entry Level and High end of low price range. Coast-to-coast dealers. Affordable and simple designs. Fleetwood Homes 951-351-3500
Also see Clayton and Skyline.
TEXAS MANUFACTURED HOMES BUILDERS:
Fleetwood Homes - Round Rock - 512-255-1911
Palm Harbor Homes - Dallas - Builds, sells, finances and insures. 18 plants across country. Primary focus is West, South and Southeast regions. Mid range prices - innovative designs - not the low end market - Now has a modular home line. Focuses on the high end. Model centers in 27 states. 972-991-2422 Palm Harbor Homes
CAVCO - Phoenix, mid range and expanding into high. Largest in Southwest and Western states. Lots of innovation. Also park models and cabins. Cavco Manufactured Homes Builder
Sunshine Homes - Red Bay - Mid price range. Mostly regional but also across US. Since 1971. 256-356-4427 Sunshine Homes
Cavalier Home Builders - Addison - Low and mid-range and some high end. Mostly in the South,Texas and some midwest. 256-747-1575
Horton Homes - Eatonton Calif. - South and Southeast areas but will ship homes further but costs more. Low to low mid-range price. Close to site-built in construction. Also features modulars. 706-485-8506 Horton Homes
MISSISSIPPI MANUFACTURED HOMES BUILDERS:
Cappaert Manufactured Housing Modular home designs.
See coast-to-coast dealers.
Clayton Mobile Homes, Inc. - Maryville - Low end of mid range. Manufactured and modular homes. 35 plants coast-to-coast. Received MHI Manufacturer of the Year Award six times. Over 1500 model home centers. 865-380-3000 Clayton Mobile Homes
Giles Industries - Since 1959. Low end - mostly single wide in Tennessee, Kentucky and Georgia. Midwest and Southern states. Giles Industries
Skyline Corp. - Low to mid range. National company since 1951. Excellent reputation. 16 manufacturing plants. Simple plans. Skyline Homes
The following over 55 communities feature Skyline homes:
Fairmont Homes (now owned by Cavco - verify) - Nappanee - Over 35 years. Mid range to high end. Midwest, Northeast and North Carolina. Lots of options. Quality upscale home. Featuring Amish craftsmanship and enery efficient. Fairmont Homes
SEhomes - Southeast and South Central but mostly Texas. 5 plants in Alabama and Texas. Southern Energy Homes
Champion Enterprises - Auburn Hills - Nationwide mobile, modular and manufactured homes - represents several brands - they say they are the largest modular homes company for nationwide. Champion Homes
General Housing Corp. - Waycross - Modular homes based in Michigan - Wide square foot range - Green building a specialty. General Housing Corp.
New Era Building Group - Strattonville, Pa. - Mid to high end - Now part of Champion homebuilders - Competes with Palm Harbor Homes. High quality design with custom and standard plans. Mostly markets in Northeast and some Southeast and midwest. Good for modulars. New Era Homes
Usual Order of Deciding:
Our list above does not represent all of the plants or the dealers of that manufacturer. There are many more dealers than can be listed here. This is a guide to help you access further information.
A further list of builders can be found on the MHI site listing their MHI members.