How To Find Your Mobile Home VIN Number And What It Means

Your mobile home VIN is comprised of several digits that will help identify many details of your home. In this article, we talk more about why it is important and how you can find it. 

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WHAT IS A VIN?

VIN is short for Vehicle Identification Number and all mobile homes must have it printed on the structure in order to quickly access many details relating to the home.

Your manufacturer assigns the VIN and before transferring it to your location, you must first register it with your DMV.

WHY IS THE VIN IMPORTANT?

Knowing your mobile home VIN provides you with important data including your home’s history, your home’s specifications, the manufacturer details, and if it’s consistent with what’s on the title

This not only prevents you from being scammed when purchasing a manufactured home but it is also required of you should you decide to sell your mobile home.




HOW TO FIND YOUR MOBILE HOME VIN FOR FREE

There are generally two places to find your mobile home VIN for free:

  1. On the data plate inside your home
  2. Stamped onto the steel frame of your mobile home

It’s important to note that if your mobile home is double or multi-wide, it comes in more than one section, and you will have a VIN for each section. This means single-wide homes have one VIN, double-wide homes have two, and so on.

DATA PLATE INSIDE YOUR HOME

The first place you’ll check for your mobile home VIN is the data plate usually located in the master bedroom closet or in the cabinet under the kitchen sink. One other place you may check for the data plate is the area by the back door. The data plate is a sticker with the VIN and other data relevant to your mobile home.

STAMPED SEAL FRAME OUTSIDE YOUR HOME

Secondly, you may check the towing end of your home for two metal bars creating a triangle. There could be a string of numbers at least 3/8 inches in height.

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UNDERSTANDING YOUR MOBILE HOME VIN

Every manufacturer will have its structure and abbreviations for their mobile home VIN.

Within your home’s VIN, you’ll find an abbreviation for the manufacturer comprised of three or more characters. There will also be an abbreviation for the state in which the home was manufactured and multiple digits in the mix.

It will end with either a letter “A” or “B”  if you’re dealing with a mobile home built with more than one transportable part. Each side will have its letter tacked on the end of the VIN but on paperwork, “AB” would be tacked on together at the end of the VIN, rather than listing it twice for each part.

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YOU’RE ALL SET!

Your VIN helps you identify many important details of your mobile home and it is a huge factor when buying or selling a manufactured house. With a little patience and determination, you can find it free of charge on your own!

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