Mobile Home Living Turns 6, Let’s Celebrate with a Free Book!

It’s hard to believe that Mobile Home Living is six years old! WOW!

When I say that a mobile home completely changed my life I am not kidding!

In September 2011, I searched online to get some remodeling ideas for our ‘new-to-us’ 1978 single wide, but Google didn’t show much. That simple search turned into an idea for a blog and ended up becoming Mobile Home Living.


Mobile Home Living, Mobile Home Proud!

I was born and raised in manufactured homes. I came home from the hospital to a single wide and went away to college from a double wide. These were good homes, clean and stylish and well-maintained.

Homes that anyone would be proud to own.

Since college, we’ve pretty much always rented a mobile home because they were in our budget. We both worked, of course, but even that wasn’t enough. It’s hard out there in the real world! Not all of us have a silver spoon (but I did have a tin ladle to sip water from the creek behind mommaw’s house).



Happy 6th Anniversary Billboard Flyer


When I began Mobile Home Living, I didn’t understand how a website worked. Everything was new to me, but I was hooked from the beginning. I loved the idea of creating a community where we could all be proud of our homes and celebrate our real lives and real budgets.


Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

Thank you for seeing past all the grammar and coding errors and understanding what I was trying to accomplish: create a place where we can celebrate our homes without judgment. A place to find and give encouragement and share knowledge to help others see how great a mobile home can be.

The perfection you see on those glossy magazine pages and fancy websites are great, but they don’t quite understand that we all aren’t living the Martha Stewart life. We don’t buy $4000 rugs or $800 vases. We shop at Wal-Mart and yard sales and Dollar General, and yet we still struggle with bills. And that’s OK!

Expanding (ever so slowly)

For 5.5 years I was all alone in this whole blogging thing. A few months ago, I finally got to a point where I could hire someone. EEEK! Kim Alley and I are old classmates and we make a great team. We have a lot of great things planned to expand Mobile Home Living into a real brand so we can help more people.

In fact, we have two things to celebrate this month. Not only is it our 6th anniversary, but we also just found out that our trademark application for the exclusive use of Mobile Home Living has been approved! With the trademark, we can better control and protect the brand’s reputation. We can ensure that the brand is used to advocate for the people that own and live in mobile homes and not the industry (if you haven’t noticed, I’m not a big fan of the industry).  The trademark is just a first step, but it’s a step, nonetheless.


1955 trailer topics mag cover



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Let’s Celebrate!

To celebrate our 6th anniversary (and trademark news), I’d like to share with you a vintage mobile home magazine. It’s the only way I know to thank you all for supporting Mobile Home Living over the years. I can’t put into words how much I appreciate you all!

I think you’ll enjoy looking through each page and seeing the various models. Don’t just look at the pictures though, the articles are pretty cool, too! Just click on the green button of the magazine cover and you’ll open a tab that has the magazine. You can download it onto your own computer and read it anytime.

Thank you so much for being a part of our Mobile Home Living family.

As always, thank you so very much for reading Mobile Home Living!


  1. Kathy Michau says

    I would just like to thank you sooo much for this website! My husband and I just got home from a 12 day trip in a rented 30, 17 yr old Class C (means it’s connected to the F450 and the top goes over the cab) from Annapolis, Md. to Savannah, Ga. by way of NC to visit my son. In Savannah we had a wedding to attend so that leg of the trip was rushed. Added to the complications were that in spite of the experience that my husband and I had driving large vehicles or towing boats, it did not prepare us for “the Beast”. I think I might start a blog of my own!
    Anyway, to make a longer story shorter, we fell in love with Fancy Gap, Va. and the lifestyle of living simple and realizing how much less we really need. Of course, the mountains helped too. Fancy Gap not being realistic because my husband is not retired, and that I am partially disabled have need of a walker and cane for now, and the fact that my sister just rented a single wide in Falling Waters, W. Va., we began to consider a mobile home. Now we live in a 3 story townhouse where it is very difficult for me to do stairs so I am unable to do alot of what I could do all on one floor. And, there just happens to be a double wide for sale where my sister lives. I’m calling her for the number tonight!
    I am so grateful for finding this website, as we are both rookies here. I will be checking here often for advice in the next few months as we prepare to revamp and reevaluate what is important to keep and what isn’t. This is so exciting for us, as we have both have grown children, I have teenage and grown grandchildren and most of my family, other than my daughter and her family is down south. This lifestyle will give us an opportunity to begin the next of our lives. It will be the last one and I can think no better place to spend it than wherever my heart desires. A mobile home lifestyle will enable to retire in style.

    Thanks Again, Kathy M.

    1. Crystal Adkins says

      Hi Kathy!

      Thank you for the kind words! Oh man, I LOVE Fancy Gap!! All the antiques and flea markets are heaven (plus the views, geesh it’s beautiful!). Sometimes I’ll take the exit just so I can drive through and see the restaurants and stores. I sure hope you can get the home you want at the price you need so you can retire in peace and without stress – everyone deserves that.
      Also, take lots of photos!!

  2. Arvis says

    I can’t thank you enough for this blog! It covers it all and has been a huge help in our plans to buy a mobile home for retirement next year.
    Congrats on your success and I look forward to all your news!

    1. Crystal Adkins says

      Thank you so much Arvis! I’m so glad you found us and I look forward to featuring that new home someday (hint, hint).

  3. Paula says

    Thank you

    1. Crystal Adkins says

      You’re welcome!

  4. Paulette says

    Thank you for all the time and effort you have put in to this site for all of us. Your articles are always interesting and informative. I hope you will be able to continue to publish all this information for us. I live in a 16 x 80 single wide. I bought it in 2011. It was new at the time so I really haven’t done any remodeling. I can send pictures if you would like to see it. Nothing fancy, but it is home.

    1. Crystal Adkins says

      Hi Paulette! Thank you for the kind words! I am ALWAYS looking for great homes to share. Just email me at

      Hope to hear from you!

  5. Melodie says


    I love your blog. I know I was encouraged when I came across it. We were new to manufactured homes when we bought ours 5 years ago and we love it. It was an older home that was in good shape but needed some updating. We were truly honoured when you featured our home on your blog.

    We have never looked back and have been extremely happy with our decision. Keep up the good work!

    Many Blessings

    1. Crystal Adkins says

      Hi sweet Melodie,

      You should have your home on Better Homes and Gardens or House Beautiful. It’s a true gem and you have some incredible talent when it comes to interior design. I wish I could get you to my single wide in WV!

      I couldn’t do this silly blog if it wasn’t for kind homeowners like you. Thank you so very much!

  6. Evelyn Rogers says

    Hi. Just bought a 1998 double wide. It was all I could afford. Never lived in one before. It needs a lot of updating. On a small budget. So being on this website is giving me ideas and making feel I can make it into a real home. Thanks so much.

    1. Crystal Adkins says

      Hi Evelyn!

      I’m so glad you found us! We are all in the same boat! Mobile and manufactured homes are great homes and if they aren’t great they can be.

      I hope I can share your home on here someday! Take lots of photos for me!

  7. Thelma says

    I love getting this in my in box.l Ilike the articles I’m in the process of fixer upper single wide on a shoestring budget. This place has afforded me to stay on my own.

    1. Crystal Adkins says

      Hi Thelma,

      I know all about fixing up a single wide on a shoestring budget! The changes we made were worth every dime. Hope to see your home on here someday!

  8. Mary says


    1. Crystal Adkins says

      Thank you, Mary!

  9. Stella Manges says

    Love the site. I really appreciate having a resource to research projects I am interested in. Also, I like to view makeovers….they always amaze me! The most recent and appreciated was the article titled ” How to Make Your Manufactured Home Look More Like a Site Built Home”. My house is approximately 24 years old and as money allows, I am trying to update and improve. Some folks think it’s crazy to put money into a “trailer”. I say….” It’s MY nest…why not make my surroundings nicer”? I am excited about completing all or most of your recommended upgrades! Congrats on 6 years and hope you have many more!

    1. Crystal Adkins says

      Thank you Stella! I think spending money on any home is a good investment. We don’t all have to live in cookie cutter trac homes. Be different and be proud.

      I still can’t understand where everyone gets their money. I see all these big beautiful homes all over the place and I just don’t understand how people afford them. I must be terrible with

      Hope you take lots of photos of your updates, I’m always looking for homes and projects to share!

  10. Stuart A. says

    Hi Crystal,
    First, I say Congratulations on the MHL anniversary. Job well done.
    Second, I must admit, I wouldn’t have ever made a connection between MH’s and a successful blog….but you did, and congrats again. Lastly, I want to add my own 2 cents. When we purchased our MH (Dblwide), our intent was to stay here for a few years, then sell and move. But, as you’ve noted several times, things are tough out here and it didn’t quite work the way we planned. One day, while surfing the web, I found MHL. With all your ideas, photos, ‘ask the experts’, and stories, both horror and success stories, our excitement and enthusiasm has been renewed! We have a starting canvas to make our true dream home! We stopped focusing on what we didn’t have and started to see the possibilities of what we DO have! Thanks for your blog, as you’ve opened the doors of our imagination to ideas we never considered before. MHL has been a great inspiration and we appreciate you and your work. Congrats again!

    1. Crystal Adkins says

      What an awesome comment! Thank you so much for taking the time to write it.

      That one quote from Roosevelt (I think) really resonates with me: “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” Manufactured homes are far from perfect that are great homes that have unlimited potential.

      Thanks again for the kind words. They mean a lot to me.

  11. Sandi says

    I can’t believe 6 years has pasted since I started reading the site. It’s been enjoyable. Congrats and thank you for your hard work!

    1. Crystal Adkins says

      Thank you Sandi! We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for you!

  12. DweezilAZ says

    Congratulations. An invaluable site. I feel fortunate to have found it. Mobile homes are still the most efficient, cost effective way to build, and have been for decades. Truly revolutionary as opposed to centuries old stick building. To find a site that gets it, promotes it and provides such valuable information is a gift for like-minded people. And perhaps those that don’t but have an open mind.

    And the magazine is great. Just a scan of the ads and articles is rewarding. Tiny house builders could educate themselves in how space efficiency is accomplished without shallow sleeping lofts, ladders, or bathing “slots”.

    Looking at the ads for the latest models in Trailer Topics, any of them seem livable. And especially desirable today. Many thanks.

    1. Crystal Adkins says

      Thank you for reading Mobile Home Living and for taking the time to comment. Your kind words mean a lot!

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