Gavin Mabe

Director of HUD Engineering and Technology, Clayton Homes

Gavin Mabe is the Director of HUD Engineering and Technology for Clayton Homes. He has 17 years of experience with Clayton Homes. He leads a team that provides structural engineering, thermal, and HVAC design support to the 40 Clayton Homes manufacturing facilities building HUD Code homes. In addition, he is responsible for Smart Home technology implementation, Manufacturing technology and automation, and Engineering Research and Development. Gavin earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.


Close Up Considerations
| May 28, 2021

Plumbing connections, shingle installation, ridge vent installation, and repair are other areas of the home that also need special attention during close up.  Plumbing Connections and Plumbing Drops While plumbing connections are quite obvious, plumbing drops can often go unnoticed. There are cases where the bottom board may fall below the plumbing extension, which makes […]

Air Infiltration
| May 25, 2021

In many cases, when homeowners report that their home is not cooling, contractors often blame the size of the air conditioning unit. However, air infiltration is often the actual issue. According to the North American Insulation Manufacturer’s Association (NAIMA), air infiltration or air leakage contributes up to 35% of heat loss in a home1. An […]

Matelines: Physical Connection
| May 19, 2021

Physical Connection: Why a Secure Mateline Connection is Crucial to Manufactured Homes For all the craftsmanship that goes into building and setting up a manufactured home, the marriage line or mateline connection can be the weakest link in the process and can jeopardize the performance of a great home. Common symptoms of a poor mateline […]

Proper Site Preparation
| Aug 2, 2019

The first step is to remove all the grass, plants, trees, stumps, leaves, and other organic material from where the home will be placed for at least 10’ around the home. If the top layer of soil contains soft, silty clay or rich topsoil, then it too must be removed. These types of soils do […]

Good Site Prep: The Solution to Many Issues
| May 22, 2019

Proper site prep and a drainage plan that controls the water flow are critical for a solid foundation. Slopes, swales, and drains must carry both surface and sub-surface water away from the home’s foundation. Site preparation is the single greatest factor, impacting the performance, durability, and aesthetics of the home. It also has a huge […]


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