Pros of mobile homes :
1. Affordable, they cost as little as zero. I've seen nice ones for $5k. But they must be professionally moved and set up, so add $2k to the price of the home. For this example we'll say $6k for the home, moved and set up. It's 800 square feet. So that's $7.5 per square foot. But it needs to be modified so that's a hidden cost (insulation and such) so it will work out to be $10 per square foot I bet.
2. Small homes are easy and affordable to work on compared to big homes.
3. Small homes are too small for excess clutter, so it keeps us from becoming pack rats
4. Because the house is on wheels, it is resistant to earthquakes (?)
5. Because the house is on wheels, we can take it with us if we move (?)
6. It gives us an opportunity to "get in cheap" and "pay as we go". A perpetual project
Cons of a mobile home :
1. Social stigma. (? intangible)
2. Cheaply constructed. 2' spacing on studs, 2x4 roof supports, narrow doors, inferior
3. Financing a used trailer is a hassle. Most banks wont touch them after a certain age.
4. Getting insurance on a older trailer can be a hassle. Most insurers require skirting to be in place and in good repair.
5. Trailers depreciate in value with age.
From this list it's clear that the construction is the biggest "con" of a mobile home. But that can be remedied
Brice Moss wrote:
I did know some folks too far out for zoning to much care who bought the larger camp trailers, then put up large pole buildings around them, that kept the wind and snow off and gave them a small area to heat with a large dry area to work and play in right out the front door seemed a rather ideal set up overall to me