Thread Number: 72821  /  Tag: Ranges, Stoves, Ovens
Classic appliances in mobile homes
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Post# 962149   10/12/2017 at 13:38 (348 days old) by cycluxe (Allentown)        

Hi, all! Been looking through Google Images at pics of vintage mobile home interiors and wondered if anyone here knows what kind of appliances these beauties were equipped with originally. All I can determine is that Preway wall ovens must have been common at one point. Any info/pics would be appreciated.

Post# 962155 , Reply# 1   10/12/2017 at 14:26 (348 days old) by goatfarmer (South Bend, home of Champions)        

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I had a Brown gas range, in Turquoise, that came from a mobile home.

Post# 962161 , Reply# 2   10/12/2017 at 15:27 (348 days old) by wayupnorth (On a lake between Bangor and Bar Harbor)        

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I had a Brown gas cook top and wall oven in avocado in my old camp that came out of a brand new mobile home that the new owners refused to have gas. My aunt had a turquoise Dixie in hers and others had Magic Chefs in various colors.

Post# 962162 , Reply# 3   10/12/2017 at 15:32 (348 days old) by LordKenmore (The Laundry Room)        

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Having had the supreme misfortune of having lived in 2 mobile homes, and seen at least 2 additional...


My assumption is that any appliance choice by the manufacturer was probably along the lines of what is the cheapest possible option?



Post# 962174 , Reply# 4   10/12/2017 at 16:48 (347 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
Lots of

Brown, Dixie and Magic Chef gas ranges, I have a turquoise 1962 Frigidaire single door fridge that came out of one.

Post# 962198 , Reply# 5   10/12/2017 at 19:46 (347 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        

My sister lived in a circa 1968 12'x60' that had a Dixie gas range in Avocado. They lived in it for 3 or 4 years, then got a 28' x 70' double wide in 1990, with Whirlpool appliances in Almond.

My mom's friend Jean got a double wide in the 80's that had an all GE kitchen, with SxS refrigerator, double built-in wall ovens, cooktop and dishwasher; all in Harvest Gold. This home was special ordered from the factory, and was very deluxe.

Post# 962220 , Reply# 6   10/12/2017 at 21:48 (347 days old) by fan-of-fans (Florida)        

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A lot of mobile homes in the early 70s I've seen had a gas cooktop and wall oven from possibly Tappan or Magic Chef.
Have seen lots of 80s mobile homes with BOL Magic Chef gas ranges. Into the later 80s and 90s many have electric Magic Chef BOL. Some more deluxe 80s mobiles have almond Whirlpools more upscale with electric self clean range and probably fridge with icemaker. GE seems to be more common in newer mobiles, and some upscale mobiles such as Palm Harbor homes have had downdraft cooktops and wall ovens.

But yes lots of the old vintage mobile homes had gas apartment size ranges from Dixie, Magic Chef, etc. and a single door fridge.

Remember my parents had an Airstream camper with a coppertone 3 burner gas range of some kind and a white single door fridge.

My grandparents had a 1981 mobile and it had a Tappan electric 30" range with front controls, and I think a clock and maybe dial timer.

Since mobile homes were mass produced they probably got volume discounts on appliances and used cheaper brands in most to keep costs low.

Post# 962249 , Reply# 7   10/13/2017 at 04:21 (347 days old) by superocd (PNW)        

My grandparents lived in a late-1980's Windsor singlewide. It was really nice. It was equipped with a Magic Chef 30" propane range, a GE Potscruber (600 I think?) and a GE top freezer refrigerator with a separate little door on the outside of the freezer door for ice. It also was equipped with a huge GE built in microwave built into the cabinetry. Basically these were all appliances that would be found in a site built home.

That kitchen had a LOT of storage. My grandma had every imaginable utensil and small kitchen appliance and still had room.

The HVAC was the usual Coleman/Evcon, a propane downflow with a cool-only condenser. When I was a toddler I wanted to see the "heater". Because my grandma didn't want me to get too curious, she said that the monster from Tales from the Crypt lived in the furnace (she nicknamed him Eeko). So, whenever I had to go down the long hallway, I sprinted past the furnace closet. Now I work on them for a living, go figure.

Now that I'm on the topic about my grandparent's mobile home, one of the highlights of my visit was going into one of the spare rooms used for storage. It also had a pea green Sears Coldspot upright freezer, stocked with Grandpa's fish and deer and tons of ice cream and popsicles for me from the "Schwan man". I loved opening the freezer and smelling the ice-cold air, and picking out a treat.

My grandma would also make me a bowl of Pasta Roni, always the Chicken Broccoli flavor. The flavor was in a way I could never reproduce, it was so good. My grandma was talented at cooking, even something simple was improved uoon. We'd sit at the kitchen and watch "The Price Is Right" and "Young and the Restless" on the living room TV from the kitchen table with our bowls of Pasta Roni.

Post# 962255 , Reply# 8   10/13/2017 at 07:15 (347 days old) by Jmm63 (Denville, NJ)        

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My first place was a 1981 Schulte 14x70 mobile home.  Schulte was a "higher end" manufacturer and it was actually a nice place.  Large eat in kitchen in the front, but with pretty cheap appliances.  The stove was a gas Magic Chef with pilot lights and the Fridge was a manual defrost GE. Both were in Almond though.  It did have a garbage disposal.  I put in a dishwasher shortly after moving in, a middle of the road Caloric, which was a horrible choice.  I bought a Whirlpool Design 2000 washer and dryer which were really inexpensive but did the job.  Lots of great memories in that place, don't know if I would ever live in one again though.  

Post# 962270 , Reply# 9   10/13/2017 at 09:22 (347 days old) by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
Lot rent's

for manufactured/mobile homes have become rather pricey.
I almost ordered a 16X80 Fairmont in 1993 following a break up.
I was deleting the fixtures, sinks, and appliances, and getting upgraded china, cast iron, and Kitchen Aid.
The plan was to live in it for a year or two, then move it north for a cottage.
Then the fermeldahyde disclaimer came up. The sales person told me it was in the cabinetry, the carpeting, the walls, etc. "All you have to do is open a window every other day for a half hour". No way!
I had to return paneling from my first house I put in the basement because it made me sick. Had I known I was selling to the ex, I'd have left it there.
No, he was a biach.

Post# 962291 , Reply# 10   10/13/2017 at 12:01 (347 days old) by countryford (Phoenix, AZ)        

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When I moved out of my parents home, I purchased a 1963 single wide trailer. Nothing fancy, but was in pretty good condition for being 40 years old. (This was in 2005). The original refrigerator was long gone, so unsure what it would have been. The range was still original and was a pink Magic Chef gas range. It worked pretty good and was in good condition. It was a 30" unit. Wish I would have kept it, when I sold the trailer.

Post# 962301 , Reply# 11   10/13/2017 at 13:18 (347 days old) by cfz2882 (Belle Fourche,SD)        
BOL Magic chef

1974 mobile home had a very basic propane magic chef with no electrical connection.Furnace was a DuoTherm-pilot would sometimes blow out in strong Wyoming winds,otherwise no trouble at all.

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