Interesting Facts About Today’s Manufactured Homes

The Manufactured Homes of today are nothing like Grandma’s old “Trailer” or “Mobile Home”.  No factory has built a “Mobile Home” for over 40 years.  Congress passed the “Manufactured Housing Construction and Standards Act of 1974” which became law on June 15, 1976.  This Federally mandated, national construction standard is known as the HUD Code.  The HUD Code has been updated regularly to improve storm resistance and quality. Homes manufactured since 1976 are built to the HUD Code.  They are classified as “Manufactured Homes”.

Manufactured Homes are built in huge enclosed factories utilizing assembly-line techniques.  Team members specialize in building one part of the home, then the home moves down the line to the next production area.  We build hundreds of homes every year.  Our factories get huge bulk discounts on components and there is almost no waste.  Those savings are passed along to our customers.  Manufactured homes are never exposed to the elements until the roof is in place.

Manufactured homes use the same materials: roofing, siding, sheet rock, appliances, as site built homes.  The media images of destruction in the aftermath of hurricanes are of “Mobile Homes”, not HUD built Manufactured Homes.  Our homes have already traveled from the factory to the site, bouncing down the road at 65 mph.  They sustain “stormy weather” for 5-8 hours during delivery!

Manufactured homes, tied to the foundation on private property, are considered “Real Estate” and qualify for VA, FHA and Conventional mortgages.  Manufactured homes in Parks are financed as personal property or “Chattel Loans”.  DeTray’s works with banks to help secure your loan.

Manufactured homes can appreciate in value similar to other homes.  Appreciation depends on the stability of the area, supply and demand, how the home is maintained and location.

DeTray’s Custom Housing is the best choice for a beautiful Manufactured Home.  Our team can develop the property, customize the home to meet your needs and service the home when it arrives on site.  DeTray’s has been in business 55 years.  We know how to work through the process and we do it right.  We would love to help design your dream home so you can “Live happily ever after”!



Lora Whitemarsh

Housing Consultant

Great Time to Start the Process

Big changes are in the air!  Cool weather, autumn leaves, and the excitement of a new season.  I’m also starting a new season in my life.  I’m thrilled to be working with the great people at DeTray’s Custom Housing in Puyallup!  I have been selling Manufactured Homes with different dealers for 17 years.  This family-owned business has outlasted every other dealer on South Hill.  They understand what customers want in a home, and how to put a land/home or park package together.  The quality of our Kit and Skyline homes can be seen and felt when you step into one of our eight furnished models.  Other dealers may start with a low price but charge extra for solid wood cabinets, tile backsplashes, toe-kick heat registers, blinds, and delivery/set-up.  All these items, and many more, are standard in our homes, no surprises.

Autumn is a great time to start the process.  If you have an old home that is turning into a “Money Pit”, we can replace it with a beautiful new home. The building departments are not as busy with new permit applications.  The contractors have more time to do site development visits. The factories are catching up from the summer rush.  If you are looking for property, the grass is dying, the puddles are forming, and you can see what the land looks like.  Start now and enjoy your new home next summer, and every season of your life!

Lora Whitemarsh
Housing Consultant

All About the Customer

Hi all,
As you can see, I have surpassed my 1 year of employment, (actually going on 1 ½ years) with DeTray’s Custom Housing and I must say this job has been most rewarding.  I’ve had the opportunity to tour the factories of the homes that we represent and it has given me additional insight and understanding. To be sure, this industry is very complicated in terms of all the moving parts that need to come together for overall success. Over the past year, I have been able to zero in not only on the needs of our customers, but also provide solutions for their housing needs.  We are all about the customer, helping them become aware of the options they might not have thought about. We are passionate and take great pride in sharing valuable information that our customers need to know to make quality decisions.

The results are customers that are excited about their new home, because it was designed for them!  I invite you to stop by and visit us and discover for yourself why we are the #1 dealer in Washington. I look forward to meeting you! See you then!

Michelle Dux, Housing Consultant

Factory Tour of Kit Homebuilders West

Our recent Kit Homebuilders West Factory Tour was impressive and informative. Several factors impressed me from the beginning. The first is that the Factory Tours are conducted by management, not just anyone on site. Kit feels that if someone is willing to take the time to come to Caldwell, Idaho to consider their homes, then they will show them the respect that such a visit deserves. We were given a comfortable room at a clean and modern hotel nearby. We had a delicious meal that evening that was provided by a local restaurant and a great breakfast at the hotel the following morning before our tour. We had a rental car, since we flew over to Boise first, however, I am sure someone would have picked us up if needed.

The tour lasted a few hours with all aspects of the factory on view to see. Many homes were being staged with many more being constructed under the immense roof. Workers were performing tasks from basic to complicated with skill and craftsmanship. These homes were inspected and re-inspected at multiple levels of completion. I always liked the slogan, “the quality goes in before the name goes on”. While not this factory’s slogan, it certainly could be.

This was a most memorable trip and in turn, I hope to share some of the beauty and unique features that I observed at Kit Homebuilders West with others. So, if you’re looking for value and comfort built into your next custom home, let DeTray’s and Kit team up to serve your needs.

Happy touring!

Mike Buck

DeTray’s at the Puyallup RV Show

DeTray’s Custom Housing, based out of the South Hill of Puyallup, will be displaying Skyline’s “Sea Breeze” at the Puyallup RV Show from May 4-7. This home, which features oversized windows, natural wood cabinets, low maintenance floor coverings, plus a very inviting front porch, would be eye candy for anyone’s waterfront vacation property.  Join us!



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Be a Smart and Informed Consumer

Today we are so informed on so many consumer goods, from vehicles to homes. The internet provides us with all the information you could need or want, but it does not differentiate a good deal or a bad purchase. Only you can determine that!

I have been in the manufactured home industry for many years now and I can give you an example of an uninformed buyer. I received a phone call from a gentleman asking about a particular sized home and wanted a base price (stock model). When I have him the base price, he was floored. Then he told me he had a much lower price off the internet (Oregon dealer). So I said, why didn’t you buy it if it was such a deal?

He was unaware that the online, out-of-state purchase DID NOT include sales tax, delivery to the site, a normal block set, an interior finish and carpet installed or cleaning of the home.

“Out-of-state” purchases may contain risks to the consumer, here are some RED FLAGS to be aware of:

  • The seller may not be licensed or bonded
  • A pre-payment may require 100% total due before delivery, if the home you ordered is not what you wanted, you have no leverage or recourse
  • “Out-of-State” dealers are not required to carry insurance through delivery of the home
  • The dealer may not be required to give a home warranty once transported across the state line

In the State of Washington, retailers are licensed, bonded and subject to laws designed to protect you, the consumer.  For more information, you may contact our governing agencies, Northwest Housing Association, Labor & Industries and the Department of Licensing.


Happy House Hunting!

Marlene Lemoine, Sr. Housing Consultant

Have You Considered Planned Communities?

We have many customers coming in the door that are ready to buy a beautifully customized manufactured home from DeTray’s Custom Housing, but unfortunately they do not have a piece of land to place that home on.

Imagine having a lot that is surrounded by beautiful trees, the quiet and peacefulness of not having busy or noisy streets or the typical neighbors that are within 6 feet of your home. These are some the biggest wants and needs shared by our customers.

DeTray’s Custom Housing (THE custom housing experts) has partnered with developers to create “planned communities”. Why planned communities you ask?  Consider if you will, variety, residential standards, consistency, life style and security, all of which fosters a synergy that many homeowners desire.

We are focused on assisting our customers in achieving their goals and we will continue to search for opportunities to that end.

We welcome your questions and we look forward to seeing you soon! Stop by and view our many beautiful display homes at 10209 149th St. E. Puyallup, WA.


Michelle Dux

Housing Consultant

New Year, Healthy You, New Home?

Happy New Year to All,

Just a quick word about the “Healthy You”. Walk with vigor, this can lower blood pressure and Cholesterol. Give a “hug” or get a “hug”, this will release a feel-good hormone!

Per AARP the Magazine…
New Year, new thoughts about future decisions in relocating, housing and affordability. According to AARP the Magazine, the population in numbers are; ages 89 and older equals 3 million people, ages 71-88 equals 26.2 million people, and 52-70 equals 72.9 million people. DeTray’s Custom Housing has seen an influx of these folks going on 2 years now. Folks that want to downsize, relocate back to Washington state and live in a single-story home.

You are able to place a manufactured home on a piece of land or go into a planned community near golfing, restaurants, churches and clubhouse activities. Life is good!

Here at DeTray’s Custom Housing in Puyallup, we are able to offer the most updated options available. Items such as a farmhouse sink with apron, subway tile for backsplash, ceramic tile for showers, appliance packages from white, black and stainless steel design. Many of our plans are custom-ordered for you! Please feel free to visit our Sales Center Lot in Puyallup.

New Year, New Homes!
Marlene LeMoine





Get Your Bang for the Buck

I wanted to talk to you about getting the most “bang for your buck” when it comes to buying a home. If you look at today’s building materials in our new manufactured homes, they are what I see on today’s construction sites. I drive around and see various housing developments, apartment homes, new commercial buildings and they all have one thing in common. You guessed it, the materials used to build. I see O.S.B. board, 2×4’s, 2×6’s, sheet rock, Tyvek house wrap and the list goes on. Our homes from DeTray’s have all the same materials, real wood studs, joists and trusses, top-grade roofing materials, energy star windows, insulation, siding and doors just like a home built today.

You want Quartz counter tops, tiled showers, name-brand appliances, Hardie lap siding, metal roofs, all for far less that the competitors offer? Then come see us today. Most new homes built today range from the mid 300’s up to 500k. Why pay so much for something that is built with the same materials as today’s manufactured homes? Manufactured home building standards are quite impressive given the manufactured homes history; it is almost night and day. This is a good thing for the consumer who is looking for home ownership, not everyone has 350K to go buy a 2-story home in a neighborhood, on a “postage stamp” lot and no parking. Reach out and give your neighbor a high-five without leaving your home! Well, thanks but no thanks, that’s just my opinion. In today’s market and your average cost of living, who wouldn’t like to have a custom home built with quality building materials for 30% less and have a large piece of land you can actually do things with? Not having an H.O.A. telling you what you can or cannot do on your land? No thank you. I know what sounds more appealing to me. Home ownership with fewer restrictions, a bigger lot and larger home for less. That is high value. That is more “bang for your buck“!

With that said, I encourage you to look into today’s manufactured homes and just see what might be a perfect solution to your housing needs. Hope to see you soon here at DeTray’s Custom Housing. Stop by and see me at 10209 149th St. E. in Puyallup.

Happy Holidays!

Zac Phillips – Housing Consultant

Skyline Corporation’s Mega Factory Tour


Traveling South from DeTray’s Custom Housing we are headed for McMinnville, Oregon; home of Howard Hughes Spruce Goose, Linfield College, and Skyline’s Mega Manufacturing Facility. Estimated arrival time is two and half hours away.

Upon arriving at Skyline, we were promptly greeted and introduced to a young man who outfitted us with OSHA Safety Gear, hard hat, safety vest, and goggles. Yes, these are required!

As we entered the vast building we were given instructions that were intended to keep us safe during our visit. A need for caution was obvious as we saw a moving chain pulling huge sections of manufactured homes from one end to another. The rat-a-tat-tat of machine gun sounding nail guns made it clear that this was a very busy environment.

Winding our way from one end toward the other while ducking and turning, we walked past many floors. Some had walls, roofs, plumbing, windows, and more. Each had a different level of completeness. These levels diminished as we move toward the Birth of each home. It was evident that organization was and is paramount to the success of this company – system where each worker is skilled at their specific role, as they greeted each new floor.

We arrived at the entrance where the magic begins, where the long steel frames are attached to their carriages and the OSB flooring becomes the solid surface for someone’s home. Floors are moving as skilled craftsmen assemble each step under the Foreman’s watchful eye. I was amazed at the efficiency, cleanliness, and professional approach each worker exhibited. I saw the Shop Foreman speaking to workers in the plant, not simply sitting behind a desk.

After the tour, we took off our OSHA required gear and met some of the team responsible for keeping supplies flowing. We saw how Skyline kept track of each home section as it was ordered, built, and completed. We experienced where the finished sections were prepared and stored for their final trip to some lucky manufactured home Home Owner.

I highly recommend this tour for anyone serious about buying a Custom Home. Skyline will convince you that their Goal is “Bringing America Home, Bringing America Fun”.

Happy Holidays,





Mike Buck

DeTray’s Custom Housing