In September 2011, I started Mobile Home Living.

I bought the domain name, published through a free blogging platform called Blogger, and had no idea what I was doing.

Looking back, it’s hilarious how naive and uneducated I was about the manufactured housing world and blogging in general. How this site eventually found its footing and gained popularity will always be the 8th great mystery of the world (at least to me).

Mobile Home Living was born when my husband and I bought a 1978 single wide in 2011. It needed an update, so I searched online for mobile home remodeling and decorating ideas. There were only a few legitimate results and the idea to create a site that offered mobile home remodeling and decorating ideas, along with mobile home repair help, was born. You can read more about it here.

I figured if I was looking for this information others were as well. I guess I was right.

 

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The Errors of My Way 

By Mobile Home Living’s first anniversary I had already been contacted by a few people with the same complaint: I was committing a faux pas of epic proportions – I was using the term ‘Mobile Home.’

The nerve of me! 

By our fourth anniversary, I had been contacted dozens of times about my choice of words. The complaints usually came from an over-zealous salesman or someone working within the industry (but they never associated themselves with any one company).

The argument was always the same; The words ‘mobile home’ conjured up negative opinions of factory-built housing so the term must never be used again.

New Rules = New Name?

1976 is a very special year in the factory-built housing industry. You could even call it their rebirth. Though it would have been their second since they had a rebirth in 1954 after the term ‘trailer coach’ was changed to ‘mobile home.’

July of 1976 is when a new federal law went into affect across the nation that regulated the construction and installation of ‘manufactured’ homes. HUD, the government department that oversees housing and urban development, had worked with the industry to come up with a minimum set of standards that all homes had to meet.

Prior to these new regulations, the factory-built housing industry had basically ran amok.

Poor construction and terrible safety issues plagued mobile homes. Of course, there were a few companies that offered a superior home along with good customer service but there were far more companies that only cared about profit and their greed disgraced the reputation of the homes and the industry.

These new guidelines significantly increased safety and construction standards for all factory-built housing and gave the industry an opportunity to shed their poor reputation. They were producing a completely different product from mobile homes, and that required a completely different name. Factory-built housing was to be called ‘Manufactured Homes.’

Using the term ‘manufactured home’ was so important to the industry that they advocated to have the name change written into federal law!

The Housing Act of 1980 states that mobile homes were to be reclassified as buildings instead of vehicles and that all mobile homes produced after 1976 were to be referred to as manufactured homes. Literature created or released by the federal government were only allowed to use the words manufactured home. The term mobile home was no longer allowed to be used in legislation.

The reputation of mobile homes as poorly constructed homes of yesteryear would be forever vanquished with this new term!

 

Related: How the Mobile Home Stigma Began

 

 

 So, Is It a Mobile Home or a Manufactured Home? 

It’s a mobile home if the home was built before July 1, 1976.

It’s a manufactured home if it was built after July 1, 1976.

And if you wanna get real technical, it’s a trailer if it was built before 1954 when the association of trailer coach builders of America decided they wanted to be called the mobile home builders of America.

The industry loves to change names!

Oh, look, a very nice mobile home…oops, I mean manufactured home…..I mean trailer. 

Nevermind, I’m confused, again. 

 

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You can see more of this beautiful manufactured home here. 

 

So, What’s the Big Deal? 

There’s no big deal really. I’m just taking a stand against all this silliness.

I’ve been told that no builder or dealer would ever want to advertise on my little blog because they would not be associated with the term ‘mobile home.’ I guess it’s a good thing that I don’t accept ads (or any money at all) from builders or dealers directly (I have no say about third party ad placement).  I want to remain neutral and honest about my opinions. I want to the be the voice of the people, not the industry.

I have seen articles on industry sites that actually have rebuttals for salesman and employees to use if they hear the words ‘mobile home’ used.

Once I learned about this name stuff, I tried to play well with others. I made an effort to use the term ‘mobile home’ when referring to a home built before July 1976 and ‘manufactured home’ for homes built after that date. I even changed the name of this blog from ‘Mobile Home Living’ to ‘Mobile and Manufactured Home Living.’

 

Another Email? Oh, Joy……

I tried to play along, but I still get the occasional email or comment explaining the importance of using ‘manufactured home’ and not ‘mobile home.’

Here’s the latest communication that I received just a couple days ago:

Your site is very interesting. Great site!

But….. you really need to drop the term “Mobile Home”. The reason is, it gives people the view that these are “Trailers” and not homes.

HUD changed it in 1976 to Manufactured Homes. If we as owners of these homes want to change all the misconceptions about these homes, the term “Mobile Home” must be eliminated across the board. It gives inspectors, insurance companies, banks, home buyers, etc. a total misconception of what these homes have become.

There is so much wrong information given to people by so called, “people in authority”, because they think these homes are “trailers”, and the term “Mobile” is part of the reason….along with those people not knowing or caring to know what is fact and what is a myth.

We as owners, need to start changing the misconceptions that has plagued these homes for many years. It is time to get the truth out about these homes, and helping our selves at the same time… just my opinion.

 

 

The Issue With All this Silly Name Changing…..

My issue with all this name changing is simple – you cannot change how people talk and you cannot change a product’s reputation by calling it a different name.

I’ve called these awesome adobes ‘mobile homes’ my entire life and I’m not stopping now.

 

My ‘Official’ Reply

Here is my official reply to all this silliness about the two small terms that has caused so much controversy:

The misconceptions of mobile homes are mostly true: some of the homes were junk, the buyers were preyed upon, and the industry was a unregulated nightmare.

It is what it is. Own it and move on….

The only thing that can remedy the industry’s reputation is to make better homes and have better customer service.

The industry needs to focus on improving themselves and offering the best product at the best price possible and stop worrying about a term used by the people living in them or buying them.

We only want to enjoy our homes. If you build a good home and create a good buying experience and stand behind your product, all 8 million or so owners living in mobile and manufactured homes across the nation will advertise for you better than any name change ever could.

 

So, This is My Stand…..

This is me, the founder of Mobile and Manufactured Home Living, saying to you that I love my home and everything it has offered me. It has completely changed my life for the better.

A 1978 single wide has provided my family and me a better life! With no house payment, I have been able to give my daughter experiences I never had and that is a wonderful feeling.

I don’t care what you call it….I call it home. 

 

Thank you so much for reading Mobile and Manufactured Home Living.


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49 Responses

  1. Deb

    I loved this article, and honestly I’m not sure which term is the best. For me, none them fit our family’s view of our mobile home, manufactured home…etc.. (maybe because it implies that’s not permanently placed) We love our wonderful Marlette. It has become our sanctuary, family gathering spot, compact garden headquarters, financial freedom, and more. It’s age is beyond ever moving, but we are so happy we wouldn’t want to move it. Now we just call it our “forever home” and that’s good enough for us.

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  2. Jason Pina

    Great Article!!! My brother and I own a mobile home company in Texas and only refer to these homes as Mobile Homes. What most retailers don’t tell you is that their own sales reps are too embarrassed to tell their family members that they sell mobile homes so they instead fool themselves by telling everyone they sell “customer modular homes.”(Even though they will only sell 1 modular home in 5 years) I remember when I first was introduced to the industry and worked for a big name retailer and they banned their sales reps from saying mobile homes and would want us to argue with customers on the terminology for the homes, by citing those dates of name change. It all comes down to pride, if these sales reps would stop being so pretentious and instead would find a way to be proud that they are helping the hardest working, most amazing, blue collared customers this country has to offer, maybe then this industry would give these potential home buyers the respect they really deserve.

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    • Crystal Adkins

      Hi Jason,

      Thank you so much for this comment. It’s an aspect I never considered. I tend to focus my opinions on ‘the industry’ as a whole and try not to pick on any one company or department so I never really thought to consider that it could pose a pride issue for the salespeople. Thank you for your insight! Any other insight you want to share I’d love to hear it (it would be awesome to get to interview an ‘insider’ – if you would be willing please email me at crystaladkins@mobilehomeliving.org. I bet your knowledge could help a lot of buyers).

      Thanks again!

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  3. Warren Jones

    It took me many years before I was comfortable with the term, “mobile home.” Before I finally made the switch, I called my home a “trailer.” “Mobile Home” just sounded too pretentious. Now I learn, for the first time, that some people frown on the name that I am using now. Well, I’ve changed once, but I won’t change again. However, I have learned something. I had thought that the term “manufactured homes” only applied to small manufactured houses, structures that no one would ever call a trailer Now I learn that some people would call my doublewide a manufactured home. Well, they can call it what they want, but I’ll never call it anything but mobile home, although I still sometimes still call it a trailer.

    I might add that I’ve had the same problem with my computer. I’m now using the term “default,” although it took me many years to do that in the computer sense. “Mouse” still rankles, but I grudgingly use it. There is other “computerese” that bothers me, but I can’t remember the terms right now. I just don’t like to be dragged into using terms that, to me, don’t fit into my knowledge of the English language. However, “Manufactured Homes, NEVER.

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  4. Joyce Blodgett

    I just found your site this morning (when I’m supposed to be asleep, hahaha–I’m newly retired, and after more than 20 years of working the midnight shift, haven’t yet adjusted time-wise), and the first thing I’m going to say is GOOD FOR YOU for using the term “mobile home”! I’ve lived in four different mobiles over the years–now I live in a boarding house (won’t even try to explain that one), and I loved all but one of them, but the reason for that has to do with the monster-in-law who chose it for ex-husband and me, not the little house itself.

    I like mobiles, particularly single-wides, and would very much love to see the interiors of many more of them. I’m particularly fond of the homes/trailers built back in the 1950’s, especially those that are “two stories” high; how I’d love to see the interiors of those!!

    Please continue to ignore the foolish comments about using the term “mobile” homes; for those of us who really like them, it immediately tells us that here is a site where the owner “gets it,” and knows what we aficionados want to see :-)

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  5. Viktor

    I just found your blog after searching things about “”Mobile Homes”” because in Sweden the English word for it is Mobile Home and I just want to say awesome blog you got been spending all morning here and about 10 cups of coffee, a lot of inspiration and motivation that I can use when I have enough saved to move to my own Mobile Home ;)

    keep up the good work !

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  6. Rosie

    I bought my mobile home aka trailer in 1988 brand new for 14,500 and paid cash. I was injured at my job so I needed something that one day would be walker and wheel chair friendly. I finished raising my three children, and then my youngest son moved me to his land and here I live on six beautiful acres with only the land taxes that I insist I pay. I am blessed all my grown children live near so I am well taken care of at 66. I grew up in a house, but across the road was a trailer park, rows and rows of mobile homes, in the fifties and I just loved them. The insides were so tiny and the wood was real. I go on google now to look up vintage mobile homes because I want to see inside them, I would love to see inside a double decker mobile home, but most pictures do not show inside> sad. I will keep looking. one more thing, when I was little we went to the mobile home lots and looked a new homes on Sunday, a family outing.

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  7. Catsissie

    I love my mobile home/trailer and I figure somebody manufactured it, so the term “manufactured home” is really pretty silly. Besides, once you’ve watched one of your newest neighbors repair and remodel his new digs, then get it in halves upon the truck to move across the Park, well, that’s a mobile home, all right. I’m also pretty quick on the keyboard to give the folks who have their own negative impressions of who lives in these homes my opinion of their opinion online! Some of us wouldn’t have the opportunity to own a place of our own but for these homes, and the parks they are in. There’s nothing quite like being queen of one’s own domain!

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  8. Tammy

    Here in SE Georgia, most people (not dealers) call them ‘trailers’.
    No one gets offended. Who cares? It’s a name, it doesn’t change what it is: a lovely home that houses a family.

    Trailer? It is on a frame (metal), and is moved into place via wheels. It fits.

    Mobile home? Well, you could make it mobile. Hook up the axles and tires and pull that baby outta there! So that works, too.

    Manufactured? Yes, it is manufactured, in a factory, on an assembly line. Like clothing, or cars, or…

    Manufactured mobile home trailer.

    How about that one? lol

    Let’s quit the fussing and just enjoy our ‘homes’, okay?

    Great article, Crystal. Keep up the great work.

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  9. Amy

    Where I’m from, most people still call them “trailers”. Places that sell manufactured homes more times than not have “mobile homes” after the name of the business. I think some of it has to do with location. In an area like where I’m from, they’re about as common as trees. No one gets offended if you call their home a trailer or mobile home. Actually, if you say “manufactured home”, they may ask you what it is…haha.

    I say: To each their own.

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  10. Courtney King

    Crystal thank you so much for putting together this site, there’s so much information! I think the phrase goes “a fruit by any other name would smell as sweet” :)

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  11. Michael Brumfield

    So much for no mobile home manufacturer advertising on your site sure enough there was a banner advertising Clayton mobile um Manufactured homes! I pulled the site up and enjoy it being a former mobile home resident!

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    • Crystal Adkins

      I do not allow them to advertise directly through me but I have very little control if they buy through Google. Google controls all the ads that change with each page or refresh. That’s way over my head.

      Thanks so much for reading MHL!

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  12. Lynn

    Don’t have time to read all the comments right now but, wanted to say that I agree with Sandi. Trailer and Mobile works for me. I don’t have to “elevate” my love for my home. I didn’t get the mobile I talked about before but, am still on a quest to find my little home. I lived in trailers as a kid and even a railroad box car with an outhouse. None of the trailers had bathrooms. That’s part of the difference between trailers and mobile homes. Bathrooms. Trailer courts had communal bathrooms. Not fancy, for sure, but functional. Took me years to get over the pain of those years which was all tied together with some awful life experiences. I worked at it though, and wanted to appreciate the things that trailer living taught me. Wish I had more money, I’d flip me some trailers/mobiles. Still might, if I can do it on the cheap and still come out ahead. I have the “fix up” bug so want to do it with mobiles/trailers. I’ve been fixing up my house forever and want to do the mobile thing. This site is awesome and the comments give me so much joy. Thanks everyone. Lynn

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  13. Sandra & the 2 Spaniels

    My first house was a manufactured home: on a permanent foundation, hardi-plank exterior, shingle roof, and very well built. It was one of the best houses that I have ever lived in. Now, I have a 1972 double wide: metal siding, needs work, but cheap to live in and cheap to maintain. I love them both. I say the name trailer proudly. I could afford to pay cash for my house: no more sweating mortgage payments, large property taxes, or HOA dues-which stick built places all have!! I will take financial peace of mind over money worries-any day of the week!!

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  14. Helen Elder

    Crystal,
    Kudos to you for sticking with the mobile home term….it is tiresome as well as troublesome to have so much politically correct talk and pressure to name things only as “they” think is “right.” Keep speaking your truth…you do a beautiful job on this site and we still live in a free country with freedom of speech! We all know what you are talking about and your intentions are clear and honorable.

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  15. Presey

    Moblie homes, trailers, and manufactured(mine I bought used):) unite!!!They are all SEXY, because they make economic sense, are comfy, and…………………environmentally savy. ThankYou:)

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  16. Kat

    My family owns and operates a “mobile home park” in Fl, around here everyone still goes buy mobile home…manufactured to US implies modular or no chassis type of home. we get a lot of peeps still saying “trailer” which annoys me, but, like you said, what are you gonna do?

    I LOVE your site! I love the older mid cent models and I love what people come up with when they live in “any year” home TODAY!

    We do a lot of renovations and I do the staging so I use your site frequently to see what the rest of the world is doing with these crazy cool homes! It REALLY is a way of life :)

    SO thank you for standing your ground and filling a niche with this awesome blog!!!

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    • Crystal Adkins

      Thank you Kat! Love comments like yours – puts a bounce in my step :) I would love to see your park, and maybe have some of your renovations on the site, the more the merrier!

      Thanks so much for taking the time to comment!

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  17. DweezilSFV

    Ha! Those manufacturers built the “trailer/mobile home” reputation themselves. It’s on them to re-define their image not ours.

    I will admit to having let that stigma affect what I told people about where I live.

    Good for you Crystal. You got me to look inside my own pretentiousness [something I can’t stand in other people… oops] and come out of the closet as a “mobile home” owner. No debt and financially worry free. That’s a blessing, not a stigma.

    I could own an “air estate” condo and “own” nothing but the space between the walls and HOA fees forever to impress other people, but as my Dad used to ask: “How would that affect your bottom line?.

    What an incredible site.

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    • Presey

      Wait a minute……………………..My single-wide manufactured home is in a blessed/magical/beautiful hoa………..private, rural, mts/rivers/lakes, etc…………….cheap=150.00/year to keep the main road with gravel upon its path. Rules? Not that I’m aware of………of course, hoa’s up in das California mts, north,, be quite exceptional places to be living in. Let you in on a little secret, my family has lived here circa 1837, and I would not live anywhere else in the world, or our USA. Blessings & GB :) PS- Crystal, when I have completed my rennovations(s) here, your more than welcome to come see. Carry on, this site is fabulous, and your Awesome! Really!:)

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  18. Ed Esgate

    I enjoy your website and especially your commentary on “trailer vs mobile vs manufacture home”. I agree its going to be a long process to change the public’s opinion on referring to our homes, BUT I’m going to miss the old website logo, even if the new one is very nice. I’m just sayin’………

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    • Crystal Adkins

      Thanks Ed!

      It’s coming back, the wheels have to be fixed to be more realistic (there were 3 in the back and one on the front). I had a couple of people bring it up – I never even noticed. Should be back within the week!

      Thanks so much!

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  19. mobile_home_dude

    So, how are the 2 x 6 floor joists 24″ apart on my 1984 “manufactured home” and 5/8″ particle board flooring an upgrade from the 50s, 60s, and very early 70s mobile homes? Industry people can fancy up the terminology all they want, but to this day they are still using inferior and undersized products. There is no excuse for short, skinny tubs, etc. And short exterior doors with 7 1/2 or 8 foot sidewalls. And why are 16 and 18 wides really 1 foot skinner? It can’t be because the roof overhang makes is be 16 or 18 feet wide; there is no overhang to speak of.
    If they want people to respect manufactured housing, they need to use “real” products when building and stop giving measurements that fall short. A closet that is the whole width of the room should not be considered part of the bedroom size.
    And quit saying the home is 4 feet longer than it is. The hitch is removed when the home is set up, and the public doesn’t give a darn about what the home movers have to report about how wide and long their load is. We don’t live in it while it’s being towed.
    Maybe when they stop saying a home is a certain size based on outdated towing restrictions, we’ll THINK about staring to use the cumbersome term “manufactured home”.

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    • Josh Read

      A few things. You ARE right that, even though standards are up in most ways, some homes are still built with subpar materials. You should know, though, that 2×6 floor joists is not unheard of in site-built homes, and is supplemented in strength by the steel chassis. I am really happy to have a 2006 single-wide that I bought used have 2×6 floor joists 16″ on center with 5/8″ plywood subfloors.
      As for the sidewalls, in my area 8′ walls/ceilings are incredibly common in small houses, and that just extends to manufactured/mobile homes. I do agree that the short sidewalls from homes that use cathedral-style ceilings is frustrating. Again, in that way I am lucky that my 2006 single-wide (bought for $21k) has 8′ sidewalls and standard 80″ exterior doors.
      As for the width, most homes, be it site-built or factory-built, measure the width by its exterior dimensions, rather than interior wall to interior wall. You usually have to account for the ~6″ walls. For example, my 16′ single-wide is 14’11” from wall to wall, but the walls around around 6″ each, making it 16′ wide. I haven’t heard of any company including the hitch while describing the length of a manufactured house. Not once.
      I’ve also never heard of any company including the closet in the bedroom size in my extensive research last year looking for a home to buy.
      In short, I understand your frustrations, but don’t share them, and wanted to give you some understanding of misconceptions or inaccuracies you have.

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  20. Robbie

    Crystal, I could not agree more. The term mobile home is as accurate as can be when referring to a single wide home. I do think that the term manufactured home probably fits multi section homes better. In any case, home is wherever you and your family reside. Whether it is called a trailer, mobile home or a manufactured home I’ll bet the house doesn’t mind what you call it.

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  21. Tiffany

    I came across this page while trying to find inspiration and motivation. I purchased a 1972 single wide mobile home that needs more than a little TLC. I have learned so much from these posts . Im just now starting to work on it so please keep the posts coming.

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  22. Sandi

    I call my home a trailer, sometime a mobile, but never ever a manufactured home. I find no reason to distance myself from the trailer house as the industry does.
    To the salesperson that complain about what we call our homes. Answer this.
    Why does the industry’s sites and signs only have homes in their names if we are to call them Manufactured Homes? If I don’t get an answer I’ll believe that they don’t like it either.
    To the emailer complaining about what I call my Home.
    Take a look at the title of this web site. It’s not all about what you call
    Manufactured homes. You want to make sure that people know the difference
    of these home. Well, I would think that using the term trailer or mobile would do just that. Not every reader lives in a manufactured home. It is a fact that the trailers and the mobiles homes make wonderful homes. They are just as important as a manufactured homes. It is a fact that the inspectors, insurance companies and banks know the difference. It’s a fact that the 1976 HUD deal was more about the industry wanting a bigger piece of the housing market than how the trailers and mobiles were made.
    It’s a fact that the Industry and HUD took the mobility from my home without asking me. I have lived thru all the changes good or bad and I have followed all the rules whether I like them or not. I have earned the right to call my home what I want.
    The fact that Crystal takes time to do this web site for us and the people that shows us their wonderful home is the best way to show what these homes are and what they can be. The name is not going to make a difference. That is my opinion.
    So thanks to Crystal and all the people that shows us their homes. I have loved every
    post.

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  23. Hunter Hampton

    LOL, when I was buying mine last year I said something to the owner about it being a “mobile home”…. she puffed up and corrected me, “It’s a manufactured home.” My friends, who also live here, and I laugh about it to this day…. as if it matters. I love my cute little house….. I’ve done so much to it a woman who lives in a manufactured home was in here the other night and she thought it was a stick built house…. when I get my $400.00 a year tax bill I’ll glad it’s not.

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    • Presey

      I agree Hunter, I pay $437.00 property tax/year for my manufactured single-wide sanctuary/home on 2.5 acres of nature in an rural hoa. I’m in rennovation(s) now, also will be turning my car garage into another home/smaller stick home aka tiny home,, for family stay-overs, shhhhhhhhhhhhh, I mean rental home:) My car told me that she doesn’t need a garage to stay cozy, just a covered area/car port, so I agreed. Life is good, I’m grateful, very much so:)

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  24. Suzanne Melton

    Give ’em hell, Crystal!

    You are the BEST “spokesperson” we have!

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  25. Carol

    Crystal, thank you so much for this website, and especially this post. You are articulate, thoughtful, well-informed… and funny! What more could a reader want? I find it hilarious that industry folks are so eager to distance themselves from the “bad image” of “mobile homes.” In conversation, most people I deal with still call them mobile homes (I buy, fix, and rent out mobiles, so I have those conversations). I think that if the industry wants us to adopt new terminology, they ought to come up with something sexy that has fewer syllables. In fact, most often, I say “mobiles.” Not sexy, but those two syllables just glide right off my tongue. “Manufactured home” kinda catches in my throat and makes me choke. :-)

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  26. Pam McClure

    We are looking to downsize and move to a +55 park from our big stickbuilt home. My husband objects violently when I call it a “trailer” in a “trailer park”. So, what do I call it? “Manufactured home” in a “community”?

    I laugh because my grandparents had an ocean front, million dollar “trailer” in a “trailer park” on the Orange County, CA coast when I was growing up. So, that terminology doesn’t bother me whatsoever.

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  27. Christy

    I personally don’t care what they are called. I love them! With the exception of about 3 of the last 17 years I have opted to live in a mobile home. And,I am guilty of calling my home a trailer,because,I don’tcare what anyone else thinks. I love living where I live!

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  28. Jackie

    I am a 62 year old AF Brat and until I was 11 grew up in trailers. later I lived in a a few Mobile home and six years ago my Hubby and I downsized to our “Mobile Home” which I still tend to call a Trailer. I have wheels under my home and if I had to I could pay someone tons of money and they could put those wheels on and tow it out of here, so I guess it is a trailer. LOL

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  29. Gary Walker

    I enjoy reading your articles, the wife and I lived in a 14 X 80 that we bought new in 1976, it was a mobile then and if we still had it now, it would still be a mobile home. It was moved 100+ miles to the little city we were living in when it was new. A year later we moved it to a private lot we purchased. A year later we moved it another 100 miles to a different small city where my job took me. Eventually we sold the “mobile home” and bought an old house. We had to do some work on the “mobile home” in the later years, but sold it to a couple and moved several times. We still live in an older house, now in a different city. I still wish we had a “mobile home”. The wife, not so much. Now we are much older and could get by with a nice 18 x 80, she isn’t interested. The “mobile homes” built in the 70’s had their problems, but I am better equipped to work on a good one. This site had helped in a great many ways. Are this dishonest dealers and manufactures out there, sure there are, but you can get a dishonest home builder also. Just my 2 cents worth. Thanks again for your work and the pics. The work that has been done on some of the homes is really great.

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    • Rae

      I live in a Trailer Park that was built in the 50’s. There are still some retirees here who live in their original “trailers”. And that’s what they call them. This park is also located in between a large distribution center (think E-Bay & Guess etc;) so there’s plenty of trucks going up and down the road in front of my home, pulling those big long t-r-a-i-l-e-r-s behind them. Our grass cutting guy also hauls his tractor around on a flatbed t-r-a-i-l-e-r. Therefore the term trailer doesn’t necessarily conjure up a vision of a home to me. When I bought my new home in 2008, the sales people referred to it as a manufactured home. It has vinyl siding on it, a shingled roof, thermopane windows, and last year we had a large deck added on that probably couldn’t be moved even if we wanted to. But from what I’ve read, the majority of homes are not moved once they are put into place. People who visit me refer to it as “your house” or “your home”, but my husband grew up thinking all homes moved from one place to another are t-r-a-i-l-e-r-s, and he calls them that. Regardless of what anyone wants to call them, it’s just home to me. I’m a retiree who hopes to spend her final years here in this park. I do agree with you Crystal, most important is what we think of our homes–and not what someone else calls it.

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