The Unknown World of the Mobile Home
Publication Year: 2002
Published by: The Johns Hopkins University Press
Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
We are delighted to express our appreciation for the help we have received from John Adams, Erin Arnold, Therese Bissell, Al Carlson, Len Evenden, Jon Everitt, Tom Field, Dick Foster, Helen Hallis, Bob Horsfall, Brinck Jackson, Kathy Johnson, Linda and Steve Johnson, Sid Jumper, Kathy Klink, Joe...
PART ONE: BACK GROUND
Like the old gray mare, mobile homes and trailers ain’t what they used to be, or what many people still think they are. They are wider, longer, and vastly better. The 8-by-40-foot trailer of the 1950s evolved into the 14-by-70-foot mobile home of the 1990s. Some are still distinctive and easily identifiable...
PART TWO: SINGLE - SITEDS
Statistics on mobile homes in the United States are probably more accurate and reliable than statistics on the incidence of adultery, but many are little better than educated guesses. For example, take the estimate (which we ourselves have invoked) that 95 percent of mobile homes are never moved...
PART THREE: SIDE BY SIDE
The Mountain West relies more heavily on mobile homes for its housing stock than any other major region of the United States (Fig. 25). We selected Flathead County, Montana, for a closer look at mobile homes in this region. Advertising agencies set out for places like Flathead County to shoot...
PART FOUR: PARKS
Virtually every place in the United States, no matter how small, has a cluster of mobile homes out at the edge of town. Larger places have more and larger clusters, many formalized as mobile home parks. Clusters of 20 or fewer units are generally fairly informal, with unpaved streets, few facilities,...
PART FIVE: CONCLUSION & EPILOGUE
Mobile home living has evolved into a common, necessary, and increasingly acceptable way of life in the six decades since the first crude camper trailer was birthed. Modern mobile homes bear scant resemblance to their camper trailer forebears, or even to their rectangular antecedents of only a few...
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