The term trailer in reference to a dwelling originated from the popularity of travel trailers in the 1920’s. These were vacation trailers similar to airstreams and campers that were towed behind a vehicle. Through the years these became wider, longer and more elaborate. By the 1930’s, many people were living in these year round, and they soon became known as “house trailers”. These were no longer meant for travel, but as a permanent dwelling.
In the 1950’s, the term mobile home was popularized to more accurately describe the dwelling. In 1975, the Mobile Home Manufacturer’s Association officially changed it’s name to the Manufactured Housing Institute.
Here’s the thing, even the terms mobile home and manufactured home are not interchangeable. A mobile home refers to a home built prior to 1976 when the HUD code governing building standards for factory-built homes was instituted. Following this, the quality of homes improved greatly.
Homes built after 1976 are considered manufactured homes, and have similar building and quality standards of comparable site-built homes. HUD standards regular manufactured housing design and construction, strength and durability, transportability, fire resistance, energy efficiency and quality. Furthermore, there are standards for heating and plumbing, air conditioning, thermal and electrical systems.
Manufactured homes of today are giving America back affordable housing options. They are rivaling their site-built counterparts in nearly every arena/ At Newby Management, many of our new 2015 models include granite counters, hard wood floors and garden tubs that make a house a home.
It’s time the industry takes back the term “trailer”. It’s time people end the stigma toward manufactured homes and see what they’ve become today. We invite you to take a look at one of our new manufactured homes located in Camelot Lakes in Sarasota, Florida. It’s a home you won’t want to miss. See pricing, pictures and more: http://bit.ly/2kIH5gt