Thanks for all the suggestions so far everyone! Planning ahead will definately help things go smoothly. We have airmattresses so the plan is going to be to set up those while we start moving, so we can sleep wherever we are at the end of the day. Definately going to do this a little at a time over the 3 weeks, unpacking as we go so that there isn't alot to be done afterwards.
Martha, definateley starting to declutter! We're starting to pack boxes of seasonal items and stack them in the storage closet. If we don't need it or haven't used it, its going out the door before the move! Fortunately, for once painting isn't part of the moving plan. Part of our lease here is a $150 repainting fee out of our security deposit, and doing it ourselves won't avoid it so we're not worrying about it. The mobile home comes with neutral wallcoverings that we picked the colors for, so we're set there too!
Sunshine, we've done the move the dresser drawers as is thing a few times, even for longer distance moves. Its definately easier! Especially as it lets you know where everything is during the process! The money we're saving will be split a bit, some to debt repayment, and some to raise our emergency fund a bit to help with costs as homeowners.
Karen, we've got an idea of the utilities from both friends living in an older less efficent mobile home as well as from the utility company. We're also planning on leaving a little extra room in the budget until we see for ourselves what our numbers will be like. Fortunately we don't need to worry about a moving van, as we've got access to my parents' two Chevy Astro vans. Those vans are how we moved in here, so we already know all our furniture will fit.
Falcon, that's exaclty what our plan is! We already have a small emergency fund, but we'll be using the lower monthly costs to build it up a little bit more before we start throwing everything extra into debt repayment.
Overall, I'm having to laugh about this a little bit. A major motivation behind this move is reducing monthly costs so we can repay our debt from my dental work faster. So basically, in order to get out of debt I'm getting into more. I don't personally consider a mortgage bad debt though, and this will give us lower housing costs for years to come. Once the dental work is paid off, we'll be attacking the mortgage. We're already starting off with biweekly payments, and rounding them up from $190 to $200.