The latest iteration of mobiles homes includes yurts, tiny houses, homesteaders, and van life. And yes, you can still find those traditional RVs and trailer park houses. Some modern nomads have even converted school buses and rock star tour buses into mobile housing.
All these living arrangements can benefit from mobile home vinyl siding. It’s the kind of siding that’s low cost and easy to install, so it’s ideal if you’re kitting out the space yourself. Let’s look at 30+ ideas you can play with and explore in your portable construction project.
1. I Spy …
Our first sample of mobile home vinyl siding was spotted on the street as it migrated from one trailer park to another. It’s possibly in the process of renovation – you can see the white clapboard siding up top and the wood-tones vinyl siding on the lower half of the home. The back has cedar-colored siding as well. The pitched roof has homely asphalt shingles.
2. Vinyl Bungalows
Mobile homes cost less than traditional houses because they’re smaller and use cheaper materials. The larger models aren’t necessarily attached to trailers, so they’re often built in a factory then delivered to their permanent site. This example has off-white mobile home vinyl siding. The horizontal siding is graced by large hung windows flanked by green shutters.
3. Glorious Grey
Unless your trailer home has wheels on it, passers-by might not necessarily know it’s a mobile home. Especially once t’s mounted on its concrete foundation. This home uses grey mobile home vinyl siding. It’s styled in Dutch Lap and you can see the drywall behind these horizontally ridged vinyl planks. Some of the shorter planks may need decorative seams.
4. Static Caravans and Things
Over in the UK, trailer homes are known as static caravans. And unlike the drywall we use here in the US, the layer under trailer walls is often burlap. That rough fabric is better suited to the wet, gloomy climate across the pond. This mobile home vinyl siding is bright and cheerful. It has welcoming shades of Dutch Lap in green and yellow with large windows.
5. Mobile Bay Windows
We generally associate bay windows (three panels) and bow windows (four or more panels) with grand lodges and fancy mansions. But even if you live in a trailer house, you can still sample the good life. This mobile home is stationary, as you can see by the vertical mobile home vinyl siding that anchors it to the ground. The bay windows are fitted for HVAC.
6. Wonderful White Trim
Designers always emphasize the effect of color, but consumers don’t always listen. Here’s a visual example. This mobile home vinyl siding is almost identical to the previous one. The differences? Texture, style, and tone. This trailer home has pale grey walls clad with traditional lap (aka clapboard) siding. The sashless window trim is white with large doors.
7. Jungle Greenery
Most trailer homes are built elsewhere (often in a factory) then driven to their resting place – pun intended. So they’re made of lightweight prefab materials, making mobile home vinyl siding a popular choice. This house is clad in horizontal jungle green vinyl. The shallow foundation is clad with white board and batten siding that matches the broad window trim.
8. Brick And Panelling
Have you watched those documentaries about mid-west river-lands and climate change? Homeowners sometimes raise the entire house to escape floodwaters. Did you wonder how they lift a whole house? Well, those are lightweight mobile homes, even if they sit on solid brick foundations like this one. Check out the bay windows and mobile home vinyl siding!
9. Modular Home Siding
You’ll sometimes see mobile homes described as modular homes. It’s the same concept – the house is built in a factory or shipped as a flatpack and assembled on site. Low weight is a priority so mobile home vinyl siding is the go-to. It looks just like wood or metal siding but weighs significantly less. This home is currently being clad with grey clapboard vinyl siding.
10. Mystic Mobile Magic
It’s easy to expand modular homes because their components are designed to click together. So you can add rooms and floors at pocket-friendly prices. Because these houses are often assembled off-site, they might have a caulked concrete platform and a crawlspace rather than a solid foundation. This house is done in mystic blue mobile home vinyl siding.
11. Nightly Nugget
This tiny house is a micro-monument to minimalist living. It sits on a 12fit trailer and is only 102 square feet. And while this original model has pine siding, you can reduce its 4,500lb footprint by using mobile home vinyl siding instead. The house has a kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and living room. But yes, the micro home does need bite-sized appliances.
12. Mobile Medley
Ranch-style homes often have steps leading to the front door because the living area might be sunken. Modular homes might similarly have front steps to get over the crawlspace. The gap under the steps is left hollow and its surface might be clad with mobile home vinyl siding. On this house, the crawlspace cladding is vinyl stone while the walls are Dutch Lap.
13. Built for Flooding
Farmyard silos are often raised to keep pests from climbing into the granary. But modular homes are hitched to avoid runoff from flooding. Or maybe the house is light enough to be mounted without foundations. This is how the house looks when it’s first delivered or assembled. Those cinder blocks will probably be replaced with mobile home vinyl siding.
14. Multistory Modulars
Words have power. Call it a mobile home and you’ll think of RVs, trailer parks, and static caravans. Call it a modular home and it’s a contemporary stylish millennial mansion. But they all use mobile home vinyl siding because it’s quick and low-mass. You can tell this house is modular because of the brick foundation, meaning the house was probably plopped on top.
15. Boxy Beauty
Another tell-tale sign of modular homes is the boxy shape and variation in vinyl. The whole house is clad in mobile home vinyl siding. But the living area has blue horizontal cladding while the hollow crawlspace has white vertical vinyl siding. To avoid accumulating moisture and rising dampness, the section beneath the stairs has latticework rather than solid wood.
16. Temporary Cement Blocks
You can tell this region is wet and humid for two reasons. One, the waterproof lining under this mobile home vinyl siding. It suggests the risk of rising damp and the need for strong insulation. Two, the window shutters have louvers with visible ventilation gaps, meaning air circulation is a priority in this neighborhood. Deep blue shutters work well with white vinyl.
17. Holiday Parks Across the Pond
In America, we have trailer parks where low-income residents and nomadic millennials can park their RVs, vans, or tiny houses. In Wales, they have holiday parks where the wealthy install static caravans (stationary RVs) as summer homes. Many of these are clad in wood, but you can use mobile home vinyl siding. The crawlspaces are left hollow to drain seawater.
18. Scottish Siding
Here’s another example that could be improved with mobile home vinyl siding. These static caravans in Scotland still have their wheels underneath so there’s no siding at ground level. The sides currently have whitewashed quarter-log siding, so an upgrade with vinyl would be appreciated. The railing on the wooden deck can be replaced with a vinyl fence as well.
19. Wonderful Windows
Low-cost homes often have shared utilities and low lighting. So by making a simple tweak like enlarging the windows, the house receives much more natural light and feels considerably more luxurious. This house has pale grey mobile home vinyl siding. Its multiple windows are almost as big as its door and the broad white trim further brightens the home.
20. Repainted Vinyl
You’ll often hear the advantages of mobile home vinyl siding. Unlike wood, it won’t chip, rot, or attract termites. It does warp in extreme weather, but the damage is way less than wood. And while vinyl doesn’t need repainting, you can still add a refreshing coat once in a while. This vinyl home – wheels and all – is freshly painted with beige walls and blue shutters.
21. Even Siding
Yes, mobile home vinyl siding is often different at the bottom of the house. This makes it easier to mark the start of the crawlspace, which is important when you’re repairing the house or checking for pests and rising dampness. But for style reasons, you can choose to keep your siding uniform. On this house, even the cladding on the sides of the steps is grey lap.
22. Stone Anchor
RVs and trailer homes are sometimes small enough to tow with a pickup truck. But they can also be quite large, like this one here. And while those massive modular houses can still use mobile home vinyl siding, they may need a stronger foundation to support the weight of the house. This one – for example – has a stacked stone foundation instead of stone veneers.
23. Modular Community
As we mentioned before, natural light makes any house look far more pricy. Check out this Samaritan Lot as an example. It’s in Australia, and those lightweight modular homes can easily be shifted if need be. Tinted glass covers most of the front, with skylights between the walls and the ceiling. Mobile home vinyl siding (or even metal) works fine for the side walls.
24. Simply Stylish
Rectangular houses seem dull and boring from the outside. But that plain shape makes it easier and cheaper to use mobile home vinyl siding. You can install continuous plastic planks in traditional lap or Dutch Lap. And since you’re spending less on your exteriors, you can lavish your interior finishings and create pretty cubbies and subdivisions inside the house.
25. Vintage Project
This Dutch trailer is in desperate need of an upgrade, and mobile home vinyl siding is the ideal solution. You can get Dutch Lap or clapboard siding in these exact same shades and give the house an instant facelift. The French Doors are already a nice touch, but you could quickly update these doors and windows by adding vinyl trim and replacing the old glass.
26. Static Caravan Park
Here’s another testament to the power of color. Check out these neighboring trailer houses. (They’re in England, so that’s static caravan to you, thank you very much!) The front house has mint green mobile home vinyl siding, with dark brown window trim and wood covering the crawlspace. The second house has off-white vinyl and no ground-level cladding.
27. Roaring Red
When you see this shade of russet red, it’s usually on a barn with board and batten siding. But this modernized rendition proves that low-cost homes can still be full of style. The home has bold red mobile home vinyl siding. The ground sections are a sterile white, so you can clad them in siding of your choice, whether it’s brick veneer or faux-stacked-stone vinyl.
28. Monochrome not Monotone
Using the same color on all your home exteriors sounds dull and uninspired. But you can mix hues and shades to make gradients and widen your pallete, ending up with a rainbow of greens like this house here. It’s still sitting on its wheels, but the mobile home vinyl siding on this trailer house is several shades of green, from a pale pastel mint to a dark matte emerald.
29. Break it Up
Horizontal siding is the most common form of mobile hoe vinyl siding. Dutch Lap is especially popular since it adds some visual interest. But here’s another trick you could try. The bluish-grey horizontal siding has two white vertical planks intersecting them. The planks are the same brilliant white as the gable outrigger and the window trim so it comes together.
30. Siding and Skirting
We’ve talked a lot about the lower portion of mobile homes – the section that touches the ground. It’s sometimes raised because of wheels or set on a hollow crawlspace. When that section is clad, it’s sometimes called skirting. An on this mobile home vinyl siding, the skirting has white vertical vinyl siding while the walls have tan horizontal vinyl siding.
31. Wood and Blue
Faux-wood vinyl is often used as a substitute for timber. But can you viably combine the two? This mobile home vinyl siding is blue while the staircases and skirting are unstained wood. Visually, the effect is stunning. Practically, you’d need to make sure the wood itself is stained and pressure-treated to avoid moisture damage as you hose down your vinyl walls.
32. Slate and Simple
Just like suburban ranch-style houses and modular homes, mobile homes can have split levels. And the rooms below ground level need extra protection from cold and moisture. These structures have stone walls for the underground sections and slate-colored mobile home vinyl siding for the portions above ground. The flat roofs are top-tier simplicity.
33. Yellow Row
Depending on how particular you are about color selection, you might define this row of modular houses as lime or yellow, but never mustard. And the mobile home vinyl siding at the bottom is white. The sunny top sections are horizontal, but the white vinyl skirting is board and batten. It’s less likely to warp from the weight of the house on the damp ground.
What’s your preferred mobile home vinyl siding? Show us photos in the comments section!