There is an estimated 20 million Americans living in mobile homes, according to Census figures. (2013) Why so many, you ask? Why so few, I ask?
Most people that live in mobile homes, choose to now. As a matter of fact, mobile homes aren’t really mobile homes anymore (anything before July 1976 are mobile homes), they are manufactured homes. The difference is that after July 1976, HUD enacted regulations that these companies had to follow which made them safer and more resilient. If you would like to read HUD’s regulations, you can find them here. And with those regulations, they made mobile homes the same or even safer then a stick built. Think about it. Your house didn’t travel down the highway at 60-70 or more miles per hour. My house did. Hurricane’s and tornado’s usually last about 10 minutes on the ground ( Yes I know they can last for over an hour with a path of 15 miles) My house traveled for up to 2-3 days. Once it was delivered, it had to be strapped down so it wouldn’t be so easily lifted in a storm, the same as yours (I don’t live in tornado alley, thank God, very close but no).
Mobile home (yes, I still use that term) decor has come a long way also. Everything inside is still matchy matchy, but it’s better. They now have pitched roofs, shingles instead of the flattened curved treated roof. You can get single wides, double wides and even triple wides and if I remember correctly, you can even get them with a full upstairs. They look more like a stick built home then they used to. You can get shingled roof, real siding, you name it.
Why do people choose to live in manufactured homes? You will spend a lot less than if you build a stick built. You can place it on your land or a mobile home community. You are debt free way sooner than a stick built (eg: Buy that snazzy black sports car sooner). Once you set them up, you can barely tell them apart from a stick built.
I don’t know about other places, but I don’t see the stigma of living in a mobile home or a mobile home community. Most mobile home communities require an interview with the community owner to go over the rules of the community. And also told if you disrupt their community, you are out whether you own the mobile home or not. They are some of the safest places to live. I think there is only one in this area that doesn’t police their community, and most wouldn’t think of living there.
My husband and I have been married over 30 years, have owned 3 mobile homes and have never thought of looking, buying or building a stick built house. They are easily and cheaply updated/upgraded and the mobile home look removed. You wont know a nicely remodeled mobile home is a mobile home from the inside. And that’s what we will be doing.
So, come along for the ride, it’s going to be a good one. We just bought a 1991 14 x 70, 2 bed, 2 bath Fleetwood Vogue and we are going to remodel a bit, cook a bit, DIY a bit but always have fun doing it. As I always say, buckle up Betty, it’s going to be a wild ride. See you soon.