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  1. Speaking of new(er) manufactured housing, there’s another website that I visit regularly called An American Homestead. They put two new mobile homes on the side of a remote mountain in the Ozarks. I believe the homes’ model year is 2012. They went lower-end and have been customizing them in decor, but also to meet their lifestyle needs – off grid electric, hand pumped water, pantries, etc. I’d love to see you do an article/interview on their homes, as their site and videos are (understandably) more focused on their activities.

  2. Thanks Crystal. I always enjoy your web site updates.

    So true about a golden age model: a golden price too.

    Makes Anna’s place from one of your earlier features that much better: the real thing that never lost sight of it’s purpose.

    I have found any time a business that has marketed to the popular, entry level markets tries to go “upscale” it abandons it’s core business, it’s customer base and it’s whole purpose and no, it doesn’t end well for them.

    They have no credibility in that upscale market and aren’t taken seriously.

    K-Mart is a great example with Martha Stewart and Jaclyn Smith lines. Big mistake.

    Your site shows how to keep them current and alive and fresh or total retro anyway.

    Keep flying that flag !!!

    1. Thank you so much for the insight. You are so right- It is rather odd that Martha Stewart decided to partner with Kmart. The Kmart we had in WV shut down years ago and there’s none down here in SC that I know of. She belongs with JC Penny or Belks at least..lol.

      Hope all is well! I always enjoy hearing from you!

  3. Beautiful. But like with cars, it’s just too big for me. My current shack is too big for me [ midrange Golden West].

    And as nice as it is, the slack jaws will still refer to it as a trailer.

    Becoming more elaborate and stick like, I am concerned that the price advantage and practicality of the industry will be lost, as it has become with McMansions. The builders don’t want to do an entry level offering any longer because the potential for big profits is not there.

    I keep hoping a manufacturer will do an entire single wide line from one of their 50s models, like Shasta did with it’s retro travel trailer. Period materials [vinyl patterns, paint colors and formica counter tops], with modern pipes, roof, and electrical efficiency.

    But I’m an outlier. No business case to be made there unless it has a price tag premium and is targeted to the trendy tiny house market as an “upmarket” alternative.

    1. I would love to see them reproduce a popular model from their golden age, too! I bet it would cost 2 arms and 4 legs though..lol. I’m hoping the manufacturers won’t forget what our homes are all about, being affordable. They seem to be wanting to compete with the modular builders and that probably won’t end well for them.

      Hope all is well!