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Thu Feb 18, 2021, 12:37 AM

Do you live in a Mobile Home or RV? Tell us about it.

We downsized and moved into ours about six years ago. It's a 1977 Skyline Expando. It's a 60 ft.X 12 ft. single with an expanded living room. Two bed, 1 bath. We're in a Senior (55 and older) park in a small town in the northern wine country in Northern California. Never saw myself in a Mobile Home, but we really like it. Nice neighbors, well managed and affordable park. Earlier retirement than we planned due to health reasons reduced our income and this worked out fine.

We installed a complete new kitchen and painted all the wood paneling, so it looks much newer than it's actual age.

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Reply Do you live in a Mobile Home or RV? Tell us about it. (Original post)
Mr.Bill Feb 2021 OP
Hoyt Feb 2021 #1
TruckFump Feb 2021 #6
Hoyt Feb 2021 #8
Mr.Bill Feb 2021 #10
RGinNJ Feb 2021 #2
reggaehead Feb 2021 #3
bluestateboomer Feb 2021 #4
TruckFump Feb 2021 #5
MOMFUDSKI Feb 2021 #7
AwakeAtLast Feb 2021 #9
Grey5 Feb 2021 #11
NJCher Feb 2021 #12
Hortensis Feb 2021 #13
TomVilmer Feb 2021 #14

Response to Mr.Bill (Original post)

Thu Feb 18, 2021, 12:57 AM

1. Interested in comments. Where we live, might be hard to find suitable

 

park, but havenít looked hard.

But I could stop working part-time. Not in a hurry, but like to think ahead. Would like a decent view or at least be in a scenic area like mountains with hiking. Donít need a lot of room.

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Response to Hoyt (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 18, 2021, 03:58 AM

6. Look into rent hikes.

Before LA County passed rent control for MH parks, there was a lot of gouging. Captive audience because you live in a home you own on some one elseís real property. I worked hard getting the rent control ordinance passed.

Edit to add: consider buying your own real estate to set up your home. Especially in wilderness areas. Land is often a fairly good bargain. There are some beautiful homes for sale from single wide to triples. With many manufacturers, you can select your home and have it customized.

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Response to TruckFump (Reply #6)

Thu Feb 18, 2021, 09:46 AM

8. Thanks! I can see how that would be an issue.

 

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Response to TruckFump (Reply #6)

Thu Feb 18, 2021, 01:55 PM

10. I'm glad you brought that issue up.

That was the reason I tried for a long time to avoid mobile home living. People in my city tried to put rent control on senior parks on the ballot, but failed to do so. As a way of preventing this from happening, my park offered a 10 year lease on the space. It's a contract that guarantees no more than a 3% increase on rents annually, which they do. If you sell the mobile home, the contract is cancelled and you can walk away. At the end of ten years, you can sign for another ten years and stay on the same rate and increase schedule.

I don't know how common these contracts are, but the people who own my park own several of them and they offer the same deal at all of them. And of course, many localities do have rent control so do look into that.

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Response to Mr.Bill (Original post)

Thu Feb 18, 2021, 01:35 AM

2. Yep I have a double wide in Vegas.

It's old ('79) but with little weather other than wind is in great shape. I also live in a senior community quite nice neighbors.

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Response to Mr.Bill (Original post)

Thu Feb 18, 2021, 03:17 AM

3. I do in Santa Cruz County

I got wiped out by the Great Recession in 2010. Spent 71/2 years trying to keep my house. Finally sold in 2017. My buddy kicked me down a 31 ft RV. It's a 2004. Cost me about 7k to get it fully fuctional again. I spent a year trying to get into an RV park in Scotts Valley. I missed a call 1 month and got bumped to the back of a 2 year waiting list. It's just me and my dog. So I just park in a business district. Tho my girlfriend has been making some noise about moving in. I'm 58 years old. Actually, I want to buy her a place in a park. Likely in the desert. Remodel the RV kitchen and be snowbirds 6 months a year. That's my 8 year plan.

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Response to Mr.Bill (Original post)

Thu Feb 18, 2021, 03:23 AM

4. Check out Our Road To Camelot on Youtube

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Response to Mr.Bill (Original post)

Thu Feb 18, 2021, 03:50 AM

5. Manufactured home.

Mobiles built after the June 1976 HUD act are basically a regular home built in a factory and set up on real property either on a foundation or piers. My home is approx 1700 sq. ft., 2 bedroom, 2 full baths, den, formal dining room, kitchen with breakfast area and center island bar w/ room for 3 bar stools, full service porch with pantry. The en suite bathroom has a sunken tub and full shower. The mobile home park has a pool, 2 spas, a billiard room, tennis courts and a very large clubhouse. Also a card room.

This is SoCal approx 5 miles from the beach in a Seniors development with guard gates. The concept of mobile home park in South Bay LA County is different than the general idea many have of mobile homes. I am not in one of the mega expensive parks either. Not far from me there are mobile homes on the bluffs right above the Pacific Ocean with a private golf club and the cheap mobiles in there go for around $500K.

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Response to Mr.Bill (Original post)

Thu Feb 18, 2021, 08:36 AM

7. We bought a single-wide

in Milwaukee 7 years ago in a park that you pay rent for the lot and own the mobile home. We live in Florida but wanted to spend summers in Milwaukee where we grew up and my son lives. Did a lot of work on esthetics (husband is super handy) and painted inside and deck. We have a veggie garden in the backyard and the neighbors are great. Our lot has the only mulberry tree in the park! We eat them on our cereal every morning. I have even considered mobile home park living here in Florida because I worry every summer about the condo in Florida being nailed by a hurricane. With a mobile home you could just buy a new one to put on the lot you have. Anyway, we certainly don't regret buying the place in Milwaukee.

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Response to Mr.Bill (Original post)

Thu Feb 18, 2021, 01:46 PM

9. I grew up in one

First nine years of my life. It was a single wide with a large living room tipout. Dad put it on three acres of land near a wood line with a creek, so we played outside all the time.

I then lived in three different ones in my early twenties, upgrading every time. All single wides in a park where you pay lot rent. I found out later that they would never rent lots to people of color, bastards! Glad I got out. I did have a few really good neighbors there, though.

They were good for what they were, but I prefer my 1200 square foot house on 2 acres of land. I get to do what I want with it. It will be paid for soon, so we will only have to pay property taxes. When we renovated we put in spray foam insulation. It's a wondrous thing!

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Response to Mr.Bill (Original post)

Thu Feb 18, 2021, 05:14 PM

11. Years ago when I was in the market

for a single wide I was told that mobile homes have to be built to a higher standard so they can withstand highway travel. I don't know how true this might be. I do know I just loved that trailer. It had the "winter package" which was necessary for living in northern BC. Even without skirting We never had problems summer or winter. Kind of wish I still lived in that trailer.

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Response to Mr.Bill (Original post)

Fri Feb 19, 2021, 12:13 AM

12. MH parks are an attractive investment

they are pitched to doctors as real estate syndication opportunities. Look at this page. It gives all the statistics on why they are a growth market. Essentially, when you break it down, they are the only way to have an independent home/property without spending a fortune.

https://therealestatephysician.com/blog/2019/3/15/introduction-to-manufactured-home-parks-mhps

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Response to Mr.Bill (Original post)

Fri Feb 19, 2021, 02:20 PM

13. Yup. Our choices are different from some because we're retired

and my husband's a fishing fanatic, but they show a little bit of the diversity of lifestyles and locations to be chosen. We do have a home in GA that before many more years pass we'll downsize from, to what not decided on yet. But could well be a MH in a great location.

First old MH is in an over-55 cooperative on a FL coastal estuary in a string of towns between Tampa and Sarasota, purchased as a winter snowbird retreat because we had friends there. It's on a canal and has its own boat dock, but most aren't and are very reasonably priced in a park that's on the water and has great amenities all around. Its mostly snowbird owners walk and bike to almost every possible service and keep the monthly HOA fee low because that's the way they want it. The wind kept my aging husband off the water too often, and we wanted to spend more time there but the HOA outlawed pets and we had to leave them with friends, so we started renting it out.

After we found a second, "temporary" MH at the very bottom of the market that we could bring our pets to. Because we'd discovered we could live in wonderful comfort with a whole different and great lifestyle for comparatively very little. All in all, since friends helped us slide almost accidentally into it, I wish everyone on limited incomes would have a chance to check out this possibility. So many, of course, would never at least consider it and that's a shame. We wouldn't consider what we see many settling for.

So, I'm sitting in our "temporary," a decrepit old single wide that tends to sink unevenly into the old seabed sand in rural central FL, chosen because it's surrounded by pond and marsh with a lot of preserve around, river and lakes very close by. Neighbors range from good friends to the reasons the sheriff's department routinely patrols. But it's beautiful and we love it. We also tore out some walls and remodeled the kitchen (Ikea white) to make it nice (views and doors out to porch and sunroom in both directions!), but in our case it's in something that technically at least literally isn't worth the cost of demolishing it.

We're now looking for a third inland on a chain of lakes away from sea winds, after selling the first. DH is getting older, and this one'll be in a resident-owned park again for ease of living, with covered boat slips the HOA maintains and other amenities and activities. And yard space for me to play at gardening. Our choice will be either cooperative (owners own the land in common) or fee simple (you own the land). In both cases, again, any HOA fees will be low in a resident-owned park. The MH will be old and small (almost certainly under 1300) because that's what we can afford in a park with a marina. And almost all coops are old with old MHs.

We like children and would be happy to be around all ages, but in our price range over 55 means predominantly middle class owners with their lives in order (and here in FL usually a main home elsewhere), while all-ages parks in our modest price range are extremely varied, from lives in order to chronic basket cases and levels of maintenance to reflect it.

Without our boat dock requirement, what we pay for wonky older places would buy a very nice, larger home like MrBill's, in a nice park. We haven't considered land lease or rent because the money slips away each month to the (usually) corporation owner, and, as said, rent could be raised or the park closed at any time. Unless that's the only way. One big advantage of going that way, though, is that a lot of those MHs sell very inexpensively -- some are flat dumped to get free of the monthly rent -- so relatively little initial investment is required to get into a very nice place to live.

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Response to Mr.Bill (Original post)

Fri Feb 19, 2021, 02:48 PM

14. Lived in a wooden box for 25 years ....

... four wheels, 26 x 7 feet, lots of windows. And a nice fireplace, which really need some creativity to position in a safe distance from the surroundings. Mostly stationary for years, but moved it to many different places during the years. Best house of my life!

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