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Daydreaming of the Dos Palmas Spartan Imperial Villa

I plan to travel across the country with my 1965 Airstream Safari after my daughter graduates high school. I want to visit every tourist trap and every back road possible.

One of the many places I want to experience is Dos Palmas in Patagonia, Arizona. Dos Palmas has a gorgeous 1958 Spartan Imperial Villa mobile home they rent out on a nightly or weekly basis. Dos Palmas sits on a wooded private lot in the heart of Patagonia, with a covered patio that runs the mobile home’s entire 50-foot length.

So, you’re saying I can sleep in a beautiful vintage Spartan Imperial Villa for less than $100 a night?

Sign me up!

I found out about the Dos Palmas through a blog called 12 Legs Travel (no longer published). 12 Legs is about a guy, a girl, 2 ugly dogs and 12 months on the road (their description, not mine). They stayed in the Dos Palmas for a few nights, strictly by accident. Their post about this mobile home, or trailer as they called it, was insightful and I really enjoyed the way they spoke about them. FYI: I call anything built after 1954 a mobile home because the Trailer Coach Manufacturer’s Association broke into two separate associations in late 1953 and was renamed the Mobile Home Manufacturer’s Association so I use that as the deciding factor on whether I call something a trailer or a mobile home.

Here’s how 12 Legs

“…Maybe there’s a theory to be posited here: that the simpler your home, the less time you will spend inside it — but the more rewarding that time will be. Big houses with lots of stuff in them only tie you down, make you soft, hinder you from meeting new people and seeing new scenes. Maybe the world needs more trailers…..”

 I couldn’t agree more!

A Peek Inside the Spartan Imperial Villa

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The Dos Palmas seems to be one of many ‘mobile home’ motel establishments. It’s a place that caters to us romantic types. You know, those who absolutely LOVE vintage mobile homes!
Have you ever stayed in a mobile home motel? Do you have any big traveling plans that involve a home on wheels? We’d love to hear from you!
as always…Thanks so much for reading Mobile Home Living!
If you’re interested in learning more about the rental, please go to their website here.  


  • Shirlee
    Posted July 20, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    I could definitely see the hubs and I staying in this, well if we didn't have a travel trailer. What a great alternative to a hotel room. Hope you get to take your cross country trip someday Crystal!

  • CrystalMHL
    Posted July 18, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    Hi Alicia! Thank you so much! I love to share mobile homes of all
    types and models here on MHL but unfortunately I can't call this one
    home ;-( My home can be found in a few places on the blog (under the
    'about me' tab is the easiest place) and I must admit, my home is very
    much a work in progress. We are slowly getting it the way we want,
    perhaps in a few years I can have it looking exactly as I want
    it..thanks again!.

  • Alicia
    Posted July 18, 2012 at 3:48 pm

    You have done a beautiful job with the decorating and very inspiring to me.
    thank you for sharing your home with all of us.

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