A History of American Trailer Parks

The history of the American trailer park is one of the most interesting aspects of our culture.

History of the American Trailer Park

The term ‘trailer’ is used to describe the original pulled camper concepts that came about in the first half of the 20th century. Job scarcity and housing shortages made these homes popular. However, the stigma surrounding the homes formed right along with the home’s development.

Related: When Vintage Trailers Grew Up.

There’s a bit of a misunderstanding about the terms trailer, mobile home and manufactured home. Trailers refer to the original homes that were pulled by cars. After WWII, safety standards and tighter regulations developed into what we call mobile homes. Only homes built after 1976, when the federal HUD regulations began, are considered manufactured homes.

This 30-minute video focuses on the trailer home and is a jewel for anyone that enjoys learning about the history of the homes and the stories of their owners. Enjoy!

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Crystal Adkins
Crystal Adkins

Crystal Adkins created Mobile Home Living in 2011 after buying a 1978 single wide and searching online for mobile home remodeling ideas but finding very little. Today, it's the most popular resource in America for mobile home information and inspiration and has been visited over 40 million times.

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