Trailer Home vs Mobile Home: A Comparative Guide

Trailer vs Mobile Home: A Comparative Guide

Not everyone’s lifestyle is fitted for a traditional single-family house with a white picket fence outside. For many people with children no longer at home, they are finding it less expensive to downsize and go less traditional routes. Some people are opting to move into custom-built mobile homes. Other people who want to get out on the open road and see America are investing in a truck and trailer. Here’s a comparison between mobile homes and traile homes to help you make the best decision for you and your family.

Mobile Homes

Mobile homes come in a variety of sizes and floor plans. They are built in a factory on a steel frame. There are single wide mobile homes for sale as well as double wide mobile homes. Both types come with wheels so the mobile home can be pulled to the mobile home site. Mobile homes are built on steel frames with wheels so it can be moved to another location if necessary.

Once a mobile home is ready to leave the factory, the cost of transport is determined by the distance to be traveled. Transporting a mobile home a short distance can cost between $3,000 and $5,000. The industry suggests planning to spend between $6 and $15 a mile. In some cases, there are additional moving fees for an escort vehicle because a mobile home in transports takes up more than one lane of traffic. There will also be expenses when you set the mobile home on the foundation at the mobile home park, including plumbing and electrical hook up, building stairs and decking, not to mention landscaping.

Some mobile home parks will waive a month or two of rent to incentivize you to move in to the park. They will require a refundable deposit to cover the cost of any mishaps from your mobile home. You will receive this deposit when you move. Some mobile home parks will sell you the lot outright, or let you finance the purchase. Since you own the property, you are free to landscape, grow a garden, and let the children and pets play in your yard. 

Some mobile home parks have homeowner association guidelines that you must follow for help maintain a nicely cared for mobile home park. Companies with mobile homes for sale in Oklahoma can help you understand all the ins and outs of what to expect from owning a mobile home.

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Whereas a mobile home is intended to stay on the foundation permanently, trailer homes are an option if you find yourself moving frequently. If you work in the construction trades, or the oil and gas industry, and are moving from site to site, a trailer is a good option. If you are a free spirit, and not tied down to a job, with a trailer and truck you can live just about anywhere. Trailers are generally smaller than mobile homes and come equipped with a trailer hitch. Trailers can be disconnected from utilities and pulled by a standard heavy-duty pickup truck. 

To move a mobile home, you need to hire a mobile home moving company and escort vehicle. With a trailer, you simply need to disconnect from the utility hookups, back up the truck, and connect the trailer hitch. Depending on the campground, you can expect to pay between $20 to $30 a night for a camping spot which covers utilities. Private campgrounds will charge more than campgrounds operated by the U.S. Park Service.

The upside of trailer homes is that you are on the go and at the drop of a hat you can get out to the beach for a while. Then when the sun and sand become too much, you can hitch up the trailer and drive next to a mountain lake and cast in your line to catch dinner every night until you tired of that. The downside is you’re not able to set down roots around family and friends. But you can always make new friends out on the open road.

To learn more about mobile homes and trailer homes, call Wholesale Manufactured Homes at 580-564-9611.

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