About Mobile Home Living


 

Hello! welcome to Mobile Home Living®!

We’re America’s most popular resource for mobile home remodeling and decorating ideas. We feature house tours and share expert advice on all things mobile home.

Living small is nothing new. Mobile homes were the original tiny home and started the simple living movement decades ago.

Yes, tiny homes are all the rage but they are just overly-expensive glorified mobile homes without the stigma. Their construction is not environmentally friendly like manufactured homes and they lose value at a higher rate. 

Mobile homes can be just as beautiful as any traditional home and we are proving it with every home we share. 

About Crystal

Hi! I’m Crystal Adkins, the creator of Mobile Home Living.

I hope Mobile Home Living is a welcoming and informative resource for you. I wanted Mobile Home Living to be a place where we can all be proud of our homes, share helpful tips and advice on manufactured housing, and support each other with positivity and love.

I try my best to offer articles that are relevant and helpful to all manufactured homeowners. I take the advocacy of manufactured homes seriously because our homes, and all of us living in them, deserve to be respected.

I was raised in Southern West Virginia by a single father that worked in the same underground coal mine for 39 years. He taught me a lot and had me rebuilding old cars in the garage with him my entire childhood. We lived in a single wide mobile home until I was 8 and then he bought a brand new 1986 model Redman Homes double wide and had it setup on top of a mountain up at the end of a dirt road that was over 2 miles long (we call them hollers but the rest of the world calls them hollows). 

Yes, I’m a coal miner’s daughter named Crystal Gail (all y’all country music fans should get that reference).

I’ve been with Joe for 22 years and we have a 15-year-old daughter named Livingston Grace.

 

Starting Mobile Home Living

 

I started Mobile Home Living shortly after we bought a 1978 single wide in 2011. It was our first owned home and I was just as proud as a peacock that we were able to get it. The seller wanted $6,000 for it and we could rent the land it was on for $250 a month. Problem was, we didn’t have $6,000. Heck, we barely had $600 so he agreed to $1000 down and payments. Luckily, work was steady for a while and we were able to pay it off in 18 months. He eventually sold me the land on an owner-financing contract, too.

After we moved in, I searched for examples of mobile home remodels on Google but I didn’t find much. I figured if I was looking for these things and wanted to hear other homeowner’s stories about simple, debt-free living there were others that may be interested too.

I saw a void and figured I would try to fill it.

Since I have lived in a mobile or manufactured home just about my entire life and my husband has been a master plumber for over 20 years I figured we could at least help people with mobile home plumbing issues. 

In addition to our own repairs, I’ve helped him with dozens of mobile home repair and improvement projects over the years. I can also pick the brains of our many construction friends when needed.

I can’t help but think this was all meant to be.

 

Over the last 8 years, Mobile Home Living evolved into what you see today. This site is now the most popular manufactured home repair, remodeling, and decorating resource online (besides Pinterest, of course).

I think it’s important that manufactured homes be seen in a positive light. Manufactured housing is one of the nation’s most affordable housing options and they’ve given me a place to call home for over 40 years. 

Issues we Want to Change

Unfortunately, there are a lot of issues that need to be addressed.

The biggest issue is that parks are raising their rent too much. One well-known park owner said we should always expect a 3%  lot rent increase every year. He then went on to say that they are raising their rents to be equal to the price of apartments. Parks are not apartments. If we wanted to pay apartment prices we’d live in an apartment. 

The second issue regards warranties that aren’t honored. The notorious blame game has to go!

Lastly, I believe manufactured home installation needs to be better regulated, I’ve read that 80% of all warranty complaints are due to improper installation. It’s vital to have the home setup properly for a long life span. 

Also, our elders and low income families need to be better protected when parks close. 

Our 1978 Single Wide Mobile Home Makeover

Here’s our 1978 Homette single wide in the coalfields of Southern West Virginia before its very affordable makeover. We still have a lot of work ahead of us but I’m very happy with it so far.

The entire home had its original, unpainted paneling but the ceiling and flooring had been modified. The home had a brand new metal roof installed the year before. The bones were good but the plumbing system was a total mess.

The kitchen and dining room when we first bought our home:

kitchen before makeover

 

The kitchen and dining room when we bought the 1978 single wide.

kitchen counter before makeover

 

The kitchen when we first bought the home.

We built the deck quickly after we moved in:

mobile home before painting the siding

 

1978 Homette single wide, 12’x58′ – our home sweet home.

Then we painted the siding, you can read about here. We have lot more great plans!

mobile home after painting siding

 

Our 1978 Homette, where Mobile Home Living started, after we painted the siding.

Here’s our living room now. I joke that my favorite style is ‘Pinterest’ cause there’s just so many great ideas there!

1978 single wide living room after makeover

 

Living room.

living room after makeover

 

Living room.

The kitchen needs a lot more work. New paint and floors made a huge improvement.

kitchen after makeover

 

It’s an end-kitchen!

We have about a half an acre on the outskirts of a small WV town. Here’s our backyard:

mobile home livings headquarters - backyard

 

View from the back porch.

Mobile Home Living headquarters - backyard 2

 

Another view from the back porch.

Mobile Home Living headquarters - front yard

 

The view from the front door.

 

1965 Airstream

We also have a 1965 Airstream Safari that we’ve been slowly refurbishing. The interior is about 85% finished but I need a couple of pieces of skin (aluminum) replaced so if you know anyone that has a 1968 model or older with a few panels of aluminum in good shape let me know! It has to be a 1968 or older because that’s the last year they used the high shine aluminum.

 

1965 Airstream Safari Interior 3

Let’s start a movement that shows the world what real mobile home living is all about.

Mobile Home Living’s Mission

The mission of MHL is simple – to provide mobile and manufactured home remodeling and decorating ideas, home improvement help, and other relevant information for all makes and models of factory-built homes.

Affordable housing is needed more than ever and these homes are not the tin-cans that some people think of – they are real homes built with the same framing and roofing that stick-built homes have. They just happen to be placed on a steel chassis with wheels.

If you don’t own a manufactured home, I hope we’ve given you a closer look at the homes and a better understanding of them. Our latest articles are a great place to start:

 

Livi and I

 

Crystal Adkins and her daughter Liv.

Thank you so much for stopping by,

Crystal Adkins, Founder Mobile Home Living