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Mobile homes

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  • HISTORY

  • Mobile Home Origin
    The ads are irritating, but the history is interesting. For example, 'mobile homes' are not called that because they can be moved from place to place.

  • History of Manufactured Housing
    Look under the ABOUT tab. From the site: "Did you know that the United States Congress even adopted the manufactured housing name to clearly illustrate that there is no comparison between yesterday's trailer and today's manufactured home." So, I'll someday change my tab name ...

  • The History of Mobile Homes
    Well, this article doesn't mind calling this invention 'mobile home' so maybe I'll stick with the tab name. And this site has some neat pictures, too.

  • The History of Mobile Homes
    An article by Mary Bellis about the invention of mobile homes. I don't know why I was surprised to find the gypsies traveled with their homes as far back as the 1500s--it makes perfect sense to me now!

  • Mobile Home Parks, How They Got Here: Part 1, Before World War II
    This site has the best pictures EVER!

  • History of Modular Homes and Buildings
    Modular buildings are essentially pre-fabricated buildings taken to a new and larger scale. The use of pre-fabrication goes back over a hundred years. It started gaining popularity very early in the 20th century. Sears Roebuck Co. sold over 500,000 pre-fabricated homes between 1910 and the 1940.

  • Not Your Grandfather's Mobile Home
    Subtitled: a Brief History of Modern Manufactured Housing.

  • MOBILE, MODULAR, CONTAINER, AND RAILROAD CAR HOMES

  • Advantages and Disadvantages of Mobile Home Parks
    An article by Crystal Adkins, who gives an unbiased look at both sides.

  • Advantages and Disadvantages of Modular Construction
    Steve Lander writes: Modular construction is the process of building a home or other building in a factory in small pieces for assembly on-site. Though similar in some ways to the methods used for manufactured homes, modular homes can be in various shapes and sizes. Instead of just being in two halves like a double-wide, they're built to fit together like puzzle pieces.

  • All Aboard! 15 Recycled Train Car Homes, Offices and Hotels
    Clever ideas, such as the train car as bridge, the train car as Russian Orthodox Christian Churches, and especially, the Controversy B&B in the Netherlands.

  • Build a Container Home - Turn Your Dream Into Reality
    This site wants you to buy their DIY video, really, really, badly, but the tips on container homes were too good to pass up.

  • Buying a Mobile Home Instead of a Regular Home: Pros and Cons
    Will Van Vactor notes, "Weighing the cost and convenience of mobile homes with other factors such as depreciation in value and difficulty selling."

  • Finding Furniture for a Small Room on a Small Budget
    Some places to look: hotels, multitask current furniture, Ikea, Overstock.com, auctionsm used office furniture stores, dorm furniture, and finally, mobile home outlets.

  • 10 Tiny Houses You'll Love Big Time
    From the site: Deciding to live in a tiny house involves making some big lifestyle choices. You’ll need to be happy with minimal belongings (hoarders need not apply) and have maximum tolerance for intimacy if others will be sharing the space. And you’ll need to check your local laws to make sure you abide by building codes.

  • Think Inside the Box with These Tricked-out Shipping Container Homes
    Another slide show. Notice the cute pun in the title! Or not.

  • GOOD TIMES IN A MOBILE HOME

  • Buying a Mobile Home Vs. Renting an Apartment
    Dennis Hartman says, "Despite many differences, renting an apartment and buying a mobile home are very similar in the fact that both represent a way of taking advantage of affordable housing. Besides this economic connection, the two modes of living are very different with each one likely to appeal to a particular type of occupant."

  • Financial Benefits of Living in a Mobile or Manufactured Home
    Debra Karplus writes, among other points: Actually, mobile homes were built only until 1976. After 1976, these were called "manufactured homes," a different name because of US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) standards that greatly raised the standards and requirements, improving the quality of these housing units.

  • Mobile Homes: Then and Now
    From Bob Vila's site, an article by Jane Dagmi, who notes: From their travel trailer beginnings, mobile homes have evolved into finely tuned—and in some cases rather luxurious—permanent, full-time abodes.

  • 10 Advantages of Manufactured Homes
    An article by John Perritano, who says, "ittle do the residents of Ridgeway realize that a new era of manufactured homes has dawned. Today, most people would be hard pressed to tell the difference between a manufactured home and a site-built home. Manufactured homes now come with landscaped lawns and garages. Many are multi-story structures that have energy efficient heating and cooling systems and ENERGY STAR appliances,"

  • What Are Some Advantages of Mobile Homes?
    Lists Misconceptions, Benefits, Considerations, Function, and Potential.

  • TOUGH TIMES IN A MOBILE HOME

  • 5 Mobile Homes Pitfalls to Avoid
    This reminds me of the mechanic who asked me, "You know that money you saved on gas for your Japanese car? Hand it over!"

  • Mobile Homes Investment Disadvantages
    Along with almost everything else in this world, Mobile homes start to depreciate at a rapid rate once delivered.

  • Tornado Myths
    See: Attraction to mobile homes and/or trailer parks. Contrary to myth, Tornadoes aren't attracted to mobile home parks; more people are killed there because "mobile homes are less able to withstand high winds than permanent structures. Winds which can demolish or roll a mobile home may only cause roof damage to a typical one- or two-family permanent residence."

  • Securely Anchor Your Mobile Home
    Speaking of hurricanes, this advice by Roger Roy comes from the Orlando Sentinel: "If you live in a mobile home, you probably already know the routine when a hurricane is headed your way: Pack up and head to safer quarters before the wind starts howling. But hurricane preparations for mobile-home owners should begin long before the storm is on its way, with a regular checkup of the home's crucial anchoring system."

  • Earthquakes and Mobile Homes
    Advice from the Century-National insurance company in (naturally) California.

  • Tsunami Alarm System
    Subscribe to this system whatever type of housing you have. Probably not necessary in San Antonio, though.

  • What Are the Most Common Problems with Older Mobile Homes?
    The top ten list of recurring defects, including damaged belly wrap, homeowner installed wiring, and homeowner built additions. Homeowner! Put down that hammer! You don't know what you are doing!!!

                                     

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