What Is a Double Wide Mobile Home?

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

A double wide mobile home is a pre-fabricated home, or trailer, that is twice as wide as standard or single wide mobile home. In most cases, a double wide mobile home is less than 90 feet long (about 27 meters) and more than 20 feet wide (about 6 meters). While a single wide mobile home is usually delivered in one single pre-fabricated unit, a double wide is usually delivered in two pieces that are connected on site. Although the term mobile home is used to describe these residences, it is a bit of a misnomer as many of these homes remain permanently fixed in place. While single wides can, in some cases, be easily moved from place to place, an assembled double wide is too wide to safely travel most roads.

Customers of double wide mobile homes have a variety of choices when it comes to the floor plan.
Customers of double wide mobile homes have a variety of choices when it comes to the floor plan.

The main reason that most people choose double wide mobile homes over single wide mobile homes is that the double wide offers a great deal more space. Some double wide designs include five bedrooms and three bathrooms in addition to a kitchen, living area, storage spaces, and space for utilities. Double wide floor plans vary quite a bit from model to model and from manufacturer to manufacturer. In many cases, customers have quite a bit of choice when it comes to their floor plans. There are some cases in which people can customize the floor plans of their double wides.

It is important to note that a double wide mobile home is not simply two single wide mobile homes that have been connected along one of the long sides of the structure. In many cases, the two sections are quite different in their layout and contents. One side of a double wide home may encompass a kitchen, two bathrooms, and a bedroom while the other side encompasses two bedrooms and a living room. Some double wides even include a porch area on one side.

The double wide mobile home model is not the only kind of mobile home that is an expanded version of the single wide. There are also triple wide mobile homes for people who are looking for even more space. In some cases, even more than three sections are joined together to make a larger mobile home. These kinds of mobile homes that incorporate three or more sections are much less common than double wides.

Diane Goettel
Diane Goettel

In addition to her work as a freelance writer for wiseGEEK, Diane is the executive editor of Black Lawrence Press, an independent publishing company based in upstate New York. She has also edited several anthologies, the e-newsletter Sapling, and The Adirondack Review. Diane has a B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and an M.A. from Brooklyn College.

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@SarahSon - I agree that mobile homes can be affordable options for many people. There are many modern double wide mobile home floor plans available today. There should be no reason someone could not find the perfect plan to fit their needs.

Be sure and do your research before purchasing a manufactured home. There are different standards for manufactured homes and modular homes, and you will want to make sure your insurance company will insure the property without any problems.

Always compare prices too. You may think they are always more economical, but not always, so be sure and do your homework.


We used to live on an acerage in a double wide manufactured home and it was a good fit for us. We place the home on a full basement, so there was a lot of room.

There are disadvantages to owning manufactured homes and many times it can be harder to find insurance. The quality is not usually as good as a stick built home, but they can be an affordable option for many people.

By having ours put on a basement, we doubled our space and made it very secure. Our floor plan was very open and roomy, which I really enjoyed.

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