Runboard.com
You're welcome.

runboard.com       


 
Susa Profile
Live feed
Blog
Friends
Miscellaneous info

ιδιοκτήτης
Top of the page
Premium User



Registered: 07-2006
Location: Oχάιο
Posts: 67261
Reply | Quote
Home in a Can: When Trailers Offered a Compact Version of the American Dream


quote:


Mobile homes have a bad rap. The minute you utter the words, “trailer park,” many people will come back with stereotypes about “trailer trash,” or slovenly, ignorant, beer-swilling yokels who leave busted appliances and inoperable cars outside their mobile homes. The “trailer trash” caricature has been all over pop culture the past few decades—from Cousin Eddie in the “Vacation” movie series to Jeff Foxworthy’s redneck comedy to “The Trailer Park Boys” TV and movie series. And the animosity toward the poorest and least educated trailer-dwellers has recently taken on a political dimension, as it’s often incorrectly assumed that everyone who lives in a mobile home must have voted for Donald Trump.

Oddly, cramped living quarters are making a comeback, under the guise of artisanal “tiny houses”—many of which resemble a wheeled trailer dressed up like a log cabin. Sold as a more sustainable way of living, tiny houses are considered stylishly rustic and telegraph a sense of moralistic simplicity that’s popular with the educated elite. But in place like San Francisco, where the land is often more valuable than the buildings that sit on it, where the heck do you park a tiny house … in a trailer park?

While tiny houses have dodged the “trailer trash” stigma, many types of shelters get lumped into that stereotype: Camping or travel trailers are shelters meant to pulled to campsites by an automobile. Recreational vehicles (RVs) have the living quarters built into the auto itself, and are mostly used for camping. Mobile homes, like travel trailers, are meant to be pulled to a location by a truck, but they often stay in one spot for decades. Today, mobile homes have morphed into wheelless “manufactured homes,” which are delivered to trailer parks via flatbed trucks. In time, mobile and manufactured homes have grown to be as large as regular “stick-built” homes, taking up two or three lanes on the highway, a size that would be downright extravagant to a disciple of tiny-house minimalism.

Mike Closen and John Brunkowski—who split their time between Maine and Florida—think the classist shaming of trailer-park living needs to end. Even though they’ve never lived in a mobile home full-time, the couple have been avid RV campers for the past three decades, and they’ve bought mobile homes for their parents.




Collectors Weekly: When you talk about trailers, that encompasses both campers and mobile homes, right?
Closen: Yes, and you’re hitting on one of the issues that we’ve confronted with all seven of our book about RVs, campers, and mobile homes. There’s no bright line between a travel trailer and a mobile home. Some of the shortest trailers in the world, 10- to 15-foot-long trailers, are put in one spot and never leave it, and people manage somehow to reside in that. So it becomes a fixed-place home, even though it’s very short. On the other hand, there are some very long trailers that go on the road all the time.



]Lots more HERE including plenty of PICTURES

--Log in or sign up to see linked image content--



%20House?sort=9&page=1]HERE is my mobile home If you click on slide show, it is easier to see. Some of those pictures are probably insignificant if you weren't there.


---


SS eH Sp PF
5/18/2017, 1:15 pm Link to this post Send PM to Susa Blog
 
Queenyforever Profile
Live feed
Blog
Friends
Miscellaneous info

Moderator
Top of the page

Registered: 01-2007
Location: Walking a new path in Nature.
Posts: 17638
Reply | Quote
Re: Home in a Can: When Trailers Offered a Compact Version of the American Dream


"Trailer Trash"....yeah we have heard that a lot! WE have lived in Mobile Home parks our whole married life that hubby was in the Navy.

But we loved [sign in to see URL] us off the base (away from the politics), out of apartments (so we could have pets)...and gave us something we could resell when we moved.

I LOVE your mobile Susan! Though that one photo where you (at least I think it's you) are sitting in your living room, with all the stuff moved in but the slider screen is just standing [sign in to see URL] looks like you got hit by a tornado! emoticon

I really love that old photo in that article. It looks like a gypsy caravan... emoticon

Here are some "mobiles" that would not be considered White Trash...(check out the prices) emoticon

]Paradise [sign in to see URL], CA

---

✴ Birthplace: Earth ✴ Race: Human ✴ Politics: Freedom ✴ Religion: Love♥

5/18/2017, 3:04 pm Link to this post Send Email to Queenyforever   Send PM to Queenyforever Blog
 
Susa Profile
Live feed
Blog
Friends
Miscellaneous info

ιδιοκτήτης
Top of the page
Premium User



Registered: 07-2006
Location: Oχάιο
Posts: 67261
Reply | Quote
Re:


Whoah! Those are gorgeous homes!

I love it here in the park. I like the sense of community and that you can walk down the cent of the street and that people stand around visiting. I had a good visit with my neighbors across the street last evening.


Queeny, that was my mom in the chair.

---


SS eH Sp PF
5/18/2017, 3:46 pm Link to this post Send PM to Susa Blog
 
Queenyforever Profile
Live feed
Blog
Friends
Miscellaneous info

Moderator
Top of the page

Registered: 01-2007
Location: Walking a new path in Nature.
Posts: 17638
Reply | Quote
Re: Home in a Can: When Trailers Offered a Compact Version of the American Dream


quote:

Queeny, that was my mom in the chair.


Opppss, I'm sorry. Your both tiny! emoticon

I loved the community feel of those parks too. It was safe place to be all alone at night while hubby was out to sea, and then to let our son play, etc. You knew everyone and no strangers ever came in ....most were relatives of those living there, and you knew them too.

---

✴ Birthplace: Earth ✴ Race: Human ✴ Politics: Freedom ✴ Religion: Love♥

5/18/2017, 3:50 pm Link to this post Send Email to Queenyforever   Send PM to Queenyforever Blog
 
Lucy Ashes Profile
Live feed
Blog
Friends
Miscellaneous info

Moderator
Top of the page
Premium User


Registered: 11-2006
Posts: 6277
Reply | Quote
Re: Home in a Can: When Trailers Offered a Compact Version of the American Dream


There is a big difference in a mobile home and a trailer. Travel trailers are also different than trailer homes. Of course, there are some exclusive parks, others that are not. There are a couple of trashy trailer parks around here.

I enjoy visiting mobile home sales lots and RV trailer sales lots.

Susa lives in a nice mobile home in a nice park.

---

5/19/2017, 8:50 pm Link to this post Send Email to Lucy Ashes   Send PM to Lucy Ashes
 
Susa Profile
Live feed
Blog
Friends
Miscellaneous info

ιδιοκτήτης
Top of the page
Premium User



Registered: 07-2006
Location: Oχάιο
Posts: 67261
Reply | Quote
Re:


I think my park is nice, but there are some trashy places here, too. Most of them are pretty nice.

---


SS eH Sp PF
5/19/2017, 10:23 pm Link to this post Send PM to Susa Blog
 
nannypols Profile
Live feed
Blog
Friends
Miscellaneous info

Pauline, geek in training
Top of the page

Registered: 01-2008
Location: England
Posts: 23260
Reply | Quote
Re:


love mobile homes, would have loved to live in one, but here, pets are mostly prohibited and the rental costs etc. can be prohibitive compared to owning a regular (!) type house.

we don`t have the phrase/description trailer trash... most mobile home parks , as we call them, are very good... then we have holiday home parks, where you can`t stay all the year.. I love them
5/20/2017, 12:55 pm Link to this post Send Email to nannypols   Send PM to nannypols
 
Susa Profile
Live feed
Blog
Friends
Miscellaneous info

ιδιοκτήτης
Top of the page
Premium User



Registered: 07-2006
Location: Oχάιο
Posts: 67261
Reply | Quote
Re:


That is strange, Nanny! Here we live in them because they are cheaper and you can have pets.

---


SS eH Sp PF
5/20/2017, 1:29 pm Link to this post Send PM to Susa Blog
 
Queenyforever Profile
Live feed
Blog
Friends
Miscellaneous info

Moderator
Top of the page

Registered: 01-2007
Location: Walking a new path in Nature.
Posts: 17638
Reply | Quote
Re: Home in a Can: When Trailers Offered a Compact Version of the American Dream


What I find to be funny. Pretty much most all folks in the Western part of the U.S. call....
1. Camper: rig that sits in the bed of a pickup truck.
2. Trailer/travel trailer: rig that is pulled by a vehicle via ball hitch.
3. 5th Wheel: rig that is attached into the bed of truck, but only the hitch is there, the rest of the rig is towed.
4. Motorhome: Rig that has an engine either in front or back (back called Diesel pushers) and can drive themselves.
5. Mobile Home: rig that is towed by semi truck to a permanent spot and set up. Usually the axles and tires are removed.

But you go back [sign in to see URL] heard the majority of folks call EVERYTHING a "Camper". emoticon

---

✴ Birthplace: Earth ✴ Race: Human ✴ Politics: Freedom ✴ Religion: Love♥

5/23/2017, 12:18 pm Link to this post Send Email to Queenyforever   Send PM to Queenyforever Blog
 
Susa Profile
Live feed
Blog
Friends
Miscellaneous info

ιδιοκτήτης
Top of the page
Premium User



Registered: 07-2006
Location: Oχάιο
Posts: 67261
Reply | Quote
Re:


I once had someone visit me at my other mobile home, which was a single wide. She had a little girl with her and the little girl wanted to know how long I would be camping out there.

Her mother was horrified and I thought it was funny.

---


SS eH Sp PF
5/23/2017, 1:41 pm Link to this post Send PM to Susa Blog
 
Queenyforever Profile
Live feed
Blog
Friends
Miscellaneous info

Moderator
Top of the page

Registered: 01-2007
Location: Walking a new path in Nature.
Posts: 17638
Reply | Quote
Re: Home in a Can: When Trailers Offered a Compact Version of the American Dream


 emoticon Nice 'camper'... emoticon

[sign in to see URL] RV is just about bigger than our first apartment!

---

✴ Birthplace: Earth ✴ Race: Human ✴ Politics: Freedom ✴ Religion: Love♥

5/23/2017, 4:30 pm Link to this post Send Email to Queenyforever   Send PM to Queenyforever Blog
 


Add a reply






You are not logged in (login)