How to find out building specs on different manufac./models?
I have just recently discovered this website and I am finding so much great info on it. Thanks to all the great people that post here!
I want to buy a used mobile home, preferably a doublewide, and I know right off the bat that the quality is not going to be as good as a regular house; however, I would like to try to get the best home that I can for my money. I have read on here that Fuqua and Karsten are good manufacturers but I have found NONE of those for sale in my area.
So, my question is, how do I know what the quality level is of any given home? If I was buying new I could ask what the building specs are but I doubt the average owner is going to know these details (I could be wrong?) Not only that, I don't really even know what specs are desirable.
(I've seen mention of John Grissim's book but it looks to be more of a book for buying new from a dealer.)
I'm wondering is there a book or website that gives the details of building specs of different manufacturers and models? I would prefer hard numbers, instead of opinions on quality because personal experience can vary so much. (I googled complaints for "Manufacturer A" and got back a gazillion results of people saying "A" is the worst manuf. and saying "Manufacturer B" is the best. Then I Googled "Manuf. B" and got the complete opposite, naturally.)
I saw someone mention on here that mobile homes are divided into 6 classes and that the higher the class number, the better quality the trailer is. I called someone about a trailer that was advertised (he is a repo-man/seller) and when I asked about the class he said he'd been in business 46 years and never heard of such a thing.
This whole process can be so frustrating. If anyone could tell me how to find this info I would greatly appreciate it!