Manufactured Home Show at Tunica
First time at the Tunica manufactured housing show, and my impression was that a sense of forced enthusiasm attempted to smother the overall disappointment at the dwindled attendance and lack of innovation pervading the manufactured home industry. Times are tough, 1/7th of the heyday a decado ago. You could feel the builders that had something going on (like Legacy, Franklin, Platinum and Energy homes) by the questions being asked and interested murmurs of visitors, and tell which of the builders were simply showcasing decades-old thinking in this year's wrapper.
Comparing 18 brands of mobile home manufacturersThese pictures were taken and comments made as I walked through each home in about three hours, so is by no means a comprehensive study of each brand. First impressions of eighteen manufacturers as they were all lined up against one another.
If you live in a trailer park, a mobile home community, or a residential neighborhood of manufactured houses, you know fancy words don’t change your walls. The industry would have you call them manufactured homes, and with good reason, they look nothing like the trailers of fifty years ago. The construction standards have steadily increased, through both competition and federal regulation. Most residents call them mobile homes or trailer homes - manufactured housing just gets stuck in your mouth, or you have to explain anyway that what you really mean is a doublewide. Mobile homes are affordable, plain and simple. If we had a lot of money, we’d live in a site-built home. Thankfully there is some creativity in the exterior appearance of manufactured homes, and the 9 above get my Top Half rating for this year. The 9 below should work on new ideas if we are to shed ourselves of this old image of trailers.
And don't forget the toters, you have to move these manufactured houses.