Trailers, mobile homes and manufactured homes are built in factories and transported over the road on axles and wheels to the site where they will be set up – whether that is in a rental community (mobile home park/manufactured housing community), or on privately owned land. The manufactured home is set up on pillars, earthquake systems are installed on newer homes, the tires are removed, and siding or skirting is added. Owners add steps to the front and back doors and, in many parks, carports and patios are installed with covers. Driveways and landscaping are added and maintained by the mobile home owner renting the site.
Once a mobile home is set in place, it can be moved the same way it was originally moved to the site. If the home is multi-section (double or triple wide), the sections are divided and move along the roadway as single sections. In many mobile home parks built in the 60s and 70s, the original homes are now 50 and 60 years old and are being replaced by newer manufactured housing. Where do these older homes go? Some go to Mexico or out of state, others to privately owned land or older mobile home parks in rural areas where they are fixed up and rented or sold.