Wednesday, September 18, 2013
A House Trailer Can't Roll on Blocks
Oh, the hits just keep on coming. I'm waiting for Jeff Foxworthy to chime in, "You might be a red neck if you represent South Carolina in the Miss America pageant." Now the members of the manufactured home dealers association are quietly satisfied with her remarks, although even they felt the remarks could have been said a little better. The association has spent a heap of money working on getting everyone to refer to house trailers as "Manufactured Housing". I hate to tell them, the bard from Avon put it well, "What's in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet." Whatever. Bottom line, you can't put lipstick on a pig.
Even, Stephen Colbert, a son of our fair state, who thought that Miss South Carolina “represented our state admirably.” “That’s right — 20% of our homes are mobile,” Colbert noted, “which means they could leave South Carolina and yet they choose to stay.” Which brings up another issue: Most of them are not mobile at all - they are up on concrete blocks.
You can refer to it as a "Static caravan" (as the Brits would say), "prefabricated transient modular home" (technical designer speak), "Manufactured Housing" (as the trade group calls it) or "Double Wide" (for those who can't get enough), it doesn't matter. A house trailer by any other name is still a house trailer.
It gives a whole new light to a red neck or white trash discussing being "upwardly mobile".
Don't get me wrong, there is a movement of modular manufactured housing that is put together on the housing site. And, there are two and three piece "mobile homes", that may be even two stories tall, that are set-up on the home site. And, after the final "construction", no one would know the difference between one of them and a traditional "site built" home. These are a whole 'nuther deal.
And, yes, there are many of our citizens who live in traditional single and double wide mobile homes or house trailers (whatever term you wish to use) and maintain the trailer and the yard better than many people do in well-to-do subdivisions.
Although these folks make up part of the 17.6% , they are not the people Miss South Carolina was discussing. She was referring to the proverbial single wide house trailer, sitting up on concrete blocks (usually with a car or two abandoned in the yard) that are most often associated with red necks and white trash.
Or, did we all miss the bus here, and are to learn later she was referring to a percentage of our population who live in RV's and are always ready to roll? If so, there are a few more issues here. I fear 20% of our state population is not wealthy enough to own an RV. And, I agree with Stephen Colbert, if they did, where would they go?