Mobile homes were created from a man’s necessity to adjust himself to the changing surroundings and economic conditions. These mobile homes have evolved remarkably throughout the decades, from ornate horse-drawn carriages to trailers and campervans complete with the basic amenities found inside a real house.
Mobile homes have been around since the 16th century, but the first mobile homes were once horse-drawn carriages, usually carrying merchants who would sell their wares from place to place. Well-off owners had more beautifully carved wagons.
In June 1976 the US Congress passed the National Mobile Home Construction and Safety Act. This was to ensure that every mobile home built meets the highest national standards. In 1980, pressures from the mobile home industry itself prompted the Congress to change the name “mobile homes” to “modular homes” in the bill, which sought to give a more desirable reputation to mobile homes as a higher-class product.
Class C motorhomes are usually based on Ford’s truck engines, as well as chassis and cabs, although those of Dodge and Chevy are also often used. Also called as “mini-motorhomes,” these RV’s have spaces allotted for hauling bicycles and motorbikes.
This is a typical mobile home built during the late 1960s or early 1970s. During that time (before June 1976) mobile homes were made bigger and wider, but their increasing size impeded their mobility.
As the name implies, a houseboat is a boat modified to function as a home. It is different from a boathouse, which is a structure designed to house and store boats. Some houseboats (especially those powered by motor) are considered as mobile homes, but more of them are moored and attached to the land.
About 20 million Americans make mobile homes as their permanent place to live. Mobile homes comprise about 6.4% of the US housing sector and have become a cheaper housing alternative for a lot of people. That’s why mobile homes and trailers suffer a bad reputation because they are an indication of poverty… and this is undeservedly so.
A motorhome is a another term for a recreational vehicle (“RV”), a structure built upon a chassis and engine and offering living accommodations. They can be for recreational purposes or function as a permanent home.
Extendable motorhomes attest the ingenuity of many brilliant minds. These homes “stretch out,” or expand to accommodate extra comfy living space. Once unfolded, an expandable homes often feature windows and a porch — some are even equipped with solar panels.
Many motorhomes are roomy enough to accommodate six people to sleep in as well as spacious slides. These motorhomes are also built with tough fiberglass.
The Minnie Winnie is one of the most popular RV’s in the country. It is a tall RV with a family-friendly floor plan, vinyl flooring, a high-definition flat-screen TV and has lots of storage space as well.