The New Mobile Home: A New Breed, A New Distinction

by : Scott Krager

When somebody mentions the term "mobile home," we often get visions of those dilapidated milk-carton-shaped housing units that stand on wheels and look like a million other carton-shaped houses of the same type. While you might think of mobile homes in this manner, these days, the mobile home is actually a housing option that a few million people in America have chosen as their home. Now, before you conclude that approximately 9 million people in the country have poor taste in home selection, you should know that the new mobile home is not the mobile home you might be envisioning in your mind.

The New Breed

While present-day mobile homes can still be used as traveling houses, these days, majority of the people who buy mobile homes set them down on foundations as permanent homes in neighborhoods all over the country. This new breed of mobile homes is built the same way their older counterparts were built-in factories on an assembly line. The similarity with their older versions, however, ends there. These new kinds of mobile homes are now built in designs and sizes that are typical of regular homes that are built from the ground up. The difference between these mobile homes and their site built cousins lie in the amount of money one has to come up with to have a house of a certain good quality. With only a fraction of the cost, you can now have a house that can easily rival the houses that are constructed in a span of months in a house that comes to you ready-built and ready for occupancy.

The New Distinction

Mobile homes can still be called as such since they do come with the brackets and wheels and other attachments that make them movable. While they can still be used as homes that move from one state to another and from one mobile home park to the next, the sudden change of these homes from being plain mobile to having the option of being rooted to one spot has also given these housing units another moniker. They are now called manufactured homes.

These mobile homes are now called manufactured homes simply because they are manufactured as a whole unit. They are built in their entirety in the manufacturer's assembly plant and are shipped to home buyers nationwide to do as they please. While these home buyers can indeed decide to travel from one place to another in their mobile homes, majority of the people who purchase these manufactured homes set them down on concrete foundations and live in them in the same area for a lengthier amount of time.

This latest transition of mobile homes to manufactured homes has given them the chance to get out of mobile home parks and into regular neighborhoods with the appearance of multisection manufactured homes that stand as big as three to four room homes. This latest change in the way mobile homes are built and used has given millions of people in the U.S. a chance to own a beautiful home at a huge discount as compared to the housing options they used to be stuck with. Now, with the new mobile home, looking for a good quality home need not be that expensive anymore.